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Greenville's best shopping malls, centers and districts offer an abundance of options



One thing you won't find a shortage of in Greenville is places to shop. From typical malls and centers to districts situated along major thoroughfares, the options feel limitless. Several locations across the Upstate offer familiar brand name big-box shopping while smaller, local retailers have their own significant presence in the community as well.

For instance, you will find an eclectic collection of stores in Downtown Greenville, from a moonshine merchant to art galleries to clothing boutiques.  Over on the ever-expanding Woodruff Road, there are sprawling centers filled with household names and a growing population of outdoor shopping malls. Further showcasing Greenville's diversity, some of the best shopping can also be found in the antique shops lining Augusta Road or from the galleries and shops in The Village of West Greenville

Whatever is on your shopping list, Greenville has a spot near you where you can find everything you need, plus much more. Enjoy our 10Best list of Upstate shopping areas to help you on your quest.


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Although it's a 45-minute drive away, Gaffney Outlet Marketplace is the closest outlet shopping experience to downtown Greenville. Just down the road from the iconic Peachoid water tower, Gaffney Outlet Marketplace is home to more than fifty stores, and the long list of retailers runs the gamut. Luxury brands as Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Brooks Brothers are well represented, as are the more casual likes of Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Gap, and J. Crew. Apparel is central to this colossal shopping center but there is more on offer here than clothes thanks to Yankee Candle, Bose, Pottery Barn, Kitchen Collection and Vitamin World. With no shortage of options in the food court or the many other restaurants just a short drive away, Gaffney Outlet Marketplace is a terrific shopping getaway for the entire family.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Its proximity and the sheer variety of stores make Gaffney Outlet Marketplace a favorite for many Greenville locals.

10Best's expert tip: There's plenty of shopping to be found outside of Gaffney Outlet Marketplace as well. We're especially fond of Abbott Farms' markets just off I-85, from their bread and butter pickles to their hot and spicy peach salsa.

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Just a short drive from both Downtown Greenville to the south and Furman University to the north, Cherrydale Point offers a plethora of familiar favorites. Big-name tenants include the likes of Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Shoe Carnival, Bath and Body Works, Ross, and Cherrydale Cinemas. Right nearby, you will find an abundance of restaurants such as Atlanta Bread Company, Five Guys, and Olive Garden along with a handful of fast-food favorites in and around the shopping center itself. Just minutes from seemingly everywhere, this is a great spot when you do not want to venture onto Main Street or to the much busier traffic that you will face on Haywood or Woodruff Roads.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Cherrydale Point has a lot to offer with a shopping center full of stores convenient to the suburbs and just north of Downtown Greenville.

Libby's expert tip: This area can be reached by either Poinsett Highway or North Pleasantburg Road, making it easily accessed from several parts of town.

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Downtown Travelers Rest
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan


There was a time when Travelers Rest was little more than a one-stoplight town you had to pass through to get to the mountains. A dedicated community and the construction of the Swamp Rabbit Trail have seen that change completely and turned Downtown Travelers Rest into a destination all its own. Boutiques, galleries, and gift shops line the easily walkable Main Street while dining options such as Topsoil Kitchen & Market and Sidewall Pizza make sure you never go hungry. No visit is complete without a pint or two at the award-winning Swamp Rabbit Brewery to round out your trip to Greenville's fun little neighbor to the north.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Easily walkable Downtown Travelers Rest offers a great variety of shopping options.

10Best's expert tip: There are a ton of great dining options on Main St. but make sure you do not overlook Upcountry Provisions just a block off Main on State Park Rd.

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Augusta Road


Augusta Road is the best of "olde Greenville" but with a modern twist. This mixed-use artery which links I-85 to downtown is lined with a ton of small, local businesses that includes fine boutiques, antique and consignment shops, elegant gift shops, outfitters, and sporting goods. The suburban conveniences are rounded out with one of the Upstate's only Harris Teeter locations (complete with a craft beer bar to make grocery shopping more enjoyable), banks, and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Cap your trip with a visit to The Burrow, The 05, or The Blockhouse for culinary delights at the end of your shopping adventures.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Augusta Road offers a little something different for Greenville shoppers, with antique shops, boutiques and specialty stores.

Libby's expert tip: Cross streets like Faris Rd. are great access points to avoid the traffic of going all the way down Augusta.

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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. For both seasonal and year-round produce, locally sourced proteins, and fresh flowers and plants to decorate your home landscape or garden, Greenville State Farmers Market has it all.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Greenville State Farmers Market is the best farmers market in the Upstate, operating almost daily, and offering the freshest items.

