The graceful Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina is the perfect weekend getaway, though there is enough good food to keep you full for weeks. This total foodie town is defined by cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and the cutest pastel pre Civil War era houses. Talk about a place full of old southern charm and history.
Since our sister and brother-in-law lived there for a few years, we consider ourselves experts on the must-dos Charleston has to offer. Discover the best of the city with our recommendations below.
Sugar Bake Shop| This adorable bakeshop whips up everything from cookies and cupcakes to tarts and pies. Our eyes were a bit hungrier than our stomachs, so we picked out a lot of sugary treats to take home and were set for the weekend. Nothing disappointed. Make sure to find time for a quick stop, but remember they are closed on Sunday.
Basil| This bustling Thai restaurant on King Street is a favorite of ours. Offering refined Thai cuisine and an invigorating dining experience, it's one of Charleston's best. We recommend the Hot Basil Cocktail or Spiced Bourbon Cocktail, followed by egg rolls, spring rolls, and Pad Kee Mow!
Fish| This relaxed and inviting ambiance was the perfect stop for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers. Fish is home to South Carolina’s singular French Master Chef, boasting French and Asian classics like baked clams, mussels, and artichoke samosas. It's hard not to love a a place that serves $4 bubbles for happy hour every. single. day.
Husk| Husk is home to your typical Southern dishes, with the most inventive transformations, served in a restored Victorian-era home. It's probably already on your must-do list! After receiving so much buzz from their first location in Charleston, they've opened a second location in Nashville and have plans for Greenville, South Carolina (Fall 2016) and Savannah, Georgia (Spring 2017) next!
The Rooftop Bar Vendue| This rooftop bar at The Vendue Hotel offerscraft cocktailsand yummy bites with the best views of the city. The Hibiscus Gin Fiz was on point!
SNOB| Slightly North of Broad, or SNOB, is an eclectic bistro located in downtown. They serve southern and lowcountry cuisines in an airy, 18th century warehouse. Be sure to save room for the peach cobbler!
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Battery Park| The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall, scenic promenade and historic park, offering views of Fort Sumpter, antebellum homes and a number of other historic monuments. It is easily one of Charleston's top attractions and definitely worthy of a stroll through. Be sure to stop by the Pineapple Fountain for a picture!
Charleston Farmers Market| The market is open on Saturdays from April to November in beautiful Marion Square. It's made up of farmers and growers, food vendors, and artisans and crafters. Be sure to stop by the Rainbow House to check our their beautiful garden sculptures and bird baths, and don't leave without trying a Cheeseburger and Church Tea from the Gourmet Burger Co.
Historic Charleston City Market| You can't go to Charleston and not visit the famous city market. It's the city's #1 most visited attraction and one of the oldest public markets in the nation. The multi-faceted attraction has both a day and night market, but no matter what time of day you go, there is something to see, do, taste, or an eclectic item to take home.
Folly Beach| Folly Beach, on historic Folly Island, is located just 15 miles from downtown Charleston - a quick 25 minute drive that also takes you through James Island. The laid back town offers such warm and friendly southern energy. Its wide beaches, solid surfing, eclectic neighborhoods, and community of locally-owned restaurants and shops make it the perfect place to relax.
If you have time to make the trek, stop by theLost Dog Cafefor a mason jar mimosa orBowen's Islandfor some of their famous oysters. In addition to locally harvested oysters, the yummiest fried shrimp, hushpuppies, and Frogmore stew, it has the most amazing waterfront view. Be prepared for a line out the door and note they are only open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00-9:30.