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Wake Up Well Rested and Devour Tasty Fare in West Columbia

Allison Vile Allison Vile
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What do people like to do in the lovely, laid-back city of West Columbia? Get a serene sleep, eat and sip cold libations.

If you’re traveling through West Columbia and looking for a clean and budget friendly hotel, you’ll find options here. Try the Quality Inn West Columbia, Motel 6 West Columbia Airport or the Residence Inn by Marriott.

For those who prefer to stay in downtown Columbia and drive over the river to West Columbia for dining or recreational activities, Aloft Columbia Downtown, Hilton Columbia Center and Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel are all great choices.

Want to jump-start your day during your visit? Wake up early, sign in and hit the bottomless coffee bar at Cafe Strudel. Located in a 1920s building on State Street, the popular West Columbia restaurant is the neighborhood meeting hub after Saturday football games and Sunday church. Known for its famous “hangover hash browns,” Cafe Strudel serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner. Try the fried green tomatoes and horseradish pimento cheese for a taste of the South.

For a special dinner, you'll want to make a reservation at Al’s Upstairs Italian Restaurant. Al’s was named a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, voted Columbia’s most romantic and best Italian restaurant and has become the venue of choice for all types of celebrations, including engagements, anniversaries and graduations. Located in a 100-year-old building, Al’s overlooks the picturesque skyline of Columbia and the Vista. Take your meal to the next level and pair it with a variety of wine and cocktail options.

Terra means "earth" or "land" in Latin and that’s exactly what the owner and executive chef showcase in their menu at Terra Restaurant. The establishment makes a conscious effort to support local farmers and use as many locally grown ingredients as possible. Opened in 2006, the restaurant has earned quite a few honors, including a Wine Spectator award every year and classification as a Distinguished Restaurant of North America—one of only six restaurants in the Palmetto State to receive the award. Chef Mike Davis can also pat himself on the back for being named Best Chef in Columbia by the Free Times for five consecutive years since 2014. At this restaurant, you'll enjoy seasonal offerings, a curated wine list, a creative cocktail menu and one-of-a-kind Southern staples.

Allison Vile
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.