High Point North Carolina
Places to go, People to see…
The High Point Market may be the largest home furnishing trade show in the world and attract more than 75,000 extra visitors twice annually (once in the spring and once in the fall) to this charming North Carolina town, but we can find plenty of reasons to visit year-round! The people are friendly, the restaurants are amazing and feature the best that North Carolina has to offer in terms of its tasty Southern heritage and bounty of local products. There are one-of-a-kind shops to explore–for everything from a vintage dress to a handmade necklace, a cup of organic coffee or an old-fashioned haircut–in the heart of High Point and the surrounding towns of Greensboro, Hillsborough and beyond. Whether you’re in town for the market or just exploring, we have some great suggestions to get you started!
This charming salon in historic downtown Greensboro not only shows dedication to the craft of hairdressing ‘for discerning ladies and handsome gents’–get it, their motto is Beehives and Buzzcuts?–they’re also an apothecary with a strong ‘keep it local’ mentality when it comes to sourcing their natural grooming products. Searching for beard oil, old-fashioned pomade or small-batch botanical hair product? You’ll find it at Local Honey. Oh, and in case you were wondering if they literally carry local honey in the shop…..of course, you’ll find jars of that here, too!
233 Commerce Place, Greensboro, NC 27401
‘Handpicked and handmade’ is how this darling little vintage shop bills itself, with a specially curated collection of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories from the 1940s to the early 1990s. We’re particularly smitten with the ever-changing lineup of vintage dresses! Nosilla offers the option to shop online in case you can’t make it into the store, but we know you’re going to want to check out this gem–and all the unique treasures it holds–in person!
500 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406
This eclectic and delightful little shop in beautiful downtown Greensboro is everything a local brick-and-mortar boutique should be: warm, friendly, full of one-of-a-kind finds made by talented artists and craftspeople, fully engaged in its community (they host DIY nights and Artist Appreciation parties!). It’s an artistic sanctuary……a sanctuary where you can buy luxurious scented candles and elegant earrings right alongside intriguing-sounding things we can’t wait to check out like Recycled Burlap Coffee Sack Totes and something we need in our lives called Bourbon-Infused Honey.
352 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Looking for a way to support local, independent bookstores? At Scuppernong, the answer could be a hardcover novel or a glass of wine, or a cup of organic coffee or espresso, or one of their delicious house-made sandwiches and sides….or all of the above! Indulge in some Naked Lunch (or Dinner), or Look Wineward, Angel (perhaps you’d prefer For Whom the Beer Tolls?) as you peruse the latest bestsellers in this ultra-charming community bookstore/cafe.
304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Quite possibly the most darling shop in all of downtown Greensboro, the Farmer’s Wife is part antique store, part custom floral boutique. A small selection of their vintage treasures, accessories and floral arrangements can be viewed on their website, but really, you’re just going to have to stop in and experience the charm in person!
339 South Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Food + Restaurants
Looking for classic dishes like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and shrimp & grits? The best place to get back to your southern roots is at…Southern Roots. Classics like okra, collards and hickory smoked pulled pork share space on the menu with pizza and panini, and everyone gets along just fine. We recommend asking for Billy Bob–hint, it’s not a ‘who’, it’s a ‘what’, and it’s just about the best danged sandwich ever.
119 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
The mission at Cast Iron Kitchen is simple: deliver farm-to-table ingredients with a recognizable Southern spin, and do it well. Throw a couple of well-crafted cocktails on top of that (Moonshine Root Beer or and Elderflower Fizz, anyone?), and we think you’ve got a cast iron winner. After all, what’s not to love about fried bologna sliders with pimento cheese, catfish with a side of honeycrisp apple slaw, fried okra with sriracha ranch or bacon-wrapped meatloaf with sweet tomato jam? We can’t argue with that.
2004 North Main Street High Point, NC 27262
Not only is it the place to check out for upscale comfort food like Lobster Nachos, prime rib, and a tempting array of pastas and risottos, Sammy G’s also offers a specifically gluten-free menu for anyone who prefers it.. The wine and beer list is well-represented, and it’s a great place to sample some of the ‘local talent’ (keep an eye out for North Carolina offerings on both lists). Absolutely, under no circumstances, do not leave without at least trying the Bananas ‘Nana’ Foster. We know you’re full. Do it anyway…you won’t be sorry!
3800 Tinsley Drive High Point, NC 27265
The menu changes weekly at this upscale farm-to-table bistro in Greensboro, according to what’s freshest and most delicious at that particular moment. If you’re looking for the best way to ‘eat local’, Undercurrent is literally a little slice of North Carolina on a plate. The bacon is cured in-house, the cheeses come from just down the road, and just about everything else sprang up from the soil of the nearby neighborhood. Enjoy the best of local dining in an elegant but comfortable setting!
327 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401
You can’t visit North Carolina and not have brunch at Print Works, can you? I mean, we hear it’s technically possible….but the thought of missing out on freshly made warm beignets, duck confit hash, challah French toast or smoked salmon Benedict (and don’t forget the coffee! Print Works Bistro serves the pride of North Carolina, Counter Culture coffee) is almost too sad to think about. They happen to be equally excellent for lunch and dinner, as well, and the extensive wine list has been given the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence….so really, you’ll just have to find a reason to visit Print Works few times.
702 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408
A strong emphasis on local ingredients puts Josephine’s at the top of our list for an amazing evening out in Greensboro. Recognizable classics like fried green tomatoes, grilled tenderloin and crab cakes take on the occasional global twist from more adventurous ingredients like piquillo peppers, miso bone marrow butter, black garlic and saffron….but you’re in good hands all the way. If you’ve got the whole evening to spare, then kick back and have a leisurely dinner of many courses surrounded by folks you love….but if you’ve only got a few minutes to eat and dash, don’t miss the lunchtime treat that is the North Carolina beer-braised pork belly Cubano sandwich. Don’t blame us if you need a quick nap afterwards, though!
2417 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27403
It’s about forty miles outside High Point, in a lovely little place called Hillsborough, but once you know that there’s roasted pork loin carpaccio, house-made pastas and egg yolk saffron risotto at the end of the rainbow, we guarantee you the drive will seem to take no time at all. This farm-to-table restaurant is a local gem, helmed by chef Aaron Vandemark–a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist–and the decor is elegant but spare…..leaving the emphasis exactly where it should be, on the dishes themselves. Don’t miss this North Carolina treasure while you’re in town!
110 South Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278