It’s easy to become enamored by Myrtle Beach’s colorful lights, towering attractions, and pristine beaches, but don’t forget that this seaside haven is also one of the East Coast’s most-visited shopping meccas. Families frequent crowd-pleasing destinations, such as Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, the Coastal Grand Mall, and Tanger Outlets, to discover the region’s best apparel, jewelry, footwear, and knickknacks. Yet, a small, lavish storefront common near the airport typically garners the most praise from travelers thanks to its high-end brands, modern architecture, and polished interiors. This contemporary palace is known as Myrtle Beach’s Market Common. Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of this underrated attraction is the array of Market Common restaurants, ranging from eye-catching sushi to classic Southern fare.
The Best Market Common Restaurants
While this shopping district only spans 114 acres, there are countless Market Common restaurants worth revisiting time and again. It wasn’t easy leaving Gordon Biersch Brewery and King Street Grille off of this list as their craft ales and happy specials, respectively, are difficult to top. But, alas, these three eateries stood tall among the competition. It’s also worth noting that the Market Common is approximately 10 miles from Sand Dunes Resort and North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, a recently re-branded and renovated beachside paradise.
1. Tupelo Honey
Tupelo Honey is an idyllic marriage of flavorful Southern comfort food and sophistication. During the warmer months, travelers flock to Tupelo’s large patio. But the modern yet rustic interior design is reminiscent of those classic family restaurants of decades past. With a menu highlighted by wild-caught shrimp and grits, honey-dusted fried chicken, and Lowcountry catfish, you won’t possess the ability to leave Tupelo Honey off of your meticulously-planned itinerary. The mixology team at Tupelo Honey, meanwhile, is skilled, charismatic, and swift.
2. CO Sushi
While Japanese cuisines certainly aren’t for everyone, there’s no denying the creativity and culinary skill of the itamaes at CO Sushi. This sleek, hip sushi joint isn’t your run-of-the-mill Japanese eatery—the plate presentation, inventive concoctions, and luscious flavors trump most Market Common restaurants. We cannot get enough of those spicy maki rolls, Cambodian poke bowls, and the poached egg pho.
3. Crepe Creation Café
The best breakfast in Myrtle Beach, SC, according to many past guests, can be devoured at Crepe Creation Café, one of the only early-morning Market Common restaurants. Yes, this down-to-earth cafe has nearly a dozen dessert crepes. But the breakfast and savory crepes are where they make a living. It’s not easy to find a smoked salmon, cordon bleu, or Tuscan chicken crepe in these parts. Crepe Creation is the perfect locale for a midday snack in-between stints of window shopping.
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After a full day of shopping, dining, and live entertainment, retreat to the sandy beach beside Sand Dunes Resort, North Shore Oceanfront Hotel, or Ocean Annie’s Resorts. Splash inside our complimentary water park, walk the beach, and enjoy live music at Ocean Annie’s Bar before retiring for the evening. And don’t forget that Myrtle Beach is home to a wide array of unique museums, world-class fishing destinations, and countless attractions. Please give us a call today at 800-726-3783 to book a well-deserved, long-awaited escape to sunny Myrtle Beach!