With its rich history and southern charm, Charleston remains one of the most quaint and picturesque areas to explore around the southern states. What we love the most about it is that it has so many options to create the perfect weekend day, from morning farmers markets, to cozy Charleston breakfast restaurants, to afternoons at the beach soaking up the sun.
There is a reason we made Charleston our home. Each and every element of the city made us fall in love just a little bit more, and we want our customers to fall in love with it the way we did. Below we’ve compiled a few tips on how to have the perfect Charleston day, the way locals do:
Check Out the Many Farmers Markets
The rich and fertile land around Charleston has made it ideal for farming for centuries. Today, the culmination of that farming comes together in our local eateries and farmers markets where you can find the best farm-to-table dining options and fresh produce available in the many markets around the city. The Charleston Farmers Market is the most popular, by far, but there are dozens that take place throughout the area. Not interested in produce? The Charleston City Market is another favorite place for local makers to showcase their art and other handmade products. These markets may require getting up a bit early, but it’s worth it to start the rest of your day at a favorite Charleston breakfast restaurant, The Park Cafe.
Brunch at The Park Cafe
To continue reaping the benefits of local farms and farmers markets, settle down for a cozy brunch at The Park Cafe for some of the best farm-to-table dining in Charleston. Locals love The Park Cafe for our focus on design and ambience in addition to our handcrafted specialties from our Executive Chef, Pat Gottschall. All of our dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, assuring that quality and freshness is a top priority.
Take a Stroll Through Hampton Park
In the late spring, the colors of Hampton Park come alive with bright neons in the gardens and trees, green grass, and water features that make it one of Charleston’s most beautiful spots. Once you’re finished with brunch at The Park Cafe, head over to Hampton Park to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Charleston’s finest parks. Rent a bike from Holy Spokes bike share—which has racks located around the city and offers bikes at an affordable rental rate—and take a bike ride around the park. Hampton Park also has a dog park for furry friends, located just across the street from The Park Cafe.
Window Shop on King Street
Charleston is known for its southern charm and King Street brings out the best in that. Head downtown to check out the architecture along King Street’s shop fronts. The city shuts down the street to traffic on every second Sunday of the month to allow for foot traffic to wander down the iconic street. Nestled in between bigger shops like Forever 21, Sephora, and Urban Outfitters, you can find local gems like Moon and Lola, Skinny Dip, and Blue Bicycle Books.
Head to the Beach
A relaxing day in Charleston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of its many beaches. Head east to find killer surf, sand, and sun along picturesque beaches like Folly Beach and Isle of Palms. Folly Beach is a local favorite, known for its ease of access, good surf, and proximity to other family friendly activities and restaurants in the area. There are five favorite beach areas in Charleston, making it easy to find a spot at any one of them. With different vibes at each one, there’s a beach for every type of beach goer.
Enjoy Locally Caught Seafood
What would a trip to the beach be without a taste of locally caught seafood? Eateries all along the coastline and throughout Charleston are ready to grill up some of the best and freshest seafood in the area. Folly Beach is one of our favorite places to grab a basket of fresh fish because of its laid back environment that makes it the perfect way to end a day at the beach. You may not be able to catch the sunset over the water anywhere in Charleston, but there are plenty of other ways to continue the festivities into the evening as the city—and its beach neighborhoods, prepare for the evening.