Hampdenmy absolute favorite boutique in Charleston and one of my favorite boutiques in general. Hampden carries lines including Loeffler Randall, Tibi, Equipment, and more. The girls who work there are dolls too!
Beckett Boutiquea fabulous boutique filled with amazing lines like Elizabeth & James, Holst & lee, Viktoria & Woods, and Rebecca Taylor
Cynthia Rowleyalong with Hampden, Cynthia Rowley is the other shopping destination I stop at first upon arriving in Charleston! There are only a few Cynthia Rowley stores in the country so it is a real treat to have one in Charleston! I die for her designs and really gravitate toward her dresses.
Lilya lovely little jewelry, stationery, and gift store. They carry jewelry that the owner has found in markets in Paris. I have a few earrings from here that are among my favorite pairs I own.
Skinny Dipa collective store filled with a mix of well-curated mini boutiques. You'll find clothing, accessories, decor, Charleston items, and more. Plus, there is a coffee shop/bar upstairs that serves delicious coffee and in-house froze that you can enjoy on their outdoor lounge!
Candlefishsimply put, this is the best candle store I've ever been to. They do super fun candle making classes also!
Shirtinithis shop is just what it sounds like... a shop specializing in shirts. They specialize in classic white button-downs for women but have a few pops of color in the store too.
Peyton Williamsbeautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry made with gorgeous colored stones. Peyton William has a bangle like bracelet with a clasp that is perfect for people like me who have tiny wrists.
Candy Shop Vintagea small space full of lots of beautiful jewelry, art, clothes, and trinkets
Finicky Fillyas this store is owned by a mother daughter team, it's the perfect place to pop into to shop for girls and women of every age. They carry great brands, lots of affordable pieces, and fabulous accessories.
Julia Santen Gallerythe most amazing vintage poster store. I have a few original Givenchy sketches from here and I treasure them.
Celadonanother fabulous home store with gorgeous furniture + pillows and other great accessories.
Indigo & Cottona wonderful shop for guys. Their button-downs are perfection. I find myself wanting to buy them for all my male friends!
Moon & Lolathis is our one stop shop for adorable monograms.
Mac & Murphya marvelous little card store! They have a card for every occasion whether it be happy, sad, funny, or just because. They also do beautiful specialized paper and stationery.
Indigo Marketthis is quickly becoming one of your favorite home stores in Charleston. The shop is very well curated with a mix of of-the-moment trend pieces with little antiques to great Palm Beach-esque pieces of furniture (think bamboo chairs).
Cannonborough Collectivesituated on Cannon, right in the middle of other creative store owners (i.e. Candy Shop Vintage and Mac & Murphy), the Charleston Collective sells a collection of locally sources and made products like Charleston Weekender Turkish towels. It’s a bright, colorful, and happy shop!
Madison Matthewsif you love whimsical little beach cover-up and striped button-downs then you’ll love visiting the brick and mortar shop of southern designer Madison Matthews. I also adore this shop because its nestled on one of my favorite streets in town, Church Street.
Vieuxtempsa beautiful gifts store and the single best place to go for wedding registries and monogramming in Charleston.
Open Doorhaving a party or little gathering? Then pop into Open Door for everything you need to entertain in style!
Palm Avenuethe go-to shop in Charleston for Lilly Pulitzer. I always find current Lilly dresses and tops here.
Charleston Krewepreppy, southern ties, bow ties, belts, scarves, coaster, cups, you name it.
Goorin Brosthe ultimate hat store. I love their wide brim felt hats.
Leon's Oyster Shopdine at Leon's for the atmosphere and the best hushpuppies and fried chicken in town. I also love the siam salad and oysters!
The Macintosha knockout restaurant. I order the deckle and a housemade cocktail.
167 Rawgolly, the lobster rolls are amazing! The seafood here is so fresh and the housemade chips and guacamole are perfection (I order the guac with the tuna poke).
Trattoria Luccanestled in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood of Charleston... It's my favorite Italian restaurant in town. The menu changes daily/seasonally but if you're lucky they will be serving the warm cauliflower sformatino appetizer. It will rock your world.
The Obstinate DaughterI simply love this restaurant on nearby Sullivan's Island. The geechie fries are a must along with the shrimp po'boy or any of the pizzas. Plus, they have an ice cream shop too!
Cannon Greenyummy seasonal Mediterranean food with a southern twist. A great spot to grab a drink, enjoy a long brunch, or gather for dinner. They also have a gorgeous event space.
Callie's Hot Little Biscuitsthis place does biscuits and they don't mess around! They are open during the day and open late night for those out enjoying a cocktail or two.
The Rarebitthis place does a mean chicken and waffle dish for breakfast and brunch and then serves it again on their late night menu.
