Charleston, SC Visitor's Guide to the Best Attractions & Restaurants
Updated: Jan 18
Founded in 1670, Charleston is home to wonderful food, rich history and beautiful architecture. Check out these top 10 best things to do in Charleston, SC on your next visit!
1. The Battery
No visit to Charleston is complete without strolling the glorious seawall along the city’s southern tip. You can also wander the nearby White Point Garden with Civil War relics and memorials. The Battery starts at Waterfront Park.
2. Poogan's Porch
A culinary landmark on Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch serves traditional Southern cuisine in a Victorian townhouse with porches and a massive wine cellar. Try the fried green tomatoes and shrimp & grits.
3. Rainbow Row on East Bay Street
One of Charleston’s must-see, most iconic sights dating back to the mid-1700s. More than a dozen brightly painted historic homes that have been revitalized. Grab an ice cream and stroll along East Bay Street to pick your favorite-colored home.
4. Home Team BBQ
I may be a little biased because my brother is a chef here, but Home Team BBQ is quickly expanding across state lines with their delicious brisket and tacos! Make sure you also order a Game Changer drink to sip while you wait. You can decide for yourself if it's the best restaurant in Charleston! :)
5. Historic Charleston City Market
While it may be a bit of a tourist trap, this Old South market has regional souvenirs, leather goods, art, clothes and toys. Locally made products are available and it’s fun to wander around the shops with a coffee.
Grab a drink on King Street at this intimate cocktail bar. Their extensive menu changes daily, so be sure to check the chalkboard for specials.
7. Leon’s Oyster Shop
Housed in an old body shop, the community tables and brick patio offer guests a casual setting with memorabilia and artwork to ogle. Their grilled oysters and the smoked mahi dip are crowd pleasers.
8. Get to a Beach or Out on the Water
Take a boat cruise or head out to Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach. Charleston Harbor Tours offers many ways to get out on the open water.
9. Bowen's Island
Located just 5 mins from Folly Beach, this low country seafood house has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1946. Bowen’s Island sits on the tip of a 13-acre island offering Frogmore stew, ice cold beer and fresh caught seafood.
10. Xiao Bao Biscuit
Not your traditional Southern fare, but definitely a unique place in Charleston to enjoy a meal. Xiao Bao has expanded to Nashville and now Charlotte as well. The menu is somewhat limited, but each option is uniquely flavorful.