Writing blog posts ain’t as easy as it used to be folks! But I had to come and share with you all of the great places I ate and visited on my return visit to Charleston, South Carolina. After getting my second vaccy dose, I decided that I needed a week vacation in a domestic location. I loved Charleston so much the first time, so I picked it again. So Back to Charleston I went with a group of friends and family in tow. Much of my trip was similar to my last visit, so please be sure to check out those posts (Where to Eat and What to See). For my second visit though, we ate at TONS of new places so start there!
Where to Eat
I cannot stress enough how great the food in Charleston is. SO many great restaurants SO little time. We made two repeat visits on this trip (Hank’s and Callie’s Little Biscuits), but honestly fill each visit with some new stops because there are just way too many good ones.
Located in the Dewberry Hotel, the Citrus Club gives you ALL the vibes. Rooftop views of the city that go as far as the water. Cute cocktails and a colorful scene. We went during a slower time, but I would recommend grabbing a reservation on Resy beforehand.
For Houstonians and New Orleanians, Magnolia’s may remind you of Brennan’s! Similar setup and menu. We visited Magnolia’s for their brunch and came back for dessert the next day. Be sure to try their version of shrimp and grits (a little different than we get here in Houston) and make a reservation!
RuRu Tequila and Tacos
A plate of nachos on the patio called my name so I decided to stop by the following day. It’s your typical Tex Mex food, but with fun menu names. Their location makes it a good place to stop for food while strolling around.
Tempest is right in the thick of the tourist area near the city market. Their menu is seafood centered and SO good. We loved the shrimp, bok choy and their bread.
Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ
This was the one place I hated to miss on my last Charleston visit. The black owned barbecue spot has had world wide acclaim including a James Beard award nomination. I grabbed ALL of the things to try and walked away loving the pork which they are famous for. Honestly not sold on their sauces, so I’ll stick to KC style barbecue sauce, but it definitely a must visit.
Big Bad Breakfast Charleston
On one of our early starts, we grabbed breakfast at this diner near our airbnb. Simple menu, good prices and good food. Keep this one on your list if you are looking for an easy breakfast before starting your day.
Please note that this is by no means a complete list of places you should go in Charleston. I’ve still got a list of places to try on my next visit.
Where to Stay
For this week long trip, we broke up into three parts. For the first leg we stayed in Charleston proper. We then took a day trip to Savannah and returned to the Charleston area but stayed on the islands. I’ll share more on those other parts later.
So for our first three days we needed a place close to things so that we could walk and easily grab ubers. With a group of five people, I went for an Airbnb instead of a hotel. Although, if you have the budget my recommendation is to try the boutique hotels in that area. There are a lot and they are so pretty!
Anywho, so we ended up booking a cute pink Airbnb that is likely used for every bachelorette party in Charleston. The house can comfortably sleep six and has two bathrooms. Best of all it is walking distance from King Street and other attractions. You can find the property here.
On my last visit, we ubered with no problem. There were two of us though and that definitely made it easier. For this visit though we were a crew of five people which meant we had to order the larger ubers. This proved a bit difficult! Plus, there just were not as many ubers in general. Folks speculated on the why, but my guess is less tourists during 2020 meant less uber work so people found other ways to make money.
What this means for your visit though is that wait times are longer on Uber and Lyft. The prices are also much higher and tend to surge every single day. From the airport in to the city for example was a $50 uber. With that said, I recommend renting a car if you can and be prepared to walk. We rented a car to drive to Savannah and kept it for a few extra days in Charleston. I reserved the car through Hertz via Priceline. We also prepaid which I recommend because I hear they are raising prices after reservations. Per usual, the airport rental car places cost more so if you can find a way around that I would recommend you do so!
What to See
For this trip, we did a lot of the same stuff so please be sure to check out my What to See post from before and a few photos below. I do want to highlight one new stop from this trip though! The boutique shopping in Charleston is amazing, so do budget time and money for that. On this visit, my friend shared a black owned boutique called the Tiny Tassel which recently opened their flagship story in Charleston. It happened to be near our Airbnb, so we visited and spent WAY too much time and money in there. The shop is colorful much like Charleston and has unique jewelry, clothes and other pieces. Be sure to stop by.
I am slow going here, but I will be back with details on my brief visit to Savannah and Isle of Palms!