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:
And like this:
And like this:
Have I mentioned before how much I love cobblestone streets and colorful architecture?
This city is full of that.
Even their garages were prettier than my apartment building, and some of their alleys look like this:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Are you convinced yet?
Pin for later!