Where to Eat:
CAVIAR & BANANAS– A gourmet market/ café with something for everyone. Choose from a salad bar, a sandwich station, a sushi bar, and other prepared foods that change daily. There is also a coffee & tea station and a huge variety of bottled beverages. In addition, Caviar & Bananas has a wide selection of wines and beers and other pre-packaged culinary treats available for purchase.
51 George Street Charleston, SC 29401
THE NOISY OYSTER– A fun, casual spot with some durn good seafood. In the warm, pleasant temperatures of South Carolina, the Noisy Oyster opens its garage doors which surround the restaurant to give you the feeling of being outside. Located at the end of the Downtown Charleston Market and close to the water, this is the perfect place to wind down after a day of shopping to slurp down a ‘Rita and munch on some juicy scallops (my personal fave).
24 North Market Street Charleston, SC 29406
MONZA– Located on King Street past the main hustle ‘n bustle, this small, dimly-lit pizza restaurant is the perfect place for a date, a lunch, or a girl’s night. All of the pizzas are named after old-school racecar drivers, and they are all DE-lish.
452 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
PAOLO’S GELATO– My first experience with gelato occurred here, so naturally this place leaves a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. Pistachio and hazelnut are my favorite flavors, but there are tons to choose from.
41 John Street Charleston, SC 29403
Where to Shop:
KING STREET– with upscale retailers (including Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, and Lacoste), smaller fashion boutiques, and home & gift shops, there is shopping of just about every category and price level.
CHARLESTON CITY MARKET– come here for gifts, souvenirs, food, jewelry, photography, and much more. I add a new piece to my jewelry collection every time I come here.
On my last visit to “Chuck-town,” I bought a turquoise ring and a spoon bracelet from the Market. Rice spoons are a big part of Charleston’s history, and have since been made into these beautiful bracelets. If you happen to be a history junkie, read this article about the 50 Icons of “the Holy City” which discusses the history of the rice spoon in Charleston’s culture.
What to do:
1. Take a carriage ride through downtown Charleston.
2. There are several surrounding beaches, each with a distinct personality. Folly Beach is my favorite and is just a bridge away.
Some other beach towns include Kiawah Island, Sullivan’s Island, Seabrook Island (the Notebook…awww), and Isle of Palms.