Summer is finally here and if you are anything like us, you love a good summertime road trip. We've compiled the best cities within driving distance to Asheville, NC and have a local as our guide each Saturday of the summer. Our first stop is Greenville, South Carolina. Our guide is wedding photographer and Greenville native, Angela Cox. She has put together a beautiful guide of all the best spots in Greenville.
Growing up in Greenville I've seen the awesome transformation and revitalization of the city. It has come so far and continues to grow. There's always something exciting happening or plans for a new building or improvements to the area. You have a sense of pride when you see your city making several "Top Lists" and being featured in national publications. Greenville is a growing city and there is something for everyone! Below is an accumulation of my favorite places- and the list keeps growing.
Methodical. A really cool spot for coffee. They have a new summer line of drinks, I recommend the strawberry basil shrub. You can also buy a grapefruit doughnut from Circa Doughnut at Methodical
Tell Angie behind the counter hello!
The Village Grind. Located in the Village of West Greenville. I love the Mandarin iced coffee. So good.
The Green Room. Great place for brunch on Main St.
Southern Culture. Wonderful Sunday brunch. The Chicken Waffle Taco is where it's at.
The Bohemian. I've never met anyone that didn't love The Bohemian. They even have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar
Mary Beth's. The Applewood- smoked bacon waffle is my favorite!
Southern Pressed Juicery. Organic, raw, cold pressed juice. My favorite is the Honeysuckle Dew smoothie and Catching Lightnin' Bugs juice.
Pomegranate. Persian cuisine and it's gluten free. One of my former brides, turned friend loves to eat here. We meet for lunch often to catch up and I always get chicken kabobs and a pomegranate margarita!
Brick Street Cafe. For desert try the sweet potato cake, you'll be hooked.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe. It's a grocery store, cafe & bakery in one. Located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail so you can walk, bike or drive to it. I love the roast beef sandwich! Also try one of their amazing ice cream sandwiches.
Tako Sushi. Can't decide between Tacos or Sushi? You can have them both here where Far East meets Southwest. My friend Steve introduced me to this place and the Green Chile Queso dip!
Rick Erwins Deli. I'm always craving Rick Erwins Deli. The Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich and the Triple play are my favorites you can chose any 3 of their house made salads. My favorites are macaroni salad & egg salad. The House-Cut fries are great too. It's a casual atmosphere, fast service, great place to meet a friend or a client. Rick's also has the best macaroons!
Murasaki. I go here at least once a week with friends. I could eat sushi for every meal. The atmosphere is relaxed and I love the tall windows facing main street. Thursday night is the best of 90's hip-hop with my favorite Greenville D.J., Black Caesar.
Passerelle Bistro. Casual french bistro at Falls Park and a great spot for a date night.
Chicora Alley. My favorite dish is Mom's Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada. Great casual place for dinner or just to get a drink. They also have the best nachos in town!
The Lazy Goat. My absolute favorite place for a date night. My boyfriend and I always get several tapas to share. The goat cheese balls and brussel sprouts are a must! They also have a really great strawberry martini.
Bacon Brothers. So so good! My boyfriend loves the Bratwurst and the Corn Beef Reuben.
Trappe Door. Everything Belgian! It has a cozy feel and is located underground. I can't even pronounce the beers so I usually just tell the waiter what I like and let them surprise me! For an appetizer, I love the Baked Brie and The Wild Mushroom Penne Pasta entree is my favorite.
Lemongrass. Great Thai restaurant on main street. They have a lot of great vegetarian options too!
Stellar Wine Bar. I used to think Stellar only had good wine-but I was wrong! Their food is so amazing. My favorite dish is Goat Cheese & Potato Gnocchi.
American Grocery. All locally sourced cuisine. One of the best places I've ever eaten... ever! Great place to go if you're celebrating a birthday or anniversary.
Luna Rosa Gelato. The Acai Gelato is my favorite. Grab some and take a stroll down main street.
LeGrand Bakery. The best French Bakery in town. You can never go wrong with a chocolate croissant.
Tandem Creperie. Amazing crepes, Sweet and savory. A laid back atmosphere. The Banana Nut is my favorite.
Spill the Beans. Located beside Falls Park, the best ice cream! They have couches and plenty of seating. Great place to send some emails or hang out and meet a friend for coffee.
The Velo Fellow. Laid back bar. You can play shuffleboard & chess. Enjoy some record playing from DJ King Harold.
Universal Joint. Enjoy beer on tap and open garage doors!
Sip. The only Rooftop wine bar. Great place to start the night, lots of comfortable seating if you have a big group.
Reys. This is the go to bar for my friends and I. We always have a good time here!
Addy's. Dutch bar and restaurant. Very relaxed, great place to talk, or for a first date. This is actually my boyfriends favorite bar in Greenville.
Blu Martini. Go here if you're in the mood to dance!
Dark Corner Distillery. If you're looking for some legal moonshine! They even have their own soap.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery. You can ride your bike here- it's near the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Quest Brewery. My favorite beer is the Golden Fleece. They are dog friendly and have live music on Thursday nights and a food truck.
Thoroughfare. Their staple dish and best seller is the fish tacos.
Falls Park. When visiting Greenville you must take a stroll through Falls Park and walk across the Liberty Bridge.
Paris Mountain. Just minutes from downtown. If you plan to hike, the North Lake Loop has the prettiest view.
The Village of West Greenville. The arts district, just one mile west of downtown. The First Friday of the month from 6-9pm artists open their doors for you to see their latest work. Be sure to stop by The Station. I share the creative space with florist Suzie Lombardo of Statice , painter Sunny Mullarkey McGowan and fellow photographer, Mel Nocks.
Custard Boutique. They offer a diverse line of clothing and the best jewelry. I want it all!
Lily Pottery. Lily offers unique handcrafted clay and metal jewelry.
Urban Digs.Home and garden gift store that also offers jewelry and local art. I especially love all the jewelry made by Spectrum Handcrafted.
Knack. Everything for your home and more. Owner Barb Blair even has a book all about transforming your furniture: Furniture Makeovers.
Shinola Antiques. You will find things at this antique store you didn't even know existed. You can even pet the chickens scattered among the antiques in the courtyard.
When you're visiting don't forget to include the city hashtag #yeahTHATgreenville on all your social media posts!