The GVLtoday Coffee Shop Superlatives ☕

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We’ve got a lot of coffee shops in Greenville, each with their own personality + atmosphere. How do you choose which spot is best for a first date vs. a quiet place to do some reading? Now presenting… the GVLtoday Coffee Shop Superlatives.

 

Best atmosphere

📷: @methodicalcoffee

Methodical Coffee

📍101 N Main St.

Methodical is always bustling with people, plays sweet tunes all day on their record player, and offers the perfect people-watching view of ONE City Plaza. It’s the classic cozy coffee shop for spending a few hours on work or just catching up on your reading, and basically sounds like calming coffee shop white noise.

 

Best for a first date

📷: @findgreatpeople

Grateful Brew

📍501 S Pleasantburg Dr.

They’re dog-friendly in case you want to bring your pup (an easy conversation-starter), have a cozy + comfortable vibe with lots of plants and light so you feel at ease, often host food trucks, and transition into serving beer in the evenings in case things go well and you want to stick around.

 

Best study spot

📷: @gvltoday

Exchange Co.

📍110 S Main St., Simpsonville

It’s a little out of the way, so you won’t be too distracted by large crowds or big-city bustle. Their crepes + baked goods are perfect if you need a pick-me-up halfway through your notes, and they have community tables big enough to seat the entire study group.

 

Widest variety

📷: @nowski

Coffee Underground

📍1 E Coffee St.

Exhausted on Monday morning? CU Cortadito (4 espresso shots, 4 raw sugars). Want something unique? Snow Fox (white chocolate and mint). Something classic? A French press with your favorite bean. Frappuccino lover? Turtle Frap (coffee and caramel). Not a coffee lover? Mexican Hot Chocolate. They’ve got you covered.

 

Best for a work meeting

📷: @bexcafeandjuicebar

Bex Cafe & Juice Bar

📍820 S Main St.

Convenient to downtown but not in the heart of the bustle, so your colleague won’t have to drive too far out of the way or spend eons looking for parking. Choose between coffee or juice (depending on how you’re feeling that morning), and grab a bagel sandwich if you skipped breakfast or lunch to make it to your meeting.

 

Best food menu

📷: @itslongforkate

Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse

📍2 S Main St., Travelers Rest

The best of coffee and brunch, all in one place. This spot is equally perfect for cozying up with a book and a latte in their signature yellow mugs as it is for noshing on a tasty chicken + mushroom or blueberry cream crepe. There’s a reason this place is always buzzing on Saturday mornings.

 

Most creative drinks

📷: @gvlfood

101 Espresso Bar

📍101 Wade Hampton Blvd.

This Nutella latte with a coated dipping stick gets props for being the coffee drink we didn’t know we needed. They just launched a Freddo Cappuccino (a Greek-style cold coffee), their unique frappe flavors are Jackson-Pollocked with flavored syrups, and they’re loved for their nitro coffee.

 

Best to bring kids

📷: @kerickson314

Due South Coffee Roasters

📍1320 Hampton Ave.

You can sip your coffee while the kids snack on gourmet ice cream flavors, and there’s plenty of space for them to run around at Hampton Station. Bonus: you can stick around + grab some tacos from White Duck at dinnertime for minimal hassle.

 

Hidden gem

(We couldn’t pick just one.)

📷: @gvltoday

Steam Coffee & Cream

📍113 S Main St., Fountain Inn

Tucked away in Fountain Inn and intentionally centered around connection and community, this family-owned shop serves everything from macchiato lattes to iced cold brew + also offers nitro ice cream and affogato (ice cream doused with espresso).

 

📷: @gvltoday

The Mountain Goat

📍120 Shaw St.

The brand-new coffee + bike shop is a labor of love, the successor of a mountain-climbing gym by GOAT (Great Outdoor Adventure Trips), a nonprofit that seeks to connect at-risk youth with outdoor adventure. They also sell beer and host $2 Tuesdays + food trucks.

 

Friendliest staff

📷: @gvltoday

West End Coffee Shoppe

📍1021 S Main St.

Whether you’re hesitant to try a new coffee shop or not sure which style of coffee to order, the staff are known for their friendly greetings and helpful advice, making you feel welcome and instantly comfortable.

 

Reader’s choice

📷: @annafduncan

The Village Grind

📍1263 Pendleton St.

Anyone who’s stopped by this coffee shop’s new location (just across the street from its old space on Pendleton) knows that it’s always buzzing with people – it’s clearly a crowd favorite. Sip a rose cardamom latte surrounded by local art, a skylight full of plants, and a pink sofa.

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Honorable mentions

Junto Coffee | 232 Mill St., Taylors

Cohesive Coffee | 301 Airport Rd., Unit I

Bridge City Coffee | 1520 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Barista Alley | 125 E. Poinsett St., Greer

Barista Tiny | 301 Simply Less Cir., Greer

Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar | 208 Trade St., Greer