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39F John Street, Hutson Alley, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This gorgeous, high-ceilinged lounge serves small plates and cocktails with a Cuban twist. You can buy cigars at the bar and take in live Latin jazz on certain nights. The spot also pays homage to Ernest Hemingway, with drinks named for his books...
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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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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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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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In search of the perfect ale, porter or lager? Look no further than the booming brewery scene throughout the Charleston area. Palmetto Brewery operations in the 1850’s and was revived by local residents in 1993, becoming the first brewery to...
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205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Occupying a full block in the heart of downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is the largest luxury hotel in the city and has all the perks a seasoned traveler might require, from a saltwater pool with retractable glass roof to old-school shoe shine...
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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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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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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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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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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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2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The restaurant where Sean Brock got his start, McCrady’s has a long history as a neighborhood watering hole and pub that goes all the way back to the 1700s. In 2016, however, the cozy building, with its brick interior and homey bar, got a...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Peninsula Grill is located in the Planters Inn, right on often-boisterous Market Street, but the restaurant couldn't be more peaceful with seating on a green and lovely cobbled courtyard or inside a hushed formal dining room. Enjoy the fresh fish,...
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188 E Bay St #201, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Social has a great food menu, with gourmet pizzas and lots of tasty plates for sharing. But where Social really stands out, especially in Charleston, is its wine list: with over four dozen wines available by the glass, there's no other spot in...
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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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453 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This spot's playfully retro-kitch interior (wood-paneled walls, taxidermied animals) shouldn't disguise the fact that it takes its beer program quite seriously: Closed for Business serves dozens of draft beers and has new ones coming in all the...
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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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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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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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150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
I probably have a biased fondness for Circular Church, as I grew up going there. But the building's Romanesque style has charms for any visitor. The building dates from the 1890s, but the congregation was founded in the 1600s, a history reflected...
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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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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Waterfront Park runs a picturesque half-mile along the Cooper River, from an exuberant fountain at its north end (near the cruise ship terminal), to North Adgers Wharf at its southern border. There is much to recommend a stop in this small...
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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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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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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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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.
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149 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Founded in 1961 and now run by the family's third generation, Ben Silver does a brisk catalog and online business, and its flagship King Street store is the place for classic, Charleston-style men's clothing: blazers, striped silk ties and...
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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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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...
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82 Society St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Muse is tucked away in a quiet Society Street Charleston single house and serves Mediterranean fare in its intimate, old-fashioned dining rooms. When the weather's nice, share a bottle of wine with friends on one of the restaurant's two porches.
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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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10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
You know how sometimes when traveling you can go out to a restaurant and feel like you are sitting alone as you watch all the regulars greet each other? Well, that won’t happen in Charleston, a city that has embraced family-style eating at...
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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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2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Cobblestones crisscross the streets leading to the Harbourview Inn. This area of historic Charleston, South Carolina is a place of secret gardens and pastel colored antebellum mansions. Located across the street from the Cooper River, the hotel is...
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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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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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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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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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229 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
In the South, it's quite easy to eat bacon at every meal—it shows up in everything from the Bloody Marys to the brussels sprouts. After several days in Charleston, however, you might need a break from all that meat. Thankfully, the crew...
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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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59 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This bakery and coffee shop serves a lovely delight called the Hummingbird. It's a vanilla cupcake with walnuts, pineapple, and a cream-cheese  icing: If banana-nut bread, a pineapple cake, and a carrot cake had a baby, it'd be the...
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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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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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90 Society St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Every where I travel, I seek chocolate. My son and I were having a fun day trip in Charleston, SC. After filling our southern stomachs to the brim at Jestine's Kitchen we went seeking the good stuff. The good stuff looks fresh, taste fresh and is...
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6 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Strolling through Charleston, SC can get exhausting when the heat is 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity is 100%! That's why I was so thankful to find this delicious Gelato shop. I recommend the pistachio with nutella on top.
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155 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you are into breakfast food, oh boy! I have found the place for you! Toast is a breakfast bonanza with monstrous, delicious french toast, as depicted in the picture and a non-stop flow of mimosas. That's right, drink till your drunk of...
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
I am a huge fan hats these days and I was fortunate enough to find the Charleston Hat Man shop in the Historic City Market. Found the perfect hat to keep the sun away while looking rather charming if I do say so myself!
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19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Reopened and rebranded in 2014, the Vendue (formerly known as the Vendue Inn) is all about the arts. With on-site docents ready to guide you around the property's exhibition spaces, an artist-in-residence whose studio is open to visitors, and...
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49 S Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of my primary objectives of domestic travel is discovering a local microbrewery that I had previously not heard of, even in cities not known for their beer, such as Charleston. In this case, we were seated at the Lowcountry Bistro, and I had...
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153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Sean Brock tested 40 types of corn for his hand-ground masa at the casual Minero. The Southern star chef loves pork, so don’t miss the carnitas tacos.
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209 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
For breakfast swing by Whisk at 209 Meeting Street for fruit juices, strong coffee, and sweet breakfast pastries. The smoothies start at $6.50, but you can also create your own juice if you are looking for a lighter option. We loved the classic...
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198 E Bay St #100, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you love a unique dessert make sure to visit Carmella’s at 198 E Bay Street. The café and dessert bar has numerous snacks including gourmet cakes and pastries, gelato, and Italian ice. They also have a wine bar, dessert cocktails and small...