RITZY, POLISHED, INVITING
Centered around a bustling retail district, South Park invites residents and visitors to revel in the finer things in life.
Known as the city’s most upscale and robust shopping district, the crown jewel of South Park is retail mecca SouthPark Mall. It’s hard to believe that the expansive mall, which houses exclusive luxury retailers (we’re talking Chanel-exclusive), was once a plot of farmland teeming with cattle and hogs. The land was owned by former governor Cameron Morrison, whose brick manor (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) sits in what is now a shopping center called Morrocroft Village. A vibrant juncture of high-end condos, landscaped business parks and fun-filled attractions, South Park is peppered with outdoor plazas that feature boutiques, lounges and eateries. Along the main thoroughfares of Sharon, Fairview and Colony roads, tree-flanked old houses, churches and schools make this an idyllic place for families and professionals to call home.
Fill up on rich savory crepes and other French delicacies at Café Monte French Bakery & Bistro, voted one of the nation’s top-100 brunch spots by OpenTable users. Then treat yourself to retail therapy and relaxation at Phillips Place, where shops like Luna, Taylor Richards & Conger and Restoration Hardware stock home furnishings and designer labels for men and women. Elegant with a large fountain, bricked pathways and manicured green space, the open-air complex is also home to fine dining, a top-rated hotel and a movie theater.
Things to do
For a meal that hits all the right notes, check out Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen’s South Park location. The eatery, helmed by noted city tastemaker Jim Noble, prides itself on tried-and-true classics, like their pork chop or barbecue chicken. Or opt for something less traditional, like Japanese eatery Baku or burger-sushi fusion restaurant The Cowfish. Happy Hour and nightcaps are Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar’s specialty. A selection of rich varietals from various regions and fun wine-tasting classes, like Wine 101, make sommeliers of us all.