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479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Charleston, South Carolina ranks in my book as one of America's top food cities. I recently stopped by The Macintosh to try their much-raved about brunch. Chef Jeremiah Bacon (yes, real last name) turns out heart-stopping dishes like rabbit hash,...
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83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of...
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207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For those seeking a true taste of Charleston, it’s hard to recommend anywhere better than Hominy Grill. You’ll likely have to wait for a table, but just grab a drink in the front courtyard until it’s your turn to sit. Meals...
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832 State Hwy 171, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
While Charleston is known for Southern hospitality, there is a vibrant art community here. Famous street artist Shepard Fairey was born here and Doug "The Sheepman" Panzone is following his lead. Behind a run-down strip mall on the way to Folly...
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79 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Owner Brett Carron launched his men’s shop, Indigo & Cotton, in April 2011. He has amassed a small collection of independent all-American brands, such as Raleigh Denim, a North Carolina jeans company that stitches every pair with...
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76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
At this Charleston hit, James Beard Award–winning chef Sean Brock reinterprets traditional Southern dishes with a steadfast commitment to local and regional ingredients—the restaurant even has its own garden. Constantly changing, the...
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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Few places mean more to Charleston than Bowens Island Restaurant, which has existed in one form or another since 1946. The original building, covered in Sharpie messages signed by diners over the years, burned to the ground in 2006. Current owner...
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3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
A visit to a Charleston historic plantation is typically on every traveler’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case with Lowcountry wilderness rather than tamed rows and...
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117 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The Governors' House Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast, but what really stands out is the kindness and comfort that its staff offer. This inn highlights the Southern experience with its warm and inviting yet sophisticated decor, as well as the...
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0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Zero George consists of five structures: the main building fronting George Street, built in the early 1800s as two separate structures; two additional examples of the “Charleston single house,” a long and narrow building with an...
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191 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This family business has been in operation since 1922. They sell 18th- and 19th-century antiques ranging from silver tea sets to intricate grandfather clocks, and also offer reproduction furniture made by UK-based cabinetmakers.
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Charleston, SC, USA
When it comes to the Angel Oak’s age, estimates range wildly from 300 to 2,000 years. What everyone can agree on, however, is the tree’s immense beauty—its sprawling canopy shades 17,000 square feet of ground, its trunk measures...
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Visitors start their journey to this national monument at the education center on Liberty Square, where exhibits bring to life the first battle of the Civil War. They then take a ferry to the actual fort, located on an island at the mouth of the...
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476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, a mail-order business selling from-scratch biscuits, opened up this counter-service restaurant in 2014. Naturally, biscuits make up a big portion of the menu, with sweet and savory options available...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Gothic Revival building hosts the United States' only independent Huguenot congregation. Try to get inside the sanctuary to see the elegant nave.
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6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Everyone seems to be talking about Chez Nous and, frankly, it’s easy to see why. A meal here feels like dining at your most fashionable friend’s place. The restaurant is tucked away from the main drag in a beautiful Charleston single...
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101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
Officially named the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, this landmark extends 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, making it the second-longest pier on the East Coast. It’s also 25 feet wide, allowing ample room for walkers, fishermen,...
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970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Come for the drinks and stay for the music at the The Royal American. This “hole-in-the-wall” bar along Morrison Drive gets you up close to hip bands while drinking a beer, a signature punch, or the house made cinnamon whiskey, and dining on pub...
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
If you are a fan of trinkets and ephemera, you'll have a blast at the Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773. Focused on South Carolina Lowcountry, the location is a part of the Museum Mile, a section of Meeting...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston's Waterfront Park has a great path along the river, ample benches both stationary and swinging, and fountains that are open for kids to splash around.
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251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you head to Charleston looking for fried chicken, collard greens, and banana pudding, Jestine's Kitchen is a good place to get it. This isn't nouveau fancy southern food--no gourmet touches, just the classics done right.
