It’s been about a week since we returned to Cincinnati from our trip to the Isle of Palms and Charleston, South Carolina. (Hopefully you caught my travel guide to Asheville at the beginning of our trip here and here.)
It’s taken me awhile to decide exactly how I wanted to share the (literally thousands) of pictures I took on our trip. Finally, I decided to start by sharing my most favorite must-dos and must eats in the city. I’ll follow that up with my favorite eats on Sullivan’s Island and some of the other excursions we did on our trip next week.
So, let’s get started with the must-do’s:
- Visit The Charleston City Market in downtown. This open-air space is (admittedly) a little touristy, which I often try to avoid, BUT if it’s your first time, you’ve GOT to at least walk through. You’ll find countless local vendors offering everything from sweetgrass baskets and flowers to leather goods.
- Take a walk along The Battery and Rainbow Row. My absolute FAVORITE thing to do in Charleston is to wander the streets and admire the seriously amazing architecture (so much so that it’s getting it’s own dedicated post!). If that’s not necessarily your thing, though, you’ve got to at least check out Rainbow Row and The Battery.
- Take a Harbor Tour. I’ve been visiting Charleston for years, and this was the first time we’ve done a Harbor Tour. It was SO fascinating to learn how the city has changed over the years, it really gives you a totally new perspective of the city. Plus, there’s a bar onboard (wink wink).
- Visit the Pineapple Fountain. A gorgeous area to take a few photos and catch some shade.
- Where to eat: There are SO many delicious restaurants in Charleston, it’s hard to narrow them down, so I’m going to list a few of my personal favorites AND some that were recommended to me as well:
- Poogan’s Porch – a lovely restaurant in an old home downtown that has classic southern cooking. Plus the story behind Poogan is pretty adorable.
- Husk – a higher-end restaurant with a non to Southern food (seeing a pattern?) Highly recommend.
- High Cotton – Seriously gorgeous inside – you might recognize it from The Notebook
- Tattooed Moose – Good beer, supposedly amazing food.
- Fleet Landing – actually the only restaurant on the water in Charleston-proper
- I also HIGHLY recommend hitting one of the many rooftop bars for drinks around sunset. The views of the Holy City are unmatched.
Ok, ya’ll, there you have it! My must-dos in downtown CharleySouth! Stay tuned for my photos from wandering the streets coming soon!