Charleston is a historically rich city located on the east coast of South Carolina, known for its well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants and mannerly people.
We caught up with Michael Amato and Missy Hulsey of The Urban Electric Co. to find out where’s best to eat, drink and shop in this vibrant city.
Where is your favourite part of the city?
Walking through the historic districts downtown. Many of the homes date back to the 1700s and have been beautifully restored. Church Street and Legare Street are two of our favourites. Make sure you peak through the gates – some of the gardens are spectacular!
Tell us about the food culture here; where is your go-to on a Friday night?
Charleston has a world-class restaurant scene. For such a small city we have so many incredible restaurants to choose from. If pressed, our favourite night out is drinks and oysters at The Ordinary and then a quick walk to dinner at Chez Nous. If the weather is nice (which it usually is) sitting out on the patio is such a treat! You can also never go wrong at FIG.
Best spot for people watching?
The Sunday Farmers' Market at Marion Square.
Last-minute date spot?
167 Raw for a lobster roll and a glass of rose.
How do you spend your weekends?
There is so much to do, but during the summer our days are dedicated to being outdoors. Whether you are spending the day at the beach or out on a boat exploring one of our many barrier islands we are always close to the water. Then maybe a margarita on the porch at Poe’s Tavern!
Tips for an out-of-towner?
You can walk everywhere so wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen and drink lots of water!
What’s Charleston’s best kept secret?
We have lots of great tiny shops… Curiosity & The Editor are two great new additions. And check out Croghan’s Jewel Box (which just celebrated its 100th anniversary) for a great selection of custom and heirloom jewellery. Also, Antiques of South Windermere is worth the drive into West Ashley.
Hotels or Airbnb?
Hotel (Airbnb is not totally legal in Charleston…yet!) The Dewberry is fantastic - housed in a recently renovated mid-century Federal Building. Zero George is a gorgeous property composed of several historic homes that have been converted into a quaint boutique hotel.
The Urban Electric Co. is located in North Charleston, where do you go to grab a coffee/cold beer?
EVO is right around the corner from our office and has a nicely curated beer selection… but if we’re heading downtown we like Leon’s or Edmond’s Oast. For coffee, The Daily.
If you could sum up Charleston in three words what would they be?
Bright, Historic & Hot.