Visiting Charleston, South Carolina should come with a warning label: you won’t want to leave. There are so many facets to this charming city – centuries-old architecture, picturesque gardens, craft eateries and beautiful beaches. My four days there barely scratched the surface of Charleston’s offerings (although I left plenty of empty oyster shells in my wake). So my advice to you: plan on making a repeat trip.
Here are some places I visited and loved…
Where I stayed: 86 Cannon
Nowhere embodies the spirit of Southern charm and hospitality quite like 86 Cannon, a newly renovated boutique inn situated in the heart of Charleston. Owners Marion and Lori nail every detail – from the welcome glass of champagne and beautifully-designed rooms to pre-packed beach bags and complimentary bikes. Every morning included a darling breakfast spread (like above) followed by coffee on the the open-air piazza. Later, it was back again for nightly wine and cheese service. After four days at 86 Cannon, it really felt like home (albeit, my home does not include daily housekeeping and wine tastings – a girl can dream though!).
Where I ate:
FIG: a happening dinner spot so make a reservation early!
The Ordinary: the BEST meal I had in Charleston…order the New Orleans Style BBQ White Shrimp
The Darling Oyster Bar: two words: oysters + rosé
Park Cafe: great for breakfast and patio hangs
Sugar Bakeshop: don’t leave without a grapefruit cupcake!
Pancito & Lefty: order the Aguachile with spicy shrimp
The Harbinger Cafe: the peanut butter toast with roasted peach compote is EVERYTHING
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen: the perfect place to catch a Charleston sunset
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: world’s best biscuits!
Where I drank:
The Belmont: next to Darling Oyster Bar – delicious dranks!
The Daily: juice, breakfast sandwiches and coffee
Black Tap Coffee: the lavender latte is a crowd favorite
Five Loaves Cafe (downtown): trendy juice bar…order the Green Machine
Have you caught the Charleston bug, too? Share your recs in the comments below. I’ll need them for my return trip. 🙂