Libby's expert tip: Go early on Saturday mornings, before the produce has been picked over.

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Village of West Greenville


Greenville puts the spotlight is on local artists in annual events like Artisphere and the Indie Craft Parade but the Village of West Greenville is a year-round showcase of area talent. Teeming with studio space and galleries alike, its reputation as Greenville's art district is richly deserved. From The Artistry and Creative Iron Works just off of Pendleton Street and Highway 123 to Sunny Malarky and Kate Furman's spaces in the heart of it all, the Village is teeming with creative people. Add in small business retailers like RockerBelles, Ember Outfitters, and Beautiful Demise and you can find a little something for everyone in this great historic district just outside of the bustle of Downtown Greenville.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Whether it's a painting or handmade pasta, everything in the Village of West Greenville's shops and galleries has been skillfully, artfully and personally crafted.

10Best's expert tip: Aside from the galleries which keep regular hours, many of the studios in the Village open their doors to the public on the first Friday of every month.

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This attractive shopping center is anchored by Lowe's, Best Buy, Total Wine, World Market, Barnes & Noble and several other superstores that will make your adventure down Woodruff Road completely worth your while. Several free-standing brick buildings at the center of the complex house stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, White House/Black Market, Ulta, Charming Charlie and Yankee Candle. Dining options include Red Robin, Brixx Pizza, and Cold Stone Creamery. The wide-open layout of the shopping center lends itself perfectly to outdoor movie screenings, pop up farmers markets, and live entertainment all summer long and, come Christmas, visits from Santa and his reindeer to celebrate the holidays.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Shops at Greenridge have a lot to offer from women's clothing to home decor, even home improvement.

Libby's expert tip: Avoid a lot of Woodruff Road traffic by taking I-85 to the Woodruff Road exit, then heading towards the shops.

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Woodruff Road


Locals may remember the intersection of I-85 and Woodruff Road as the home of the former Greenville Mall, but Magnolia Park has become far more of an attraction than the mall ever was. Open, outdoors and reasonably walkable, Magnolia Park has established itself as one of the key shopping destinations in town. Magnolia Park is home to Cabela's, Costco, a 20-screen Regal Cinemas and the Upstate's only Dave and Buster's. Among its many other standouts are Pier 1 Imports, Nordstrom Rack, and Golf Galaxy, along with an extensive variety of restaurants such as Another Broken Egg Café and Bad Daddy's Burger Bar.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: No shopping center in Greenville that offers this variety of shopping and so many tantalizing restaurants from which to choose.

10Best's expert tip: Try visiting Magnolia Park before noon on Sunday. Traffic tends to be lightest then on Woodruff Rd, and it's the perfect excuse to enjoy brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe before shopping.

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Haywood Road


Perhaps Greenville's most popular shopping destination, Haywood Mall offers over 150 stores of every style imaginable. Anchored by five department stores in Sears, JC Penney, Dillard's, Macy's and Belk, the mall is expansive, to say the least. In between the big stores, you will find a who's who list of national retailers such as Gap, Sephora, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Foot Locker, and Bath & Body Works, just to name a few. A food court features more than a dozen quick, easy fast food options while and dine-in restaurants like Grill Marks and Rick Erwin's Saltwater Kitchen are on hand if you want to finish your shopping experience with a quality sit down meal.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Haywood Mall houses several upscale retailers, as well as stores that specialize in trendy, lower-priced goods, making it a true one-stop shopping spot.

Libby's expert tip: The north side of the mall offers covered parking for free.

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Downtown Greenville

Growth in Downtown Greenville shows no sign of slowing down with an ever-growing number of restaurants, bars and stylish shops lining Main Street and the surrounding blocks. Anchored by the Hyatt Regency on one end and the Fluor Field at the West End on the other, Main Street is lined with huge, arching trees and graceful street lanterns. Along the way, you will find an abundance of unique, local retailers and galleries, as well as upscale national brands like Brooks Brothers, Orvis, and Anthropologie. There is no shortage of quality spots to grab a bite or a drink along the way meaning you can shop at a leisurely pace as explore the beauty that is Downtown Greenville

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Downtown Greenville offers the best mix of local retailers and familiar brands that you'll find in Greenville.

Brett's expert tip: Street parking is free, with no time limit, on weekends.

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Meet Brett Barest

Brett Barest is a freelance writer in Greenville, South Carolina that has watched the city grow from cow pastures and boarded up buildings to the tourist destination it has become today. He...  More About Brett

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