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Once the center of commerce in Charleston, the City Market is now the heart of tourism. Although its location near the cruise terminal can make it feel like a kitschy open-air market in the Caribbean, the tackiness is part of its charm. Yes,...
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
It's hard to believe that this spot is just beyond the tourist epicenter of the City Market: unpretentious and elegant, it's been serving up fresh sandwiches, oversized salads, and great fried green tomatoes since 2002.
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133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Queen Street Grocery is a quintessentially Charleston spot, set in a residential neighborhood and open since 1922. It has served as the surrounding neighborhood's corner grocery store for decades, but in recent years it's acted as a café as...
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Hampton Park, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Located in the northern part of the city, Hampton Park is by far the biggest green space on the peninsula. It contains beautiful oak trees, a fitness trail, and lush flowers (including one of the city's best collection of roses).
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66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424, USA
With its Spanish moss-draped oak trees and beautiful stucco buildings, the College of Charleston's campus is a great place to take a stroll. The beautiful Randolph Hall, which has appeared in movies from The Patriot to Dear John, is a particular...
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701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
What do you get when you mix bocce courts, shuffle board, the ‘80s arcade game “Defender”, and an old-fashioned jukebox with domestic whiskies, beer, wine, craft cocktails, and bar food? Why it’s Charleston’s newest American whiskey and beer bar,...
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You don’t have to search hard to find the perfect spot to toast Charleston’s unique skyline with a moonlit cocktail. The Pavilion Bar atop the Market Pavilion Hotel in the middle of downtown boasts views of historic Charleston and a rare rooftop...
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98 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Gaulart & Maliclet (or as most locals call it, Fast and French) opened up in 1984 and it's been an institution ever since. I started tippling Orangina there as a pre-teen and still try to stop by every visit south (though now I go for the...
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467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
King Street has no loss for places to have a nice Sunday brunch. AC's is not one of those places. Known as the college students' hangout for their cheap beers, the mood shifts come Sunday mornings when the same hipsters show up to drink $1.50...
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698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Leon’s is a meticulously renovated former auto-body shop that's now famous for oysters and fried chicken. Don’t overlook chef Ari Kolender’s shrimp roll, though—lightly dressed with horseradish mayo, it’s served...
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224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
XBB, as locals call it, occupies a remodeled and brightly furnished former gas station in the Elliotborough neighborhood. Catering to its surfer clientele with Nicaraguan beer, the spot also offers a constantly changing menu of authentic Asian...
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St. Alban, a café/tapas bar/wine bar, just opened up in January 2015. With its sweet hand-drawn menus and mismatched vintage plates, it couldn't get more picturesque.
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6617 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
Charleston has a long plantation history, but the most unique attraction in the city is the Charleston Tea Plantation. Located on Wadmalaw Island, it's one of the few places where tea is still grown and produced in the United States. The tea...
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329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For many Charlestonians and tourists, every Saturday is spent in Marion Square at the farmers’ market. Students nursing hangovers wait in line for a crepe at Charleston Crepe Company while farmers from John's and Edisto islands sell their fresh...
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511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
With its pressed tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, and extensive cocktail menu, The Belmont could easily be mistaken for a bar in Brooklyn. But the laid-back vibe is pure Lowcountry. The Belmont is one of Charleston's first craft cocktail bars,...
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701 E Bay St #106, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This home goods store curates beautiful, functional objects from artisans across the United States, with a heavy dose of local producers, from Brooks Reitz's Jack Rudy tonic to Linda Palmer's pottery.
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59 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Bakery and coffehouse in Charleston serving a lovely delight called the hummingbird. Vanilla muffin with walnuts, pineapple, and cream cheese sugar coated icing. If a banana nut bread, a pineapple, and carrot cake got together, the hummingbird...
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Charleston is a place where people like to overindulge: rich foods, cocktail hours that stretch on endlessly, long days in the sun. The elixirs from Dellz Vibes are a much-welcome antidote to all that hedonism, especially because the juices (like...
