CHS Travel Guide

I've lived in the south my entire life, but until recently had only been to Charleston twice. Each of those times involved short trips with itineraries out of my control. I never truly explored the city.

Friends and family would say "Charleston is amazing." "I want to move to Charleston." "The food is to die for." "You have to take your next trip in Charleston." But I honestly didn't understand the hype or have a desire to go. Traveling for me has always meant leaving the south.

Fast forward to 2021, and my BFF deciding to move to CHS. Of course, Joe and I booked a trip to visit her within months. And I am so glad we did!

Charleston could not be more charming, and I'm so thankful we had the chance to leisurely explore the city with a "local." Enjoy the below list of some of our favorite places! Already looking forward to our next trip.

Brown's Court Bakery:

This outdoor coffee counter is tucked in a cute alleyway. We ordered cortados and muffins each morning. The muffins were baked into the cutest mini loafs - I recommend the morning glory.

Xiao Bao Biscuit:

A stone's throw from our airbnb, we ended up having lunch here by accident, after discovering our intended restaurant was closed. I recommend the house made ginger drinks and the Japanese pancake.

Pictured: The Japanese pancake with cotton-candy pork.


Delicious Mexican restaurant on Sullivan's Island! Try the street corn queso dip.

Sugar Bakeshop:

The cupcakes are scrumptious and the patio is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I could have sat here for hours!

Pictured: Chocolate and grapefruit cupcakes.


We loved our Airbnb. It was an affordable carriage house walking distance to many great restaurants.

Pictured: Kombucha purchased at a convenience store about 200 feet from our room (also pictured).

I know my parents are considering a home on Amelia Island, but my vote is for CHS.