Best things to do in Charleston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Angel Oak Tree
3688 Angel Oak Rd
131local recommendations
John David
John David says “Angel Oak is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near...” ·
2. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
129local recommendations
Arryn says “Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is open from November through February from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm wi...” ·
3. Halls Chophouse - Charleston
434 King Street
123local recommendations
Jen And Loren
Jen And Loren says “If you’re looking to splurge, this family owned and operated steakhouse is THE place to go!! Literal...” ·
4. Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Avenue
119local recommendations
Spencer says “Definitely the most popular breakfast spot in Charleston. Southern comfort food with nationally reco...” ·
5. Historic Charleston City Market
188 Meeting St
79local recommendations
Arryn says “Welcome to the Charleston City Market, one of the nation's oldest public markets and the cultural he...” ·
6. Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Avenue
121local recommendations
Rabun says “Xiao Bao is definitely worth a visit while you're here. The owners pull from every area of Asia to c...” ·
7. James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr
92local recommendations
Jonah says “This park is located 5 minutes from the lodge and offers a wide range of activities for visitors. It...” ·
8. Sullivan's Island
114local recommendations
Jenn says “My favorite beach. It's a little more chill and the local seen. Just be aware there are no bathrooms...” ·
9. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
1235 Long Point Road
86local recommendations
Arryn says “Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and es...” ·
10. Leon's Oyster Shop
698 King Street
98local recommendations
Michael And Annelise
Michael And Annelise says “Leon's is a trendy seafood spot in the Brewery District with a ton of great options. Their frozen ro...” ·
11. Poe's Tavern
2210 Middle St
97local recommendations
Cynthia says “Fun place to hang out, get an amazing burger, fish tacos, quesadillas, and drinks. Sit by the fire...” ·
12. The Charleston Pour House
1977 Maybank Highway
93local recommendations
Deborah says “if you like live music .. this is the place to be. The large outside deck is the place to be with g...” ·
13. Fort Sumter National Monument
81local recommendations
Brad And Angela
Brad And Angela says “Only accessible by boat in the Charleston Harbor, learn about where the American Civil War began an...” ·
14. Husk
76 Queen Street
87local recommendations
Christopher says “Restaurant is always booked, but the HUSK bar is the real show. Located right next door. Head upst...” ·
15. Red's Ice House
98 Church Street
71local recommendations
Marno says “Don't bother driving here; there's very little parking. We don't visit this area often, but if you ...” ·
16. South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
85local recommendations
Jack says “This place is a must see while visiting Charleston. It's right in the heart of downtown and is a gre...” ·
17. Stars Rooftop Bar & Grill Room
495 King Street
100local recommendations
Brad And Angela
Brad And Angela says “DOWNTOWN Best Rooftop Bar In Charleston, SC With its sweeping views, Stars Restaurant is the best ro...” ·
18. Charleston
71local recommendations
Tony says “Area Information Charleston is one of America’s most charming cities. Take a horse-drawn carriage r...” ·
19. Marion Square
329 Meeting Street
70local recommendations
Grace says “Because strolling around a well-kept park is always fun. Starting in April, Saturdays bring a Farmer...” ·
20. Butcher & Bee
1085 Morrison Dr
65local recommendations
Arryn says “Butcher & Bee has a simple mission of serving honest-to-goodness sandwiches made with flavor combina...” ·
21. White Point Garden
2 Murray Boulevard
71local recommendations
Arryn says “White Point Gardens, located at the tip of the peninsula, provides great views of the Charleston Har...” ·
22. Bowens Island Restaurant
1870 Bowens Island Road
72local recommendations
Kate says “Bowens is the most authentic low country seafood restaurant around. You can get a killer sunset whil...” ·
23. The Cocktail Club
479 King Street
78local recommendations
Walk Away Stays
Walk Away Stays says “Great hidden bar, with plush couches that are tucked away for quiet conversion. Craft cocktails and ...” ·
24. The Battery
78local recommendations
Spencer says “The Battery is Charleston's famous coastline with rows of Battery Mansion homes overlooking the wate...” ·
25. Five Loaves Cafe
43 Cannon Street
78local recommendations
Chuck & JoJo
Chuck & JoJo says “At Five Loaves Cafe, we go to great lengths to create a healthy, sustainable and more responsible me...” ·
26. Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer
4 Vanderhorst Street
76local recommendations
Jessica says “Tasty local coffee shop a block off Marion Square in downtown Charleston. Pastries too. Relax in th...” ·
27. FIG
232 Meeting St
70local recommendations
Erica & BJ
Erica & BJ says “Pricey, but it's worth it. It's quaint and romantic and they are doing some awesome things with food...” ·
28. Harris Teeter
73local recommendations
William, Jacquelin OR Jamie
William, Jacquelin OR Jamie says “This grocery caters to Charlestonians and will try to find any food item you need. It is in an old ...” ·