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481 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
It's always hard for me to choose which doughnuts I want when I go to this place, because they've got a menu of fancy flavors that's always rotating. The big chocolate-filled Black and White? The apple bacon fritter? Or maybe next time I'll try a...
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70.5 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This coffee bar serves great pour-over coffee, has a lovely selection of teas, and makes incredible cold brew that customers can buy by the glass or by the growler. A clean, serene environment for a work session or chat with friends.
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1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This cavernous brewpub has a wide-open kitchen, a long bar, tall communal tables, and a patio shaded by live oaks. If you can, grab a seat at the chef’s counter and watch the team spread creamy aïoli on locally made rye...
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152 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Bin 152 is a sweet, cozy spot right in the middle of King Street's cluster of antique shops. Fittingly, the wine bar also serves as a market and art gallery. Convivial, quiet, and candle-lit, it's the perfect spot to catch up with a friend over a...
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549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Bay Street Biergarten opened up in 2013 and has won a following for itself with its extensive draft menu (60 beers strong!), great outdoor space, and German-oriented menu (think schnitzel and brats).
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2169, 182 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The Gin Joint opened in 2010 and was Charleston's first real dedicated craft cocktail spot. Five years later, it's still going strong with its creative drinks menu (including a "bartender's choice" option for the patron who wants a surprise) and...
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474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The classic cocktail list at The Rarebit is hard to beat: Moscow mules served in gorgeous copper mugs, Manhattans with a touch of Benedictine. The food menu is composed of similarly solid throwbacks: a pork chop with mac and cheese and green...
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437 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Proof serves great classic cocktails, like Manhattans and Sazeracs, but it's also a good place to get a glass of wine or some beer (fancy or cheap). The rotating snacks menu is small but solid—try a pickled egg.
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547 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Prohibition serves great classic cocktails, like a Blood and Sand and a solid mint julep. The place also serves fancy comfort food (chorizo- and mushroom-studded mac and cheese, pork chop with a ginger-peach glaze), hosts live music and swing...
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122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Among the most important buildings used during the American Revolution is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Today, the upper floors house period antiques and clothing, while the dank dungeon offers a window into the conditions American...
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51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Neoclassical house, built in 1809, is maybe the best historic home open for tours in a city dripping with history. The interior (note the gorgeous elliptical staircase) and lush gardens are open to visitors, including for occasional...
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135 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The distinctive Dock Street Theatre, located in the French Quarter, has had many lives: the building served as a hotel for decades and was restructured to become a theater as a Depression-era WPA project. Renovations in 2010 have brought the...
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2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
White Point Garden is located on Charleston's Battery, and it's surrounded by beautiful grand mansions. There are sweeping views of Charleston Harbor, and ample trees to hang a packable hammock and relax for awhile. The historic park is a good...
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Kiawah Island, SC, USA
No trip to Charleston would be complete without spending at least some time by the sea. Nearby you’ll find beaches for every style and season, from the family favorite Isle of Palms to the quiet, exclusive Seabrook Island. Kiawah Island...
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6812, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
There may be imitators out there, but when it comes to sweet tea vodka, the best, and original, is Firefly. Located on a barrier island 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina, this vineyard started making their own muscadine vodka back in...
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308 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This Charleston mainstay has been run by the same family for over a hundred years. Ring the door buzzer to look over their mix of antique and new jewelry. They're great at repairs, too.
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332 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This shoe store opened its doors in 1950, and has the best selection of high-end shoes in the city. In the Zappos era, it's refreshing to visit a store with such warm and solicitous service.
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71 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful candle and gift shop sells items from local producers Produce and Rewined, among others, and hosts candle-making workshops in their space.
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74 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This sweet paper goods store sells items from local and national designers, including Charleston artist Sally King Benedict and Brooklyn-based Linda & Harriett.
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56 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This store sells a mix of antique and vintage goods like cut paper silhouettes and industrial locker baskets alongside artisanal soaps and coffee table magazines like Gather Journal and Kinfolk.