The city’s food scene was already nothing to sneeze at, but over the last few years, it’s blossomed into a nationally undeniable culinary juggernaut. We’ve got a whole article running down the best restaurants in Charleston right now, but here’s an abridged version for those in a rush: grab a pie at EVO Pizzeria, some BBQ at Home Team, tacos at Minero, and literally anything on the menu at Husk.
... Or just take a city-wide culinary tour
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That being said, picking THE perfect restaurant to take your guests to is akin to picking your favorite child; there are so many good options that the pressure to narrow it down to one can sometimes be too much. Taking a culinary tour is a great way to bypass that, as you get to try bites from a few fantastic restaurants and learn a little bit about Charleston’s history at the same time. Talk about a tasteful education!
Check out a farmers market
Charleston’s farmers markets are more than just open-air zones for fruits and veggies; they also feature local artisans, live music, snacks, and a whole lot more, and are a great way to experience some local Charleston culture and encourage your guests to support local businesses. Many of them -- like the Johns Island Farmers Market and the Pacific Box & Crate Farmers Market -- happen year-round, and can be found throughout the city on various days of the week, so be sure to find the one that’s closest to you.
Wander through the Old Village and take pics at the Pitt Street Bridge
The Old Village in Mount Pleasant is somewhat off the beaten path, in that you might not know it was there if you weren’t looking for it. There are a few restaurants and shops in the Village--like Old Village Post House, Rudi’s Old Village Wine Shop, and more. Afterward, take a walk down the Pitt Street Bridge. While not as iconic or widely appreciated as the Cooper River Bridge, the Pitt Street Bridge is a fun hidden gem that’s just as picturesque in its own way.