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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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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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Charleston is known for many things, including lavish Sunday brunches. But you can forget the white tablecloths and reservations because the Outta My Huevos food truck turned breakfast on its head. Founded by former McCrady's employees who shared...
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544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
A two-story dining room with an always-packed raw bar, The Ordinary serves some of the South’s best seafood. Here, chef Mike Lata dishes up must-try options like a seafood tower, crab toast, fish chowder, and triggerfish with fingerling...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
In Charleston, historic preservation is a way of life, and Planters Inn lives up to that reputation. The 1844 building, originally built as a dry good store and warehouse and converted to a hotel in the 1980s, was restored in 2008 and furnished...
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773—is a cornerstone of the city's Museum Mile, a section of Meeting Street that boasts six museums, five historic homes, four parks, as well as important churches and...
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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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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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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
It’s a big deal when a chef wins a James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” It’s an even bigger deal when that chef’s successor wins the same award a few years later, but that’s exactly what happened at...
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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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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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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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157 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Burbage's opened on Broad Street in 1961 and was a family-owned business: run first by father, then by son. Their pimento cheese and barbecue sandwiches have been local mainstays for generations. When son Al Burbage decided to retire, the...
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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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476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Whether it's for breakfast, brunch, or a late eat after a night of revelry on King Street, owner Carrie Morey whips her mother's recipe of the freshly baked, handmade Southern staples inside this counter-serve bake shop. Consisting of flour,...
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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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171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The seafood-heavy menu at Blossom doesn't have anything too wacky on it: instead, it's made up of classics like fried oysters done up in gourmet fashion. It's a great spot for Sunday brunch.
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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's oldest fine dining spots, Magnolias has been turning out great creamy grits and gourmet pimento cheese for 25 years now. Try pecan pie for dessert!
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston Grill’s dining room is elegant, wood-paneled and quiet; the menu has a range of options to suit any palate, divided into four sections like “Lush” and “Cosmopolitan;” and there’s live jazz every...
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71 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Located at the intersection of Broad and Meeting, St. Michael's is one of the "Four Corners of Law": each corner of the intersection houses a historic government building, aside from St. Michael's--God's law! St. Michael's is also the oldest...
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136 Church St, 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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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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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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270 King 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.
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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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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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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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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...