When we left Nashville, we headed South-East towards Charleston.
Visiting Charleston was like walking through a dream, even the light and the color of the houses helped to create that powdery atmosphere that makes you wonder if you are truly awake.
This city, one of the oldest in the country, has a compact size. Flanked by two rivers and a fantastic harbor has a very walkable scale. Perfect for getting lost in the streets admiring the single-family houses, the piazzas, and the churches. Many of these antique constructions have been delicately converted into restaurants, hotels, and shops.
The main street, Kings Street, is packed with cute local shops, such as Candlefish or Blue Bicycle Books. Honestly, I could decided what I wanted to take with me!
The other main street, Queen Street, will take you to the Waterfront Park, a great spot to appreciate the harbor. Here, in Waterfront Park, there is a fountain with the city emblem; the Pineapple! No wonder why I loved this city now! It represents the golden crown or the jewel of the south.
All in all, it’s easy to understand why Charleston is called the South Jewel, it’s one of the most charming and unforgettable places I’ve ever visited!
Coffee shops and bakeries
The perfect spot to have an Açaí bowl any time of the day. If you visit Charleston during the summer, you will probably be looking for cool and fresh things to eat and drink!
Address: 429 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
This restaurant was like entering all my Pinterest boards all at once. There wasn’t a single detail missing, from the white and blue tiles at the bar, the rustic wooden tables and chairs, plants in design jars sprinkled around, and even the vintage surfboard! And what about the food? Absolutely delicious! Apparently effortless but well equilibrated in flavor and nutritional. One of those places that you wish you could live nearby to go every day. Yes, a love story!
Address: 82 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Indigo, the plant, has a very tight relationship with this city. Grown in South Carolina to produce blue dye was then exported to England. During the 18th century, indigo was South Carolina’s second most valuable export, behind rice.
So named after it, this shop is also an intrinsic part of Charleston. Located near the Pineapple fountain for almost 25 years, the store is like walking in Alibaba’s cave. It’s full of treasures waiting to be discovered, from organic cotton T-shirts design local to pieces of pottery in joyful colors!
Address: 4 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
This is also one of my favorites. They almost had to pull me out of the store! This bright store situated in Kings street invites you to come in with the fragrance that scape out of the front door. Once inside, it only gets better. Own made candles everywhere with the most unimagined aroma in delicate and charming vessels. Moreover, you can also find stationery, complements, and other fine pieces, that for sure, will challenge you to pick only one!
Address: 270 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Francis Marion Hotel
If you are trying to visualize how the splendor of the old days would have been in this city, then you must stay in this hotel. The Hotel in a city Landmark, opened in 1924. Moreover, it has an excellent location, in front of Marion Square and with views over the city and the most emblematic bridge in it. And if you’re exhausted after all that walking and shopping, don’t forget to stop by the spa!
View from the Francis Marion Hotel.
Address: 387 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Historic City Market
One of the most visited attractions in Charleston, this Day and night market, is where local artists expose their crafts. It is a covered but open space, always lively where you can meet and connect with local people.
Address: 188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
If you really want to soak up local history, this is your visit. The Old Exchange was completed in 1771, and is a Charleston landmark. It has been a witness to the most critical events in South Carolina history. Over its history, the building has been a commercial exchange, custom house, post office, city hall, military headquarters, and museum!
The guided visits are amazingly well explained, and they engage kids and grow-ups to be part of the history for some minutes.
Address: 22 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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