Let me start by saying Charleston is one of the most charming cities that I have ever visited, the people were super friendly, and the houses were very pink.
Day 1: Having never been there before we wanted to just walk around and get to know the city a little bit, while we were there the Charleston Wine + Food festival was going on so the town was packed with people and the city was very alive. Upon arrival we smelled the most amazing croissants being baked fresh in a little pastry shop off of King street called Macaroon, so obviously we had to shop and grab one to-go. For the rest of the day we walked up and down King Street and checked out some of the local shops.Then stopped by waterfront park and strolled down some of the historic streets. We ended day one with dinner at Pearlz on East Bay street, and from there I would recommend the Shrimp and Grits with green beans. And then head to Kaminsky’s for a brownie sundae and shot of espresso!
Day 2: On our second day we woke up early to get to Black Tap coffee before the large crowds would get there, Black Tap was one of my favorite places that we went to throughout our entire stay in Charleston. The cappuccino was strong and the chocolate croissant was fresh, hot, and melted in my mouth. Not to forget the interior was just as amazing as what they were serving, it was very minimalistic with natural light streaming in from the windows. After a fulfilling breakfast we walked to visit Battery Park and Rainbow Row. Rainbow Row looked like it does in all the pictures that you see, but it was amazing to see it in person and the houses around it are just as charming. I was also amazed by by how big the houses were. Definitely a must see! After all that we went to the City Market to see what all of the local vendors had made. We ended day two by taking a two hour sail through Charleston Harbor on the sailboat Schooner Pride. Once we got back we headed to Taco Boy for some incredible mexican food and then King Street Cookies for dessert.
Day 3: On our last day in Charleston we decided to rent bicycles from Affordabike Bicycle Shop and just cruised around the entire city. I had never biked in a major city before but Charleston was a very bike friendly place, and made it very easy for me to feel comfortable on the road. We stopped by Sugar bakeshop for a cupcake and it was hands down one of the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever had, I will definitely head back next time I am in town! Another one of my favorite stops was Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, it reminded me of Paris with its outdoor seating and very feminine chic decor it is a great spot for an afternoon coffee and sweet.
Other notable places I went to are: Folly Beach, The Mills House, Marine Layer, Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, Hominey Grill, Brown’s Court Bakery, Whisk and the Pineapple Fountain.
Also big shout out to The Belmond Hotel for being an amazing host!