Foodie heaven on earth: A guide to eating, drinking and exploring Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is making its way to the top of everyone’s American bucket list and it’s easy to see why. A charming little southern city with mild weather and an amazing food scene — what’s not to love? It’s a perfect weekend destination — or a place to spend a full week exploring the different areas, heading to the beach, wandering the islands, and doing all these things below:

1Eat a lot of food!


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Charleston is known for its Southern cuisine and you should take full advantage. My favorite spots for breakfast/brunch include Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (a must!), Hominy Grill and Husk. My favorite spots for dinner include Husk and FIG; both are award-winning restaurants and beyond amazing. I can’t recommend any two restaurants more. For more budget-friendly options try: Leon’s (best oysters), Magnolias, Poogan’s Porch (best BBQ) or Minero (tacos).

2Visit a plantation!


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Some of the most charming features of the Southern USA are the beautiful plantations. Charleston is no exception and boasts a ton of plantations, most less than 20 minutes away from the city. While I visited Charleston, I chose to visit Magnolia Plantation and it was absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend as one of your stops in the South! I could have gotten lost there all day.



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Charleston has a lively nightlife and it’s even affordable (compared to New York!). Check out the Rooftop at Vendue for views of the city or Grill 225, best known for their smoking Nitrotini cocktail.



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Charleston has a ton of good shopping between little boutiques and the big name brands. King Street is the most famous shopping street in Charleston. You could easily spend a full day walking up and down, shopping at every store you see.



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You can’t visit a bustling city like Charleston without seeing the top sites. While I spent most of my time in Charleston just walking around the cute little town, I also really enjoyed walking along the Charleston Battery and Waterfront Park (right along the water) as well as visiting Rainbow Row, of course. Rainbow Row is the most popular and most photographed area of the city and it’s easy to see why – a line of townhouses in rainbow colors. It’s not to be missed. Another fun sightseeing activity is taking a carriage ride around the city. City Market is also a great place to get souvenirs for anyone!

Read more in depth about what to do in Charleston on my blog From East To West.

Rachel Shulman is a seasoned travel blogger specializing in planning in-depth guides for destinations around the world. She has lived in 4 major cities in her 27 years of life (New York, New Orleans, Prague and Tel Aviv) and has traveled to 30+ countries with no intention of stopping soon. She owns From East To West, a travel blog outlining her travels and writing detailed, efficient guides and itineraries for cities and countries as well as reviewing locations, accommodations, restaurants and tips and tricks for traveling.