Fathom Favorites : Charleston

1. City Market

Stretching four city blocks, the old market is still the best way to experience a walk into the past from its food merchant roots to its slave origins. Present-day vendors sell a variety of goods, like the locally made sweetgrass baskets.

188 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

2. The Battery

Stroll this iconic Charleston walk with grand Southern-style mansions overlooking Charleston Harbor. The waterfront promenade offers views of the Ravenel Bridge and historic Fort Sumter with echoes of the Civil War.

E. Bay St. down to the Battery
Charleston, SC, 29401

3. North Charleston Coliseum

2200 plush orchestra seats surround an intimate stage where big name indie, pop, and country performers, visiting Broadway productions, and the summer jazz festival set up for acoustically inspired shows.

5001 Coliseum Dr.
Charleston, SC, 29418

4. Riverfront Park

Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and enjoy stellar views of the Cooper River. Stroll the grounds with massive oak trees and rotating art sculptures. The contemporary, open-air pavilion is an excellent place to hear live music.

1001 Everglades Ave.
Charleston, SC, 29405

5. South of Broadway Theater Company

It may look somewhat nondescript, but this small southside spot hosts Broadway-caliber productions by playwrights like Neil Simon and Wendy Wasserstein.

1080 E. Montague Ave.
Charleston, SC, 29405

6. Dock Street Theater

As America's first theater, the French Quarter gem might be the most photographed spot in town. Look for the faded salmon-colored federal exterior and gorgeous green wrought iron balcony.

135 Church St.
Charleston, SC, 29402

7. Gibbes Museum of Art

Located on Museum Mile, the small, early 1900s Beaux Arts museum houses a collection of genteel watercolors and decorative arts from the American South.

135 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

8. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

The South's answer to the Northeast's bagels. At the tiny local grab-and-go spot, choose from seven flavors of buttery, flaky biscuits. Top with cinammon whipped butter or add a side of grits, and you're ready to walk it off all the way down King Street. The best news? They now ship nationwide.

476 1/2 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

9. The Macintosh

Come for chef Jeremiah Bacon's famous bone marrow bread pudding. Splurge on the decadent deckle, or time it right and get $5 plates at bacon happy hour.

479 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

10. 167 Raw

Hailing from Nantucket Island, Jesse Sandole brings New England flavor to the South. Come early to nab a coveted spot at the bar or in the garden for lobster rolls, fish tacos, and the freshest oysters.

289 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401

11. Parlor Deluxe

In a town not lacking for good ice-cream (shout-outs to Jeni's and Cirsea), Parlor Deluxe takes it up a notch with a modern take on old-fashioned counter classics (think hot dogs with names like Sylvester Shalom and The "Gee" Thang). Sidle up to the picture-perfect marble countertop for milkshakes and tater tots.

207 St. Phillip St. , SC
Charleston, SC 29403

12. SNOB

Slightly North of Broad (lovingly known as SNOB) has been dishing out delicious Lowcountry fare in an airy 18th-century warehouse building for more than 20 years. Chefs Frank Lee and Russ Moore keep the menu fresh, and the loyal lunch crowd keeps the energy buzzing.

192 E. Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Xiao Bao Biscuit

At first glance, this hulk of an old filling station looks like anything but the scene of your next lemongrass ginger beer cocktail. But experimental Asian soul food and a serious playlist have turned the scruffy parking lot into a hotspot hangout. The only thing it's fueling these days is a citywide obsession with okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage and scallion pancakes).

224 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403

14. Leon's Oyster Shop

A meal here can just as easily skew decadent — if you spring for the "big chicken dinner" and pair it with bubbles — or down-home (hush puppies, six-packs, and soft-serve with jimmies). With a daily catch and no fewer than ten seasonal side salads, the menu is accommodating, even of calorie-counters. The cannily redesigned space, formerly Leon's Paint & Body Shop and now a study in ramshackle chic, will speak to coolhunters and Brooklynites, but the vibe here is refreshingly come-one-come-all.

698 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

15. Brown's Court Bakery

Operating out of a restored 19th-century house, Brown's Court supplies industry neighbors like The Ordinary and Two Boroughs Larder with top-notch brioche. Walk-in regulars come for the pour-over coffee, sriracha croissants, and nightly happy hour discounts. Half-priced pecan sorghum pie and a spot on the second story side porch are the makings a fine afternoon.

199 St. Philip St.
Charleston, SC

16. Peninsula Grill

Open for over fifteen years, it's a sophisticated Charleston classic. Nibble on tuna tartare and sip bubbles at the champagne bar. The intimate courtyard is a perfect al fresco spot.

112 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401

17. Closed For Business

Don't let the name fool you, as this airy neighborhood joint is open and pouring over forty suds on tap. They're also dishing out serious comfort eats like a pork slap sandwich, beer mussels, and duck pot pie.

453 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

18. McCrady's

James Beard-winner and locavore Chef Brock's spot is tucked away down a narrow alley. Inside, it's all exposed brick and reinterpreted Southern classic using heirloom grains and greens. Sample the four-course menu.

2 Unity Alley
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

19. Two Boroughs Larder

This laid-back artisanal grocery and gastro-eatery doles out a global mash-up of Mexican, Korean, and Taiwanese influences. Happy hour is a relaxed, canned beer-style affair with a bowl of brothy ramen.

