After visiting New Orleans, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and a quick visit to North Carolina, my last stop on my adventure was Charleston for a girl’s weekend! I have been to Charleston a few times before, and it’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the U.S. It’s so pretty and colorful! One of my favorite things to do in Charleston, aside from taking photos of every colorful house I see (which will be in a post soon!), is going shopping and eating at amazing restaurants, so I’ve put together a guide to shopping and eating in Charleston to share all my recommendations! 🙂
Farmer’s Market at Marion Square
We started our walk in downtown Charleston at the farmer’s market at Marion Square. They had TONS of different stands, from produce to jewelry, and my favorite part was trying free samples! My favorite stand was an olive oil stand and if I didn’t have a limit on liquids for my carry-on bag, I would have given them lots of business.
He was the cutest salesman!
The most unique store we went to (and my personal favorite) was The Hidden Countship. We just happened to see a sign for it and headed down a little side street to see what it was about. The woman working was very helpful with all our questions and told us that the store was opened a few years ago by an actual Italian count and his wife, and everything in the store is made by artisans in Italy to help spread Italian craftsmanship in the U.S. My friends and I had just returned from our trip to Italy, so we were really excited about the store! Everything in it was so beautiful and well-made, and I wanted to buy everything I saw.
After admiring everything in The Hidden Countship, we headed down King Street. Even if you don’t want to go shopping, King Street is such a pretty and colorful street to see! There’s a good mix of small businesses and chain stores, and I loved the variety.
We stopped in Vom Fass, and I was amazed how many different types of liquors they had! I could only get a small bottle of their peach vodka (I think I learned my lesson to take a checked bag the next time I go to Charleston), and I would love to go back and try more. The peach vodka was highly recommended by the girl working in the store and lived up to the hype, and my friends also loved all the different kinds of liquor they got.
Historic Charleston City Market
We also went into Savannah Bee Company (highly recommend) and a small art gallery and window shopped the rest of the way down King Street before going to the City Market. They have a ton of different shops and places to get food (we got biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit and they were great!), and my favorite vendors are the sweetgrass basket makers. Weaving sweetgrass baskets is a Gullah tradition with African origins, and the tradition has been passed down in families for centuries now. Sometimes you can even see the vendors weaving the baskets at the market!
Across the street from the market is Savannah’s Candy Kitchen of Charleston, which has TONS of sweets, and you can try free samples of pralines!
Since I have been to Charleston a few times and my friend Stephanie has been half a dozen times, we have quite a few recommendations (I don’t have photos of all the places we’ve eaten, sorry!).
During our girl’s weekend, we tried out Cru Cafe and it was delicious! It was pretty crowded so we ate outside (and thankfully they had shades on the porch when a rainstorm came), so you may have to wait if you go during a busy time. But it is worth the wait!
I’ve been to Blossom twice, and they have great food! We tried lavender martinis that were surprisingly delicious, and I also recommend the she crab soup. They have outdoor seating on a cute patio with walls covered in ivy, so it’s worth sitting outside if the weather is nice!
Kaminsky’s might be my favorite bar in Charleston. It’s a dessert cafe and bar, so you can get dessert and drinks in one spot! There are also dessert themed drinks, like the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle in this photo, which I highly recommend getting!
More restaurant recommendations
The Rooftop Bar at the Vendue (lots of space and great views)
Eleve at The Grand Bohemian Hotel (really cool space with indoor and outdoor seating, but it took a while to get drinks)
The Gin Joint
Stars Rooftop Bar
There are lots more stores and restaurants to check out, but I hope this guide to shopping and eating in Charleston gives you a good place to start! 🙂