A decade ago, I used to live in Charleston. But like many others who’ve lived in a place for a long time, I didn’t appreciate much of what was surrounding me. During that time, a raggedy old street called King Street had just gone through a lovely revitalization. On my most recent trip to Charleston, I fell in love with King Street in a way that I hadn’t imagined I would. This delightful stretch of pavement in downtown Charleston is filled with shops, restaurants, and darling stores galore. It’s a perfect blend of corporate, boutique and home-grown shops all blended nicely together. The area reminds me of taking a stroll down much more well-known shopping districts like Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. From shopping to dining—including picky diners like myself—there’s something for everyone on King Street.
WHERE TO EAT
Moe’s Southwest Grill at the corner of King and Calhoun is a delightful place for those craving a burrito or some nachos. The Mellow Mushroom features exquisite pizza and sandwich options. Tasty Thai & Sushi at 350 King Street features fresh ingredients in their delectable Thai dishes. Speaking of fresh, those in search of an "I want it my way" salad should check out Verde at 347 King Street. If you sneak around the corner to 41B George Street you’ll find yummy in your tummy food at the unique Patat Spot Friet & Falafel. And nobody should leave King Street without satisfying their sweet tooth at Cupcake at 433 King Street where they serve gluten-free cupcakes every Tuesday.
WHERE TO SHOP
Bijuju at 370 King Street is a fun and festive accessory shop with budget-friendly prices. Robot Candy, located at 322 King Street, is a unique candy store that features the largest Ugly doll I have ever seen. Scout and Molly’s at 377 King Street is a clothing boutique filled with classy, yet laid-back resort style wear. Princess of Tides at 430 King Street is filled to the brim with affordable frilly dresses, fabulous outfits and accessories for your little princess. Other honorable mentions in the clothing category include Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Calypso St. Barth, The Oops! Co. and Butterfly Charleston, a designer consignment boutique. Other unique shops include Barton’s toy and candy store, The Olive Oil Shops, Blue Bicycle Books and Earthbound Trading Company, to name just a few.
Whether you spend an afternoon or a whole week in downtown Charleston, taking a stroll down King Street is a must.
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