Initially planned as one day trip from Savannah, this teeny tiny town definitely deserves more than that! Cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages, beautiful houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts, all these made us fall in love with this Charleston and spend 2 full days enjoying what it has to offer.
Where to stay?
We’ve stayed somewhere between Summerville and Charleston, 30min drive from Charleston, in a beautiful guesthouse, nestled in the Historic Plantation District. The highlights of this airbnb were the the hanging beds and the freshly baked bread and fresh eggs our host left for our use. Happy to share with you the place, just drop us a note.
Where to eat or have a coffee?
Tried & tested and highly recommended
The Ordinary – lovely atmosphere in a restored historic bank, which dates back to the 1800s, serving fancy seafood and beautiful cocktails. We were there for dinner and we enjoyed a beautiful Smoked king Mackerel pate, Grilled New Orleans BBQ Style shrimps and the New England Style Fish Chowder. All delicious and highly recommended. This place takes reservations, but since it’s a popular venue in Charleston, make sure you book well ahead.
The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s island, believe me, it deserves the 30mins drive from Charleston. Even better if it’s sunny, as you can also enjoy some time at the beach, for a walk or why not, for sunbathing.
Leon’s oyster shop – for their grilled oysters and shrimps roll. The best is that they do have both outdoor and indoor seating, suitable no matter the weather. Bear in mind they don’t take reservations, so be ready to wait. The good things is that you can get some drinks while you wait.
Jeni’s Splendid icecream – absolutely the BEST ice-cream we’ve ever had: unusual flavours like ricotta, toast, wild berries and geranium jam or goat cheese with sour cherry, but also the most delicious waffle cone, prepared in the shop, so that the smell delights you as you enter.
The Daily – for sweets and coffee. Don’t miss the phatty cake here or the chestnut brownie.
Black tap coffee – perfect for a coffee break and an almond croissant. It offers the same coffee as the Daily and it has super cool customers:)
Revelator coffee and The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl – two other places serving great coffee
Not tried, nor tested, but researched
Darling oyster bar for dinner/cocktails
Chez nous – french cuisine as the name suggests
Things to do
Visit one of the plantations around Charleston: Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Plantation or Boone Hall
Learn about life in antebellum Charleston through the lives of Aikhen Rhet or Nathaniel Russell, and plan a visit to the houses they’ve lived in
Visit Sullivan’s beach, 30mins drive from Charleston. Eat at The Obstinate Daughter or Poe’s tavern.
Take some photos of the Rainbow row along East Bay Street
Go and see the famous Pineapple fountain, which stands in the Waterfront Park (walking distance from the Rainbow Row)
Rent Bikes and cruise around south of broad
Wander in the French Quarter and the Battery districts and admire the beautiful antebellum houses