Below you'll find a list of our favorite restaurants around town. We recommend booking reservations in advance. 82 QueenRue de JeanVirginia's on King Stars Restaurant & RooftopTradd's Fulton FiveBlossomMineroTaco BoyHominy GrillQueen Street GroceryKitchen 208Marina Variety StoreThe Shelter (Mount Pleasant)The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene (Mount Pleasant, no cellphones allowed, no A/C)Poe's Tavern (Sullivan's Island)For cocktail spots, check out The Gin Joint, The Cocktail Club, The Blind Tiger, The Rooftop at Vendue, Prohibition, and many others. For your morning cup of coffee (or tea), you can't go wrong with Kudu, Second State (formerly Black Tap), Mercantile & Mash (free parking), Bitty & Beau's (a great cause), or Metto & Vintage for our Mount Pleasant folks.
Below are some fun activities to do around Charleston. Browse the wonderful collections at Blue Bicycle Books and the Charleston Library Society. Stroll & shop on King Street. A few of our favorites include Croghan's Jewel Box, The Preservation Society, and nearby Historic Charleston Foundation. Walk around The Battery and enjoy the views of the harbor and the homes from White Point Garden. Enjoy the Saturday Farmer's Market at Marion Square. Explore one of our local beaches, including Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach. If you're on Sullivan's, be sure to grab a burger at Poe's and check out the views from Fort Moultrie.Take a walking tour of the city and enjoy the beautiful houses and gardens. A few of our favorite tour guides include Two Sisters Tours and Charleston Tea Party Tours. Get out on the water and cool off. Take a boat ride to Fort Sumter, explore the USS Yorktown, or rent a boat, a kayak, or a paddleboard. Treat your eyes to some artwork and yourself to some air conditioning at the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, or one of the many art galleries around town. The South Carolina Aquarium is also a great place to cool off and see some wildlife. Explore some beautiful church architecture. We'll look forward to welcoming you at St. Philip's on Saturday evening, but other wonderful churches in the Holy City include St. Michael's (particularly the stained-glass window), the French Huguenot Church, the Unitarian Church (remember to look up!), the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and many others. For more suggestions, check out Explore Charleston and the Charleston Golf Guide.
Parking in Charleston can be tricky. For a map of the local garages, click here.