WHAT TO EAT, DRINK, SEE, AND DO
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: Go to this tiny spot on King Street for Charleston’s best biscuits. Go early, or be prepared to wait in line!
Second State Coffee: Formerly known as Black Tap, Second State Coffee is one of our favorite coffee shops in town. Try the Lavender Latte and a blueberry muffin from WildFlour Pastry.
Miller’s All Day: Grab a Southern-style breakfast here. Don’t forget to order the grits!
Hominy Grill: Make sure to get to this Charleston landmark early. There’s always a wait, but the brunch is worth it.
One Broad: A visit here pairs well with a walk on Rainbow Row and along the Battery. It has a friendly neighborhood vibe and offers an approachable menu with something for everyone.
Daps: It's really hard not to order the fruity pebble pancakes—but everything will hit the spot.
The Daily: Popular coffee spot with cold-pressed juices and light breakfast options.
Kudu Coffee: Great coffee and courtyard patio.
Looking for a breakfast sandwich to go? Mozzo (downtown or in Mt. Pleasant) and North Central Deli have you covered.
Leon’s Oyster Shop: Leon’s is a hip oyster spot with some incredible fried chicken and even better soft-serve ice cream.
Xiao Bao Biscuit: Located in an old gas station, XBB has amazing Asian soul food. (And it has an equally amazing dinner menu.)
Butcher & Bee: Go for the sandwiches; stay for the good vibes. The mezze plate is a crowd favorite.
Basic Kitchen: Not-so-basic, but very fresh food in an incredible space. The cauliflower wings and beet margs are recommended.
Hometeam BBQ: TVs, Pork sliders, wings, beer, and "game changers" aplenty (there is a location downtown and on Sullivan's Island)
Little Jack's Tavern: The award-winning tavern burger is a must-try.
Chez Nous: Daily changing menu of local ingredients.
Mex 1: If you plan to venture to Sullivan’s Island (which is a twenty-minute drive from downtown), stop here first for tacos.
Cru Cafe: Quintessential Charleston charm of a restaurant in an former home. Make a reservation and ask to sit on the porch.
Monza: Recently revamped and still Clay’s favorite pizza in Charleston.
The Ordinary: Enjoy some of the best seafood in Charleston here. (And keep in mind they don’t have non-seafood options!)
Indaco: It doesn’t get better than rustic Italian fare in this happening space on upper King Street.
Purlieu: A new french restaurant produced by the team behind Cru Cafe. Make a reservation, everything on the menu is delicious.
Le Farfalle: This Italian restaurant is downtown right off of King street and has a amazing outdoor dining space. (Also great for lunch)
The Darling Oyster Bar: This oyster spot is not as high-end as The Ordinary, but serves up amazing seafood and is lively always.
Pane e Vino: A neighborhood-style Italian spot; be sure to sit outside in the courtyard
Graft: An approachable wine shop offering unique flavors to sip on in a sleek environment with great tunes.
Stars | The Vendue | Grand Bohemian Hotel: If you’re looking for a fun rooftop bar, you can’t go wrong with these options.
The Bar at Husk: If you can’t make it to Husk for lunch, the bar is just as fun. Get a bourbon in their cozy upstairs seating area.
Blind Tiger Pub: A staple hang-out for beer, ring toss, and courtyard enjoyment.
Vintage Lounge: A swanky wine bar with a fun atmosphere and cozy outdoor space.
The Royal American: A great dive bar and local hot spot—typically offering live music.
The Cocktail Club: Go if you’re feeling fancy or are craving a good cocktail. It also has a fun outdoor patio in the back!
Sullivan's Island: Family-friendly, wide open beach with plenty of restaurant options nearby.
Folly Beach: The low-key surfer's go-to spot with dive bars and rental houses aplenty.
Walk and Talk Charleston: Schedule a storytelling walking tour of historic charleston with the Lid Lady. (2hrs for $25pp)
Gibbes Museum of Art: American art depicting Charleston’s history among other fantastic works.
George Gallery: Contemporary American art.
Robert Lange Studios: Contemporary realism with a imaginative and diverse range of artists.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art: Galleries within CofC offering surprising and unique American exhibitions.
Corrigan Gallery: Local Charleston contemporary art.
Stroll down King Street to shop numerous boutiques. A few favorites:
Shoes on King
M. Dumas & Sons
Croghan's Jewel Box
Fieldshop by Garden & Gun