Greenville Offers Diversity in Shopping
Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Greenville's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Cherrydale Point or Downtown. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.
Browse the charming storefronts in historic downtown Greer. Twelve blocks of early-twentieth century brick buildings house an assortment of restaurants and shops including a florist, furniture and antique shops, and shoe and clothing stores. Southern Thymes Café and The Great Bay Oyster House highlight the dining options. (864-416-0125)
Greenville State Farmers Market
Located just off North Pleasantburg, the State Farmers Market is a short drive from downtown Greenville. The market's main building sells produce such as apples, peanuts, and tomatoes year-round, while a separate shed, open on Saturdays from April to November, offers fresh veggies, baked goods, plants, and fresh, cut flowers. Other vendors set up flower stands in the parking lot, offering everything from verbena and petunias to shrubs, herbs, and succulents. (864-244-4023)
If you have a one-track mind for shopping, Haywood Road will accommodate your needs. A commercialized area with easy access from I-385, it's the site of Haywood Mall as well as a number of other shopping centers. You can drive along Haywood to find your favorite chain stores and a host of popular dining establishments. The offerings aren't exceedingly original, but they're dependable and in close proximity to one another.
The nerve center of Greenville, Downtown is revitalized with Main Street comprised mainly of chic restaurants, trendy bars and stylish shops. Anchored by the Hyatt Regency on one end and the West End on the other, Downtown is lined with huge, arching trees and graceful street lanterns. Canopied bistros with outdoor dining areas set the stage for relaxing dinners and the easy pace of wandering shoppers. A great place to tap into the life of the city.
Convenient to downtown and Furman University, this shopping center includes an Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Shoe Carnival, Bath and Body Works, Ross Dress for Less, and Cherrydale Cinemas. Nearby dining options include Atlanta Bread Company, Frodo's Pizza, Flat Rock Grille and Ruby Tuesday's.
Packed with well-known national brand businesses, Woodruff Road offers everything from discount megastores to mid-tier shopping. Options include Costco, Target, Total Wine, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival, REI and Whole Foods. The Shops at Greenridge is also located on Woodruff Road. (864.335.2310)
Augusta Road is the best of "olde Greenville" but with a modern twist. Graciously lined with trees and some sporadic homes, this mixed-use artery which links I-85 to downtown is also lined with fine boutiques, antique and consignment shops, elegant gift shops and a smattering of outfitters. Restaurants are plentiful, so a day of shopping is easy and comfortable. (864-233-3424)
Historic West End
This compact district abuts Greenville's lush downtown. Just on the other side of Falls Park, this highly walkable part of downtown holds everything from dress boutiques and gift shop emporiums to guitar stores and art galleries. The district is infused with energy, thanks to its multitude of great restaurants and a location between Falls Park and Fluor Field (the baseball stadium). (800-351-7180)
Perhaps Greenville's most popular shopping destination, Haywood Mall offers over 150 stores. Anchored by Sears, JC Penney, Dillard's, Macy's and Belk, the mall's selection includes Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Hollister & Co. and Banana Republic. A food court and branches of Panera Bread and Marble Slab are convenient when you're ready for a bite to eat. (864-288-0511)
The Shops at Greenridge
This attractive shopping center is anchored by Lowe's, Best Buy, Total Wine, World Market, Barnes & Noble, and several other superstores. Several free-standing brick buildings at the center of the complex house stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, White House/Black Market, Talbots, and Yankee Candle. Dining options include Panera Bread, Brixx Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Salsarita's, and Mimi's Café.
About Libby McMillan
A longtime travel journalist, Libby chose her beautiful city after a nationwide search for a new hometown. Greenville's amazing downtown, four mild seasons, varied terrain, friendly residents and countless nearby waterfalls made it a winner.
Libby previously spent 20 years in Florida, what she calls “the only place in the world where you drive north to reach the South.”
An avid college football fan, Libby has deep ties to the University of Oklahoma but graduated from rival Texas. She’s lived in Austin, Boston, Nashville, San Francisco and Captiva Island, Florida, including 4 happy years on a houseboat.
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