Y'all are probably sick of me talking about how amazing Charleston is. Sorry, not sorry. It is seriously the most perfect city. It is a perfect blend of beach, southern, history, culture, and adventure. If you ever get a chance to visit, do it! You will NOT be disappointed.
After spending lots of time in Charleston, I have quite a few favorite places and things to do that I figured I would share.
Mosiac Cafe, Mt. Pleasant- Fresh food and great atmosphere. There are tons of healthy options that do not compromise flavor. It is very affordable as well. I like the MMC Salmon, which is only $10.99. It is hard to find a beautifully cooked piece of salmon for under $15.
Cafe Medley, Sullivan's Island- I usually go here for breakfast. Their veggie sausage breakfast sandwich hits the spot. They serve coffee, salads, sandwiches, pastries, and even wine. It is the cutest little atmosphere and a perfect place to sit with your dog on the patio and eat breakfast.
Poe's Tavern, Sullivan's Island- This place is always packed. Get the cheese fries. You won't be sorry.
Red's, Shem Creek- This place is best for the atmosphere. The views are great and it's the perfect place to catch the sunset. You can sit and watch as shrimp boats, motor boats, paddle boards, and dolphins come down the creek from the ocean. There is a huge outside bar on the main patio and then an upper level with tables and another bar. The food is just as great as the atmosphere. You have to try the bourbon barbecue bacon wrapped scallops.
Taco Boy, Downtown and Folly Beach- This place is super cool and has the best tacos. Jake insists on going every time he's in town.
Verde, Downtown- This is a build your own salad place on King Street. This is a place to go if you want something healthy and fast. You pick your lettuce and then your toppings. It is very well priced as well. I just recently discovered it and am kind of obsessed.
Cru, Downtown- This is a cute little place in an old house. This place is great if you want something different and interesting with a Southern flair.
Magnolias, Downtown- I will be honest, I haven't tried very many of the more expensive restaurants downtown. I hear there are some excellent ones, though. I did try Magnolias and it was worth it. It is southern food with a southern atmosphere.
Of course, there are many other amazing restaurants, these are just some of my favorites.
Things to do:
A day at the beach on Sullivan's Island- Sullivans is my favorite beach in the area. It is less touristy and very pretty. You can also walk down to main street to some amazing restaurants. Isle of Palms is more touristy and has those typical beach shops. It does have more waves, though, if that's what you are looking for.
Watch the sunset at Fort Moultrie- Fort Moultrie is at the end of Sullivan's Island, facing Fort Sumter. It is cool to see all of the cannons and you can even go in the fort. This is the best spot to watch the sunset.
Paddle board or Kayak on Shem Creek- My first kayaking experience here wasn't the best. But it is such a beautiful area that it makes it a good place to do both of these activities.
Carriage Tour Downtown- Yes, it is a very touristy thing to do. I learned so much about the city that it made it so worth it. You get to see historical homes and sites and hear interesting stories. This is a must when you visit! Go to the Red Barn for your tour.
Roof topping(is that a word) downtown- I love rooftops and downtown Charleston has some great ones. I really like The Rooftop at Vendue Inn. It over looks the city and the water. The Pavilion Bar is right in front of the Customs House and overlooks Market Street. It has a beautiful pool with fountains that make the atmosphere great.
Visit Market Street- Market Street is, well a street, that has tons of tables set up with people selling their goods. Most likely you will find seagrass baskets, jewelry, paintings, and much more.
Eat lowcountry staples- Have Shrimp and Grits and Lowcountry boil at least one time
Take a walk- walk the bridge, walk the boardwalk at Shem Creek, or walk the fishing pier at Folly Beach
Shop King Street- King Street downtown has some amazing shops. It has all of the upscale places like Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade, all of the midrange stores like J.Crew and Banana Republic, some good bargain stores like Forever 21, and some super cute boutiques. King Street has a little bit for everyone.
Take part in History- visit Fort Sumter, Boone Hall Plantation, Patriots Point, Edmondston-Aiston House, The Battery, or The Old Exchange. Wander around the cobblestone streets and read the signs of all of the historic significance in the city.
Until Next Time,