With our trip booked to visit my parents and having been to Charleston, South Carolina a handful of times myself, I thought of no better way to celebrate my excitement than to put together the ultimate guide to The Holy City– with help from the new Charlestonians themselves– view the best-in-class to-do’s, restaurants (of course), cocktail bars, rooftops, cafes, and dessert places– some new and some hidden gems.
Want to dine in a historic bank? Church? Railroad station? Check. Want to see the best views of the many rivers, ocean and creeks? Check. Want the freshest seafood around? Double check. With no further ado, I give you– from hours of intense personal research and straight from the horses mouth– the best guide to Charleston, South Carolina you’ll find from here to Chucktown.

CAFES/COFFEE SHOPS

COCKTAIL BARS

DIVE BARS

  • Faculty Lounge
  • Market Street Saloon
  • Recovery room
  • AC’s
  • Local 616
  • Royal American
  • Upper deck Tavern
  • Burns alley
  • Tin Roof
  • The Griffon (you literally have to)
  • Bar Normandy

RESTAURANTS

  • The Macintosh Kitchen
  • Minero
  • Spero
  • High Cotton
  • Magnolias
  • 492
  • Rappahannock Oyster Bar
  • Lewis BBQ
  • Gaulart & Maliclet
  • The Granary, MP
  • Sorghum & Salt
  • The Obstinate Daughter
  • The Belmont
  • 39 Rue De Jean
  • Cannon Green
  • Hymans Seafood
  • Bin 152
  • The Daily
  • The Palmetto Cafe
  • Kitchen 208
  • Home Team
  • Pearlz Oyster Bar
  • Poogan’s Porch
  • Red Drum
  • Carmella’s
  • Hyman’s Seafood Co.
  • Lost Dog
  • 167 Raw
  • S.N.O.B
  • Cypress
  • Indaco
  • Edmunds Oast
  • The Taco Spot
  • The Darling Oyster Bar
  • The Grocery
  • FIG
  • The Ordinary
  • Husk

ROOFTOPS

  • Bowens Island Restaurant
  • Harborview Restaurant & Lounge
  • Salty Mikes
  • Fleet Landing
  • Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar
  • The Vendue Rooftop
  • Èlevé
  • The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
  • Carolina Ale House
  • Stars Rooftop
  • Revelry Brewing
  • Freehouse Brewery
  • Charleston Harbor Fish House
  • Tavern and Table
  • The Boathouse at Breach Inlet
  • Coda Del Pesce

HIDDEN GEMS

  • Coast Bar and Grill
  • Passerelle Bistro
  • Circa 1886
  • Xiao Bao Biscuit
  • Shem Creek
  • Mosiac Cafe
  • The Taco Spot
  • The Vintage Coffee Cafe

DESSERT

  • Park Circle Creamery
  • Cirsea Ice Cream
  • Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Café
  • Jeni’s (obviously)
  • Paolo’s Italian Gelato
  • Kilwins
  • Belgian Gelato
  • Beardcat’s
  • Republic Ice Cream

TO DO

  • City Market
  • The Drewberry
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, bike ride
  • Courtyard of the Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
  • The Wentworth Mansion
  • The Restoration Hotel
  • The Port Mercantile, at the Restoration
  • Blu Gorilla Tattoo Parlor (first tattoo parlor in Charleston!)
  • The Aiken-Rhett House
  • Magnolia Plantation
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Angle Oak Tree
  • Cypress Gardens
  • Westbrook brewery
  • Holy City Brewery
  • Boat Charter
  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier
  • Downtown Folly Beach
  • Sea Turtle Sanctuary
  • Earthling Day Spa
  • Candy Shop Vintage jewelry
  • Candlefish
  • Ro Sham Beaux, vintage antique
  • Heirloom Book Company

By now, you now probably understand why my parents *ehem* “stole” our idea to live in Charleston–so much beauty, so much energy and history, a much slower way of life that I’ve been craving. Every phone call always includes “I can’t believe we live here”– which just makes my heart swell. I can’t wait to see them, report back with more stories and photos (that is, if I actually do come back…).

12 days and counting…

//TMI

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