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What We're Loving: Charleston Edition

Written By Kayla Douglas

A city best experienced by weaving through its historic streets tasting your way through her innumerable restaurants and bars, Charleston offers foodies and history buffs the best of both worlds. Join us for a jaunt through the “Holy City,” consistently voted a top destination worldwide.

Stay

For a stay marked by the #TheArtOfBelmond, look no further than Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the city. Beyond the ample dining outlets right on property, guests will love that they can take advantage of facilites like the spa, pool and rooftop bar. We love a stay on the Club Level for the ultimate treat; the Club Lounge on the 8th floor has free-flowing beverages (served with the friendly banter of their incredible staff!), afternoon tea, pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and a generous dessert spread in the evenings. Plus, for families on property, Belmond doesn’t miss a beat, offering daily kid-friendly rooftop movies at both 4pm and 6pm. | Full Property Review >>

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Dine

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts: The perfect spot for a mid-morning sugar rush, this King Street institution is frying up tasty artisanal donuts throughout the AM. Just be sure to come before they run out!

Basic Kitchen: While so much of Charleston’s cuisine can err on the heavier side (bring on the gravy and biscuits, please!), this is a great place to visit when you’re craving a bit cleaner meal. From the light, bright interiors – dare we say, Instagrammable wall art? – to the friendly staff, you’ll love this break from the norm in CHS. Don’t leave without trying their housemade kombucha.

Pearlz Oyster Bar: Barely 24-hours into your time in town and we guarantee that you’ll find yourself on a mission to try (and rank) every local oyster you can get your hands on. Luckily, there are no shortage of places to do it. We love the oyster happy hour at Pearlz, with a location downtown as well as in Avondale, an up-and-coming neighborhood just over the bridge.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: Let’s face it, no matter what, it’s going to be hot during your visit. Let Jeni’s help with that. Their artisanal scoops are constantly being updated based on the season ­– so you can expect fun options ranging from Boston crème to dairy-free peanut butter and jelly. Oh, and the waffle bowl is excellent.

167 Raw: With the potential to be a highlight of your entire trip, it’s easy to say that 167 Raw is worth the wait. We mean that literally as you can’t make a reservation at this tiny seafood joint, but fear not, the only thing standing in between you and that dozen oysters is a glass of rosé while you wait. Just promise us you won’t leave without having the melt-in-your-mouth buttery lobster roll. Not to mention, whatever tacos are on the menu that night, you won’t be disappointed!

PRO TIP: They stop taking names closer to 7pm as the small space can accommodate a limited number of guests per night, so try to arrive on the earlier side to get your name in for dinner.

Darling Oyster Bar: For a bit more diverse menu with lots of Southern fixings (hello, fried chicken on a biscuit during their Sunday brunch!), Darling does the trick. Not only are their shuckers serving up incredible oysters from all over South Carolina, they also do a mean seafood platter for the guest that’s craving lobster and beyond. The fried clam strips are also incredible.

Chez Nous: Oh là là, where do we even begin? First, with a reservation. Then, with the fact that you won’t know the menu until the day of your res. Each afternoon, Chez Nous’ staff posts their handwritten menu with just two options per course to Instagram; what follows is simply magic, we promise. Perfectly paired with a variety of options from their extensive wine list, this spot is tailored for the Francophile foodie of your group. Just don’t skip dessert!

PRO TIP: Resy allows you to book a table in the dining room, bar or terrace. If you’re cool with the humidity, the outdoor tables bathing in candlelight make for a truly romantic experience.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: Did you even go to the South if you didn’t have a biscuit? We think not. There’s a reason Callie’s is famous ­­– just be sure to hit it before their 2pm closure.

Rodney Scott’s BBQ: With a name that may look familiar thanks to appearances on Top Chef and mentions in the NYT, Rodney Scott rose to critical James Beard acclaim after year of perfecting his BBQ technique alongside his family. Today, he’s established his smokehouse as a neighborhood institution, drawing crowds from far and wide. Whether you are craving ribs, a catfish po boy or even wings, Rodney has you covered.

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PRO TIP: Looking for an interactive activity while you’re shopping? Participate in one of their BYO candle-making classes! Learn how to pour your own candle while sipping on your beverage of choice in stunning space; that’s what we call a win-win.

Looking for even more Charleston shopping? Take a look at our guide with stylist Erica Hanks, here.

Drink

Rarebit: Did someone say Moscow mules on tap? No, just us? Okay, well here’s your spot for it. Or, on the chance you want to keep it booze-free, they also have their homemade ginger beer on tap!

Fig: Notoriously a tough dinner reservation to score, we’re putting Fig on the bars list with the caveat that you arrive at 4:45pm ­– 15-minutes prior to opening ­– to score bar seating. Their seasonal, artisanal cocktails are worth stopping alone. But, if you’re also in the mood for some bites, this is the place to do both! We love the “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” cocktail for a spin on a negroni and the yellowtail crudo for that extra punch.

Uptown Social: A great nightcap spot on King Street, not only are the cocktails lovely, but the vibe is even better. Later in the evening, a trio band really kicks things up a notch, so it’s the perfect spot for that live music fix.

Charles Towne Fermentory: Out in Avondale, this distillery is a great spot for beer-lover of your group. They’ve got a bunch of great options on tap, but the Tropical Creamsicle Sungazer IPA is a real crowd pleaser.

No matter where you end up in Charleston, you’re sure to be swooning over its endless Southern charm. So, what are you waiting for?

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Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
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Holy Spokes Bike Rental, 7 Radcliffe St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 480-9859
Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 724-7324
Rainbow Row, 83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (803) 528-8317
Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414 | (843) 571-1266
Boone Hall, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 | (843) 884-4371
Dine
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, 481 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 577-5557
Basic Kitchen, 82 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 789-4568
Pearlz Oyster Bar, 153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 577-5755
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, 501-A King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 212-5113
167 Raw, 289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 579-4997
Darling Oyster Bar, 513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 641-0821
Chez Nous, 6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 579-3060
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, 476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 737-5159
Rodney Scott’s BBQ, 1011 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 990-9535
Shop
City Market,188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 937-0920
Goorin Bros Hat Shop, 377 B King St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 518-4287
Candlefish, 270 King St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 371-1434
Amanda Lindroth Designs, 445 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 371-1581
Drink
Rarebit, 474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 974-5483
Fig, 232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 805-5900
Uptown Social, 587 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 793-1837
Charles Towne Fermentory, 809 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 | (843) 641-0431

 

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