“Yeah, that Greenville” is known for its lush greenery, the Reedy River Falls, and its location near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hidden within the natural beauty you can find local and unique shops, eateries, and breweries.
Crawford is lucky to be located in downtown Greenville, just off Main Street. Our office enjoys spending time downtown for a bite to eat, a coffee break, or during their time away from office. Here are some of our favorite spots in our favorite city!
Steaming hot coffee spots that we think you will like a latte.
Ranking Number One from our staff favorites is Methodical Coffee.
Methodical Coffee has three Greenville locations, in the heart of downtown, at the Commons, and on Wade Hampton Blvd. They have an extensive menu that ranges from classic espresso to their signature Chai, pastries to retail items where you can rep their merch and purchase coffee to brew at home. Since opening in 2015 they have grown a distinctive coffee culture.
“Their chocolate chip shortbread cookies are a must try,” said Taylor Wilson, senior account executive. “I typically pair it with a standard, black coffee.”
Brooke Enloe, public relations intern, suggests you try her favorite signature, the Tres Leches Latte. Specifically, iced with whole milk.
Ranking Second on the list is Coffee Underground.
Standing the test of time, Coffee Underground has been operating for over 20 years at the same quirky downtown Greenville location. Their coffee is roasted in-house and they take pride in serving breakfast and lunch all day. They also serve wine, beer, cocktails, desserts, and sweet treats. Their theater underground performance room is a big hit for locals – offering many different performances such as comedy, songwriters, film, and improv.
“I love both the sea turtle and turtle mochas,” said Becca Fox, account coordinator. “You can’t go wrong with caramel, chocolate, and coffee!”
Julia Brunelle, digital strategist recommends her favorite – hot chai latte – for any occasion.
Our favorite lunch spots that are kind of a big dill.
Coming in first is Nose Dive.
Located on Main Street, Nose Dive is a local favorite and a must-go lunch spot for our team. They offer urban comfort food for brunch, lunch and dinner – hosting a world of crafted cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. Try their daily lunch features that include a special of the day with a drink for only $10. Their open atmosphere and lively vibe will bring you back every time!
“The vegetable plate is my absolute favorite,” said Shannon Kohn, senior content marketing strategist. “I get it every time!”
Craig Tobin, operations manager suggests the crispy chicken sandwich which is fried to perfection with white BBQ sauce.
Second on the list is Gather GVL.
Can’t decide where to eat? Gather GVL is the perfect option as the host of 12 restaurants that are placed in shipping containers around a large, open area with seating. Enjoy pasta, acai bowls, sushi, tacos, cheesesteaks, wine, cocktails and much more. Gather GVL also has live entertainment and events throughout the week and on weekends! It’s a perfect place to relax, kickback, and enjoy the fresh air of Greenville.
“I love going to Cocobowlz and getting the Jenny Bowl,” said Audrey Bell, accounts intern, “especially when it’s hot out!”
“The 05 at Gather is my favorite,” said Cara Brown, senior account supervisor. “I always get the crispy brussels sprout salad.”
Fri-yay to Sunday Fun-day! Here’s our favorite weekend activities.
The Saturday Market
The Saturday Market celebrates 20 years of 75 local vendors on Main Street every Saturday from May to October. Vendors must produce within 100 miles of Greenville and crafters are encouraged to use locally sourced product. They have a wide range of vendors from produce to flowers, to hand-woven baskets and much more. They also host events throughout the season which include live music, activities for kids, and holiday events.
“The Saturday Market is my favorite place to go on the weekend,” said Jonny Redfield, art director. “It has great local produce and a lot of unique finds.”
Allison Mertens, SVP corporate growth, enjoys walking through the Saturday Market with her son, followed by bar hopping on Main Street with her husband.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail
The Swamp Rabbit Trail connects Travelers Rest to Greenville and is a 22-mile-long walking and biking trail. There are many coffee stops, eateries, scenic spots, art collections, and retail shops along the trail. Some of the most popular include the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, Furman Lake, The Tasting Room of Travelers Rest, Tandem Creperie, The Flop Shop, and more.
“I love biking the trail to Tandem for brunch and stopping for drinks at any of the local breweries along the way back to town,” said Michelle Caiazzo, project manager.
Lauren Fisch, account executive, enjoys walking the Swamp Rabbit Trail and grabbing a pesto turkey sandwich from the Swamp Rabbit Café.