Author: Elsie Larson,Travel,Travel Guides,

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide by A Beautiful MessHi, friends! Due to many requests, we are so excited to share with you our travel guide to Charleston, South Carolina. Emma and I recently enjoyed a long weekend in Charleston and fell quickly in love with this colorful, charming city! Now, I admit, four days is not nearly enough time to try all a city has to offer! For that reason, in addition to the places we tried and loved, we'll also share with you some recommendations from our trusted friends who are local to Charleston as well as those spots that were repeatedly recommended by you, our readers! 

Fair warning, you will want to book some tickets and GO by the time we are done here today. This city is magic

Places we visited and loved: 

Let's start by sharing the spots that we personally visited and really loved! 

Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Hominy Grill Southern food perfection. We went for breakfast after countless recommendations and enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere. Emma ordered the Salmon Potato Cakes and highly recommends them! 

Black Tap in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Black Tap We really liked this adorable coffee shop. We spent a few hours there sipping coffee and coconut tea and working on our computers.

The Daily in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)The Daily We enjoyed this coffee shop (located right by Butcher & Bee). It doesn't have much seating, but for coffee and treats on the go, it's perfect! 

We also visited Butcher & Bee (right next door) for lunch one day and loved the menu. It's really creative with a lot of vegetarian options. 

Shepard Fairey mural in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)In the parking lots by The Daily and Butcher & Bee, there is this awesome, giant mural by Shepard Fairey.

A stroll along the water near Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)A stroll along the water near Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)A stroll along the water near Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)We enjoyed taking a long walk along The Battery and looking at the beautiful homes and then seeing Rainbow Row. Charleston has the highest per capita of pink and pastel houses I've ever seen in my life, obviously a very good thing! 

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)One of the things that surprised us about Charleston was how many things were within walking distance of downtown. And when we drove, most of the places we went to were about five or ten minutes away. 

Mac & Murphy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Mac & Murphy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Mac & Murphy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Mac & Murphy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)We enjoyed Mac & Murphy, a cute local stationery shop. We spent way too long in there picking out cute cards and journals. It's extremely well curated and fresh!

Sugar Bakery in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Right down the street from Mac & Murphy is Sugar Bakeshop. The treats are delicious, but the thing we loved most about it was the beautiful courtyard inside where we had a chance to sit and chat with our friend Erin. It's beautiful! Also on Cannon street is Indigo & Cotton, a super nice shop for dudes. I picked up a few gifts for Jeremy there. 

Redux in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)We loved visiting Redux and seeing the studios of some artists we admire including Lulie Wallace, Tiel Duncan and Raven Roxanne. It was inspiring to see so many amazing artists working so closely together in this shared space. We have a studio tour with Lulie coming soon!!

Saint Alban in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Our favorite coffee shop we visited in Charleston is actually brand new. It's called Saint Alban. It's a beautiful atmosphere with a really great menu plus lots of space to hang out with friends. 

Husk in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)The best lunch we had in Charleston was at Husk. Their menu is fresh, local and changing constantly. Vegetarians beware, EVERYTHING has bacon in it unless you ask for a vegetarian option (which they are very cool about). What really impressed us most about Husk was their awesome cocktail menu. They have a little bar next door, and next time we visit we might just drop by for drinks because they were that good. 

Folly BeachOne morning we drove out to Folly Beach and had breakfast at Lost Dog Cafe. It was a fun, chill spot with good surfer vibes. We drove up and down the beach house streets to look at all the colorful beach houses. They were seriously incredible. Our local friends say this is their favorite beach, but since we visited in January, we didn't do any swimming. 

FIG in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)We got a lot of recommendations for FIG, and since it was right next door to our hotel, we knew we had to check it out. It was one of the fancier places we tried, and we thought both the dinner and cocktail menus were really great!

That night we also tried Gin Joint. They had the best cocktails we had on our trip to Charleston. It has a really cute atmosphere too. We loved it so much, we wanted to go back another night, but it was closed the other nights we were there. Perfect happy hour spot! 

Indigo Inn in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Speaking of hotels, we stayed at The Indigo Inn. We liked that it wasn't super expensive since we stayed four nights, and it is in walking distance to lots of food, shopping, and the water. Super nice people too. 

Taco Boy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)Taco Boy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!) On our last night in Charleston, we wanted an un-fancy dinner and a lot of people recommended Taco Boy. It was delicious and the outdoor patio is SO cute! (I think there is a Folly Beach location too, but this is the one in Charleston). 

Taco Boy in Charleston, South Carolina (click through for a full travel guide!)  Emma got a frozen screwdriver. It was fun. 

Xiao Bao Bisquit (Xiao Bao Biscuit photo via Map & Menu) 

Xiao Bao Biscuit was probably my favorite meal we had (although the competition was clearly very stiff!). I can't stop thinking about it. Next time I am in Charleston I'll be there first thing! Order the cabbage pancake to start. Obsessed! 

That same night we went to The Belmont for one drink. I had an apple cider cocktail that was some kind of black magic. It's very cute too. 

Places that were highly recommended:

Since we only visited Charleston for a long weekend we didn't get to do everything on our list, although I think we made a pretty good dent in it! :) These are the spots that we got multiple recommendations on and will definitely visit next time! 

The Commons Handmade goods for the home. 
Flowershop A beautiful local flower shop. 
Glazed Gourmet Donuts Next time! 
Edmonds Oast One of our friends, Erin's, favorite spots. 
• Waterfront Park There's a cool pineapple-shaped water fountain there.
Sullivan's Island We really wanted to see some cool houses there, like this one called "the eye of the storm", but we just ran out of time. 
Eye of the storm home(Image via Monolithic.org

Your turn! Do you have a favorite Charleston spot you want to recommend? Leave us a comment! We want to hear what you love.

And Charleston residents, I hope we did you proud! We love your beautiful city and we'll be back soon! xx. Elsie 

ps. A HUGE Thank you to our friend Erin for making us an amazing travel guide before our visit! Check out her weaving shop, SunWoven

Credits: Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman (unless otherwise noted). Photos edited with Stella and Jean of The Signature Collection

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