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Lattes and Lectures: 4 Of The Coolest Coffee Spots For Your Next Study Break

Whether you're looking for a good study spot or just want a fresh cup of coffee, we know some of the coolest local coffee spots in town!

The University of South Carolina has a beautiful campus with lush greenery, historic buildings and smiling faces all around! While all of these are great reasons to stick around campus, everyone needs the occasional change of scenery and what better way to switch up your view than with a good vibe and a great cup of coffee?

Here are a few of Columbia’s most popular coffee shops:

1. Cool Beans Coffee Co.

Located directly across from the Horseshoe, Cool Beans is the closest coffee shop to campus! Local art decorates the walls and it’s a great place to meet up with friends in between classes. They have a great college vibe and some really delicious coffee! Parking may be limited but it’s essentially on campus, so it’s a great opportunity to get a good walk in!

2. Blum

Blum is a great coffee shop located on Devine Street. This is a quiet, upscale location with modern decor and super friendly baristas. It’s located about 10 minutes from campus and is surrounded by local shops, making it the perfect pick-me-up stop!

3. Drip

Drip is located on Saluda Avenue, close to campus! This low-key coffee shop is easily one of the most popular coffee shops among USC students. They have interesting lattes and coffee flavors, like honey habanero. In the back of the shop, they have a cool little record shop, so you can browse tunes while you’re there, too!

4. Immaculate Consumption

Immaculate Consumption is right by the State House distancing about a hundred yards from Cool Beans, and it’s sure to blow your socks off with its affordability and good coffee! They have several coffee flavors, milkshakes, and great breakfast and lunch options! If you’re thinking about sticking around for a while, this could be the spot for you!

If you’re not sure which coffee shop to try, give them all a shot! They are sure to satisfy that caffeine craving. Here’s to your next cup of joe!

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