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Local coffee shops outnumber Starbucks in Greenville

Our comprehensive guide to some of the best local coffee shops in Greenville, SC will help you find the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to knock out some work or need to satisfy a craving for pastries, GVLtoday has you covered.

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We’d know that signature cup anywhere. | Photo by GVLtoday

For richer or pour over, Greenville’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning. Our city has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes, but if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in Greenville, SC.

Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.

New and noteworthy

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Sit in or take it to go at Vintage Coffee Cafe.

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Vintage Coffee Cafe, 1501 E. North St., Greenville | This Overbrook coffee shop has become a fast favorite from Greenvillians looking for a cup of coffee or a scrumptious breakfast or lunch.

Flying Fox Coffee, Multiple locations | Though Flying Fox has been on our list for a while now, it has two new locations: Inside GVL Art at 14 S. Main St. in Greenville + the former Stomping Grounds location at 208 Trade St. in Greer.

Little Leaf Coffee, 215 Trade St., Greer | With Flying Fox’s move to its own space, there was room for a new coffee tenant at Cartwright Food Hall.

Mercato Coffee Cafe, 29 W. Butler Rd., Mauldin | Located at BridgeWay Station, this shop serves Methodical Coffee and boasts plenty of seating if you’re looking for a space to get some work done.

Downtown

Methodical Coffee, Various locations | Likely Greenville’s most well-known roaster, you’ll find Methodical Coffee served at many local shops, so why not get a cup right from the source?

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Bex Cafe & Juice Bar, 820 S Main St., Ste. 104 | From black coffee to seasonal lattes and fresh smoothies + juice, this spot has been serving Greenvillians since 2015.

Old Europe Coffee and Desserts, 716 S. Main St., Greenville | In addition to its Main Street location, this cafe will open another spot in Mauldin’s Bridgeway Station.

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Coffee Coffee by day, Sum Bar by night. | Photos by GVLtoday

Coffee Coffee, 307 E. Washington St. | Located inside Sum Bar, this spot features international roasters — don’t miss Sum Bar’s congee on select days.

A20, 26 Augusta St., Greenville | Order City Editor Stephanie’s pick, the chai latte.

Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St., Greenville | In addition to this cozy cafe, there’s an underground theater hosting poetry, comedy, and improv.

Spill the Beans, 531 S. Main St., Greenville | Grab a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream and take a stroll through Falls Park.

Camilla Kitchen, 130 S. Main St., Ste. 200 | Located inside M. Judson, we recommend grabbing a coffee and a cookie before finding your next read.

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Now open. | Photo by GVLtoday

Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, 355 S. Main St. | Greenville’s newest cafe, located in Camperdown just steps from Falls Park, is the first spot serving Charleston’s Springbok Coffee in the Upstate.

Cafe West, 206 E. Coffee St. | Explore local art as you sip on your hot or iced coffee.

Beyond Main Street

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We’re adding this stop to our local coffee shop rotation. | Photo by GVLtoday

Summer Moon, Various locations | This locally-owned and operated coffee shop brewing oak-roasted beans + known for its signature sweet cream “Moon Milk” has quickly become a Greenville favorite.

Cohesive Coffee, 301 Airport Rd., Unit I, Greenville | Join the mug club for $30 a month and get unlimited drip coffee or $1 off lattes.

Bridge City Coffee, Various locations | Named Roast Magazine’s roaster of the year in 2023, you can get a cup of coffee at one of its shops or a pop-up event.

Inspire Coffee House, 1433 Cleveland St., Greenville | This shop employs adults with disabilities and teaches life skills while helping foster community engagement.

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We’ll take two of everything. | Photo provided by Community Journal

Mountain Goat, 120 Shaw St, Greenville | Order your coffee with a signature Liége waffle, made fresh every morning.

Grateful Brew, 501 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville | Swing by before work for a coffee or after work for a craft beer, plus keep an eye on its social media for the food truck rotation.

