Charleston has felt like a second home lately with the amount I’ve been there for both work and fun! One of the most frequent messages I receive are from people planning Charleston trips and looking for places to go and things to do while there. I’ve been wanting to do this round-up for awhile, and figured this is the perfect time to share some of my favorite spots!
Melfi’s is a clubby classic Italian restaurant with really delicious authentic food. Even though it may feel like a white tablecloth kind of place from the photos, the atmosphere is comfortable and I love ordering their pizza- it’s so good!
Malagon serves up both large and small portions of their incredible Spanish tapas, along with offering really unique Spanish wines, beer and cheeses. I was so impressed and will definitely be back next time I visit.
This hotel is quintessential Charleston. The decor, architecture, customer service experience and location all completely immerse you in the city.
I also want to mention that there are so many amazing vacation rental homes in Charleston! If you are looking for something with a full kitchen or if hotels aren’t your thing, Charleston is a city where I’ve never been disappointed staying at a rental. Airbnb or Vrbo are my go-to’s!
For Pre-Dinner Meet Ups
There are so many places to go and grab a quick appetizer or drink before a dinner reservation or evening out. If you’re feeling fancy, I really enjoyed Cocktail Club and The Gin Joint. If you’d like something a little more casual but still really fun, The Watch at the Restoration Hotel is a great spot, and the bar at Little Palm may be the most aesthetically pleasing place in the entire city (probably because it’s pink!).
Yes, dessert needed its own category. This is solely to tell you that you cannot leave Charleston without going to Kaminsky’s and getting the raspberry cobbler. Trust me!
I’m always one to go to a city and immediately find their beach and both Folly Beach and Sullivans Island are gorgeous. Folly definitely has a more laid back, family atmosphere of the two if that is what you are looking for. If you’re interested in taking in the sites, I definitely recommend a walking tour in the residential section “South of Broad” (literally meaning south of Broad Street) to see some really beautiful homes and architecture. Also, you’ll never go wrong checking out the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens!
I’ll be sure to keep updating this as I discover more of the city, because every time I go I find new hidden gems to fall in love with. What are your favorite places to go in Charleston?