Shoppers have a good selection of opportunities in the Greater Columbia area, including malls, specialty stores, flea markets, and special shopping districts. One up-and-coming shopping district is the historic Congaree Vista area, which features a unique collection of shops filled with antiques, oriental rugs, jewelry, art, furniture, and collectibles. Five Points, adjacent to the University of South Carolina, is another popular shopping area, with many locally owned businesses, including specialty shops, arts and antiques, eclectic home furnishings, clothing, restaurants, and more.

One of the largest malls in the area is Columbiana Centre, with more than 100 stores. The mall also has an antique carousel and a more than 400-seat food court. Other malls include Dutch Square MallRichland Mall, and Columbia Place Mall.