Coffee UndergroundGreenville institution Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. And don’t miss Sunday brunch in the Red Room.
$-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494, coffeeunderground.biz
FixIt behooves caffeine addicts to know, at all times, the closest place to get their dose. The impossibly narrow triangular building on Wade Hampton near Stone’s Point serves as one distinctive location where espresso and grub soothe the needy.
$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 101 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 243-8056, javafixcoffeehouse.com
The Forest CoffeehouseOriginally synonymous with the Leopard Forest Coffee Company, the coffee roasting company has since spun off. Fortunately, The Forest Coffeehouse serves the same sustainable, high-quality bean and everything you could want to pair with it: biscuits, muffins, scones, sandwiches, salads, and even flatbread pizza.
$, B, L. 27 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-5500, theforestcoffee.com
Stomping GroundsLisa Suber’s café has intimacy and warmth. Sure, the bare brick walls and local artwork help liven up the former furniture consignment shop, and the food (organic apple pie from Spurgeon Farms, coffee by West End Coffee Company, and Danishes from Greer’s Flour Haven) have their roots in the community, but when the staff greets you by name, it’s clear that this kind of neighborhood vibe can’t be impersonated.
$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 208 Trade St, Greer. (864) 801-1555, stompinggroundsgreer.com
Legrand BakeryWhere Legrand Bakery is concerned, the answer is always yes. Would you like a crusty baguette? Loaves of buttery brioche? Chocolate-dipped meringues? Yes, yes, and yes. These artisanal French pastries come courtesy of Laure and Emmanuel Legrand, expatriates who relocated to Greenville after 16 years of baking excellence in the Loire Valley. Swing by for a light Parisian breakfast of coffee, ficelle, butter, and jam if you want don’t want to indulge too early.
$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1818 Augusta St, Ste 106, Greenville. (864) 991-8592, legrandbakery.com
Due South CoffeeA destination worthy of a trek, tucked away in resurgent Taylors Mill. The interior is a tribute to the mill and its artisan inhabitants, from the vintage lighting, polished concrete bar, and repurposed cable-spool tables. Return trips are a must, as a rotating showcase of creative mixology means there’s always a new flavor on the tip of the tongue.
$, B, L, D. 250 Mill St, Taylors. (617) 869-9512, duesouthcoffee.com
Little River Roasting Coffee BarBooks, coffee, and baked goodies—the lazy day trifecta. And Little River’s coffee bar is the literal linchpin of it all in Spartanburg. Sharing the old Masonic Building with Hub City Book Shop and Cakehead Bakery, there’s hardly a reason to leave the premises. Coffee and espresso is made from fresh-roasted beans, courtesy of Little River’s Sparkle City roasting operation.
$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 188 W Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 582-1227, littlerivercoffeebar.com
Coffee to a TeaMornings (and afternoons) are made better at this quaint spot with a focus on local and healthy options. Start your day with a breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll paired with Brazilian coffee from Simpsonville importer Terrado. Lunch shines with hormone-free chicken salad, pimiento cheese, or egg salad on house-baked bread. For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound.
$-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 373-9836, www.coffeetoatea.com
Rainer'sAcross from Falls Park, gallerist Betty Bercowski opened this cute café named for her son Rainer (pronounced RHY-nûr), where everything—including the furniture—is for sale. Homemade chicken salad and fresh cold cuts are delightful options for lunch. Or simply drop by to savor the artwork on display—and a homemade dessert (such as a mile-high chocolate torte and sinfully good New York cheesecake) with a French press coffee.
$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 610-A S Main St. (864) 232-1753, talldudecafe.com
Brew and EweAt this hidden gem on Broad Street, one side of the store serves up hot coffee and espresso from Counter Culture Coffee. Pair it with a bagel, then set off to the other side of the shop: a boutique specializing in woolens and home goods.
$, L, D (Mon–Sun), B (Mon-Sat). 108 W Broad St, Greenville. (864) 370-2739, brewandewe.com
The Chocolate MooseTry and say no to this bakery’s delightfully playful cupcakes. Dessert hounds can find a taste-bud-boggling assortment of fresh-baked goods every day. Nine daily cupcake flavors, cake pops, Choco Moose pies, Tira-Moose Sue, and more mean your sweet tooth will never get bored. The menu also has a selection of coffee so you can temper all the sweet with a little bitter.
$, L, D (Sun–Mon), B (Mon–Sat). 120 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-2121, chocomoosebakery.com
O-CHA Tea BarBored with your English Breakfast tea? A trip to O-CHA will have you considering it in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea (flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, coffee, and sweet and savory offerings.
$, L, D. 300River St, Ste 122. (864) 283-6702, ochateabaronline.com
Spill the BeansWhether for post-dinner dessert or a weekend treat in the park, Spill the Beans fits the bill. This Greenville institution has been providing gourmet custom-blended ice cream and coffee to Main Street shoppers for years. A long list of ingredients ensures that it’ll be a time before you’ll taste the same combination twice. Soft lighting, espresso drinks, and overstuffed chairs also make this Reedy River overlook a cozy haunt for rainy spring days.
$, B (Mon–Sat), L, D. 531 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 242-6355, stbdowntown.com
Swamp Rabbit Café and GroceryDowntown Greenville, Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. Biking to work? Stop by for breakfast and enjoy fresh-baked goods, or have pogacha (a Turkish pastry stuffed with beef, spinach, and feta) for lunch. And for a quick pick-me-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee and espresso from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s inventory to continue the local trend at home.
$, B, L. 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com
Coffee & CremaThe very epitome of a hole-in-the-wall joint, Coffee & Crema’s downtown walkup keeps things simple. The pared-down menu hits all the basics—espresso, cappuccino, Americano, chai, and hot chocolate (hot tea and milkshakes are also available)—which is perfect if you’re just grabbing a caffeine hit on the way to work or enjoying spring weather on Main Street. Owners Shannon and Yangpa Hudgens work the closet-sized space, but Greenville’s coffee aficionados (like the Vagabond Barista) are also known to hang out by the window.
$, B, L, D. 2 N Main St, Greenville. coffeeandcrema.com
TealohaAs the weather warms and Main Street fills, it pays to have a cool, quiet escape from the crowds. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fits the bill. Recycled barnwood panels and earthy tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfortable and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies) and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes). Steel-cut oatmeal, pastries (including scones from Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery), and sandwiches are available.
$, B, L, D. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899, tealoha.com