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Your 24-hour guide to Simpsonville

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Simpsonville is one of Greenville's coziest towns – but that doesn't mean it's not full of food, drink + things to do. Photo: @gvltoday

We know y’all in Simpsonville are proud of where you live – when we asked on Instagram for your favorite local spots, we got tons of recommendations (including plenty for a certain ice cream spot that was definitely buzzing this weekend).

First – where exactly qualifies as Simpsonville? There’s a downtown centered around the intersection of Main St + Curtis St (we think of the clock tower as the heart of the city), but Simpsonville also has some gems up in Five Forks on Woodruff Rd.

We put together our favorites + places you guys recommended to map out the must-dos in Simpsonville… go ahead and plan for the next spring day.

☕ Start the morning off right:

Exchange Co. | 110 S Main St | Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | The perfect coffee shop + creperie to get a *taste* of Simpsonville. Pro tip: they offer all their crepes gluten-free (and many dairy-free), and will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday nights during March.

Tea n Things | 127 N Main St | Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | If you’re not a coffee person, grab an (Instagram-worthy) bubble tea or chocolate chai from the tea bar, then shop their 90+ tea blends to take home 🌱

Maple Street Biscuit Co. | 2815 Woodruff Rd | Mon. – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fri. + Sat 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. | A location of the Southern biscuit chain just opened up next to the new Lowes Foods in Five Forks – the Squawking Goat (fried chicken, house-made pepper jelly + a fried goat cheese medallion) is worth the trip.

Java Bistro | 102 Batesville Rd | Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Fuel up with a Loaded Grits bowl + caramel macchiato at one of Woodruff Rd’s hidden gems 🍳

Lavender latte from Exchange Co.
Lavender latte from Exchange Co.

 

👟 Spend the day:

Bennett & Sons Antiques | 104 E Curtis St | Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Y’all already know we love antiques, and this homey spot right off Main is the real deal. There are rooms on rooms full of beautiful pieces to wander through, not to mention the friendly owner saying hey when you walk in 👋

BK Hot Yoga | 106 W Curtis St | Class schedule | Feel like switching up your practice? Try some hot yoga in a low-pressure cozy studio ($5 community flow is on Friday)

The Front Porch | 109 E Curtis St | Thurs. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | If you’re a lover of Chip + Joanna Gaines, you’ll want to buy everything in this farmhouse-vintage home decor shop

Red Door Resales | 220 NE Main St | Tues., Thurs. + Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | *Tons* of furniture and ever-changing stock so you’ll always find something new

Pink Owl Boutique | 104 W Curtis St | Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10a.m. – 2 p.m. | A little clothes shopping never hurt anyone 💁‍

The Spa at Arya Place | 304 S Main St | Tues. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thurs. + Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Get an hour-long massage (like deep tissue, hot stone and Swedish) or facial for $89 each

Mason & Magnolia | 604 NE Main Street  | TuesdaySaturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  | If you are a lover of farmhouse-style and shabby chic furniture and home decor crafted with authenticity and simplicity this is the store for you. Proud dealer of Magnolia Home Furniture designed by Joanna Gaines.

P.S. –  If you’re ever looking to host an event, The Loom at Cotton Mill Place (300 South St) has that perfect high-ceilings, brick walls + hardwood floors vibe for a wedding or party 🎉

Antique shopping at Bennett & Sons
Antique shopping at Bennett & Sons

 

🥗 Let’s do lunch:

Mad Cuban Cafe | 699 Fairview Rd | Mon. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tues. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Authentic Cuban food from empanadas to tres leches (we’ve heard the Cuban Gone Bananas sandwich with pork, ham, and plantains is amazing)

Mary’s Lunchbox | 215 N Main St | Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | If you can make it to Simpsonville for your lunch break, you’ve gotta go try the pimento cheese plate + Ultimate Reuben

Zamorah’s | 106 NE Main St | Sun. + Mon. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tues. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | A Simpsonville staple with all your Southern soul food meat + three classics, from fried okra to pork chops 😋

Uncle Berto’s Burritos | 100 Batesville Rd | Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Cali-style burritos, tortas, and tacos, with a huge sauce bar + tasty bean dip while you wait

Shortfield’s | 111 N Main St | Tues. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Where to start… pork belly tater tots, a pimento cheese burger, or sweet tea chicken and waffles? Pro tip: Prime rib night is every Wednesday from 5 – 9 p.m.