Xao Boa Biscuittake a break from Southern food at XBB for creative Asian comfort food.
Hominy Grillsimple yet really well done southern food. They also serve you mimosas and cocktails from a window if you're waiting for a table! The okra and shrimp beignets are a must.
FIGlocally sourced food that will give you the perfect taste of the Lowcountry.
The Darling Oyster BarI love this restaurant for it's fresh seafood and oysters. The tiled floor, large bar, exposed brick walls, and pops of green make for great decor vibes too.
The Ordinarygo here if your a big seafood + oyster eater. You won't be disappointed.
Jestine's Kitchenthe best no frills Southern food in town. There is always a line out the door.
Oak Steakhousethe premier steakhouse in Charleston. Everything here is fabulously done.
Halls ChophouseI love dinner here - they stay open late! - but I also love Sunday brunch here as they have Gospel singers perform. The live music at dinner will not disappoint either!
Henrietta'sa southern brasserie, if you will. The menu is French inspired but still deeply rooted in the south. Everything is delicious and I think it has some of the best service in all of Charleston. To note: it's located in the Dewberry Hotel oh, and don't skip dessert here.
Fulton Fivethe perfect, yummy, romantic Italian spot for date night or a nice meal out with your parents.
Le Farfallewith so many delicious Italian restaurants in town, it can be hard to pick a favorite but Le Farfalle should definitely be on your list. It has an upscale vibe (this white marble countertops) and a delicious selection of appetizers, vegetables, pastas, and mains. The space is big so it’s a great spot to consider going with a larger group.
Stella'sthis restaurant opened with resounding praise! Go here to take a break from southern food… the Greek inspired restaurant will have your heart singing… so will the speciality cocktails (and I don’t even love Greek food!).
Julietthe pizza here is mouthwatering. I think it is the best pizza in town so if that isn’t enough to convince you to visit then I don’t know what is.
Minerothe best place in Charleston to cure your Mexican food craving. They have great chips and guac!
Tua welcome change of pace from the more traditional food you find in Charleston. Tu is a true "foodie" restaurant with an über cool minimalist atmosphere.
Goat Sheep Cow NorthGoat Sheep Cow has been a favorite of my family for forever. Their original location in located in the South of Broad neighborhood so it has always been a little local gem of a cheese shop. Now, with the Goat Sheep Cow North location, you can enjoy all the delicious wine, cheese, charcuterie, and more in their big plush booths or adorable little outside patio. The North location also has a shop so you can take home your favorite meats, cheeses, and wine. It’s one of my favorite places to go for happy hour in the city. Oh, and my sister would want me to share that the grilled cheese is phenomenal!
Félixa Parsian-inspired café and cocktail bar with an atmosphere of today's Paris. It's so so charming!
High Cottongorgeous dining rooms + Southern charm + delicious food. I love brunch here! P.S. they filmed The Notebook here.
Poogan's Porchthe restaurant occupies an old house so it is charming from start to finish. I love the biscuits here too!
Lewis Barbecuethe single best place to go for bbq in the Charleston area. If you consider yourself a bbq lover then a trip to Charleston isn’t complete without stopping here for a bite.
The Park Cafémy favorite meal at Park Cafe is breakfast. The light and airy space has amazing avocado toast and a delicious breakfast sandwich.
Butcher & Beeone of my favorite all-around restaurants in Charleston. Every meal of the day is amazing here and I love the healthy options on the menu (their menu is all locally sourced).
Edmund's Oastif you’re a beer drinker then be sure to spend an afternoon at Edmund’s Oast trying their local beer that’s brewed on sight and their new American fare.
Caviar & Bananasgourmet market and café style stop with great grab and go options.
The Dailycoffee lovers will be right at home here. They also have yummy smoothies and great little bites that everyone will love like avocado toast
The Glass Onionall natural, local, and fresh Southern soul food. Need I say more?
Huriyalithe yummiest healthy café for smoothies, juices, bowls, salads, and sandwiches. I love their smoothie bowls!
Mercantile & Masheverything comes together here… it’s a grocery, coffee car, wine and butcher shop, in-house dinning, and games!
Tavern & Tablecome here for the food but also for the outdoor bar and patio. It is on the water in Shem Creek and the perfect spot to find yourself on a beautiful day or for evening happy hour.
Sugar Bakeshopa neighborhood bakeshop with sweets and treats that are just as good as your grandma's famous recipes.
Cocktail Cluba wonderful little bar that is half indoors and half outdoors. Go on Sunday nights for half priced bottles of wine and live music.
Stars Rooftopa rooftop bar with great specialty cocktails and 360 degree views of Charleston.
