Flashback to April 2015. Yes, you heard that right- 2015. I’m taking it back to all of my wandering days that never made it on the blog. This trip was one of my first trips as a new blogger and even though I’m just now putting it up, I’ve never forgotten how much fun it was. These places are some of my favorites that I visited and yes they are still open. But honestly I was very surprised when I arrived in Charleston, South Carolina. It wasn’t anything like the rest of the state, it seemed to have it’s own way of life. Not only is Charleston rich with history, but it is also known for their fashion, southern charm, and my favorite- amazing restaurants & bars.
After meeting a couple of awesome people from Folly Beach [right outside of downtown Charleston] at a show a few months earlier and hearing more and more about the town, I decided I had to make a trip. Even though we didn’t know each other that well, they let a friend and I stay at their house and showed us around [one of the many reasons why making friends while traveling is the best]. As soon as we arrived, the mix of palm and oak trees with spanish moss draping them made me fall in love with this little beach town right away. With the beautiful beach right there and the narrow roads lined with whimsical trees, I instantly felt relaxed and care-free.
While there for the weekend, we spent most of our time at the abundant amount of delicious restaurants and super cool bars. Duh. Every single place that we went to quickly turned into my favorite and the architecture alone gave each place so much character. It also helped that we had our new friends to point us in the right direction, but for those of you that don’t, here is a list of some of those places that you just can’t miss.
Folly Beach. Still one of the prettiest and funnest small beach towns that I’ve been to. About 15 minutes from downtown Charleston this is where we spent most of our time.
Jack of Cups Saloon: This place rules. It’s right on the strip of Folly Beach and one you don’t want to pass up. Their mix of asian/indian fusion is hands down some of the best food I’ve had. The food is made from scratch daily [and changes seasonally] and the beer selection is impressive [even though we drank bottles of wine]. Not to mention the decor and staff were superb; what more could you ask for?
The Wich Doctor: I love sandwiches. When my friends told me there was an amazing sandwich [and pizza] shop, I was in. This place is tucked on a side street that is only open about 3 hours at a time, which makes you even more stoked when you get in. The married duo make the experience even more spectacular because they’re so enthusiastic and sweet, and the food is definitely on point. Soft shell crabs were in season when we went and their po’boy was amazing!
Lost Dog Cafe: Such a great spot for brunch and they even serve breakfast all day [oh hell yes]. Loved everything about this place from the cocktails in mason jars, to the great food, and the small vibe feels. But my favorite part was that DOGS ARE WELCOME. Gotta love that.
Surf Bar: Perfect little beach bar. They have a no-nonsense menu with a great laid back vibe, live music, and I loved the little touch of surf videos playing on the tvs. My favorite part was the outdoor patio decorated with foosball tables, fireplaces, and great seating to meet new friends.
Loggerheads: This is such a fun spot to end up off the beaten path. It’s located right off Folly beach and has a huge deck to enjoy the wonderful beach views and breeze. The food, drinks, and service were awesome [the first time I tried fried conch, yum!] and the live music makes this the perfect place to let loose and really enjoy the stress free beach life.
Threads & Dust: This is actually my friend’s vintage online shop based out of Folly Beach and she has some awesome finds! We stayed at her sweet house on the beach while in town and she gave us a huge list of must-sees. She travels around the world and collects items to bring home and sell which makes her selection amazing. I bought a pair of high-waisted cut-off shorts from her that are still my all-time favorite. Check out her shop on Etsy here!
Downtown Charleston. King Street is definitely the place to be. And even though it’s packed with restaurants and bars on either side, these were a few of my favorites. However, King Dusko definitely topped that list but sadly they are now closed.
Leon’s Oyster Shop: This little oyster shop was the cutest! And I don’t know about you, but I love oysters. This place had such a relaxed rustic charm, extremely fresh oysters, and delicious southern food. You’ll want to order everything on the menu!
492: More on the fancier side of things, this is one of the newer restaurants on the block [well, back in 2015]. Although the interior is beautifully decorated, my favorite part was the romantic outdoor courtyard. Decorated with palm trees and other lush greenery, soft lighting, the cutest gnome side tables to put their fun cocktails on, and enclosed by a beautiful steel gate that’s inspired by old Charleston street maps. There is even a walk-up window so you can order your drinks outside with ease.
The Belmont: This building’s architecture lured us right in and the atmosphere inside was equally as wonderful. It’s a sophisticated yet comfortable vibe, with a very limited food menu [but hey, food] and a very extensive booze list. The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and will craft your cocktail to perfection. This intimate, dimly-lit space paired with comfortable couches and classic black & white films playing on the wall is the perfect spot for a relaxing time and a fine cocktail.
I can’t wait to go back and check out even more great places! Do you have a favorite spot in Charleston? Share in the comments below!