I never pass up an excuse to visit Charleston. I call it my favorite southern city for good reason. Fantastic food, great hospitality, and the city is charming as can be. I was there at the end of April and it must’ve been peak time for jasmine to be blooming. The entire city was scented with this flower and it smelled amazing.
Every time I visit this city, I tend to eat at the same restaurants over and over again. It’s a bad habit and one I’m trying to change. I did get to try some new spots this time around like The Watch and The Darling Oyster which did not disappoint. I’m rounding up some of the things I did on this last visit in today’s slideshow so be sure to click through to see all the highlights.
Plus, you can see my full travel guide on things to do, where to stay and my favorite restaurants here. I’ve updated it recently with some new spots that you won’t want to miss.
It’s no secret that Charleston has amazing food. It is definitely one of the main reasons I love this little city so much. The fresh oysters and seafood are top notch, the guys shucking oysters are even adorable, and the service is always on point. Gotta love that Southern charm! 167 RAW is a new discovery for me and their food does not disappoint. The restaurant is small with just a few tall tables, 7 or 8 bar seats, and a few little outdoor spots. The tuna poke, lobster roll, fish tacos and guacamole are my personal favorites. And always always order the oysters and shrimp cocktail.
Since this city is known for its oysters, tthey’re available at every single restaurant and everyone has their own take on a good mignonette. My personal favorites are at 167 RAW as it’s super peppery, and The Ordinary. I have to say, I visited The Darling Oyster and disliked theirs as it was very gingery. The Darling Oyster was still a phenomenal restaurant and one of the new ones I tried. I loved their basic salad, and the fried flounder sandwich was out of this world.
The fish tacos at 167 Raw.
You may remember the #BloggersDoFolly beach trip from last year and although it was an absolute blast, and I had a great time, this past trip I wanted to visit one of the other beaches. I ended up stopping by Sullivan’s Island quickly (sitting at the beach solo, without a book, is just too boring) and loved how quiet it was. For lunch, I headed to Taco Mamacita and had yummy tacos and some of the best Mexican street corn ever.
The Restoration is a brand new hotel in town and a few friends and I headed to their rooftop restaurant and lounge, The Watch, for afternoon cocktails and the best truffle fries EVER. It has some great views of the city and their entire space is very Instagrammable. There’s also a coffee shop at the bottom of the hotel called The Rise, where I sat for a few hours one day to get some work done. Their local coffee and unique flavored syrups were delicious!
CITY LIGHTS COFFEE
City Lights Coffee is directly across from Charleston Place Hotel so I’ve grown to love this spot. Their iced coffee is delicious and they also have some great pastries to grab too. It’s right off King Street so be sure to grab something before getting any shopping done!
THE DARLING OYSTER
A new restaurant I tried on this past trip was The Darling Oyster. I had one of the best salads in my life here. They do a great fried fish sandwich as well that is to die for. As I mentioned earlier, their mignonette was not my favorite. This was just a preference thing as it was definitely not your standard kind but still delicious. Duh, I ate all dozen oysters by myself. The interior of this space is stunning. The penny tile marble floors are stunning complimented with the hunter green leather accents. I wish I brought my real camera to eat here as these photos do it no justice!
I’ve been fortunate enough to get to stay at the Belmond Charleston Place whenever visiting the Holy City lately. It’s a stunning hotel and has a great breakfast and lunch spot. Palmetto Cafe is full of hearty dishes and southern favorites. Their huevos ranchero though were a new dish we tried and it was to die for. PS also be sure to order the french vanilla french press coffee.
It’s no surprise that the colorful streets of Charleston would make the travel diary. Stopped by this giant window and flower box while perusing the streets with some friends. Be sure to hit up Rainbow Row and the pineapple fountain when you visit, it’s a must!