Carolinians in cars getting coffee

During finals week, everybody needs a change of scenery to keep from going stir-crazy while studying. Starbucks is a go-to, but maybe it’s time to try something different. Columbia has a bunch of original coffeehouses that are just a quick drive away, perfect for a change of pace and some quality coffee.

The Local Buzz

Located on Rosewood Drive, The Local Buzz has a friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. With ample sitting room, feel free to bring your laptop and study there all day. Coffee not enough? There is a full menu of delicious food, as well as an assortment of homemade pastries.

Silver Spoon Bakeshop

Feel right at home by stopping by Silver Spoon Bake Shop on Devine Street. Filled to the brim with pasties and coffee brewing in the background, it smells like sugar and caffeine as soon as you walk in the door.

Curiosity Coffee Bar

A quaint shop on the farther end of Main Street, Curiosity Coffee Bar is a quiet place to work and gather your thoughts during finals. Not only does Curiosity have traditional coffee menu items like French press, drip and latte that customers can customize themselves, but there is an extensive list of seasonal drinks. The Pumpkin Brûlée latte is life-changing.


This local coffeeshop is so popular that it has not one, but two locations. With one on Main Street and another in Five Points, take shelter from the cold by relaxing in this low-lit, calm café. Drip takes its coffee very seriously and there is entire back hallway to hideout and get work done. Getting hungry? Drip offers breakfast and lunch all day.

Indah Coffee

Indah Coffee can be found at its first storefront in Cottontown, at Soda City on Saturdays or the brand-new location on Main Street in the heart of downtown. Brewed in small batches in-house, Indah's coffee was named the best coffee in South Carolina. In the coming weeks, try an award-winning cup with a scone on the side.

Blue Flour Bakery

Also on Main Street, Blue Flour Bakery is a cheery coffee/bakeshop that sells local goods, sweet treats and coffee. The blueberry almond tart and signature Hazelnut Brittle latte are to die for and perusing the shelves will give your brain a much-needed break.

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