Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop: Leon’s was at the top of my ‘Places I Must Eat at in Charleston’ list (sidebar: honestly, there’s so many great places to eat, that if you don’t already have a list, you really ought to start making one). I was so psyched that we ended up here on our very first night! The food was great, as was the frose! I didn’t get a chance to try the fried chicken (s/o to Matt) but everyone raved about how great it was! We also ordered oysters, hush puppies, and the fried oyster sandwich – Everything was great. They don’t take reservations for parties under 6 so mentally prepare yourself for a wait if heading there during peak time.
The Darling Oyster Bar: The Darling was a super cute spot we hit for dinner one night – I loved the vibe but loved the Fish House Punch even more… I mean, wow. For eats, we went for: oysters (of course), a fried seafood platter, and the mussels with chorizo and crusty bread. But, the punch really was the star of the show for me.
Miller’s All Day: Matt and I stopped by Miller’s for a quick breakfast on our last day in town, and it was hands down one of my favorite meals of the trip. The décor alone is worth stopping by for but the food ain’t bad either – I went for a ham biscuit with fig jam and havarti. ‘nuff said.
82 Queen: Me and my bestie stopped by 82 Queen for a quick ‘girl’s only’ night featuring a giant ribeye steak. We needed some red meat. 82 Queen is your quintessential southern restaurant with the most darling courtyard for dining al fresco. Recommend the sangria and the buratta salad!
Jeni’s: My mom will be way too happy that I included this BUT Jeni’s is the real deal. Let’s be honest, ice cream is a vacation-must and Jeni’s did not disappoint – The waffle cones, themselves, are unexplainably delicious. They have lots of unique flavors like: browned butter almond brickle, coffee with cream and sugar, and brambleberry pie. #drooling
*On my list for next time: Husk, Hall’s Chophouse, FIG, High Cotton
White’s Mercantile: This store was beyond great – It was a modern take on the ‘general store’ and I love the way it was merchandised. Everything from vintage tees and denim to homewares and jewelry, this store had TONS of unique products, and I genuinely enjoyed perusing their displays. Perfect place to pick up a gift.. or a souvenir for yourself!
Impeccable Pig: Of all the little boutiques on King, this was my favorite! The prices were reasonable and the selection was different from what I was seeing in all of the other shops in the area. The store was laid out beautifully, and had a great selection of jewelry, accessories, and garments.
Woofgang Bakery: This pet shop was so sweet! They had handmade treats that looked like donuts, and macaroons – Plus a great selection of toys and accessories. Lucky little Marls got a few presents from here!
Skinny Dip: Another great boutique on King that highlights local designers and artisans. Tons of great knits, jewelry and beyond – Gave me major Nantucket vibes!
Charleston Farmer’s Market @ Marion Square: The farmer’s market in Marion Square only goes down on Saturdays but if it works with your schedule, then I highly recommend checking it out! It was a great sampling of the Charleston scene with local artisans, delicious food trucks, and tons of beautiful produce.
Boone Hall: I initially had mixed feelings about visiting a plantation, but after visiting Boone Hall Plantation, I was really glad that I got over my hesitations. The property itself is truly stunning (see photos of the amazing gardens), but my favorite part was listening to the Gullah presentation – This is an absolute MUST if you make it to Boone Hall!
Beach: We spent our last night at Folly Beach, which was gorg! We heard great things about Sullivan’s Island, as well, so definitely someplace we’d like to check out next time!
Rainbow Row/French Quarter: Hands down my FAVORITE favorite Charleston activity was strolling around the historic French Quarter and South of Broad areas. The homes in this area are beyond stunning with pastel exteriors and the most beautiful planters and/or gardens, many from the 18th century. Walking around and looking at people’s homes and yards is honestly one of my favorite pastimes, so I was really in my element getting to do so in city as charming as Charleston.