Downtown Greenville South Carolina

Your all encompassing guide when exploring all that Downtown Greenville has to offer


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Founded in 1784, the town of Greenville has seen so much ups and downs. It wasn't really until the opening of Falls Park in 2002 that the city became such an amazing destination and one of the most loved and growing cities in the country. If you want to learn more about Greenvilles amazing history, check out their .gov page HERE. This guide is going to dive deep into all the amazing amenities that Greenville has to offer. Let's do this!

+ Restaurants

+ Breakfast

+ Lunch & Dinner

+ Late Night

+ Dog Friendly Restaurants

+ Shopping

+ Greenville Locals Guide

+ Kid Approved Activies

+ Exciting things to do in Greenville

+ Events In Downtown Greenville

+ Best of the best Nightlife

+ Advice and Frequently Asked Questions

+ Places to Stay

+ Best Downtown Greenville Hotels

+ Airbnb's near Greenville

Top Greenville Breakfast Joints

gotta try breakfast joints in when you are downtown

Flying Biscuits Cafe

For 25 years, Flying Biscuits Cafe has been serving delish breakfast all day long. They are new to the Downtown Greenville area, but are well loved already! Locals rave about the amazing wall murals, friendly staff, and incredible food (especially the grits!)

Coffee Underground

Down a flight of steps right off of main street, you will find an amazing local favorite. Coffee Underground boast an amazing atmosphere with exposed brick walls, delicious coffee, and incredible deserts.

Maple Street Biscuit Company

If you've ever lived near a Maple Street Biscuit, then they need no introduction. Their breakfast and biscuits are loved all across the country. What makes this one so great is location! Right on Main Street, it is right in the action of all the amazing things near Main Street and Falls Park!

Passerelle Bistro

If you can make it for Passerelle Bistro's weekend brunch, then you'll be in for a serious treat! This French inspired restaurant boasts some of the best Benedict I have ever had! Why can't they do brunch every day!

Local Favorite Lunch & Dinner

greenvilles best of the best lunch and dinner restaurants 

Smoke On The Water

A taproom serving delicious southern fare and BBQ, it's no wonder so many people flock to Smoke On The Water. While everything on the menu is great, the Salmon is one of the favorites! 


Jianna is an authentic Italian restaurant with an upscale flair. Enjoy truly handmade pasta while overlooking Falls Park - truly the perfect date night! Make sure to get a reservation if you can.

The Trappe Door

Constructed from digging out a basement, The Trappe Door has a huge beer selection and food inspired by Belgium. Locals love the entire menu and the unique atmosphere.


This local favorite is a must for date nights, anniversaries, birthdays, or anytime you want a fresh twist on southern cuisine. Right near Falls Park, Soby's is a great location with great food! Make sure to make a reservation to get your table. 

Rick Erwins Nantucket Seafoood

Within walking distance to Reedy River, Nantucket Seafood is a high quality local fav. Delicious food from their oysters to the Surf and Turf. This restaurant is a must see if your craving seafood!

Carolina Ale House

Laid back atmosphere, great food, and great service. Carolina Ale House is a great spot to enjoy amazing wings, good beer and football. Their downtown location is a prime location for easy walking after your meal. 


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restaurants open late

try one of these fav restaurants that are open late

dog friendly restaurants in greenville, sC

bring your pup with you to these delicious eateries that allow fido!

Greenville Local Guides

The below Guides would have made this webpage too long! So instead of combining it into one, I created separate articles for each of the categories. Greenville has SO much to offer and I am so excited for you to find out how great this city is through these resources! 

Family Friendly Activities in Greenville

Fall's Park is obvious choice for fun family activities in the downtown area. Grab a ice cream or coffee from Spill The Beans and enjoy the beautiful Reedy River. For more amazing activies that include the whole family, check out the articles below!

Check out Top 10 Family Activities In Greenville or Best Playgrounds In Greenville to learn more!

Date Nights in Greenville

Greenville is truly the hub for amazing date night spots in the upstate. You can easily pick any of the amazing restaurants listed above OR check out this guide I made on date night ideas in Greenville that is restaurant free! Click here!

Nightlife in Greenville

Check out my top 3 Nightclubs in Downtown Greenville or CLICK HERE for the best date nights this city has to offer!

Greenville's Favorite Events

Greenville has so many unique and annual events every year. My favorites are Main Street on Friday nights. The ambiance of live music and friends gathering truly can't be beat. If you want an updated list of events going on, the best place to check out is the Greenville website HERE.

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