Now that you know Charleston is a magnet for post-college 20-somethings, and possibly have your mind set on joining them, we thought we’d play tour guide and point you toward some of our favorite local joints.
Or maybe you’ve already moved to Charleston and you’re still feeling your way around town. Either way, we’re of the opinion that the best way to get to know a place is by bike. You can cover a lot of ground and catch area vibes at the same time. So, hop on your bike, wheel your way through Charleston, and while you’re out there roaming the streets, be sure to check out these five faves.
This locally owned restaurant has been featured in Travel & Leisure, The New York Times Style Magazine, Food and Wine, and a healthy handful of other big-time publications. You’ll certainly want to dine and imbibe at the restaurant, but the artisanal grocery store is where you can shop for the oils and vinegars, cheeses, tea towels, and local coffee you need to stock your new kitchen.
Three words, people: Asian soul food. Think Okonomiyaki, Som Tam, Lamb Belly, and other dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam – all “inspired by kick-ass grandmothers everywhere.” Drop in for lunch or bring a group of buddies for a family style dinner.
Park your bike out front and browse this vintage mom-and-pop grocery store and deli. If it’s early enough, you can check out their breakfast bar. We’re pretty sure this will soon become your favorite place to pick up fresh soups to take home after work.
Every girl in every town needs to know where she can buy beautiful flowers to adorn her tabletops. If you’re the kind of girl who likes fresh flowers regularly you can sign up for Flowershop’s weekly or biweekly bouquet. Pick it up at their Mixson location or at Black Tap Coffee downtown on Thursdays.
Nothing says, “Welcome to town” like a deep tissue massage or a magnolia blossom body scrub. Call it research. After all, you will need to know where to bring your mom when she comes to visit for Mother’s Day. In fact, rather than choosing between skin care, massage, or pedicures, in the name of research, you should probably go for a spa package. Our vote? 450 minutes of Champagne Dreams and Caviar Wishes.
[ Featured image| Angela Pham ]