With the historic sights of Old City and a growing food scene along Upper King Street, the Holy City offers the best of both new and old. Often described as a living museum, everything in Charleston has a story to tell. From the cobblestone streets and antebellum homes to the spate of new boutique hotels that dot its storied corridors, the “Holy City” (named after the city’s many churches) has come a long way since it was settled in 1670. In recent years, the city has become just as recognized for its food scene — home to world-famous chefs and restaurants serving up a mix of haute cuisine and new takes on Southern fare — and has grown from a colonial seaport into a hot spot that attracts more than four million people each year.
Charleston has idyllic antebellum architecture, stunning harbor views and charming cobblestone streets but a trip to Chucktown is really about the food. For such a small geographic area, the peninsula and its surrounding islands pack a huge culinary punch. The city is full of Beard award-winning restaurants and even more Beard nominees. Here’s how to strategically pack in a week’s worth of quintessential meals in just one day.