The Kava Konnection, 1540 Wade Hampton Blvd., Ste. H, Greenville | This alcohol-free bar opens at noon and stays open late serving nitro coffee.

Modal, 813 Augusta St., Greenville | Sip on JUNTO coffee, brewed in Taylors, paired with JUNTO’s syrups.

Chestnut Coffee House + Market, Various locations | This is one of City Editor Danielle’s favorite spots to work because there are plenty of power outlets — plus Methodical Coffee.

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The Village Grind, 1258 Pendleton St, Greenville | This is the spot for coffee and a donut in the Village of West Greenville.

Due South Coffee Roasters, 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Unit 4B | This shop has been roasting since 2013.

Unlocked Coffee Roasters, 556 Perry Ave., Ste. B116, Greenville | As you order your coffee, we recommend the Colombian cheese bread.

daydrinkers, 2903 Old Buncombe Rd., Greenville | This is one of our favorite newer spots for a coffee and some conversation.

Other Lands, 731 Rutherford Rd., Greenville | This new spot serves hot coffee, cold beer, warm food, natural wine, and draft cocktails.

Liquid Highway, Various locations | Get something traditional or try the hyperlocal sweet treats like the Reedy River Slide.

Royal Coffee Bar, 2551 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville | While we have a few drive thru chains included on this list, Royal is a local small business.

Cup-i-Coffee, 819 E. Stone Ave., Greenville | This new drive-thru coffee experience opened in February 2024.

Up the Swamp Rabbit Trail

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, 205 Cedar Lane Rd., Greenville | Sip on a crafted beverage as you indulge in a sandwich made on fresh stecca bread.

Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse, 2 S. Main St., Travelers Rest | Sip on roasts from Counter Culture (based in Durham, NC) as you indulge in sweet and savory crepes.

TRee House Cafe and Studio, 27 S Main St, Travelers Rest | Enjoy a coffee + a signature dessert as you take in the local art.

Leopard Forest Coffee Company, 403 N. Poinsett Hwy, Ste. D, Travelers Rest | Since 2004, this spot has roasted beans for area shops and served cups from its TR brick and mortar.

In the Golden Strip

Shasta Coffee, 1099 E. Butler Rd., Greenville | From drip coffee to cold brew to over-the-top frappuccinos, there’s something for every coffee drinker.

Exchange Coffee Co., 110 S. Main St., Simpsonville | A portion of this shop’s proceeds goes to local foster care support organizations + adoption agencies and families.

Steam Coffee & Cream, 113 S. Main St., Ste. A, Fountain Inn | This coffee shop features a wide range of flavors to add to your latte.

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Trailers like Roaming Ritual can apply to operate in the city.| Photo by GVLtoday

Roaming Ritual, Food truck | Keep an eye on social media for where to find this Airstream converted into a mobile coffee shop.

Crossroads, 112 E. Standing Springs Rd., Simpsonville | Try the Bee Sting Latte made with honey, cinnamon, and dash of cayenne pepper.

Greer + Taylors

Junto, 232 Mill St., Taylors | This speciality coffee roastery is located at Taylors Mill and was just named a finalist for a “Good Food Award.”

Clutch, 3009 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors | Another drive thru spot, Clutch comes in clutch when you’re running late.

Barista Alley, Various locations | One of City Editor Danielle’s favorite spots, this coffee shop’s downtown Greer location has one of the most unique atmospheres in the Upstate.

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Coffee + Cartwight Food Hall = the perfect blend.

Photo provided by CommunityWorks

Scandi Tiny Coffee, 301 Simply Less Cir., Greer | Tiny describes the environment, located in a tiny home community, not the size of your cup of coffee.

Green Laundry Lounge, 10 Moorlyn Ln., Ste. G, Greer | You may be confused why a laundromat made this list, but Green Laundry Lounge is so much more than just a spot to wash your clothes.

Be the barista

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What did we miss? If you know a coffee shop that’s not on the list, let us know.

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