This warm, iconic city is the oldest and largest in South Carolina. Charleston is a mixture of cobbled streets, cannons, cemeteries, carriage rides and artifacts, and you can find some of the most impressive homes in the country here.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet historic neighborhood with charm, an up-and-coming social hub with great nightlife, or something in-between, the odds are you’ll find it here.
This guide will give you information on some of the best neighbourhoods in Charleston.
Located on the Charleston peninsula, Upper King street has established itself as a fresh and modern neighborhood. The community is renowned for its eclectic vibe, easy access and cultural value. It boasts some of the most popular Charleston restaurants, along with hotels, art galleries, shopping, and a lively nightlife. Upper King Street is regarded as one of the best neighborhoods in Charleston.
The area has managed to retain a high portion of small or local businesses. From hip tech firms, to architects and interior designers. Modern, collaborative work spaces can be found in this neighborhood, and many residents take advantage of being able to walk to work.
Notable attractions are the popular Farmers Market, Charleston Fashion Week, Southeastern Wildlife Festival, Charleston Wine & Food Festival.
Cannonborough/Elliotborough is currently going through a revival, with a new energy and youthfulness seeping into its culture. Here you will find MUSC’s sprawling medical complex, a popular school district, and many unique restaurants and shops. The neighborhood typically attracts younger professionals, families and independent businesses.
A nice feature of the neighbourhood is the amount of local shops, which creates a unique sense of community. The Cannonborough/Elliotborough area is known for its wide range of restaurants. Grab a casual bite at 5 Loaves, try authentic Italian cuisine at Trattoria Lucca. Kick back at D’Allesandro’s for local beers, and a great pizza pie. For dessert, check out Sugar Bakeshop on Cannon. Shop local threads at Rogue Wave Surf Shop or Continuum Skate Shop on Spring Street.
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Harleston Village is incredibly diverse and lively and close to the College of Charleston. It attracts a diverse mix of families and college students alike and is a quieter residential area. Located next to Colonial Lake and Moultrie Park, it draws nature lovers and outdoor types.
Harleston Village is very walkable, with markets, businesses, coffee shops, and restaurants nearby. Colonial Lake, is perfect for afternoon strolls, and Colonial Lake Park has been continually improved, most recently in 2016. Today, the park is surrounded by historic homes and attracts families, dog walkers, joggers and visitors alike, and is a family-friendly spot.
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This island off South Carolina’s coast ranks as one of the region’s best resorts and boasts some of the best Lowcountry houses in the USA. Prior home of the Kiawah Indians, it was developed as a resort in the early 1970s. Just a 21 mile drive from Charleston with an upscale dining scene and shopping . Many celebrities and billionaires have their summer homes on the Island.
Famous for its spectacular, oceanside golf courses, designed by top golf pros, it hosts several international and domestic competitions. Tennis is also a popular attraction in the area, and Kiawah’s scenic, undeveloped shoreline is among the country’s best beaches.
Downtown Charleston remains one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Charleston. It boasts an eclectic mix of people; from locals to students to professionals, making it one of the best neighborhoods in the city. When people talk about ‘Charleston’ they are usually referring to downtown. With it’s a blend of rich historical culture and European flair, Charleston is a beautifully preserved city attracting tourists from the world over. Tour historic landmarks, monuments, and timeless cultural sites. Hampton Park is a favorite spot for Sunday picnics, as well as a popular destination for walkers, runners, cyclists.