Charleston is one of my favorite places in the US. The city is filled with history, beautiful architecture, whimsy, shopping, and fantastic food. What more could you ask for? I’ve compiled a little list of my favorites and hope you enjoy.
- Kayaking– absolutely beautiful areas to kayak in Charleston. Some AirBNB’s even come with kayaks you can use. There are also lots of options for kayak and paddle board rentals.
- James Island Angel Oak Tree– It is a short drive from Charleston to James Island, but this free attraction is totally worth it. The tree itself is enormous, it would be a fantastic spot for a picnic.
- Shopping– there is no shortage of great shopping in Charleston. Check out King St for boutiques and high end shops.
- Rainbow Row and Historic Downtown walking architecture tour. Every corner surrounding Rainbow Row is filled with beautiful homes and incredible architecture. Pick a pretty day, get some ice cream or a cold drink, and go for a nice scenic walk.
- Waterfront Park — a lovely park that houses the pineapple fountain that Charleston is known for. Perfect for picnicking, strolling, and people watching.
- Boating– Charleston is so close to the water that it would be a shame not to enjoy it. There are tons of options for varying lengths of time. Even if you sit near the water for dinner/drinks, you can’t miss out on this side of Charleston.
- City Market– an interconnected open air section of stalls where you can buy varied items from local artists and other vendors. Get a coffee or beverage from Coffee and Bananas and enjoy a stroll. Bonus points if its time for a farmers market.
The food scene in Charleston is incredible. There are so many options and each time I visit I convince myself I have a new favorite. The list below are just a fraction of the great places to eat in the area.
Fleet Landing was set out on a dock right beside the waterfront park. Not only was the atmosphere delightful, but the food was absolutely incredible. Their drinks were yummy and the covered patio would be perfect for a casual date night.
Poogan’s Porch is the perfect place for a girls brunch. Everything I have tried off the menu has been beyond delicious. Special props to the starters like fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese poppers. This southern food mecca is in an adorable house, and definitely worth a trip.
Edmund’s Oast has whiskey cocktails that are out of this world. The menu looked divine but all we sampled was the muscadine pie for dessert (which was out of this world delicious). The environment was swanky in a deconstructed way. This is the perfect spot for drinks with its great patio and excellent bar.
Taco Boy I am a sucker for all things involving tex-mex, tacos, salsa, or nachos. I was definitely not disappointed with eating at Taco Boy. There are two locations in Charleston, and I would totally suggest going if you are in the area. The real star of the show was the street corn on the cob. WOW. Perfect for after a trip to the beach.
Butcher and Bee- a cute restaurant right next to Edmund’s Oast and probably one of my favorite meals of all time. The Mezze Explosion was totally the right way to go. For $17 you can get a sampler of all of the apps (each of them were fabulous) and it was so incredible. Everyone loved it and we would all go back again and again and again — a definite must visit, in my opinion.
Prohibition — the patio was so cute, the cocktails were fabulous, and the food was great. The brunch there is a good option, and the dinner menu looked amazing. If the weather is nice I would totally wait a little longer to sit in the courtyard out back.
Tavern and Table –– another group favorite. Everyone adored their food, the atmosphere was cozy and very cute. It has a dock out back where you can see the water and boats. A totally solid option. I had the tilefish which did not disappoint.
Husk — everything was perfect. Make sure you have a reservation as walk in seating is rarely an option. I adored everything about this restaurant. The bar menu, the food, the setting. Another top favorite that is a must visit.
There are no shortage of drinking spots in Charleston as most restaurants have a pretty awesome cocktail and beer menu. My favorite bars that I’ve visited are:
- Stars– rooftop, frozen cocktails, very pretty and laid back
- Vendue– rooftop, multiple levels and partially indoors, laid back
- Griffin– sports bar style with dollar bills covering every possible surface
- Uptown Social — I’m told they have live bands on the roof most nights, definitely gets a younger crowd as the night goes on.
- Republic Garden and Lounge — the outdoor courtyard is such a great place to stop and sip a cocktail