Shopping Malls and Centers

Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Columbia's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Village at Sandhill or Harbison. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.


Located in Columbia's Congaree Vista, this 30,000-square-foot building houses antiques, china, glassware, and other collectibles from about 75 dealers.

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This is the place to go if you're searching for antique bargains. With more than 75 dealers, you are sure to find what you need among the beautiful but affordable selection.

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It's wall-to-wall antiques in this 25,000-square-foot mall. Many styles and periods are featured, from about 25 of Columbia's top dealers of antiques and collectibles.

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Over 100 dealers maintain spaces at South Carolina's largest antique mall. The mall has over 30,000 square feet of space, and dealers specialize in everything from porcelain to furniture.

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A sprawling, 300-acre shopping complex, Village at Sandhill is a work in progress with shopping, dining, residential and office space. Divided into three main sections (Marketplace, Forum and Town Center), the attractive complex has department stores and national retailers like World Market, Home Depot and Old Navy, plus a 16-screen cinema and a huge indoor sports facility. Food and beverage options run the gamut from coffee shops and delis to full-service casual and upscale restaurants.

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The Vista

The Congaree Vista is a former warehouse district that got a major facelift when developers re-fashioned it as a trendy shopping and dining district in the 1990s. Today, the area is home to more than 45 restaurants, plus several bars and clubs. There are some 60 art galleries here, along with museums, a grocery store and numerous other retailers providing a plethora of goods and services. Condos, student housing and office space are being added regularly, so the area stays busy and lively all the time. Individual business hours vary.

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Generally regarded as Columbia's nicest mall, Columbiana Centre has four major department stores – Dillard's, Belk, JCPenney, and Sears – and more than 100 additional retailers, including Ann Taylor Loft, Body Shop, New York & Company, bebe, Williams-Sonoma, Yankee Candle Company, J. Jill, Banana Republic, The Limited, Gymboree, Coldwater Creek, Coach, Build-A-Bear-Workshop and Aeropostale. The food court features an antique carousel and free WiFi.

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Anchored by Dillard's, Macy's and Sears, Columbia Place is a large two-level mall with numerous national retailers. Among the 120 stores you'll find are Underground Station, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, American Eagle Outfitters, Steve & Barry's, Charlotte Russe, Express, The Limited, Victoria's Secret and Gamestop, plus several additional stores in satellite strips around the mall. There's also a food court and an eight-screen cinema.

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Known for its lively nightlife and its sometimes raucous public festivals (St. Patrick's Day and Halloween in particular), Five Points does indeed have its fair share of bars and clubs, but there's much more here. Shoppers can find wonderful, unique items at some of the city's most interesting shops, from skateboards and CDs to fine art and fresh flowers. There are numerous restaurants in the district as well – casual, upscale and everything in between. Individual business hours vary.

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The heart of the Shandon area, Devine Street is an attractive thoroughfare lined with trees and historic buildings. Shopping and dining options are numerous along the ten-block stretch, including unique boutiques specializing in art and antiques, tea, apparel for men and women, jewelry and all manner of gifts. Dianne's on Devine, Jake's Bar & Grill, Mo Mo's Bistro and Za's Brick Oven Pizza are just a few of the options for refreshments; the charming Whitney Hotel is located here as well. Individual business hours vary.

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