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Cafe | 134 S Main St | Tues. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 12 – 6 p.m. | The Italy-born, Brooklyn-raised owners know what they’re talking about… you can’t go wrong with Chicken Parmigiana pizza 🍕

Zamorah's meat + three on Main St
Zamorah’s meat + three on Main St

 

🌳 Spend spring outside:

Lake Conestee Nature Park | Trailheads + public areas | Every day, sunrise – sunset | The park’s 400+ acres span through Greenville, Mauldin + Simpsonville, with plenty of hiking, biking, and family walking trails (not to mention bird-watching, which the park is renowned for) 🐦

The Simpsonville Farmer’s Market | Simpsonville City Park | Opens May 12 | Stroll through the food, art + handmade goods, then spend a few hours playing in the park

Discovery Island Waterpark | 417 Baldwin Rd | Opens May 26 | We’re gonna be first in line for the waterslides, a lazy river + surfing simulator 🌊

Heritage Park Amphitheatre | 861 SE Main St | Tickets here | Coming up this summer: Post Malone, Paramore + Foster the People, and Foreigner (and for your little ones, Kidz Bop Live) 🎶

 

🍔 Plenty of dinner options:

Thai Cuisine | 128 S Main St | Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 – 9:30 p.m. | Fix that noodle craving with some pad see ew or red massaman curry 🌶

Authentique French Creperie | 107 W Curtis St | Thurs. – Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. + 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Fri. + Sat. | If you feel like treating yourself, order La Chevre (goat cheese, dried apricots + raisins, fig jam, and honey)

Stella’s Southern Bistro | 684 Fairview Rd | Tues. – Thurs. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Fri. + Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 10 p.m. | Those shrimp and grits 😍

Rail Line Brewing | 301 N Main St | Tues. – Thurs. 12 – 10 p.m., Fri. + Sat. 12 – 11 p.m. | A new brewery on Main with plenty of beers on tap, pub food + live music. Pro tip: Go on Wednesday for Burger Night + get the Bacon Cheddar BBQ Burger

Anita’s | 101 Alice Ave | Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | It’s definitely worth spending an evening in the homey restaurant (eating tons of enchiladas), but if you’re in a hurry you can get Mexican food to go at the Anita’s Express drive-thru

Latinos | 430 SE Main St | Wed 12 – 7 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Closed Sun-Wed

BOVA Pizza | 2700 Woodruff Rd | Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | A *huuuuge* menu of all the Italian food you can imagine – we love the chicken saltimbocca + salmon, capers and dill pizza

Papa’s & Beer | 123 SE Main St | Sun. + Tues. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri. + Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | All the Mexican classics, plus those killer margaritas 🍹

Sherby’s Pub |33D Ray E Talley Court | Known for great food and drinks-Cheer’s like atmosphere + very hospitable owners, Claire and Mickey.

Rail Line Brewing
Rail Line Brewing

 

🍦Finish the evening:

What’s On Tap | 120 S Main St | Tues. + Wed. 4 – 9 p.m., Thurs. 4 – 11 p.m., Fri. + Sat. 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Think Chicora Alley vibes: go up the wooden staircase to a comfortable spot with tree-filled views of Main and live music (plus plenty of beer)

Unterhausen Castle Cellar Pub | 103 E Curtis St | A hole-in-the-wall spot with a wide selection of German beer and food (we hear the potato salad, cabbage + corned beef are on point) 🍺

Ice Cream Station | 125 S Main St | Mon. – Thurs. 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. + Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 1 – 9 p.m. | Where *everyone* hangs out in the summer – get a cone piled high and make some new Simpsonvillian friends

Sweet Sippin’ | 103 W Curtis St | Serves local beer and wine, as well as lots of locally made products (Nellie-T’s nut butters, Greenville jerky, Due South Coffee, local candies, etc.). The owner Julie is incredibly friendly and they host lots of fun events every month.