We hope you’ve packed your appetite. This month, we’re finishing our Hit the Road series with a foodie foray into Greenville, SC. Whether you’re interested in taking a tour of City Scape Winery, putting your cooking skills to the test at a sushi-making class, or trying several award-winning restaurant dishes at The Anchorage or Oak Hil Café, this driving-distance destination is every foodie’s dream.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
Drive time: ~1.40 hours from downtown
Est. population: 525,534
Avg. high in August: 88°
🎟️ Things to do
If you decide to do a culinary tour, choose between: a BBQ Trail tour, an At the Chef’s Table tour, The Carolina Countryside tour, the Greenville Breakfast tour, or the Greenville Coffee tour.
TD Saturday Market Farmers Market
This is the most customizable foodie experience you can have in Greenville because you can pick + choose the ingredients you want in your dish. Every Saturday, May through October, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 75+ vendors come out to sell produce, specialty foods, and more.
Playing with your food is a requirement at The Cook’s Station. Its goal is to serve up community, provide convenience, educate, and entertain. The Cook’s Station is currently offering a variety of 30+ cooking classes now until the end of the month.
🍲 Memorable eats
You can expect a menu filled with a whimsical mix of comfort food + dash of global flare sourced from local farmers. Pro tip: you can sit at Chef’s Counter where you’ll have a front-row-seat to chefs preparing delicious meals throughout the night.
This restaurant was a 2018 James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. Guests can expect simple, local, or regional ingredients blended with an eclectic style and hospitality.
Order a dish made from a 2020 James Beard nominee for Best New Restaurant. Experience straight-from-the-garden ingredients and dishes curated with produce, the environment, and the comfort of guests in mind.
Topsoil is located in Travelers Rest between Main Street and the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Enjoy food made by a 2020 Beard semifinalist for Best Chef, Adam Cooke, who’s built lasting relationships with local farmers who grow the produce that make it onto each plate.
Fork and Plough is known as an all-in-one restaurant, grocery store, and butcher. Plants and proteins from Greenbrier Farms provide most of the ingredients for each dish whipped up by Chef Shawn Kelly. Pro tip: you can always take home a grab-n-go meal from the market.
All of that dinner made us have a hankering for dessert. Check out Clare’s Creamery — a local ice cream shop that makes handmade ice cream. Pro tip: you can also rent the Ice Cream Cart Onsite for a private event.
Rise Bakery is a new artisan, neighborhood bakery in the Village of West Greenville. Stop by to grab some unique baked goods offerings, like its authentic unleavened sourdough loaves.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery is a blend of a grocery store, cafe, bakery, food hub selling local produce, and community. This cafe and grocery store hyper focuses on local grab-n-go eats for when you want a quick bite or dinner to go.
🏨 Accommodations with award-winning cuisine
Hotel Domestique, 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest
Hotel Domestique — a luxury hotel that showcases old-world style with modern design — houses Restaurant 17. Restaurant 17 is a restaurant + bar that curates meals made with twists on classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes by a 2022 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Winner, Chef Haydn Shaak.
Modal, 813 Augusta St.
As seen in FORBES magazine as a 2021 HOSCAR Award Winner for Extraordinary Inclusive Hostel by Hostelworld.com, Modal is a one-of-a-kind LA-inspired hostel that combines boutique hotel elements with the conveniences + experience of a hostel. It houses a micro-coffee bar inside the front lobby, serving locally roasted Junto coffee, beer, wine, and pastries.
The AC Hotel, 315 South Main St.
This hotel is located in downtown and is home to three unique bars, each with a noteworthy experience. We recommend checking out Juniper, a garden rooftop for craft cocktails & small plates overlooking downtown Greenville.
Catch up on the last two months’ Hit the Road features: Hit the Road: an outdoor adventure to Asheville, NC and Hit the Road: a 30-mile getaway to Camden.