Charleston

With ornate wooden house-fronts straight out of the 19th century and the warmest welcome this side of the Atlantic, you'd be forgiven for thinking Charleston was frozen in time. Long the darling of the south, this settlement was among the most cosmopolitan of the colonies and a powerhouse economy of the early United States. Founded on Oyster Point at the confluence of three rivers, it is also home to the Gullah language, spoken by descendants of enslaved Africans. Though it takes its name from Charles II of England, you'd be hard pressed to find a more American city.

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  • The Ordinary

    Restaurant

    • James Beard award winner Mike Lata’s first venture, FIG, established him firmly as Charleston’s premier chef. His second venture, The Ordinary, takes over a spacious converted bank building to serve local, sustainable, and expertly-paired seafood dishes. Sample Lata’s unique concoctions, or treat your table to a majestic shellfish tower full of freshest ocean delicacies out there.

    • 544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 414 7060 http://eattheordinary.com/

  • The Dewberry

    Hotel

    • Centrally-located and beautiful as they come, The Dewberry’s warmth and elegance are effortless—quite the feat considering the building is a converted federal building from the 1960’s. Brooklyn-and-Charleston-based design studio Workstead lent their impeccable taste, providing the brass, marble, and Cherrywood features which give The Dewberry and its rooms a perfectly balanced mid-century modern aesthetic. You’ll be taking notes for your home, for certain. If not your full stay, at least drop by the gorgeous, copper lobby bar for a drink and a look around.

    • 334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (888) 550 1450 https://thedewberrycharleston.com/

  • The Daily

    Coffee Shop

    • The charming younger sister to Charleston’s Butcher and Bee restaurant, The Daily provides reliably brewed coffee and a curated selection of marketplace goods to the Upper King area. Modern and minimal, yet still withholding of the Charleston charm, The Daily is an obvious go-to for a caffeine fix, fresh juices, or simple but delicious breakfast toasts, tacos, and sandwiches.

    • 652 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 619 0151 http://www.shopthedaily.com/

  • The Park Cafe

    Cafe

    • Bright and airy and a bit off the beaten path, The Park Café is great for a quiet breakfast that’ll have you feeling like a local. They source all their ingredients from their Charleston purveyors, so you’re sure to get a fresh meal. Grab one or two of their specialty toasts if you’re there for breakfast, and have a stroll around the peaceful Hampton Park or The Citadel for some after-meal sightseeing.

    • 730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 410 1070 http://theparkcafechs.com/

  • Lewis Barbecue

    Restaurant

    • John Lewis, who carved his named into barbecue lore with his Austin, Texas restaurant, La Barbecue, targeted Charleston for the home of his second eatery. Lewis spent around fifteen years figuring out how to make what many consider to be the world’s best brisket, so you’d be remiss not to give it a taste. Everything is going to look incredible, though, so if you can’t decide just get some of everything. You’ll notice you’re not the only one with that order.

    • 464 N Nassau St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 805 9500 http://lewisbarbecue.com/

  • Leon’s

    Restaurant

    • If any part of you was excited to be in the South because you’d be eating Southern food, go to Leon’s. This converted auto body shop will give you the classic fried chicken sandwiches, hush puppies, and fish frys, but you’ll also be able to balance your meal out with a nice heirloom tomato salad, or their popular Siam salad. And of course, whether it’s oyster or cocktail you’re looking for, Leon’s has a bar for each.

    • 698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 531 6500 http://leonsoystershop.com/

  • Henrietta’s

    Restaurant

    • The grace of the Dewberry carries right on through the doors of Henrietta’s, the hotel’s spacious and sun-filled restaurant. Jazz-era art and splashes of greenery tastefully decorate the bar area where you can have classic cocktails with a signature twist, or opt for a table and explore the delicious offerings of their southern-inspired French cuisine. As is a safe rule for most places in Charleston, inquire for seafood specials.

    • 334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403

    • 1 (843) 558 8000 http://thedewberry.wpengine.com/drinks-dining/

  • The Bar at Husk

    Bar

    • A freestanding building sitting just off to the side of the vaunted Husk restaurant, the Bar at Husk is worthy of its own acclaim, offering a bourbon-tinged refuge for those looking to duck in somewhere for a cocktail. Exposed brick, wood beams, and cozy quarters evoke the nostalgic atmosphere of a vintage hideaway, and the limited menu boasts carefully crafted bar food that’s far more than your bowl of nuts.

    • 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

    • 1 (843) 577 2500 http://huskrestaurant.com/home/

  • Zero George Street

    Hotel

    • Hidden away in Charleston’s Ansonborough neighbourhood, the Zero George Street boutique hotel offers a laid back, peaceful refuge after a hard day’s exploring. With only 18 studios and suites available, the collection of five restored historic residential buildings that make up ZG never feel busy and the white terraced porch is a great place to enjoy a beer and the soothing Atlantic breeze.

    • 0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States

    • 1 (843)-817-7900 http://zerogeorge.com

  • Black Tap Coffee

    Coffee

    • Black Tap Coffee is situated on Beaufain Street, a sleepy, tree lined boulevard in the heart of Harleston Village. Opened by Ross Jet and Jayme Scott, this café offers up a plethora of specialty blends, including some delicious cold brewed iced coffees to counter South Carolina’s summer humidity. With its large windows, pearly white interior, and stripped back décor, Black Tap exudes a unique tranquility, particularly when pared against the boisterous bustle of downtown Charleston’s other cafes and eateries.

    • 70 ½ Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401, United States

    • 1 (843)-793-4402 http://blacktapcoffee.com

  • Indigo & Cotton

    Menswear shop

    • Stocked with stylish shirts, backpacks, and spectacles, Indigo & Cotton is the place to go for understated, high quality American menswear. This small store fills a gap in the Charleston market for modern men’s clothing. Only two years old, Indigo & Cotton offers a functional approach to day-to-day style, presenting its items in simple yet enticing compositions.

    • 79 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

    • 1 (843)-718-2980 http://indigoandcotton.com

  • Sugar Bakeshop

    Bakery

    • Sugar Bakeshop on Cannon Street has the air of an old school British sweet shop. Glass jars and spearmint coloured boxes line the walls of this tiny bakery. Run by two New York architects who escaped to the South, Sugar offers up some delicious treats including ginger molasses cookies and Huguenot tortes.

    • 59 ½ Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

    • 1 (843)-579-2891 http://sugarbake.com

  • Battery Park

    Sight

    • An early morning walk can be enjoyed under the thick foliage of The Battery’s oak trees. This historic waterfront, also known as White Point Gardens, overlooks Fort Sumter, the site upon which the first artillery shots of the American Civil War were fired. Its quiet, glade like park is lined with stately antebellum homes and 19th century cannons.

    • Battery Park, Charleston SC, United States

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  • Xiao Bao Biscuit

    Restaurant

    • If you weren’t a cabbage lover before, you will be once you’ve visited Xiao Bao Biscuit. The Asian soul food restaurant serves it in a spicy pancake topped with pork candy. The flavours are extraordinary. XBB, as it is known locally, offers a smorgasbord of delectable dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, all aimed at capturing owner’s Joey Ryan, Duolan Li, and Joshua Walker’s love of the East.

    • 224 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29401, United States

    • eat@xiaobaobiscuit.com http://xiaobaobiscuit.com

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Words & Photos: Cereal