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Explore the Best of Charleston’s Culinary Scene

It’s no secret that Charleston is one of America’s top food cities. With restaurants that are almost constantly garnering media praise and accolades, visitors to the area plan their trips around what — and most importantly, where — they’re going to eat.

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Year after year, there are the usual suspects like Hominy Grill, FIG and any concept by the Neighborhood Dining Group always rounding out the list of James Beard Award nominations and wins. And most recently, Charleston Grill and Hall Chophouse made the list of TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in the U.S.”

Travelers looking to learn about Charleston’s culinary heritage can join Bulldog Culinary Tours for Taste of the Lowcountry food tour, which offers an exclusive look behind the ever-evolving restaurant scene in Charleston.

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Using locally-sourced ingredients, chef Miles Huff creates a culinary experience filled with seasonal flavors. Chef Huff, a culinary pro, leads the tour of the Trident campus, hosts a cooking demonstration and teaches interesting facts about Lowcountry cuisine.

If self-guided exploration is what you’re after, then make sure some of the city’s leading restaurants like The Darling Oyster Bar, 82 Queen, Husk, McCrady’s and Minero top your list. Wherever your cravings take you, your taste buds will not be disappointed.

For more on dining in Charleston, read the digital edition of Discover Charleston.

5 Must Stop Shops in Charleston

There are many reasons Charleston is consistently named one of the best cities in the world to visit and to shop. Here are five:

Jordan Lash
Taking its rightful place in the Upper King Street fashion district, Jordan Lash opened its doors to the delight of Charleston shoppers who were eager to welcome the spring dressed to impress. A talented team of gentlemen with impeccable taste and style help guests find sophisticated casual looks that exude easy elegance. The store specializes in high-quality men’s fashion — including seersucker shirts, summer jackets, silk blend ties and grooming accessories — and carries a few fun items for the ladies, too! 305 King St.; JordanLash.com

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The Hidden Countship
Downtown on Burns Lane, The Hidden Countship is a treasure worth finding. At the heart of the museum-like store is the desire to celebrate and promote Italian arts, artists and history. “Italian goods are unmistakable. There is an immediate recognition about them,” says Donatella Cappelletti, who, along with her husband, Giulio Della Porta, owns the shop. “We wanted to bring things that are unmistakably Italian… This space, where art and artisanship meet, is a beautiful place to navigate,” says Cappelletti. 21 Burns Ln.; thehiddencountship.com

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Christina Jervey
Drawing inspiration from natural settings, Christina Jervey, is a metalsmith whose unique jewelry style shines through in each one of her works. Intrigued by organic, imperfect beauty, Jervey uses ancient metalsmithing techniques to create timeless treasures in brass, sterling silver and 14-karat gold. Her jewelry creations are available online and can also be found locally at Gwynn’s in Mount Pleasant and at Hamden Clothing downtown. Her work has received national acclaim, being featured in multiple publications, including Southern Living, Garden and Gun, InStyle, Lucky, Redbook and more. 58 Broad St.; christinajervey.com

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Savannah Bee Company
At the corner of Wentworth and King Streets, Savannah Bee Company is a truly unusual store with a unique history of sweetness, sustainability and beauty. “Savannah Bee Company grew out of my passion for bees, beekeeping and honey,” says Ted Dennard, the store’s charismatic founder, who started out as a beekeeper. “Our specialty honey is the culmination of a 35-year search for the world’s best. Our beauty products deliver real benefits derived from treasured hive ingredients — beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and honey.” At the beautifully appointed store, you can sample single-source honeys, honey mead and beauty products. 270 King St.; savannahbee.com

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Trunk Show
On Meeting Street, the Trunk Show is where you’ll find vintage couture, fabulous shoes, incredible jewelry, designer handbags, party dresses and even men’s clothing and accessories. 281 Meeting St.; charlestontrunkshow.com

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