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All the Best Things to Do in Downtown Summerville, SC


In a town as sweet as Summerville, SC, there’s plenty to do and see no matter the time of year. Summerville has the relaxed, Southern charm of a small community, with the culture draw of a city twice its size. Plus, downtown is only a few miles away from home at Alta Brighton Park! Whatever you’re in the mood for – a tasty bite, shopping spree, or local show, downtown Summerville has you covered. Read on to find out all you can do and see here.

Get Your Grub On

Don’t explore downtown on an empty stomach! There are plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from in downtown Summerville, SC, especially if you’re in the mood for something American. The Icehouse on Doty Avenue was voted best restaurant in The Summerville Journal Scene reader’s choice category for good reason. Locals love the braised beef short rib hoagie and fried pickles here. Figure out your own favorite dish! Five Loaves Cafe is another downtown joint serving farm-to-table, American-style food. Eat up quintessential Five Loaves dishes like a portobello goat cheese burger or eggplant fritters in an industrial modern setting where cheese graters double as light fixtures. 

Hit the Shops

There’s no shortage of cute stores and boutiques in downtown Summerville to satisfy your shopping needs. Whether you’re on the hunt for clothing, jewelry, home goods, or antiques, the shops downtown will offer you unique options when you need to grab a gift or want to treat yourself to something special. Simple to Sublime is a locals’ favorite with boho chic apparel, gorgeous jewelry, and one-of-a-kind items for your home! There’s also Passing Fancy, Relic Revival Antiques & Vintage, and The Blossom Shop for fresh blooms, vases, candles, and more.

Celebrate Summerville

Make sure to mark your calendar for a couple of Summerville’s biggest annual events – the Flowertown Festival in the spring, and Sweet Tea Festival in the fall. Both festivals are hosted in the downtown area, and simply put, celebrate Summerville! Both events offer even more than their names imply. In addition to flowers and sweet tea, the festivals both include mouth watering street food and vendors with antiques, crafts, and more. The festivals can become a new tradition for you to enjoy every year with friends or family.

See a Show

When all you want to do is kick back and take in a show, it’s easy to find one in downtown Summerville. If you’re in the mood for live music, Montreaux Bar & Grill, Coastal Coffee Roasters, and The Ice House all host local music or open mic nights. There’s also Flowertown Players, Summeville’s Community Theatre, putting on classics like “The Crucible,” as well as modern musicals like “School of Rock.”

Your downtown to-do list full yet? We hope you’re excited to check out all there is to see in Summerville. To learn more about your neighborhood and the community at Alta Brighton Park, visit our blog.

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