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Local Love: Our Seven Favorite Things to Do & Eat in Charleston

We’re thrilled to have launched in Charleston, South Carolina, because it is one of our very favorite cities. And we are not alone.

Ranked number one as the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure, Charleston is the third fastest growing city in the United States. From the critically acclaimed food scene, to the wide range of historic architecture, to the southern charm of its people, Charleston is the kind of place that you fall in love with at first sight. We know we did.

To take our relationship with Charleston to the next level, we took our Shipt shoppers Shannon, Melanie and Shawana around the city to explore some of their standbys, as well as to discover some new favorites. Here are our seven new favorite things to eat and do in Charleston:

1. Eat Crepes at Queen Street Grocery.

person wearing shipt shirt eating crepe

A Charleston staple since 1922, the Queen Street Grocery has an abundant variety of crepes and breakfast sandwiches and cold-brew coffee served up in kitschy mis-matched mugs. The Capers, The Daniel, The Wentworth crepes were scrumptious, especially paired with friendly, easy-going service (and The Grateful Dead playing in the background).

2. Walk, wander, and ooh and ahh.

three women wearing Shipt shirts smiling for picture on street corner

group of people riding carriage through the street

When we travel we love to research and we love to plan, but we also love to save a little space for some spontaneity. And in a city as charming as Charleston, you’re going to want to stop, smell the flowers, lean against a palmetto (not as palm tree as we’ve been corrected!), ride a bicycle, and take lots of photos.

3. Browse the books (and be a bit silly) at Blue Bicycle Books.

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Our fellow English major/teammate (thanks, Katie!) told us not to miss this one, and for anyone who loves books be sure not to overlook Blue Bicycle Books. Stocked with a range of local, new, and used books, along with nooks and crannies for both adults and kids to nestle into (there’s a teepee in the back that’s not to be missed!), you’ll find it hard to leave this place empty-handed.

4. Eat some proper Lowcountry cuisine at Poogan’s Porch.

fried green tomatoes on plate beside plate of macaroni and cheese

Admittedly, we stopped at Husk first, but there was a bit of a wait so we went next door to Poogan’s Porch and boy, were we glad we did. Not only were we able to sit outside on the back patio and enjoy the balmy mid-February Charleston air, but we were so well taken care of by our servers, Ben and Corwin. When we asked what Poogan’s was known for, without hesitation Ben told us: the Mac & Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Pimiento Cheese Fritters. (As a southern-based startup, we certainly know good southern food when we taste it.)

pimento cheese fritters on white plate

Based on the sheer fact that not one morsel remained on our plates, we’d be tempted to order the exact same thing when we go back. And in the meantime, we’ll be dreaming about the fresh-from-the-oven buttermilk biscuits!

5. Wander around the waterfront, window shop, and marvel at the architecture. 

We loved the blue-ceiling porches, window shopping on King Street, and snapping selfies along the waterfront. If we had an extra day, we would’ve wandered around more, hence why Charleston is worth a return trip — and why so many people are relocating here!

three women wearing green Shipt shirts outside of old Charleston style home

6. Share dessert at Carmella’s Cafe.

carrot cake, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate cupcake and coffee on table surrounded by assorted cutlery

You know when you look at a dessert menu and you want all of it? Well, that’s how we felt when we walked into Carmella’s.

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Luckily, with a group of four there was no harm in ordering a few different things and sharing it, so that’s what we did. (Our absolute fave was the espresso gelato, but we loved it all!) And when we weren’t eating, we were laughing and laughing some more.

7. Walk down Rainbow Row, followed by Happy Hour at the Blind Tiger Pub.

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After wandering down Rainbow Row and realizing we had walked nearly six miles, we decided to end the day with a cold beverage at The Blind Tiger Pub. With an El Tigre and Garden & Gun in hand, we fondly recounted our day spent in Charleston, eating delicious food, and making new, fellow Shipt shopper friends.

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Those are just our seven favorite things to do, see, and eat in Charleston, South Carolina. And as our relationship with Charleston deepens, we look forward to discovering some new favorites. What are your favorite things to do, see, and eat in the Holy City? Comment below!

And if you live or are vacationing in the Charleston area, be sure to use Shipt to save you time grocery shopping so you have more time to wander and explore!

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