The top 10 things to eat, drink and do during your impromptu weekend getaway to Spartanburg, SC

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Whether you’re looking for a unique day trip or making your way to the Carolina Panthers’ training camp this summer, Spartanburg, SC offers a rich rotation of dining, drinks and things to do that make it a true hidden gem.

Affectionately known as Sparkle City amongst locals, Spartanburg is about an hour and a half away from Charlotte and is perfect for an impromptu weekend getaway. My grandparents live in the area, so I’m able to travel down there fairly frequently.

Here are a few of my favorite things to eat, drink and do:

To Do:

Check out the Carolina Panthers’ Training Camp

Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg

The Panthers’ 24th training camp will be held at Wofford College from July 26-Aug. 13. The training camp is free to the public, with each session lasting about two hours. Ranked in the top five in the league for fan friendliness by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, it’s perfect for die-hard Panthers fans.

 

Browse Vintage Warehouse of Spartanburg

1201 Union St. B, Spartanburg

Spartanburg is known for its rich history, so antique malls are the city’s bread and butter for shopping. Vintage Warehouse is no exception – with an eclectic mix of handmade soaps, clothing, art and furniture, it’s the quintessential catchall destination for the avid antiquing fan.

Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve

820 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg

Though I love shopping and hitting all the antique stores Spartanburg has to offer, I love to take in the beauty and tranquility of the area at Hatcher Garden. This beautiful place was named Best Local Tourist Attraction for the second year in a row by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. And the best part? It’s totally free and open to the public during daylight hours.

Eat/Drink:

The Crepe Factory

137 W. Main St., Spartanburg

I’m always super hungry after my Sparkle City adventures, and luckily for me, Spartanburg has an array of amazing eateries and bars to visit. I’m never up early enough for actual breakfast, but my go-to brunch spot is The Crepe Factory, right in the heart of downtown. Breakfast crepes are served all day and my personal favorite is the St. John St., with scrambled eggs, dry-aged chorizo, fresh salsa and queso fresco – the perfect pick-me-up.

Le Spice Restaurant and Bakery

8881 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy., Spartanburg

If you’re anything like me, eating is your favorite pastime, so a minimum of three square meals is essential. And when it’s time for lunch, Le Spice has it covered. French and Thai influences converge for cuisine that’s one of a kind and so delicious. Try the Turkey BLT: a pared-down, yet totally scrumptious spin on all the flavors that make Le Spice distinctive.

Sugar -n- Spice

212 S. Pine St., Spartanburg

Though I love a good café or sit-down eatery, I have to give a shout out to one of the best burger joints in town. Sugar -n- Spice is a Spartanburg icon – my grandparents had one of their first dates there more than 50 years ago! The BBQ, sweet tea and hot fudge cake are the tastiest trio at this classic drive-in.

Feast.

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Renato’s Italian Restaurant

121 W. Main St., Spartanburg

Another local favorite downtown, Renato’s Italian Restaurant is an excellent destination for family dinners or romantic nights out. Though it’s a bit more upscale than several of the surrounding restaurants (and boasts a strictly-enforced dress code), it’s totally worth it. Authentic Italian fare like the Ravioli Con Funghi Porcini and the Filletto Al Gorgonzola are to die for.

Delaney’s Irish Pub

117 W. Main St., Spartanburg

After a full day of eating and taking in Sparkle City’s sights, I love nothing more than hanging out with an ice cold beer or cocktail. And Delaney’s Irish Pub is one of my favorite places to go. An Irish and American fusion, this Main St. joint has a ton of beers on tap and live music to seal the deal.

The Silo at RJ Rockers

226 W. Main St., Spartanburg

Specializing in rich craft beers with hometown vibes, The Silo at RJ Rockers brings Deep South influence to downtown. RJ Rockers and HenHouse Brunch merged to offer the perfect amalgamation of casual bar ambiance with fresh, nearly gourmet flavors. Their Poutine and Chicken Not Pie (big enough to share with all y’all) are ideal for passing around the table as you sip your go-to brew.

Main Street Pub & Eatery

252 W. Main St., Spartanburg

Last but certainly not least, Main Street Pub & Eatery is an instant classic with food that’s out of this world and beer that’ll bring you back again and again. Though the atmosphere is super relaxed and laid-back, the flavors are anything but. Main Street strikes that perfect balance between upscale and laid-lack with a stripped-down, dive bar twist. Pair the Pimento Cheese Rounds with any one of their twenty-plus beers on tap, and you’ll see what I mean.

Feature Photo Courtesy of The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

12 COMMENTS

  1. Spartanburg resident here. Great article on some of the things we have to offer. But I would add a few: Eat/Drink – Level 10 on the rooftop of our new AC Hotel (which is an excellent place to stay), FR8yard (biergarten), Willy Taco, Ike’s Korner Grill (amazing burgers), and Growler Haus. To Do – the Cottonwood Trail is great for walking & jogging, and the Chapman Cultural Center contains several nice museums. Anyway, hope to see many Charlotteans down here for Panthers Camp!

  2. Spartanburg resident here. I would recommend the Denny’s History Museum at Denny’s corporate headquarters in downtown. They serve there classics at the cafe there as well as other dishes of Denny’s past. The museum / HQ is also the tallest building in Spartanburg and it has an observation deck at the top that serves a really good Shirley Temple.

  3. Once again you left off the pride establishment of the area you are reviewing. In Spartanburg its the Beacon Drive In, the rest is just the details. Just come hungry if you order “A plenty”.

  4. Downtown deli and donuts can cater to all of your gluten free needs. Located on Broad St or enter from the main St entrance.

  5. I love where I live, Spartanburg is growing fast and has so much to offer. Great article, thank you for spreading the word.

  6. I grew up in Spartanburg and I’m happy to see how it’s growing. Many more restaurants to choose from but two of my favorites is Mon Amie East side (best crepes in my opinion and breakfast) and Lime Leaf downtown Sparkle!

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