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Things to do in Charleston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Fine wine bar-meets-store offering curated tastings, plus craft beer & charcuterie & cheese.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Small and quaint coffee shop, tucked out of the way; serving locally sourced, good coffee and snacks; the marshmallow and pumpkin focaccia is literally to die for.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“A collection of eclectic chandeliers light up the Mexican & Southwest food & frozen drinks.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Bob Marley is never forgotten at Three Little Birds. Great Breakfast selection.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful biking and walking paths thru Charleston. Play grounds and tennis also. Admire old live oaks and beautiful flowers ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is also a favorite. Homemade gnocchi and bread! A carb heavy meal... but worth it. The focaccia is homemade and out of this world. They guarantee that their olive oil, for dipping, is the best you have ever tasted and it is true! Great little bistro for dinner and then hit the bars all around it. Also in West Ashley. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
University
“Citadel is so much a part of Charleston's history. The original campus is in Marion Square and is a hotel. Bummer. If you see cadets walking in the gutters it is because they are "knobs" or freshmen. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
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“Perfect spot for breakfast or lunch - acai bowls, smoothies, and other clean eats”
  • 18 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“ An incredible menu that changes daily. Definitely the best place to go for foodies! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great spring-water dough pizza in an old movie theater! A larger than life-sized portrait of Charleston star Chef Sean Brock (recent James Beard award winner), a full bar and a huge beer list make this a great spot for the family or for a few friends to stay out late.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“great place to watch the game. It is a carolina gamecock bar so it is very popular with the locals ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you want some great seafood and southern dishes without the wait and views of the harbor the this is the place! Small restaurant and local favorite that few know about located in the city marina above Salty Mikes bar.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Open for breakfast and lunch, at Gnome you'll find everything from decadent desserts to hearty sandwiches to healthy salads. Whether looking for a vegan version of your favorite dish or wanting to explore the health benefits of a vegan diet, quality ingredients and bold flavors come together to create dishes to satisfy every kind of eater. In addition to food, coffee is a passion of ours and we aim to provide the perfect cup to sip over a conversation with a friend or keep you alert while working. Our friends at Stumptown provide the beans, allowing us to brew high quality, socially responsible beverages.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a charming spot with an interesting bar staff, mixed drinks, food, and music selection and typically has DJ's that play anything from disco to house to 90s RnB. Located a half-mile away from busy and chaotic King Street bar scene. If you need a dim-lit hideaway at 10pm, this is your spot. Starts getting busy on weekend nights around midnight. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This place has a cool, fun vibe! Interesting beers and some cool events like beers and yoga and dog meet ups! They also have a pizza place (NY style, my favorite) incorporated and it’s my favorite pizza in the area! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great for bigger groups, happy hour, and impressive water views. Sits right on Ashley River and overlooks the south edge of the peninsula. Great outdoor patio and bar next to the marina. Plenty of parking.”
  • 13 locals recommend