After leaving Myrtle Beach, we drove to Charleston not knowing what to expect, or really having a set itinerary. And it was awesome.
Charleston is an amazing city.
We’ve come to the conclusion that the best thing to do when spending less than 24 hours in a city is to find a few key things you want to do, and then spend the rest of your time walking around and discovering things as you go along.
It definitely has a historic vibe to it with gorgeous mansions along the waterfront, cobblestone roads, and old brick buildings scattered throughout the city. There is a strong hipster feel to it as well, with TONS of amazing (and pricey) restaurants and shops.
We started our day by visiting the Charleston City Market.
The market reminded us a lot of Faneuil Hall in Boston combined with Reading Terminal Market in Philly. There were more shops than restaurants in the market, and because we weren’t really looking to shop we passed through the market fairly quickly.
From the market we walked a little over a mile to a little place called Tapio, a Boba Tea cafe owned by a husband and wife team from Taiwan.
Tapio is such cozy place, and probably the cutest Boba shop we’ve been to. There were two rooms with seating, and a good variety of tea flavors. The owners were so nice, and made us feel really welcomed.
From there we stopped at another hole in the wall place called the Artisan Meat Share.
The inside of the shop is small, and aside from the bar has very limited seating. While they have tons of sandwich and platter options, we opted for the Cured Meat Plate which includes five slices of four different types of cured meats. It was $18 for the plate, and was really just a snack rather than a lunch. They also have a Meat Board with a bottle of wine for $30, but for a couple that doesn’t drink, it wasn’t worth it.
We really, really wanted to like the Artisan Meat Share. We really did. If you like craft beer and paying $18 for 20 pieces of meat, you will like the Artisan Meat Share.
Because there was limited seating, we took our little packet of meats and brought it to the Waterfront Park, which was windy, but also very beautiful.
From the Waterfront Park, we walked to The Battery which is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in Charleston.
Along the water there are amazing antebellum homes that were built between the American Revolution and the Civil War. There are tours that give you a more in-depth look into the history of the mansions, but it was nice being able to take our time and stop when we wanted.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to visit Fort Sumter, but will definitely try and go if we find ourselves in Charleston in the future.
Our last stop in Charleston was the Tattooed Moose which was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with our man, Guy Fieri. We ordered their famous Duck Club, a plate of duck fat fries, and a Cuban sandwich.
The Duck Club was overrated (and overpriced), but the Cuban was delicious and the duck fat fries brought you a glimpse of heaven.
Even though the Tattooed Moose is a bar, it still had a lot of seating, and a much better atmosphere than the Artisan Meat Share.
If you visit Charleston, prepare yourself to walk around as much as possible, and come to the city with a big food budget.
There were so many restaurants we wanted to try that were not in our “we’re moving to Japan and can’t spend all our money on food” budget. Husk, Magnolias, and FIG are just a few of the restaurants that we plan to visit “next time we’re in Charleston.”
Next time, next time, next time.
Rarely do we visit a city and both agree that we could see ourselves living there, but when we visited Charleston, it finally happened.
Charleston, you were great & we’ll miss you.