On Monday, I posted some of my favorite photos and places in Charleston – today I’m posting the meat of the trip – the specific places to go and most importantly, where to eat! I’ve separated the list into “Where to Go,” “Where to Eat,” and “Where to Snack.” My sister and I had about two weeks to plan everything into 2.5 days so although we only spent a long weekend there, we really feel like we mastered Charleston the best we could (without a car, too)! Seriously after every day, we were like, “Dang we killed it today.” Ha!
Where to Go
Aiken Rhett House – second largest estate in Charleston, totally unrenovated and left in its original historical state. So stunning.
William Aiken House – we just walked by this one but it’s gorgeous and more updated.
Nathaniel Russell House – this house has been restored to almost its exactness from the 18th century and oh my is it stunning. If you go to the Aiken Rhett House you can go to this house for only $18.00 for both!
Walking Ghost Tour – SO FUN. Sounds so goofy but you learn a lot of history and some fun, creepy facts about the city.
Boone Hall Plantation – they filmed a lot of The Notebook in Charleston and a lot at this plantation. We learned a lot about life on the plantation and it was amazing! So beautiful and interesting.
Sullivan’s Island – a 20 minute drive from downtown. It’s so stunning and ADORABLE. It’s fun to be able to see a great beach so close to the city!
The Battery/South of Broad – The battery is along the water and there is an old, beautiful park next to it. South of Broad Street is where a lot of the bigger, older houses are. It’s really residential and will take your breath away!
Candlefish – an AMAZING candle and gifts store. We took a candle making class and it was sooo much fun. A must-do!
Lily Charleston – an amazing french-themed shop. They have the most beautiful gifts, jewelry, and perfumes!
Rainbow Row – This is where the classic and colorful row houses are – you can find these all over Charleston, but this area is noticeably more beautiful and quite a bit older! This is a Charleston classic.
Church Street – Charleston is called the “Holy City” because of how many churches there are – many built in the 17th and 18th centuries. They tower over the row houses and are stunning!
Where to Eat
Hominy Grill – Southern food at its finest! Get the mac n cheese.
The Watch Rooftop & Kitchen – sit outside if you can, you get one of the highest 360 views of the city + harbor.
The Obstinate Daughter – Favorite place we ate for the looks! It’s on Sullivan’s Island. The beachy vibes are so cute and so well-curated!
Bay Street Biergarten – we ate a late lunch so we shared a large caesar salad and it was great! They have fun brunch themes like Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake.
Butcher & Bee – the yummiest and healthiest brunch! It’s the cutest restaurant with the best vibe.
Zero Restaurant + Bar – tbh REALLY pricey at night with fairly fancy food so we did apps + desserts and it filled us up! They win for the yummiest mocktail, too!
Where to Snack
Kudu – really good coffee and other drinks! They’ve got a cute outdoor area, too.
Peace Pie – they make yummmmmo ice cream sandwiches! We split the Boston Creme Pie!
The Bearded Cafe – yummy coffee and pastries – get the Palmetto Mocha!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – so dang good. The line was around the corner by the time we left so be prepared!
The Rise – really good coffee shop – sort of NYC themed and very yummy!
I’m still not over how much I loved this city. I already can’t wait to go back and add to this list! What are some of your Charleston favorites?
Thanks for reading!
– Caitlin –
^The Obstinate Daughter
^Butcher & Bee