I've just recently moved from Philadelphia to Greenville, SC. Now that I've been here for a solid month and a half, it's about time I did a review of my new home.
Greenville, located in the northwest corner of South Carolina seems to be a fairly unique city in the South. Greenville is quickly growing, managing to add 1,000 new residents a month in a city of 60,000. Much of that growth is due to the area quickly becoming a huge manufacturing center. BMW, Michelin Tires, Electrolux, GE Power, GE Renewable Energy, and the list goes on and on. Major manufacturing sites surround this city, making a bit of a stand out among the south.
The city has a melting pot feel. BMW brings in many native Germans to work at their extremely large manufacturing facility in nearby Spartanburg. Walking the streets of Greenville, it is not uncommon to here German being spoken in the streets. Go to events outside the city and the southern feel is ever present, but in Greenville, it is an amalgamation of the many different people from around the country moving to this little city.
Downtown Greenville is the place to be on the weekends. The city has been revitalized and boasts one of the best river views of any town I've ever visited. A large downtown park has been placed around the river flowing through the center of the city. The park has an awesome curved pedestrian cable stay bridge that highlights the beauty of the surrounding park.
Walk main street to find any number of amazing restaurants and little shops. One of our favorites is Pomegranate on Main, a Persian restaurant on main street that features some insanely good Persian vegetarian dishes among other non-vegetarian dishes. The mushroom pomegranate vegetarian stew is a draw ever time.
Caviar and Banana just opened recently in the downtown plaza, here you can get a whole range of items, much like a self contained market/restaurant. Salads to sandwiches and even a small cheese counter, this gem has a lot to offer. Next door, Thai Basil a new restaurant out of Charleston is now opening their first restaurant outside of their home city, set to open it's doors later this year as it promises some amazing Thai food.
Beyond food there are many little shops, a large general store, a chocolate and ice cream parlor and so much more. I spend many a day hanging out at the coffee shops writing for this very website in downtown Greenville.
A food market is available every Saturday during the summer when main street is closed down for the morning and vendors set up a beautiful selection of local goods that anyone can purchase.
Parking is a reasonable price during the week at any of the many city parking garages that are available. If you are only in the city for a few hours, find a street side parking place and you owe the city nothing, street parking is free and ranges from 1-2 hours. Come on the weekend though and the city opens multiple parking garages for free, that right, pay nothing to park downtown on a weekend! I honestly do not think I've ever paid to park in downtown Greenville. If you want to grab public transit in Greenville, we've got that too. Grab the downtown trolley and that too will be free of charge.
This is a bit of a glowing review, it is my new home, but I do like this city a whole hell of a lot. Greenville continues to develop the downtown area as the city flourishes. I can only say that this city is certainly worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. Expect some upcoming restaurant reviews in Greenville, some good, some bad, but all in this beautiful little city.