Soda City Market
Hoping to grab a quick breakfast on Main Street, Columbia, SC, my husband and I stumbled upon Soda City market. We took a left off Gervais Street by the South Carolina State House, and I spotted tents in the distance. We saw people strolling while carrying shopping bags. Moreover, some held leashed dogs, so we knew that the venue was dog-friendly.
Tents probably meant food and shopping, so we meandered toward them. It was only about 9:30, and the market was still uncrowded.
Soda City Hours
Soda City vendors set up shop Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the market is open year round rain or shine. With that said, if I were a local, I would shop the market weekly to fill my pantry, refrigerator, closet, jewelry box, and cosmetic cabinet.
Soda City Vendors
As we started down tree-lined Main Street, we couldn’t miss the colorful macaw parrots. We learned that Columbia Exotics rescue and rehome these exotic animals.
After I took a few photos, we thought that it was proper to leave a tip. We figured that Columbia Exotics was at the Soda City market to not only find homes for the birds and animals but to earn money for their care.
In addition to the parrots, large rabbits rested in open cages, and passersby stopped to pet and cuddled them. I wondered if these rabbits were unwanted Easter pets.
Mad Yum Muffins
As we continued, all I cared about was food. I inhaled pungent Mexican spices that drifted through the warm air. Preferring something lighter, I scoured the vendors looking for breakfast.
Finally, we stopped at Mad Yum Muffins that advertised homemade artisan muffins. Selections included Boppin Blueberry, Banana Nut, Cream Cheese Danish, Devil’s Chocolate, Pineapple Ricotta and more. I could have tried them all.
However, since we were attempting to watch our weight, we decided to split a muffin called the Hulk. Not only was it vegan but it was also free of gluten. To top that off, it included ten grams of protein.
Believe it or not, a half muffin satisfied us. Not only did we enjoy the slightly sweet taste but we liked the moderate consistency. It was not too heavy or too light.
Additionally, the Mad Yum Muffins’ owners told us that next door at the Boss Farms’ tent, we could buy Mad Yum Burgers at Soda City on May 12. These burgers will consist of meat from Boss Farms’ grass-fed cattle, and if you are shopping the market, you should try one.
Ally and Eloise Bakeshop
The muffin held me off for a few hours until I saw the Ally and Eloise Bakeshop. I had to try one of their mini cupcakes, and luckily my husband didn’t want any of mine.
I chose the chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting. The cake tasted like the baker had taken it out of the oven as soon as the batter had set. It tasted moist and chocolatey and the creamy frosting added to my bliss.
From Scratch Baked Goods
Another bakery option is From Scratch Baked Goods. They sell everything from homemade sourdough bread to cinnamon rolls, strawberry rolls, and granola. Since most of their bakery items sold quickly, if you want one of their specialties, I suggest that you get to the market early.
If you are looking for garden items, you can find Soda City Farmer’s Markets that sell flowers, plants, fruit, vegetables, and even hydroponic lettuce and herbs.
Soda City Freshly Prepared Food
La Cochinita features several dishes including Mayan Style Barbecue. Other options include Taqueria, Spanish Paella, Avocado Toast, Fuperman’s Potstickers, and so much more.
While you are deciding what to eat, why don’t you sip on a healthy kombucha flavored with strawberry or “Rockin Raspberry” from Lil Duck Kombucha?
Soda City Jewelry
Visit the market to add to your jewelry box. Check out the necklace display at Eco Jewelry from “The Nut Lady.”
A jewelry vendor displays earrings at the Soda City in Columbia, SC.
Soda City Clothing
You can also find clothing for children and adults alike. Check out SC Wildflours for adorable handmade children’s clothing. Many of the outfits designed for girls resemble Lilly Pulitzer. It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the preppy look.
Circa Barber Shop
Surprisingly, if you need a haircut or shave, you can get one on the sidewalk at Circa Barber Shop.
For tableware and cooking, you can select from unique pottery.
If you like colorful farm art, check out the vendor below. Also, if you love birdhouses, this is the place for you.
Soda City Vendor List
The Soda City market vendor list covers the gamut from hot sauces, honey, yarn, donuts, children’s clothing, fragrances, and more. Plus, you can eat and shop your way through Soda City and catch the entertainment. They feature family events that include live music, children’s games, street performers and more. For details, you can find information online.
When you are in Columbia, South Carolina, you should put Soda City market on your must-do list.
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