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Why You’ll Fall in Love With Charleston

September 16, 2016

After visiting this charming city over Labor Day weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Charleston is my new US favorite! Sorry, New York, I love your food and I’ll never stop visiting you, but there’s just something about this historical city. If you haven’t been yet, I’m sure you’ll fall for it too! This city is what Instagram feeds dream of (or at least mine was happy)! We only spent 2 days in Charleston since we were also visiting Savannah, but I’m already dreaming up ways to go back. Mainly because it looks like this:

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And like this:

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And like this:

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Have I mentioned before how much I love cobblestone streets and colorful architecture?

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This city is full of that.

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Even their garages were prettier than my apartment building, and some of their alleys look like this:

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To find some of the loveliest spots head over to the French Quarter and walk toward Broad Street. South of Broad has so many gems including the famous Rainbow Row:

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If you keep walking south, you’ll hit the waterfront. It’s full of picturesque mansions, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a cotton candy sky during sunset.

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Their main shopping area is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen, and it goes on for several miles. Parking is terrible though, no one ever seems to move so you’re forced to a parking garage. From what we saw and paid, it was about $2 per hour which is dirt cheap compared to Chicago prices.

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Did you know that Charleston is known as one of the best food cities in the US?

Not only do they have great restaurants, I had no idea that they have some of the best coconut cake ever. I love coconut everything so I was very excited about this. After careful thought and research (yes, I do this for food) we decided to splurge on Peninsula Grill’s famous coconut cake. We only ordered one slice to go and that thing set us back $13, but it was the best slice I’ve ever had. It’s a hefty portion and it’s plenty for two. It’s been on tons of magazines, reviewed highly by many, and in my opinion worth a try!

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Restaurants I highly recommend in Charleston:

Smoke BBQ– YES! This place was so good, and we’re brats when it comes to BBQ because Chicago has one of the top spots ever so we’re always comparing. Go for the combination platter to try a little bit of everything.

Black Tap Coffee– They didn’t have coconut milk so I couldn’t have any of this deliciousness, but Jorge loved it so much that he went back for more the next day.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit– You’re in the south, you’ve gotta have biscuits! It’s a great place for a quick breakfast, and it’s really good. Go early because they sell out!

Belgian Gelato– We compare all gelato to Italy’s because obviously, Italy wins. However, Belgian Gelato is definitely worth a stop, especially when it’s 90 degrees out like it was for us.

Pearlz Oyster Bar– Charleston is right by the ocean so I couldn’t leave without trying their seafood. They have SO MANY options for seafood, I was a little overwhelmed. Jorge really wanted to try some boogers (oysters) so we decided to go with Pearlz. I had salmon and Jorge had a lobster roll with a side of oysters, and we were both really happy with our meals. Plus, they had a special and our cocktails only cost $4 so we were even happier!

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One last thing we did on our way out of the city was to visit the legendary Angel Oak Tree on John’s Island, a 30-minute drive from Charleston. It’s hundreds of years old, 66 feet tall, and its longest branch is 187 feet. My goodness, where does this tree end or start?! It’s a must-see if you’re visiting the city. We went on Labor Day so it was closed and fenced off, but we were still able to get a picture.

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14 Comments

  • Reply julieovaltrades September 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Yes isn’t Charleston the best? Just went there this spring, so upset I missed out on that coconut cake!! Next time.

    • Reply this darling world September 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Yes! I loved it so much! And the coconut cake is just another reason to go back. 😉

  • Reply Sarah September 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    You did an amazing job covering a lot of the city in 2 days! I have yet to try the coconut cake from Peninsula Grille but it has officially been added to my list. If you are ever in Charleston on a Friday, go to Callie’s in the morning! On Fridays they get fried chicken from Rarebit {where some of the best fried chicken and waffles are served} and they create the best breakfast sandy ever!

    If you do get back to Charleston, don’t hesitate to reach out for suggestions! I’m so glad you feel in love with Charleston 🙂

    Best,
    Sarah

    • Reply this darling world September 23, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah!! And yes it’s a must try at Peninsula, but honestly I’d love to try coconut cake all over Charleston because I’m sure it’s👌🏼. Next time! And thanks for the Callie’s tip that sound so good!😋

  • Reply Silvia Mourelle October 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Hello, What an interesting blog you have! 🙂 I m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I ll be visiting the South East for the first time next February and I ve noticed you’ ve taken many pictures of private houses. I ve been road-tripping USA for a long while and sometimes, specially in small towns and inner cities along the east coast, MA, CT, RI, I was kindly rebuked for doing so, unless it was an historical house. Police told me that owners don t like tourist taking pictures of their homes, and I get it. I don t allow people take pictures of mine, here. Is that allowed in Savannah, Charleston, etc? you did that without asking?Thank you!

    • Reply this darling world October 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      That’s a valid question, but honestly I’ve never ever heard of that. And, I’ve lived in the USA my entire life. Even when I travel abroad and get pictures of colorful homes or whatnot, I have no issues.

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  • Reply Annie March 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t try The Darling Oyster Bar! 🙂

    • Reply this darling world March 25, 2017 at 2:29 am

      Haha!! that would have been a perfect stop! Next time for sure. I’ll definitely be in Charleston again.

  • Reply a_estrada July 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Hi!

    I know your blog and IG through my friend Josselly Peterson who recommended me to your beautiful photos! Been a follower of yours for a couple of years almost!

    Each year for our anniversary my husband and I travel to someplace we’ve never been in the US. We’ve done Boston, Clearwater, Nashville, Austin, Galena, and several other places. We did Costa Rica for our honeymoon and last year we did Vermont and the Berkshires in Massachusetts. This year he’s been settled on Charleston. I wasn’t too convinced yet until Josselly told me to check out the blog because you had also been there. Gorgeous photos and recommendations. Quite affordable to fly there, too! Thanks for this post!

    • Reply This Darling World July 6, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Aw that means a lot! Thanks so much for following along on the adventures, and I’m glad this post helped give you some insight on how beautiful Charleston is! I really, really loved this city and cannot wait to go back. The architecture is very Europeanish and the food did not disappoint. Also, if you’re able to rent a car I recommend driving over to Savannah, GA (https://thisdarlingworld.com/savannah-through-my-lens/) as well! Totally different feel, but equally beautiful and only a 2 hour drive from Charleston!

    • Reply This Darling World July 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      By the way, love that you travel somewhere every year to celebrate that milestone! That’s such an awesome way to celebrate, we try to do the same as well. 🙂

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