As part of my goal to explore the cities of the South, I decided to check Greenville, SC off this list with a long overdue visit to my cousin. With a recent move from Charlotte, my cousin was still new to the area and had a chance to explore a few new things as well as share with me some of her favorite finds.
With only a day and a half in the area, we didn’t waste any time! Upon arrival we grabbed a quick lunch at Nose Dive, a tasty little gastropub downtown, before strolling along the main street to Falls Park on the Reedy. Downtown Greenville is filled with local shops, a variety of restaurants and bars, and has a charming revitalized feel. Most of the shops are local boutiques rather than designer stores and there are quite a few unique and fun places. Falls Park weaves right through the downtown of Greenville, creating an atmosphere of greenery and small city charm. The park is a collection of meandering paths along a river and waterfall with grassy lawns, plenty of flowers, and benches to relax and enjoy the scenery.
For dinner and drinks, we went to Tipsy Taco. This spot is a favorite of my cousin’s exclusively for their Bang Bang Shrimp Taco. It was delicious! I also had the Mariachi Mahi (best mahi taco I’ve had in a long while!) and the Cowboy (also fantastic). Tipsy Taco’s claim to fame is not only their tasty tacos, but they’re extensive tequila and mezcal menu.
For breakfast the next morning, we hit up Eggs up Grill for some homemade corned beef hash and sweet potato pancakes served with a creamy cinnamon syrup. The pancakes were practically dessert and extremely tasty. The cinnamon syrup was heavenly and really made the dish.
I really enjoyed my time in Greenville. The city is young and charming. It still maintains that small town vibe while managing to have plenty of restaurants and things to do. It is currently in revival and growing as more businesses and companies move down to the area. Plus, it’s located right off the Appalachian Mountains which offer some incredible hiking opportunities. Within 20 minutes from the downtown, you’re in the country with plenty of hiking, swimming, and outdoor adventure to be had!