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Sanjana Mandilwar

August 10, 2021

What makes Greenville a special place is not just the food but the people. Greenville has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, but has not lost its small city charm. With the energy of a large city, but the environment of a close knit community, as you walk through Main Street you will be greeted by smiling faces, laughter, and music. It’s no surprise that Greenville makes Conde Nast’s list of Best Small Cities to live year after year.


The great thing about the food scene is that no matter what your age is, there is always something for you to enjoy. As a child, I loved experiencing all the food festivals. Fall for Greenville, an annual festival that takes place in Downtown features food and drink vendors across the upstate of South Carolina. One of the best things about the festival is that it offers cuisines from across the world, so no matter what you’re craving, there is something to satisfy you. If you are craving pizza, Sidewall has the best margherita pizza I’ve eaten, Tandem is a creperie located right outside of Greenville with a fantastic nutella banana crepe, and if you’re craving some southern food, Soby’s and Smoke on the Water put a modern twist on comfort food.


In college, Greenville offered the perfect places to study with friends. With dozens of local coffee shops, there is always a place to hangout. The Swamp Rabbit Cafe, a grocery store

and cafe right off of the cycle and pedestrian friendly, swamp rabbit trail, is a personal favorite of mine. Their stecca bread is an absolute must have! In my 20s, I thoroughly enjoyed the

nightlife scene. Greenville offers dozens of unique breweries. One of my favorite breweries is Birds Fly South. Birds Fly South is a converted cotton mill that features a variety of delicious

beers. Located next door is White Duck Taco, a taco shop offering non-traditional tacos. Some of my favorite tacos being the Thai Peanut Chicken, Pork Belly with Watermelon Rind, and the Jackfruit. SIP Whiskey and Wine Bar is another favorite location. A rooftop bar offering sangrias, wine pouches, and tasty charcuterie boards is my go to place on a summer night.


The more I explored the city, the more there seemed to be to do and to see. This inspired my sister and I to create an instagram account gvl.eats to share how great the Greenville food scene is with others. When COVID-19 unexpectedly struck, we saw our account as an opportunity to uplift small businesses across Grenville by showcasing what they have to offer.

When we started our account we had no idea how fast it would grow and how much we would learn. 

Greenville is an amazing city with great food and even greater people. We really hope that you can see the love we have for our city through our account.

@gvl.eats