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Explore the flavors, sights, sounds and traditions found only in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Top 5 Restaurants:

These restaurants are located within walking distance of the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel.  It is recommended to make reservations well in advance of your stay in Charleston.  A complete list of Charleston restaurants can be found here.

1.  FIG  – At this neighborhood bistro, James Beard winner, Chef Mike Lata, serves up seasonal cuisine, focusing on fresh, sustainable product from local farmers.  FIG has been features in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Food Network, and The New York Times.

2.  Hank’s Seafood Restaurant  – Voted Best Seafood Restaurant for 17 consecutive years by the Charleston City Paper, Hank’s is housed in a beautifully restored 100-year-old warehouse located one block from the Charleston City Market.

3.  Magnolias  – Magnolias ignited a culinary renaissance when it opened in 1990. Led by Executive Chef Donald Drake, Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending ingredients and cooking techniques with a modern flair.

4.  Peninsula Grill  – This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant located in the very heart of historic Charleston has been recognized by Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally.

5.  Slightly North of Broad – An eclectic Lowcountry bistro that brings together an abundance of fresh, local ingredients and thoughtful, expert presentation with a friendly, contagious energy. This restaurant is truly a Charleston destination in itself, offering some of the city’s best known lowcountry dishes in a classic fine dining environment.

 

 

Top 5 Attractions:

1. Carriage Rides – Ride through the Historic residential district in horse drawn carriages narrated by city guides.
Old South Carriage Company
Palmetto Carriage Works

2. The Charleston City Market – The City Market is a historic market complex in downtown Charleston. Established in the 1790s, the market stretches 4 city blocks from the architecturally-significant Market Hall, which faces Meeting Street.  The entire complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Market Hall and Sheds and was further designated a National Historic Landmark.

3. South Carolina Aquarium – Charleston’s #1 family destination. Home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including North American river otters, North America’s tallest tank and the state’s only Sea Turtle Care Center.

4. Patriots Point – Home of the USS Yorktown

5. Fort Sumter National Park – Confederate forces fired the first shots of the Civil War upon Federal troops at Fort Sumter. The roots of that conflict are buried deep within the stories of the development of the United States. Fort Sumter would continue to serve as the focal point in Charleston throughout the Civil War.

 

Additional Resources:

Charleston Visitor’s Guide

First-Time Visitor’s Guide

Top 25 Free Things To Do in Charleston

National Geographic Free Charleston Traveler