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, and the iconic Rainbow Row, there are fairytale like alleys including Stolls Alley and Longitude Lane.
Revelry Brewing Co
Locals favorite rooftop for drinking beer
Great beer and an incredible rooftop with sunset views make this brewery a locals favorite. They offer a rotating selection of interesting beers and often partner with local groups on new releases. They have a selection of Latin and Asian inspired eats available and frequently have live music. They more recently opened The Hold which is a cozy, moody sour beer brewery down the street.
Shem Creek Happy Hour
Sunset and drinks on the water
Grab a seat on the patio and watch the boats and paddle boarders go by with a drink in your hand as the sun goes down. It doesn't get much better than that. There are a few places to grab a drink and a bite on Shem Creek and we have linked one of our favorites, Tavern & Table here. Saltwater Cowboy is another favorite that is a bit more casual and Red's Ice House is the place for bar food and cold beer. Keep an eye out for passing dolphins!
Tavern & Table
Bare bones spot for Gullah staples
While this neighborhood spot has been serving it's soul food for year, it has maintained the quality that keeps locals and now visitors raving. You have to try the crab rice while you are here, and if you think you can manage, pair it with other Gullah staples like okra soup or lima beans.
Fried chicken, oysters and frozen drinks
Housed in a beautifully restored auto-body shop, this local favorite serves up seafood and southern staples. More specifically, their fried chicken and oysters draw in the crowds. And while those crowds will most likely mean a bit of a wait because they don't take reservations, order a frozen gin and tonic for an enjoyable wait. Once your done your meal, cap everything off with some soft-serve ice cream. If you like it here, try Melfi's and Little Jack's which are run by the same people who run Leon's.
Lower King Street
Boutiques, galleries and national chains
Lower King Street is the commercial section of downtown, packed with national chains, local boutiques and galleries galore. As you are walking, pop into any stores that catch your eye but look out for these favorites of ours that are listed in order, starting at Broad Street and working up to Calhoun Street: Preservation Society of Charleston for locally made products and books, Billy Reid for apparel from the southern designer, Buxton Books for regionally focused books, George C Birlant & Co Antiques for exquisite pieces from England, Worthwhile for thoughtfully designed fashion and objects, Candlefish for candles and candle making workshops, M. Dumas & Sons for southern menswear, Croghan's Jewel Box for high-end antique jewelry, and Hampden for designer womens wear, in addition to any galleries that catch your eye. If you continue a bit further up King Street passed Marion Square, Blue Bicycle Books is worth the walk.