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Live Like a Local in Charleston

It will take you no time to adjust to life in beautiful Charleston. The Southern charm is enough to make you feel at home immediately. The city has so much to offer that you will feel like you are never done exploring. You will enjoy your leisurely strolls down the beautiful streets. Be sure you check out The Battery, Fort Sumter, City Market, and tour one of the many plantations. Here are some local favorites to help you feel at home.

Premier dining location

Charleston has some of the best restaurants in the country, and there are countless restaurants available. You almost can’t choose a bad restaurant.

Hominy Grill serves low-country cooking traditions in this Charleston institution. Try the fried green tomato BLT for lunch or the fried catfish po'boy. You can also enjoy other Charleston favorites like She Crab soup and sautéed chicken livers. Hominy Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinners six days a week. You can enjoy a Southern-inspired brunch on Sunday.

Once featured on Jeopardy!, Jestine’s Kitchen is famous for its fried catfish. The cornbread smothered in butter and honey melts in your mouth. You can also try other favorites – macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, meatloaf, and fried pork chops. Maybe this is the best healthy food available as Jestine Matthews the founder lived to be 112.

Husk is typically on any list of good restaurants in Charleston. It is just that good. Chef Sean Brock wanted to showcase Southern food and ingredients, and he has done this by only using products from below the Mason-Dixon Line. The restaurant is housed in a circa-1893 Queen Anne house. The menu is updated daily, so you can try different items each time you visit. The skillet cornbread is a staple to be shared at your table. The kitchen is open so you can watch your masterpiece being made.

Shopping has never been so fun

Most of Charleston's downtown shopping scene is divided into four main areas: Market Street, Upper King, Middle King, and Lower King. National chain retail shops, like Gap, Banana Republic, and Anthropologie are located in Middle King. In the Lower Kin are near the Battery, shoppers may browse through numerous antique shops like historic fixture Geo. C. Birlant & Co. Charleston’s Historic City is located on Market Street.

The Charleston Farmers Market is located in Marion Square. It is open on Saturdays with tourists and locals.

The Vegetable Bin offers an impressive selection of locally grown, sourced, and raised products. Its main location is situated on Spring Street.

All about the hair

There are several beauty shops in Charleston.

Piccolo Hair Salon offers a team-based approach to all appointments, which allows a lot of flexibility with booking. You can get in on short notice. Also, they believe in the experience so much; they don’t allow tips – they just want referrals. They welcome men, women, and children of all ages.

You can find Bayside Salon in the low-key area of Mount Pleasant. The warm, friendly atmosphere helps you relax even more. Owned by a husband, wife, and daughter team, they want you to be part of the family.

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