The town's old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants and two hotels. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, pan for gold, and explore the real working businesses of Columbia.

Restaurants & Saloons 

Bella Union Restaurant - Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, including beer and wine. Angelo's Hall is also available for events and banquets, seats up to 150 people.

Brown's Coffee & Sweets Saloon - Full Espresso Bar, baked goods, ice cream, great lunch specials, home of the original Columbia Soda Works Sarsaparilla Soda, hardtack, and in-house baked dog cookies.

Columbia Mercantile 1855 - Columbia's historic grocery and general store has been renamed and beautifully renovated to reflect its French Quarter beginnings. Now offering a wide range of picnic items, kitchen staples, and quick meal options- including gluten-free and vegan selections, minor drug items, and off-sale beer, wine, cider, and ice cold sarsaparilla. Step back in time and discover old-time offerings including hardware, garden, housewares, and art gallery in the air-conditioned building. Open 9 am - 6 pm daily.

Fallon Ice Cream Parlor - Old fashioned ice cream parlor serving cones, sundaes, ice cream sodas, milkshakes, malts, sarsaparilla, sodas, also available for parties.

Jack Douglass Saloon - Hot and cold sandwiches and other hearty fare, sarsaparilla, the coldest beer in town, a welcoming piano, fine mountain music, and School Lunch Specials.

St. Charles Saloon - Hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, sarsaparilla, soft drinks, beer, wine, home to the Poison Oak Show, and Fun School Lunches. (209) 288-2258.

Specialty Shops

Columbia Booksellers & Variety Store - an assortment of unique books, toys, accouterments, musical instruments, replicas, collectibles, novelties, crafts, art, and souvenirs.

Columbia Candy Kitchen - "Gold Rush Candies, Pure as Gold." The Nelson Family, proprietors since 1923.

Ebler's Leather and Saddle Emporium - Leather goods, i.e., belts, shoes, clothing, gifts and handmade saddles and special orders.

Fallon Theater - A wide variety of live theater at a quality equal to any theater in the state in a historic dance hall/theater.

Kamice's Photographic Establishment - 21st century photographs in 19th century costumes and settings.

Matelot Gulch Mining - Panning lessons, mining supply store, souvenirs, gold bought and sold.

Columbia Clothiers & Emporium -Columbia Clothiers & Emporium is a late 1800's style department store offering historical clothing, hats, accessories and housewares for the whole family.

Parrott's Blacksmith - Home of the "Lucky Horseshoe" your name personalized on a horseshoe, coal forged gift items, dinner bells, fireplace tools, old tyme puzzles and miners implements.

Seven Sisters Soap and Candle Company - Handmade candles and soaps, candle and soap making supplies, and bath items.

Towle & Leavitt - Specializing in goods of the 1850-1870 time period - stationery and writing implements, jewelry, gifts, and fancy goods.