December 28, 2015


Over the holidays, I took a quick trip to Charleston. It was wonderful beyond words. I was completely taken with the city's architecture, history, people and food. Although I got just a small peek in to the Holy City, here is what I would recommend.


  • Black Tap Coffee - Studious, hip vibe. Get the flavored latte or the Black Julep.
  • The Park Cafe - A bit off the beaten path, but they have awesome cold brew drinks and great breakfast. Try the Siddhartha (cold brew, almond milk, caramel) or the Eastwood (cold brew, whipped nutella, coconut) and the Veggie Mess (curry veggie scramble). Absolutely adorable decor also.
  • Caviar and Bananas - Upscale market with lots of delicious looking things. Grab a pastry and a iced latte.
  • S.N.O.B. - We ate lunch at SNOB, but I've heard the dinner is great as well. It's a lively atmosphere with a Southern farm to table vibe. Shrimp and grits all the way here.
  • Chez Nous - An absolute must if you are in Charleston. Each day, the restaurant changes the menu and serves only two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts. Take a friend and order one of everything. Our dinner here was in the top five meals I have ever eaten. Plus, the restaurant is located in an old home, so it's a very charming and intimate vibe.
  • Magnolia's - Another great dinner spot. I would describe the food as upscale Southern food, or "Uptown Down South" as they like to say. Get the fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. 
  • Hall's Chophouse - We went over to Hall's for dessert and drinks only, but the dessert was incredible. It has a very loud and lively bar, and the owner of the restaurant personally greeted everyone who came in the door. The service was just as impressive as our Creme Brûlée and Bread Pudding!
  • Market Pavilion Hotel Roof - The drinks here are pretty standard, but the view is amazing. Grab a drink and hang out next to the pool (day or night) and enjoy views of Charleston and the Arthur Ravanel Jr. Bridge.


  • South of Broad - Walk along the water on Murray Blvd. and check out all the beautiful historic homes. We walked all the way to the battery and back again, it was a very relaxing morning activity. The homes in Charleston are really incredible and this street has the best of the best.
  • Art Galleries - We popped in a few art galleries in the French Quarter and on King Street. Charleston is home to tons of really talented artists, so this was a favorite activity on the trip.
  • Historical Tours - Unfortunately, we didn't have time to fit in a historical tour, but there is a variety of city tours and plantation tours available. Next time I visit a historical tour will be my first priority.
  • Rainbow Row - Rainbow Row is probably the most recognizable landmark in Charleston. Just South of Broad, the row of brightly colored houses is a great spot to snap some photos and appreciate how uniquely Charleston it is.
  • Shop, shop, and keep shopping (see below).



  • Candlefish - This was hands down my favorite store in Charleston. They have hundreds of candles from a variety of makers, including their own label. On one side of the shop, there is a library of Candlefish label candles with a bar where you can smell candles similar to how you taste wine. There is a Candlefish employee to walk you through the scents, and reccomend candles based on what you like. The best little detail is they give you a "library card" to mark your favorite candles, and then they keep the library card on file for the next time you visit. I ended up selecting #47.
  • Historic City Market - Located in the French Quarter, the City Market has stalls with local made goods. I especially loved the Charleston History Society booth that had all kinds of great Charleston goods that made great souvenirs and gifts.
  • Hampden Clothing - This shop had a beautifully curated collection of upscale clothing. 
  • Shoes on King - I mostly stuck to window shopping at Shoes on King, but they had a huge variety rom Sophia Webster to Lanvin. 
  • Croghan's - Another window shopping spot, but the jewelry here is incredible. It was a pleasure just to look around in this shop.

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