Charleston. A small town in South Carolina with pastel coloured houses and cute streets that show you what the “southern charm” actually means. But as Europeans, we didn’t know much about Charleston, one friend actually calling it ‘that town where you have a layover when you go somewhere else’. But luckily, when we stayed in Washington a week before, Victor’s boss told us we were going to regret it if we would not go there instead of Myrtle Beach, our first choice. Thank you, Booking, for your good cancellation policies that allowed us to switch the destination. And I think it was the best decision for the whole trip, as Charleston became one of our favourite cities in the whole world. Fun fact: it was chosen as the most friendly city in the USA and also the most Instagrammable city (if that can be an award, laughing with tears emoji).
So, if this is the most Instagrammable city in the USA, it deserves a post showing our absolutely favourite spots. Here they are.
1. East Battery Street & East Bay Street (aka Charleston’s Rainbow Row)
These two streets go hand in hand, pun intended as they follow one another. The Rainbow Row is the most popular spot for taking pictures in Charleston. It shows a row of tall, pastel coloured houses complemented by the also tall palm trees in front of them. The houses on East Battery on the other hand are not so tall, but with pastel coloured windows decorated with flowers. Beware, the pictures will make you want to book a flight to Charleston immediately.
2. Leon’s Oyster Shop
When someone hears South in the USA, they first think about one thing: the food. And it was the first thing we thought too. That’s how we found about Leon’s Osyter Shop, a place nominated to be one of the best restaurants in the city. Being decorated vintage and always serving fresh seafood (well, the name gives that up), it easily becomes one of those places where people first photograph their plates and then eat. And the food was incredible! We recommend the grilled shrimp, fried chicken (awesome!) and hush puppies.
3. Houses on South of Broad
Omg, these houses are incredible. We walked for two hours on the streets found at South of Broad and not a single one was not colourful, with romantic windows or tidy gardens. It was like a houses fairytale and they made you wish you would live there. I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves.
4. Under the pier in Isle of Palms beach
Isle of Palms is located a few miles outside Charleston and is one of those locations everyone has a vacation house so they can enjoy the sand and water during the summer. The beach there is so nice that Victor used it in one morning for a run. Our favourite spot was under the pier where the photos were good candidates for Instagram.
5. Angel Oak
Angel Oak is the oldest oak tree it exists, estimated to have 400-500 years old. It is located 12 miles outside Charleston and it was impressive to admire. It is daily visited by hundreds of people in search for some relaxing time in the park where it still stands tall.
- Waterfront Park – The pineapple fountain is quite popular in Charleston and the park where is situated was a great stop from a long walk. Directions here.
- Stono Market & Tomato Shed Cafe – Found close to the Angel Oak Park, this is the best place to taste the southern food. We were advised by a local that when in South we should stop at one of the restaurants near the road, that looks like nobody knows about it because there we’ll find the best food. This was one of these places and we found it by accident. It is both a market and a restaurant that is ran by a local family. It is always serving food based on their recipes or selling vegetables from their plantation, homemade jam or products like body lotions or soaps. Our recommendations: she crab soup, crab dip and the homemade shea butter. Oh, and it’s a great place for taking photos too. Directions here.
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