I feel like going to Charleston with “blogger eyes” is some rite of passage – it’s so picturesque everywhere, there are countless cute restaurants serving delicious food, and definitely lots to photograph.
My dear friend Claire was able to snap a few outfit photos of this gorgeous blue and white striped top from H&M. I love all the little romantic details on this blouse from the ruffled cold shoulder sleeves, to the ties on the sleeves and peplum, to the buttons down the front. I paired it with white Levi’s shorts, and this pretty station necklace that I got in the Nordstrom sale.
We stayed at the Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel which is within close walking distance to E Bay street and all the oyster happy hours your heart could desire. This pink hotel is clean, chic, and a great place to call home for your visit.
We ate (and drank) our way through a LOT of the most raved about restaurants in Charleston. Here’s a list of the places we visited!
- The Gin Joint – small and cozy, happy hour featuring $5 cocktails – I had the Fitzgerald gin drink and it was quite refreshing
- The Darling Oyster bar – we stopped in after the sun had gone down for a quick drink but I’ve seen on various blogs that this is a super instagrammable place. Got the punch and an oyster shooter – yum!
- Xiao Bao Biscuit – we got the Mau Po tofu, shaking beef, and mussels dishes to share as well as the Chinese broccoli. Everything was SO delicious paired with the sticky rice, but I’d have to say that the Mau Po tofu was my favorite – I’m still thinking about it more than a week later!
- Leon’s Oyster House – I got the fried oysters and a frozen rose for lunch.
- Amen Fish and Raw bar – we stopped in for half price oysters (a dozen of the house oysters were less than $10) and $4 glasses of prosecco. Such a lovely way to start off the evening!
- Pearlz Oyster Bar – this place also had great happy hour specials! I lived my best life happy hour hopping with my friends one of the evenings we were in Charleston. We got oysters on the half shell here as well, and $3 glasses of champagne.
- 167 Raw – the wait was quite long but we had heard so many good things about this restaurant so we went for it. It’s a small and cute place – we got the Ahi Poke crudo to share which was fabulous, and then I got the scallop po boy as my main dish. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the bun was so buttery and toasted but the sauce is a sweet, chili-esque sauce which I wasn’t expecting. It was still good, but I usually don’t like sweet sauces so I’d just ask about whether the dish you’re eyeing has a sweet or savory overtone to it.
- Hominy Grill – I got the shrimp and grits (because I can’t resist them anywhere) – I liked that it came with big shrimps and the sauce had mushrooms and bacon.
- Poogan’s Porch – This was right next door to our hotel and I just got a bowl of she crab soup to go – extremely delicious and different from other seafood bisques I’ve tried.
- Le Farfalle – we capped an amazing Charleston eating experience at this super cute Italian restaurant. The service was top notch. We got the rosemary focaccia (which came with a tomato sugo, whipped ricotta and amazing olive oil) which was seriously the most delicious bread I’ve probably ever had. I then had the Agnolotti pasta – which was pillow shaped ravioli stuffed with duck confit in a mushroom and parmesan sauce – the BEST thing I ate in Charleston. Again, I’m still dreaming of this dish.
If you made it to this point, I hope you’re not too hungry (I know I was after writing this) and I want to thank you so much for stopping by and reading! x