*Updated to reflect permanent closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic
I’m from Philly. We walk fast and talk fast and probably have somewhere to be most hours of the day. Take me, and my South Jersey friend Meg, plop us down in Charleston, South Carolina and you get two very fast-paced girls in a very laid back, slowed down city. When you’re used to 24-7 entertainment in a big city, what do you do when you head down to a charming southern town? EAT, of course! Not only did we get to slow down and smell the flowers for a week, but we successfully ate and drank and sun-bathed our way all up and down King Street. Here are the 9 highly recommended places (if you love GOOD food and rooftop drinks), we stuffed our faces at over 5 days - plus some other must-see stops!
1. Go to Prohibition for brunch or lunch. Think $12 mimosa crafts, live music, and a rustic-chic decor.
2. Rarebit for brunch. You just must. Don’t waste time thinking about what to get because all one could ever need is the chicken and waffles and a Moscow mule... it's perfect.
3. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit... amazing. 3 for $5. I went three times and perfected my favorite combo of flavors.
5. For authentic, homemade, and artisan ice cream, Jeni's is the perfect way to cap the night.
6. Grand Bohemian Hotel’s rooftop is worth visiting. I felt like I was in a movie with the green turf floor and elegant outdoor couches and chairs. The aerial view of the city can be taken in with a drink from the bar right inside.
7. The Watch is another hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar, especially nice during sunset. Truffle fries are to die for.
8. Stella's is a restaurant serving BOMB Greek food with a charming rustic ambiance. Order the Saganaki (aka, flaming cheese appetizer) for a centerpiece that not only lights up the table but also lights up your tastebuds.
9. Blind Tiger Pub is a gorgeous historical pub. A must-go, especially if you can snag a seat out back in the brick courtyard. You can drool over the 4-cheese mac on their Instagram.
There is no shortage of places to drink, eat, and be merry in this southern coastal city. Don’t miss checking out The Battery, a historical seawall with a promenade to walk the water along. It’s adjacent to beautiful Spanish moss trees amongst which statues reveal the history of the location. The Historic Charleston City Market is the place to go for local food and souvenirs or just to take a stroll through. If you happen to walk through the College of Charleston, you might find yourself fascinated, like I was, at the fraternity and sorority houses that look like real-life dollhouses. Also if you’re looking to hit up a beach, head to Sullivan’s Island or Folly beach. We went to Sullivan’s with a blanket and wine for sunset - life’s tough sometimes.