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If you're wondering what else Aiken has to offer beyond a beautiful rural area with a gorgeous climate, look no further! The downtown area is historic, walkable and packed with shopping & dining, and arts & culture entertainment options.


Aiken has wonderful boutiques that specialize in everything from kitchen wares to horse paintings, book sellers to interior design elements. Several natural foods markets and the Aiken Farmers' market offer delicious local and gourmet delicacies. Fine clothes can be found at downtown specialty clothiers, high end franchise shops like Pinks and Talbots or at any of several department stores. Home improvement warehouses, supermarkets and large discount sellers are also nearby. Aiken has a fantastic flea market too!


In Aiken you'll find a wonderful variety of locally owned restaurants offering culinary delights from all over the world. There is cuisine from Italy, Greece, India and Japan just to name a few. There are also many eateries offering food from closer to home including an ice cream parlor, The Track Kitchen, numerous downtown cafes and of course, great southern barbecue. Most well known franchises are represented as well, from steak houses to lobster grills.

Arts & Culture

Many well known artists call Aiken home and exhibit in local galleries. Aiken is proud of its lively arts scene and hosts many visiting artists and musicians. You'll love taking in the shows at the performing arts center, galleries, cinemas, and playhouse. Learn about Aiken's fascinating history by visiting the Aiken Historical Society, Hopeland Gardens, Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Aiken Library. There are equestrian events for the public to see nearly every weekend all year round. Some favorites are polo, spring triple crown races, fall steeplechase, and the balloon festival.

Some of our favorite places to eat, shop and visit are listed here in a downloadable pdf of entertainment recommendations.

For more information you can visit the official City of Aiken web site or take a look in the pages of the Aiken Standard for local listings.