Things To Do In Downtown Charleston SC

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There are so many things to do in downtown Charleston! I’m sharing lots of places to eat, rooftop bars for cocktails, shopping, and more!

Hello beautiful friends and happy spring! Woohoo! We made it. :) We had a few gorgeous sunny, warm days last week but I didn’t get to enjoy any of them! I was sick, boo. Now that I’ve finally recovered, it’s back to being cold. haha!! Figures! But it’s coming soon.

Since I’ve been sick I haven’t really had a chance to do any new makeovers. (I was actually sick when I had to do our Trashy Treasures project last week, boo!) But I have some things planned!

Today I thought I’d share a little about the girl’s trip I went on the first weekend in March to Charleston, SC. We have family there but we don’t usually go downtown that often. So this was seeing Charleston in a completely different way.

I will share some of the places we went. Girl’s trip, so you know there was shopping and eating! ha!

Things To Do In Downtown Charleston SC

Let me show you the place we stayed first. It was in the perfect location. And it was an old home which so much fun to stay in.

yellow old house

I mean just look at those porches, off of the bedrooms upstairs and the living spaces below.

yellow house with side porches with blue ceilings

I took a bunch of pictures of the inside but I’ll just share a few of them and the listing. (as my post is photo heavy already)
Here is the listing to see the house and where it is in Downtown Charleston.

Like the original knobs on the doors. Gorgeous!

old door with crystal knob

Pocket doors. Love!

old house large pocket doors

old fireplace in kitchen

I love staying in old homes. We stayed in an old home like this in Savannah years ago. Love the history of them!

We were almost across from the fire station.

5 cannon st c.1888 plaque on brick wall

Isn’t it pretty?

firehouse across the street

The home we stayed in was on Cannon St. Cannon is a family name for me so that was fun!

We got a shot with these heroes the first night there.

picture of us with the firement/ems in the firehouse

And waved hi to them every night as we walked past. They got a call right after we took this shot and had to race out.

felix restaurant sign

It rained ( a lot) the first day/night there. But that didn’t stop us! We had drinks and snacks at several places.
Felix, The Grocery, Uptown Social.

uptown social sign

All within a very short walking distance. We walked the entire time there.

The second day we walked all the way to downtown and then Uber’d back.

I don’t watch Southern Charm. Two of us did and two of us didn’t. lol So apparently Uptown Social is a regularly visited place by the “cast”.

So is this place apparently.

the front of the republic restaurant in charleston


red flowers haning over the bar

greenery wall with framed you are beautiful neon sign

And of course, we stopped by Sewing Down South. (if you watch Southern Charm, then you know…I don’t so it meant nothing to me!! lol)

wall of yarns

And guess what? Craig (who is on the show and owns the store) stopped in while we were there. My two friends got a photo of him but I and our other friend who does not watch walked on down the street. Sorry if you are a fan! ;)

glazed doughtnut sign

Glazed doughnuts, yummy.

I love all of the pretty architecture in downtown Charleston.

aqua and white building circa 1927

looking down the street at the palm trees

louis vuitton in charleston

clock tower in charleston

curved corner building in downtown charleston

(ignore my sunglasses, oops)

We had breakfast at Big Bad Breakfast one morning.

big bad breakfast chalkboard

How creative are the colorful egg cartons up there??

big bad breakfast bar

We didn’t eat here, just peeked inside. Gingerline.

gingerline bar

It’s down near the Charleston City Market. We went through there too but I didn’t get any photos of that.

I don’t remember the name of this restaurant but it was so pretty I had to snap a photo.(it was in the same area as above)

beautiful restaurant with aqua velvet chairs, huge ornate gold mirrors along the wall, gold floor, marble tables, black ceiling

Carmella’s, oh my.

carmell's sign

We waited in a LONG line for this…

pastries in a glass case

And it was worth it!

Of course, we had to see the Pineapple fountain.

pineapple fountain

tree lined walk in the park

cute dog with sunglasses on

We did a little nightlife too. This place had a rooftop bar. Fun!

satellite bar sign

Bubbles from the rooftop bar above.

bubbles in the night sky

purple lights ink rooftop

We ended up heading back to our house early as most of the people in line for these places were youngin’s!! haha!

We had a cute bagel/coffee place across from our house.

coffee cup

Holey City Bagels.

I had to take them to Shem Creek, Red’s.

boats in the water and a dolphin

Saw some dolphins playing in the water while we were there.

We had not had a proper dinner since we got there so decided to have dinner at this place my sister-in-law recommended.

plate of fancy deviled eggs

Burwell’s. I don’t know what was in those deviled eggs but they were magical!

metallic light fixture

The owner (or manager?) made this light fixture. Very cool.

Of course, you must visit Rainbow Row. We did but I guess I didn’t get a photo. You must also visit the waterfront in downtown Charleston and all of the gorgeous homes down there.

Sullivan’s Island, Ilse of Palms, Mount Pleasant. So many places to see and things to do. But today it’s mostly about things to do in downtown Charleston.

Here are a few other posts I’ve written from past visits to the Charleston area:

It’s been many, many years since I’ve done this but another fun thing to do in downtown Charleston is to do the carriage tour through town. They tell you all of the history. It’s really fun and informative! We wanted to do this on this trip but ran out of time.

If you haven’t been, I hope you’ll plan a trip soon. It’s a great place to vacation.

Bye for now! (that’s the yellow house we stayed in the morning we were leaving)

yellow house on road in distance

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of downtown Charleston!



  1. It looks like you had lots of fun!! I’ve never been to Charleston but I’ve read most of Karen White’s novels (she calls them “Grit Lit”) and she always mentions restaurants and shops in her books. The humidity and the state bird will keep me a strictly an armchair traveler!

    I’m looking forward to whatever you come up with, Nancy! Thanks sharing your photos and projects!!

    1. Yes! Such a beautiful city! It does get hot in the summer but early spring is a great time to visit (not humid etc)! Not sure about the bird though! ;) It’s very humid where I live too though…(coastal Virginia) so I’m used to that. xo

  2. Your trip was inspiring! I love the old south (in my genes). Charleston is one of the cities I haven’t visited but would love to. I love Savannah too. There could never be too many pictures!

  3. What a nice tour for us “Midwesterners”. Never been to Charleston, but your photos make me want to go there. Looks like you had a fabulous time.

  4. Charleston is a favorite location and Big Bad Breakfast is our go to spot for breakfast when there! Loved seeing your photos!

  5. I soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo want to see Charleston.

    Gotta do it soon.

    Thank you for this great tour – so beautiful, delicious and fun. Sorry you’ve been sick. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  6. I love, love, LOVE Charleston! We lived in a little town outside of Charleston called Goose Creek when my now ex-husband was stationed at the Charleston Navy Base, which is no more. That was QUITE a few years ago and I’ve been back once. Downtown Charleston was my favorite place to take visitors. We would just walk and walk and walk! Glad you had a good time!

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