186 Coming St.
Charleston, SC 29403

20. Basico

An industrial-chic taqueria with canary yellow walls, charming outdoor picnic tables, and local ingredients tucked into hand-pressed tortillas.

4399 McCarthy St.
Charleston, SC 29405

21. EVO Pizza

The thin, artisanal, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza goes hand-in-hand with local toppings like South Carolina bacon, Ashley Farms chicken, and local craft beers in an open, casual brick storefront.

1075 E. Montague Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405

22. The Ordinary

Get your fill of crabs, local Carolina oysters, and the three-tiered shellfish plateaux at the lovely, white-tiled oyster bar and seafood hall in a restored bank with massive windows and high ceilings. The raw bar fashioned out of reclaimed wood is the best place from which to appreciate the nautical bounty.

544 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

23. Cru Cafe

A classic country kitchen where low country comfort food is served with high ideals. Four-cheese macaroni elicits squeals from the cozy dining room; save room for smoked pork belly, shrimp BLT's, and fried oyster salad.

18 Pinckney St.
Charleston, SC 29401

24. Hominy Grill

It's not a trip to the South until you've been fed the classics: shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, homemade biscuits, and sweet tea. But to have all that goodness servedup by a James Beard Award-winning chef? Truly a Charleston treat.

207 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403

25. Butcher & Bee

Savor hearty Chinese pork-belly sandwiches and Korean BLT's made with local ingredients at communal tables in an airy industrial space. The changing menu is scrawled along chalkboard-painted walls, which you can peruse while sipping your favorite wine — it's B.Y.O. Daytime hours are famously limited, but early birds can pick up fried egg sandwiches with harissa ketchup and fontina next door at younger sibling takeaway spot, The Daily.

654 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

26. Two Meeting Street Inn

A traditional, south-of-broad B&B situated in the city's most historically coveted address with live oaks, lush cherry red azaleas, and a wraparound porch. Plop down with a good book and tea and call it an afternoon.

2 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

27. Fulton Lane Inn

This three-story inn has all the Southern charm you're looking for: light-filled room, large airy windows, working fireplaces, and a great location mere steps from the best shopping and dining establishments.

202 King St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

28. Zero George

0 George St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

29. Planters Inn

Centrally located and open since the nineteenth century, with 64 classically appointed, Southern-charmed rooms with four-poster beds, lavish window treatments, and roaring fires.

112 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

30. Ibu

Owner Susan Hull Walker sells gorgeous clothing and accessories made by various women's cooperatives and female designers from around the globe (go here for pretty Indian textiles or bright African bangles).

183B King St., 2nd Flr.
Charleston, SC 29401

31. Hampden

A massive industrial space with old-world tin ceilings and crystal chandeliers stocked with a unique selection of modern women's apparel (from familiar names like Theory and Stella McCartney). Less-than-willing shopping companions will appreciate the waiting lounge with a fully stocked bar. Head next door to the equally decked out accessories shop.

314 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401

32. Candlefish

Floor-to-ceiling shelves of handmade candles in 100 exclusive scents make up the fragrence library. If you're feeling overwhelmed, speak to an experienced candlers who'll recommend blends based on your preferences, or sign-up for a fun, BYOB candle-making workshop.

71 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC 29401

33. The Commons

Filled with thoughtfully curated American-made home goods that are both modern and timeless. Look out for the shop's recently launched Shelter collection of handblown glassware and wheel-thrown ceramics designed and made in the Carolinas.

54 1/2 Broad St.
Charleston, SC 29401

34. Indigo and Cotton

A clean, smartly curated men's shop for the new Southern gent, with rugged and hip Americana goods like Gitman Brother Vintage, Filson bags, and Makr Carry Goods.

79 Cannon St.
Charleston, SC, 29403

35. Bob Ellis Shoes

This locally celebrated and legendary institution of footwear (sixty years and going strong) stocks designer (Blahnik, Saint Laurent, Louboutin) versions of classic loafers, sexy stilettos, and everything in between.

332 King St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

36. Goat Sheep Cow

A small, rustic spot showcases a collection of over 150 artisanal cheeses: soft and stinky, creamy and luscious. Dairy lovers, you're covered. Charcuterie, mustards, and jams conjure images of a perfect picnic.

106 Church St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

37. Mixson Market

A beautifully curated dry goods shop with a coffee counter, picnic provisions, and industrial wood shelving stacked with DIY cheese kits, wine caddies, pocket knives, and indie magazines. Pick up an artisinal sandwich or two before heading to the park with your seedbombs.

4338 McCarthy St.
Charleston, SC, 29405

38. Worthwhile

The well-worn boutique caters to the feminine girl with a little edge. Labels like Isabel Marant, Rick Owens, and A Détacher hang on industrial racks surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves of accessories, fragrances, and tabletop goods.

268 King St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

39. Mac & Murphy

A sweet, refurbished storefront gives way to letterpress treasures, fine papers, and notebooks from Kate Spade, Elum, and local darling Sideshow Press.

74 1/2 Cannon St.
Charleston, SC, 29403

40. Parham & Co.

A husband-and-wife duo sell antique housewares, religious relics, folk art wood carvings, and other relics gathered and gleaned from regular trips to Europe. Relish the artifacts, and feel free to ask for anecdotes.

344 King St.
Charleston, SC, 29405