Shopping and Dining

Downtown Swainsboro is emerging as a hub for both culture and commerce. The district boasts art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and shopping opportunities that have lent to Swainsboro being known as a destination location! This section highlights some of the opportunities you’ll find to Shop, Dine and Enjoy “Historic Downtown Swainsboro.”


Whether you are looking for good down-home cooking, a gourmet sandwich or a casual dining sit-down restaurant, you’ll find it all in Downtown Swainsboro. Here are three Restaurants we’d like to feature for you:

Wares BBQ

Wares has been a Swainsboro tradition since 1958. The Wares brothers get to work early each day preparing their specialty BBQ recipes. There is a small sit down porch area but most patrons get their food “To Go” to avoid the large crowds that flock to Wares for their Brunswick Stew, BBQ Chicken, and homemadecake Potato Salad and Slaw.

Must Try: BBQ Ribs and the BBQ Loaded Baked Potato

Berni’s On West Main

*Coming Soon!* Berni’s On West Main is conveniently located at 114 West Main Street, offering a beautiful view of the fountain at Patriots Park. Berni’s features a classic menu of steaks, seafood, and more. A full bar is available. Off-street parking is located in the rear.

Legal Grounds

Legal Grounds offers downtown’s only espresso bar, featuring a full menu of coffee drinks, herbal teas, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches, wraps, and more.11247896_1648362195381716_1147053949502842376_n Many gluten free items are available, including pastries. Breakfast is served all day along with a deli lunch menu. Be sure to check out the daily special.

Must Try: Caramel Latte and the Southern Breakfast


The new Downtown Swainsboro Domino’s Pizza serves up all of your favorites, including pizza, wings, pasta, and subs with a unique dine-in option. If you prefer to enjoy your pizza at home, Domino’s also offers delivery and carry out with a convenient pick-up window.

Must Try: Artisan Pizza and Specialty Chicken


The Downtown Region is growing by leaps and bounds and offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities. Whether you are looking to visit for a day trip or live in Swainsboro, here are a few practical, fun, and interesting places to visit when you come Downtown:


The best part about rummaging through an Antique store is that you never know what you’re going to find (or what you NEED). The Peddler I & II,  Hollywood on Main, Rainbow Antique Mall, and the Main Street Market offer a full day’s journey through a variety of vintage items. Antique furniture, vintage toys, historical artifacts, glassware, and art are just the beginning!

Specialty Stores:

The Downtown region offers more variety and specialty stores than can be mentioned in one sitting. Whether it’s practical, like a pharmacy, or a gift, like jewelry, or just fun, like toys, you can be sure to find it Downtown. The region offers dollar stores, home accessories, and gift shops galore. To see a full list of all the shopping opportunities in Downtown Swainsboro, please check out Downtown’s Business List!

The Arts:

The Main Street Market at the Boneyard and the Emanuel Arts Council are just two of a number of businesses in Downtown Swainsboro that offer new and exciting contemporary artwork. With rotating shows, you can always visit Downtown and see something new! Artists from all over the United States send their work to shopping_1Downtown Swainsboro to be displayed. Venues like The Jade Rabbit Restaurant & Bar adorn their walls with artwork to add to the atmosphere while dining. Whether you come to view or buy, the arts are an integral part of the life of Downtown.


Looking for something specific? B & K Electronics, The Computer Shoppe, and REI Computers can help you find or order any part you need. These shops offer a premiere shopping experience for all your electronic, gadget, and computer needs. Browse through their stores located Downtown and find what you need and then look for what you want.


Offering a variety of outlets for urban and formal wear, Downtown Swainsboro helps complete your shopping experience with clothing stores that fit your needs. Carl Lee’s Urban Fashions and Fashions Unlimited offer the newest accompaniments to your wardrobe for any occasion.

Home Furnishings:

Whether you are looking for home décor, home furnishing or just want to look around, Custom Furniture and Designs on the Square offer you more than you expect. With friendly, knowledgeable staffs who are near experts on what would complete the look and needs you have for your home, you have a shopping_4friend in the Home Furnishing Business in Downtown Swainsboro!

Salons and Cosmetics:

The Downtown area offers a variety of Salons, Barbers, and Cosmetic Studios that are open to visitors and community members. These barbers and salons are always busy and have become a major part of the Downtown experience. Each studio offers a variety of spa services by appointment or walk-ins. Rich Barber Shop, Shear Perfection, and Studio 204 are among the Studios and Barbers that call Downtown Swainsboro home.

For a full list of the shops, stores, salons, and much, much more in Downtown Swainsboro please CLICK HERE