The New York Times highlighted Greenville as the next major food destination and Time’s Money Magazine suggested Greenville on their short list of places to visit in 2017. As a tried-and-true local, I’m here with my top suggestions for places to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Greenville.
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1. Hyatt Regency | 220 N Main St | 864-235-1234
The Hyatt is my home away from home in downtown Greenville. Whether I need a place to work for a couple of hours or a place to stay for a couple of nights, it’s comfortable, affordable, and their staff knows how to make you feel at home.
2. Aloft | 5 N Laurens St | 864.297.6100
Aloft is one of the newer hotels in Greenville. It’s totally pet-friendly, has one of the hottest bars and is central to just about everything downtown.
3. Swamp Rabbit Inn | 1 Logan St | 864.517.4617
The Swamp Rabbit Inn is located just two blocks off Main Street. If you are into bicycling, this is your place. They offer on-site bike rentals so you can hit the nearby Swamp Rabbit Trail, or take a ride through downtown.
1. Mast General Store | 111 N Main St | 864.235.1883
From candy to socks, hiking boots to Fiesta Ware, it’s a throwback to the old timey country store where you could buy your staples, clothe the family, and stuff the stockings all in one place.
2. Custard Boutique | 718 S Main St | 864.271.0927
Best indie boutique in town. Handmade jewelry, designer clothing, and accessories you won’t be able to leave behind.
3. Poppington’s Popcorn | 30 S Main St | 864.349.1331
Beer and cheese popcorn. The end. Seriously. You must get the XXL bag. It’s finger-licking delicious, and a great snack to sneak into the movies.
4. Greenville Jerky and Vine | 36 S Main St | 864.509.6944
Best local wine selection in town with daily tastings at the wine counter. Also a fancy jerky selection, local jams and jellies, and chocolates.
5. M.Judson Books | 130 S Main St | 864.603.2412
I love a good bookstore. This one has a plentiful selection of cookbooks, and gifts for foodies, as well as a nice young adult section plus small bites for your dining pleasure.
6. The Cook’s Station | 659 S Main St | 864.250.0091
All the kitchen wares one could want in one place. Check their schedule for cooking classes and demonstrations.
1. Swamp Rabbit Cafe | 205 Cedar Lane Rd | 864.255.3385
Best gluten free donuts in town and some dang good coffee, too. They make great smoothies or you can step into the grocery store for fresh fruits and veggies, and snacks on the go.
2. Tupelo Honey | 1 N Main St | 864.451.6200
They start you out with a plate of warm biscuits and berry jam. How could this not be the perfect place for breakfast (and brunch). Their Bloody Mary is a must-order.
3. Roost | 220 N Main St | 864.298.2424
Roost’s Southern Breakfast buffet has everything from biscuits and gravy to eggs and grits and I absolutely love the way the morning sun shines in the breakfast area. It’s a beautiful way to start the day.
4. Caviar and Bananas | 1 N Laurens St | 864.235.0404
If you are like me and want cake as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning, there’s a lovely selection of pastries at Caviar and Bananas and great outdoor seating for warmer days.
5. Tommy’s Ham House | 214 Rutherford St | 864.242.6099
Tommy’s was the first “must-go” spot for breakfast in Greenville. Pancakes and sausage with a side of grits and you’ll be right smack dab in the middle of all the locals, because that’s where they start their day.
1. Asada | 903 Wade Hampton Blvd | 864.770.770.3450
Best lunch spot in town, hands down. The California Mex cuisine is beautiful, filling and the owners always greet you with a smile!
2. Passerelle | 601 S Main St | 864.509.0142
Best outdoor dining in Greenville. Passerelle’s beautiful seating overlooks Falls Park. It’s a great spot for people watching while you dine.
3. Sulley’s Steamers | 6 E Washington St | 864.509.6061
Best sandwiches in Greenville. Their steamed bagels are piled high with pretty much anything you can ever want. I usually eat half and save the other half… for thirty minutes later because I can’t stand to leave the last half alone any longer.
