Cruisin’ Charleston

Jump on your bike and hit these five local hot spots

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.

Two Boroughs Larder

The Artisanal Grocery Store at Two Boroughs Larder

Two Boroughs Larder | Image by: Olivia Rae James

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.



Xiao Bao Biscuit

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Xiao Bao Biscuit | Image by: Olivia Rae James

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.




Burbage’s Grocery

Burbages Grocery

Burbages Grocery | Painting by: Gail Ishmael

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.






The Flowershop in Mixson

Flowershop | Image by: Olivia Rae James

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.




The Spa at Belmond

Belmond Spa

Belmond Spa

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 ]

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Elizabeth Salaam
Along with her work as Senior Contributing Writer for Girl's Guide, Elizabeth Salaam writes for the San Diego Reader. Her work has also been published in Elle Magazine. | Most inspired by: Contradictions. | Favorite room in my home: The Master suite. The windows have views for days! | Best design idea I may never do: Adorn my enclosed toilet room with library book wallpaper and a chandelier. | Will never: Bungee jump. | Have always been: Rebellious. | Dying to: Live in a Paris flat with herringbone wood floors.
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