Charleston is full of hidden secrets at every turn, nook, and cranny. We know it can be overwhelming to try and find the best our city has to offer, so we’ve made things simple for you and listed out our top 10 Charleston hidden secrets. Read on and enjoy exploring as if it was your first time.
You’ve never seen a more Instagram-worthy breakfast sandwich which also doubles as the most delicious. Topped with avocado, egg, cheese, and bacon it is simple yet memorable. Head on over to the lovely Park Cafe for this breakfast sandwich.
A must see sunrise
The sunsets in Charleston are always a sight to see no matter where you are, but nothing beats the view at Sunrise Park on James Island. Grab a friend and enjoy the show right by the water.
Where to share a romantic meal
Charleston is full of fine dining options but we think the most romantic is Circa 1886. Set in the carriage house behind the Wentworth Mansion booth 63 at Circa 1886 is pure romance.
Where to share a fried seafood
The Wreck in Mount Pleasant might not look like much, but once you see the menu of fried seafood, hush puppies, red rice, and greens you’ll be glad you ventured in. It’s as casual as you can get with no frills but the view of the sunset and mouthwatering southern staples will make you come back again and again.
Station 18 1/2 on Sullivans Island has an elevated walkway, a lighthouse and more parking than its neighboring stations. If you’re going to the beach this where you need to be. Not to mention that Sullivans Island has some of the best beach food.
Grab and go
The Marina Variety Store is the perfect quick stop for breakfast or lunch with a beautiful view of the water. Stop by before work and get the $6 breakfast of your dreams.
Your new running route
Looking to get motivated for the Cooper River Bridge Run? A great jog starts at the City Marina, down the Battery, up South Battery, and back along Colonial Lake. Its scenic, refreshing and a great workout.
Delicious drinks are not hard to find in Charleston, but the William Moultrie at the Obstinate Daughter really takes the cake. This cocktail includes High Wire Gin, cucumber water, key lime juice, grapefruit juice, and basil. If it’s not on your list, it should be.
Our favorite secret garden
The Unitarian Churchyard might have more tombstones than your average hangout spot, but it is beautiful all the same. With overgrown plants and shady trees, this is a good place to eat a picnic lunch or read a good book. Rumor has it, Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabelle Lee is buried here.
Best sweet treat
The pastry case at Saffron Bakery is filled with cookies, baklava, cheesecake, and pie. Your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied here. Don’t leave without one of these tasty treats.