4. Green Room | 116 N Main St | 864.335.8222
The perfect spot for a professional lunch, girls gab session or a quick bite.
5. OJ’s Diner | 907 Pendleton St | 864.235.2539
Southern soul to the bone, to the fried chicken bone, that is. This fabulous “meat and three” is a nod to old Greenville, but still as hot as ever.
1. Halls Chophouse | 550 S Main St | 864.335.4200
Best happy hour in town. The view, the people, and the food are gorgeous and the hospitality is top notch.
2. Soby’s | 207 S Main St | 864.232.7007
It’s where are the locals go for happy-hour specials and elevated southern cuisine. Ask for table 301 because it’s the best seat in the house.
3. Up on the Roof | 250 Riverplace #800 | 864.242.4000
Greenville’s hottest new rooftop bar. Sip on your drinks fireside or grab a table inside. Unique cocktails, a great menu to keep your party going, and your drinks flowing.
5. Pour Lounge | 221 N Main St | 864.6031584
Check the calendar for this one folks and be ready to dance the night away. Great spot for high rollin’.
1. Nose Dive | 116 S Main St | 864.373.7300
Fabulous for sidewalk dining and people watching. Their wine list is lengthy, the cocktails are amazing, their food is hot and delicious (menu changes often) and the desserts can’t be topped.
2. Larkins | 318 S Main St | 864.467.9777
Looking for a juicy steak and a great view? This is your spot. Perfect for a romantic night on the town. Prime dining during outdoor concerts at the Peace Center, so check their website for outdoor concert dates.
3. Rick Erwin Nantucket | 40 W Broad St | 864.54.3535
One of Greenville’s top fine dining spots. Nightly specials, great upscale, professional bar scene, great wine selection, plus the steak, seafood and pasta selections are lovely.
5. Lazy Goat | 170 Riverplace | 864.679.5299
Best spot for group fine dining, but also intimate enough for a date night. Recommend getting lots of small bites and sharing. It’s hard to pick just one thing from the menu!
6. American Grocery | 732 S Main St | 864.232.7665
Thoughtfully sourced and artful fare. There is limited seating so reservations are recommended, but two people can usually pop in and grab a seat at the bar if it’s crowded.
7. Anchorage | 586 Perry Ave | 864-219-3082
Greenville’s hottest new restaurant located in the Village of West Greenville. The menu changes daily and offers creative, upscale farm-to-table selections.
1. Euphoria | 135 S Main St | late Sept
Food lovers from all over the world descend on Greenville for a weekend of more than 30 food, wine and music events featuring famed chefs from across the nation.
2. Artisphere | 101 August St | mid May
Greenville’s award-winning art festival featuring visiting and local artists. A great way to experience downtown in the Spring!
3. Fall for Greenville | E Washington St & S Main St | mid Oct
Food, music and fall fun in the streets of downtown Greenville. Plus, it’s family friendly. Get their early, or go in the middle of the day to avoid heavy crowds.
4. Downtown Alive | NOMA Square | Thur nights, Mar – Aug
It’s a weekly block party you don’t want to miss. Music, dancing, food and fun. Make dinner reservations outdoors at Roost, so the party doesn’t have to end when the band stops playing.
5. Greenville Drive Baseball | 945 S Main St | Apr – Sept
Greenville’s Minor League Baseball games are a great family outing, but there’s also a fab social scene with good food and lots of cold beer.
6. Swamp Rabbits Hockey | 650 North Academy St | Oct – Ap
Be sure to check their promotional schedule. On select nights, fans are invited to skate with the team and collect autographs after the game.
Nichole Livengood is the food and travel writer behind GapCreekGourmet.com. She cooks up a life of extraordinary food and incredible people. Join her as she eats her way around the South, makes a mess in her own kitchen, and promotes the growing Greenville restaurant scene.
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