The Belmontlocated on upper King Street, the Belmont is one of my favorite bars to go to for a relaxed (yet delicious) cocktail with friends. You won't find a pretentious vibe here and you'll actually be able to hear the friends you are chatting with (unlike many bars).
Bin 152Charleston's go-to wine and cheese bar. It's a great place to unwind after a full day.
The Gin Jointa cozy, intimate place to grab a drink & small bites. Their cocktails are always changing & ever interesting! You can also create your own cocktail based on your favorite adjectives.
Vintage LoungeA swanky old school vibe wine bar. It's the perfect place to spend an evening with girlfriends nestled into the plush booths.
Warehousean industrial-chic neighborhood bar with craft cocktails and elevated bar food. One of my favorite weekend spots.
The Watch Rooftopthis rooftop is a must because it has views of the entire city. The Watch has a farm to table menu and has delicious specialty cocktails. Plus, with it's white marble tables and sunset views, it is a very Instagram worthy place.
The Vendue Rooftop this watering hole gets voted the best rooftop bar in Charleston year after year. The views are not to miss.
Market Pavillon Bara rooftop bar with gorgeous views, signature cocktails, and yummy bites too.
Prohibitionlate night food, crazy-interesting cocktails, an extensive liquor, beer, and wine list, live music, and dancing... what more do you need? Oh, and they have swing dancing lessons!
Black Tap Coffeego here for flavored lattes (the lavender and honey are musts!) and to set up shop to get a little reading or work done on your laptop.
The Harbinger Caféhandcrafted, health-conscious breakfast and lunch + coffee. The atmosphere will make you feel right at home + the cookies are out of this world.
Zero Georgetraditional yet contemporary are the vibes you'll get at this boutique hotel. It's composed of five historical residential buildings and they offer amazing cooking classes!
86 Cannonadore, adore, adore! I absolutely put this boutique hotel on the top end of my favorite places to stay in Charleston. The Inn is owned by a husband and wife who used their vision to purchase an old Charleston house and turn it into a luxury 5-bedroom B&B. There are three common spaces – a library, a bar, and a dining room - as well as two long porches, ample parking spaces, and complimentary bikes available to guests too. They also serve a light breakfast as well as cocktails at happy hour. You can just book one room or you can book out the whole house + you can host parties there and bring in chefs for big meals in. 86 Cannon truly offers everything!
The Restoration Hotela hotel situated right on King Street that oozes with Southern Charm but also has rooms and suites that feel like they could be your friend's apartment. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar, The Watch.
The Dewberrya gorgeous luxury hotel that, I think, has a very New York City meets Charleston feel. Expect old-world charm with a modern edge. The hotel's bar, Living Room, and restaurant, Henrietta's, are both fabulous spots in the city and musts, especially if you're staying in the hotel.
The Spectator Hotela luxurious hotel where old meets new. You'll want to cozy up in the bar all evening. The Spectator has a great location too as it is right by the old city markets.
Vendue Innan art filled boutique hotel with a great rooftop bar.
The Governor's House Innthis bed and breakfast is the former house of the youngest signer of the Declaration. The house oozes with character and has a wonderful porch for guest to relax on.
Carriage Tourthe best way to see Charleston. I recommend doing a carriage tour on your first day in Charleston to help you get a lay of the land, learn some of the history of the city, and see beautiful parts of town you might have missed otherwise. My carriage tour guide company of choice is Palmetto Carriage Tours.
Historical Home Toursthe best house tours are the Edmondston-Alston House, the Calhoun Mansion, and the Nathaniel Russell House.
Historic Plantation TourThe Charleston area boasts a handful of historical, sprawling old plantations. The must-see plantations to visit for history tours and garden wanderings are Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, and Middleton Place.
Ravenel Bridgea 6-mile walk back and forth on the walking/biking path on the side of the bridge is a great way to get a little exercise outdoors and to walk off some of the amazing food you’ve been eating! The views are pretty gorgeous too!
South of Broadwalk through historic downtown Charleston to take in the gorgeous and unique architecture of The Holy City
Hampton Parkwhile I never get tired of walking around all the picturesque neighborhoods of Charleston, if you want a change of scenery, the perfect place to go for a walk or a picnic is Hampden Park. It is 60 acres big and always has something new in season blooming.
Sailingmy parents found Captain Paul of Charleston Sail years ago and we still love and use them to this day. Paul and his wife own the boat and take you out on marvelous little sailing trips. We always bring wine and some snacks! It’s the perfect way to see Charleston from the water and enjoy a beautiful day.
The Gibbes Museum of ArtOne of my favorite ways to spend a leisurely afternoon is wandering around The Gibbes Museum of Art admiring the exhibitions and the architecture of the building itself. It is one of the best museums in the South!