Charleston Culinary Landmarks

Charleston’s rich culinary heritage is evident in the wide variety of restaurants and specialty food shops you will find in Charleston’s historic district. From Charleston institutions like the famed A.W. Shucks (now Oyster House on the Market), to fine dining establishments like Cypress to specialty handmade Southern candies found at Market Street Sweets, our Culinary tour offers a little bit of everything for the foodie and culinary enthusiast.

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Blossom

Utilizing the finest regional produce, Blossom features fresh seafood. From fried oysters to pan roasted flounder and housemade crab raviolis, Executive Chef Adam Close cuisine offers a wide variety of seafood selections, as well as its renowned wood burning oven pizzas. Guests may choose to dine inside the dining room and view the exhibition kitchen or opt for the charming walled courtyard. Just steps from the Charleston harbor, Blossom is the perfect spot for sumptuous seafood.

171 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-9200
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Carmella’s

If you’re looking for an after-dinner treat or a dessert cocktail in downtown Charleston, look no further than Carmella’s Dessert Bar on East Bay Street. This relatively new spot is convenient to the hopping nightlife of East Bay and Market streets. Dessert cocktails make a great late night treat or happy hour delight.

198 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-5893
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Cumberland Street Smokehouse

This perfect hideaway in downtown Charleston is a great place to enjoy a good cocktail or craft beer. This sports bar has a delectable menu of smoked meats, loaded fries, and ribs. Located right off East Bay Street in the historic district, Cumberland Street Smokehouse is a place to get together with friends or for a fun date night.

5 Cumberland St
Charleston, SC 29401
843-641-0131
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Cypress

Chef Craig Deihl is a James Beard Award nominee and is known for his innovative works in charcuterie and meat curing. Located in the center of Charleston’s historic district, Cypress features innovative interpretations of vintage Lowcountry Cuisine. The chefs at Cypress have created a menu of flavorful meat, fish, and vegetable dishes. The cuisine at Cypress is classified as eclectic American, with hints of French and Asian influence.

167 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-0111
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Lowcountry Bistro

If you enjoy the farm to table theme, then Lowcountry Bistro is your place! They combine both modern and traditional styles of cooking into every meal. Located right in the market area off of State Street, Lowcountry Bistro will give you that Southern style you are looking for.

49 South Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
843-302-0290
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Magnolias

Located in the heart of the historic district at the site of the original customs house, Magnolias combines true southern style with Charleston charm in a sleek, yet comfortable atmosphere. Founding Chef and Partner Donald Barickman is widely recognized as a pioneer in the creative use of the fresh seasonal bounty of the Carolinas sparking a culinary revolution in Charleston and what is now known as Lowcountry cuisine. Executive Chef Don Drake continues the “Uptown/Down South” tradition with his own refreshing interpretations.

185 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-577-7771
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Market Street Sweets

Located in the old Market area, this candy store has been satisfying the sweet tooth in everyone since 1984. They use their own family recipes to make the finest and freshest handmade Southern candies around. Be sure to look for some of our favorites like their fresh made pralines, Chocolate Bear Claws, and Glazed Pecans.

100 N. Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-1397
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Poogan’s Smokehouse

Poogan’s Smokehouse has a warm vibe with bright strings of bulbs and soft bluegrass resonating in the background. The ambiance is laidback, but the service is top-notch. Try their smokehouse BBQ, fried okra, pork rinds, their fried chicken and of course some good ole’ shrimp and grits.

188 E Bay St #201
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5665
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Smoke

Smoke offers an elevated BBQ experience, but still does not stray from its roots. Along with spectacular BBQ, Smoke enlists talented bands to entertain patrons. The experience at Smoke is one you will not soon forget!

487 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
843-805-5050
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Spice and Tea Exchange

Located off of Church Street, the Spice and Tea Exchange is a source for the best quality spices in the area. With a wide selection of gourmet seasonings and spices, cooking herbs, gourmet teas, sugars, sea salts and other signature products – blends and rubs made from their own secret recipes that cannot be found anywhere else. These spices show the true flavors and tastes of the South and they are a part of what makes lowcountry cuisine so unique.

170  Church St #A
Charleston, SC 29401
843-965-8300
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Victor’s Social Club

Victor’s Social Club serves classic cocktails, icy cold beers, as well as an extensive wine selection boasting flavors from all around the world. This spot has a leisurely, yet trendy feel to it and serves delicious dishes with a variety of options.

39 John St.
Charleston, SC 29403
843-203-3001
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Virginia’s On King

Virginia’s On King is a sohisticated restaurant blending traditional southern comforts with familiar regional dishes. Prepared with utmost care for quality and flavor, the menu enlists local ingredients and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation to bring the best in lowcountry cuisine.

412 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
843-735-5800
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