charleston , south carolina

Charleston, SC is quite possibly my favorite city in the world. Not only is it beautiful and full of history, but it also home to some of the best restaurants in the Southeast.

There are a ton of great places to stay in downtown Charleston. By far the best hotel downtown is Charleston Place. It’s an Orient Express hotel located right off the market and the service is five star. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, but you get what you pay for- it is not cheap! If you are looking for more of a bargain, both the Mills House and the Marriott offer full service hotel amenities at lower rates, although I would not call either overly impressive. The downtown area is full of smaller, more charming hotel options. One of my favorites is the Andrew Pickney Inn. It is a great location and the roof top terrace is a wonderful place to enjoy an evening glass of wine and watch the sunset.

Usually my biggest problem is deciding where to eat while in Charleston. There are so many amazing options it can be hard to choose. Most local restaurants offer variations on modern Southern cuisine. Some of my favorites are Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) and High Cotton. Once you have satisfied your need for low country dishes, I highly recommend the Italian restaurant Fulton Five. The romantic roof top terrace and extensive wine list make it the perfect spot for a date.

Top Five Restaurants in Charleston

If you’re heading to Charleston, be sure to add these five restaurants loved by both locals and travelers.

“We work with our local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporate these seasonal offerings into our menus nightly. The result is food that is honest, straightforward and pays homage to the bounty of the Lowcountry region we are so privileged to call home. Using ingredients at their peak and preparing them minimally and with respect allows us to capture the essence of the season and bring it straight to your table”

Two Boroughs Larder
“Two Boroughs Larder is a charming, locally-owned restaurant in Downtown Charleston. Featuring dynamic, seasonal American cuisine and a carefully-curated list of wines and regional beers, The Larder is true to its name offering specialty pantry items and tableware on its shelves.”

“In 1990, Magnolias ignited a culinary renaissance when it opened in Charleston, S.C., paving the way for countless other restaurants across the South. Today, led by executive chef Donald Drake and his team, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with modern flair for artful presentations.”

The Ordinary
“The Ordinary is a Southern seafood hall and oyster bar located in an old bank in Charleston, SC. Our menu celebrates the “merroir” of the Coastal Carolinas and the East Coast, and we strive to support local and regional fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, farmers and producers.”

Caviar & Bananas  “There really is no love more sincere than the love of food. From the smell of freshly ground coffee beans harvested in the mountains of South America, to the taste of a full and hearty cheese from southern Italy. We have an appetite for exploring, discovering and savoring foods rich in flavor, character and soul. The Caviar & Bananas experience is filled with a love of best-of-breed products, sourced locally and from around the globe. Our gourmet market and café is designed to indulge and gratify the five senses with all things gourmet. Bring an appetite. Bring a friend. Bon appetite.”


About Emily Dunn

I joined Aladdin in 2004 and my favorite destinations are Africa, Italy, anywhere in the Caribbean and Costa Rica. I love to travel with my family, have extensive international travel experience and am passionate about helping others explore the world. I have managed events all over the globe. Whether it is a high touch board meeting abroad or a large medical convention in the Caribbean, I bring passion for travel and industry knowledge to work for every single client.

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