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10+ places to read around Greenville

From outdoor spaces, to coffee shops with cozy nooks, we put together a list of the 10+ best places to read around Greenville.

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Sometimes you just need to curl up with a good book. While we’re sure avid readers have a spot at home, sometimes you need a change of scenery.


Falls Park, 601 S. Main St. | You know we had to. There are plenty of things to occupy you at Falls Park, but if you need to disconnect, you’re sure to find a quiet spot to dive into a book.

Waterfall surrounded by rocks

Hey Siri, play “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls.” | Photo by GVLtoday

Rock Quarry Garden, No exact address, but 200 McDaniel Ave. is pretty close | This spot is a little off the beaten path, but its waterfall, flora, and general fairy-core atmosphere is perfect to escape into a book.

NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St., Ste. 500 | Sometimes, you just need to do a little people watching to get you in the reading mood.

Camperdown Plaza, 20 E. Broad St. | Where can you read a book + grab a drink, a cookie, ice cream, or a burger? Answer: Camperdown Plaza.

Drinks + Food

A20 Market Coffee Shop, 26 Augusta St. | This coffee shop + boutique is the perfect place to tuck yourself into a corner and read while you enjoy a snack.

Greenville Beer Exchange, 7 S. Laurens St., Ste. A | Now that the tasting room is open, grab a pint of your favorite brew and pick a cozy spot. Pro tip: If you need a reading break, you can play on one of the vintage arcade machines.

Spill the Beans, 531 S. Main St. | We could have added this to our “outdoors” section because of the patio, but this spot gives you the best of both worlds. Sit inside and grab a coffee or a scoop of ice cream, or sit outside and enjoy the day.

Mountain Goat, 120 Shaw St. | At Mountain Goat, you can sip on a coffee or tea while you read and know your money is going to a good cause. Mountain Goat donates 100% of its proceeds to a non-profit called GOAT, which gives kids from under-served communities the opportunity to “take in the wonder of nature and expand their horizons.”

City Editor Stephanie’s picks

The Velo Fellow, 1 Augusta St., Ste. 126 | Talk about a cozy nook. Velo has plenty of comfy seating that’s a bit out of the way. Pro tip: Sit in the big comfy chair right by the bar. Unless I’m there. Then kindly move and let me sit there.

Wine House is a vintage lover’s dream | Photo by GVLtoday

Wine House is a vintage lover’s dream | Photo by GVLtoday

Wine House, 75 Haywood Rd., Ste. 8 | There’s something very fancy about grabbing your book and enjoying a glass (or three) of wine at Wine House. If you go, tell Sarah that I sent you.

City Editor Danielle’s picks

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Hey, good looking. | Photo by James Simpson Photography

The Grand Bohemian Lodge, 44 E. Camperdown Way | Sitting on the deck overlooking the falls, enjoying a cocktail at Spirit and Bower by the fire, or getting cozy in the library, you can’t go wrong with reading at The Lodge.

Greenville County Libraries, multiple locations | Call me old fashioned, but there’s something special about checking out a book + you can find me browsing at the Five Forks branch and reading a sample before I head home.

We know there are an endless number of places to read in Greenville, and we’ve just highlighted a few. If your favorite spot didn’t make the list, let us know.