Wander South of Broad
Quintessential Charleston neighborhood
With it's gorgeous homes and cobblestone streets, South of Broad is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the country. The best way to see it is wander around, getting lost among the streets and alleys, always stopping to read the historic landmark plaques on the sides of the buildings. In addition to the beautiful Legare, Church and Tradd Streets, there are fairytale like alleys including Stolls Alley and Longitude Lane.
Blind Tiger Pub
Laid back pub with incredible patio
Locals flock to this Charleston institution with one of the best patios in the city when the weather is nice enough to sit outside. There are fire pits for when it is a bit cooler, shady trees for when the sun is out, and a bar out back so that you never have to leave.
Nathaniel Russell House
Opulent and impeccably restored mansion
Nathaniel Russell spared no expense when constructing his elaborate home that was considered one of the finest in its day. The crown jewel of the structure is the three-story, free-standing staircase, but the most moving part of tour is the stop at the cramped living quarters of the enslaved workers, which are in stark contrast to the lavish home.
51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC
Thirteen picturesque row houses
While these Georgian row houses that run from 79 to 107 East Bay Street were built starting in 1740, they weren't painted in their eye catching hues until 1931. Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased 99 and 101 East Bay Street when the stretch of houses was in a run down section of town and painted them a pastel pink to brighten up the area. Their neighbors started to follow suit, creating the rainbow you see today.
Gaulart & Maliclet
Casual and affordable French meals
Known locally as Fast & French, this cozy and friendly spot is perfect for any meal of the day, but is a favorite for their $13 lunch specials that comes with a glass of wine. If you don't know what to get, their soups are popular.
Stoll the historic, beautiful, postcard of Charleston
Walk along the Charleston Harbor, gazing out at the water, the historic houses, and the beautiful White Point Gardens. Be sure to look out to Fort Sumter, taking in the same view citizens of Charleston had as the Civil War began. As you are walking along The Battery, keep an eye out for the placards that tell the stories of Robert Smalls and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Smalls escaped slavery and freed many others along the way by commandeering a confederate vessel and surrendering it to Union forces, after which he joined the Union Army and later became a US Congressman. The 54th, the second African-American regiment in the Union Army, lost 40% of their men at the nearby Battle of Fort Wagner but are remembered for their courageous fighting on both the battle field and in the realm of Civil Rights. Hang out until sunset to catch one of the best in the city.