I recently took a little girls trip to the charming city of Charleston. I met my cousin Catherine there for 5 days of shopping, good food, wine and laughing until our cheeks hurt. I received many recommendations prior to heading there and read a bunch of blogs to get some ideas (my cousin Tori went to college in Charleston and hooked us up) and I wanted to share some of my favorite places that we visited with you!
Eating out and trying local cuisine in a new place is one of my favorite things about traveling.
1. Butcher & Bee is a lunch and brunch restaurant that has delicious sandwiches, salads and prepared veggies. I ordered a veggie burger that was enormous and was filled to the brim with fresh veggies, a black bean burger and fresh bread. Catherine ordered the ham and cheese sandwich (which I stole a bite of) and it was like grilled cheese on crack. I would recommend eating here if you're looking for a quick lunch or brunch on your way to shop. There is also cool street art in their court yard to check out. Butcher & Bee is BYOB
2. The Daily is a coffee shop and market owned by Butcher & Bee, located right next door. The Daily has delicious cold brew coffee, cold pressed juices, lattes, food, beer and wine. I would recommend stopping by the Daily for an afternoon pick me up.
3. Prohibition is a restaurant that Catherine and I stumbled upon our first night in town and ended up returning to another night (we liked it that much!). Prohibition's ambiance is what pulled us in but their food and creative cocktails is what made us return. We split the gnocchi, wings and bread. We cleaned our plates and could not stop raving about the food! I had a jalapeño margarita which was a fun twist on my usual drink. The service at Prohibition was friendly, speedy and polite.
4. SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) was a restaurant recommended to me by my cousin Tori. SNOB is on the fancier side and has an awesome wine list. Catherine and I split the charcuterie plate, sword fish and the sweet potato tamale. All of the dishes we tried were delicious. I would recommend saving this restaurant for a special occasion or date night.
5. Taco Boy was one of Catherine and I's favorite restaurants from the trip! We both love Mexican food and Taco Boy did not dissapoint! The outside patio is adorable with lights strung everywhere. The guacamole is one of the best I've ever had (I am obsessed with guacamole!!) and the nachos were the bomb.com. I would definitely make a pit stop at Taco Boy for lunch or dinner if you're planning a trip to Charleston.
6. Glazed is a donut shop that Catherine really wanted to go to and I was definitely in to taste test! Glazed donuts have zero preservatives and the dough is all made in store. The donut shop runs out of donuts almost every single day before closing time and after trying them out we know why! You guys, Glazed donuts changed.muh.life....they were that good!
7. Sugar Bakeshop is not only the cutest bake shop EVER but they bake some seriously amazing desserts! We ordered 4 mini cupcakes to try and 2 cookies to take home (which obviously didn't make it home). The red velvet cupcake was my favorite along with the M&M cookie.
Admittedly when we first made our to do list for the trip all that was on it was restaurants and bakeries (sorry I'm not sorry). We then decided that we should probably do other things besides eat the entire time (but why?!).
1. Candy Shop Vintage is a shop that we heard about from The Everygirl blog and could not have loved it more!! The store is owned by the fabulous Deirdee Zahl, who we had the chance to meet and chat with and boy, was she lovely and stylish! Candy Shop Vintage is a mix of vintage jewelry and pieces designed by Deirdee. I picked up one of her bracelets from her up and coming line Charleston Rice Beads collection and have not stopped wearing it since.
2. Mac & Murphy is an adorable stationary and paper company store that sells the cutest and most creative cards, stationary and paper goods. I picked up a few cards and a calander while there.
3. Moon and Lola is a store we saw across the street and both Catherine and I stopped in our tracks when we spotted it. Moon and Lola sells the cutest and most fabulous accessories that any girl would love to wear! My favorite part about Moon and Lola (aside from the heart eye worthy decor) was the charm bar where you could make personalized jewelry!
1. Rainbow Row is probably one of the most famous attractions (and most photographed locations) in Charleston. Rainbow row is a series of 13 historic houses (colorfully painted). They are beautiful and fun to walk past. Catherine and I got stuck behind a tour group while walking down Rainbow Row and got a free little history lesson ;).
2. Waterfront Park is along the Cooper River and has a boardwalk with big wooden swings out along the water and beautiful fountains along the walkway. My favorite fountain is the pineapple fountain because that is where Jon and I got engaged a few years ago :).
3. Folly Beach is 11 miles long and along the Atlantic Ocean. The drive to Folly Beach is beautiful and straight out of The Notebook. Catherine and I did not spend the day at the beach but made a stop there to walk along the boardwalk.
Charleston is one of the most charming cities that I have ever visited! The culture is so rich and it's hard not to have a great time when you visit. I hope I helped give you some ideas of where to visit when you travel to Charleston. I know I will for sure be making many more trips there while I am living in the south.
Thank you so much for stopping by!