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Top Choice Seafood in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

167 Raw

There are no reservations at this tiny hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up the city's best seafood. People wait in lines down the block for the delicious lobster roll, and the tuna burger and sea-scallop po…
Top Choice Historic Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Heyward-Washington House

As the name hints, this 1772 Georgian-style town house is kind of a big deal because George Washington rented it for a week, and visitors can stand in what was likely his bedroom. The owner, Thomas Heyward, Jr, was …
Top Choice Historic Building in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban town-house complex, this 1820 abode gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized and visitors wander into their do…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston

Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter, on a pentagon-shaped island in the harbor. A Confederate stronghold, this fort was shelled to bits by Union forces from 1863 to 1865. A few original guns and…
Top Choice Pub Food in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Edmund's Oast

Occupying a gutted former hardware store in gentrifying NoMo, Charleston's highest-brow brewpub got a fancy new executive chef, Bob Cook, in 2017. The new grub: Southern faves like salt chicken skins, hanger steaks …
Top Choice Museum in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Old Slave Mart Museum

Formerly called Ryan's Mart, this building once housed an open-air market that auctioned African American men, women and children in the mid-1800s, the largest of 40 or so similar auction houses. South Carolina's sh…
Top Choice Southern US in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

FIG

FIG has been a long-time foodie favorite, and it's easy to see why: welcoming staff, efficient but unrushed service and top-notch, sustainably sourced nouvelle Southern fare from James Beard Award–winner Mike Lata. …
Top Choice Fusion in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Tu

From the food geniuses who brought us Xiao Bao Biscuit comes this fusion place where there are no phones, no spoons and seemingly no rules. The playful, strange menu includes items like guava, habanero and cheese ic…
Top Choice Coffee in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

Eclectic

Our favorite Charleston coffeehouse, this indigo-trimmed Cannonborough Elliottborough establishment is gorgeous: the walls are lined with vinyl records for sale, and it has a perfect juxtaposition of hardwood floori…
Top Choice Asian in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Housed in a former gas station, with exposed-brick walls and concrete floor – this casual but stylish eatery hits the hipster high marks. But the food? Now we're talking. The short but palate-kicking menu spotlights…