8 Iconic Streets to Explore in Charleston

Charleston’s early city planners laid out a grid of easily navigable streets that invites intimate urban discovery. Whether you’re hitting up King Street for shopping, strolling down East Bay for photo ops, or headed towards Queen Street for iconic Lowcountry cuisine, you’re sure to stumble upon many of Charleston’s charms.

Take a walk and discover the splendor, soul, and spirit that define modern Charleston.


Art enthusiasts, don’t miss Gallery Row on historic Broad Street. You’ll find about 15 galleries here, with another two dozen on the surrounding streets. The galleries in the Charleston area number around 70.

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Wander down Chalmers Street, one of only eight remaining cobblestone streets in Charleston, for a window into the past at the Old Slave Mart MuseumThis museum explores the history of Africans who where forcibly brought to America, and the hardships they endured.


In addition to the Dock Street Theatre, the nation’s first permanent playhouse, Church Street is also home to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, which was constructed in 1835-1838. In St. Philip’s churchyard are the graves of John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War and Vice President of the United States; Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence; Charles Pinckney, signer of the Constitution; and Dubose Heyward, author of “Porgy.”


East Bay Street is an Instagram-lovers delight! After snapping a #ViewFromTheTop of your buttermilk fried oysters at High Cotton, or your pimiento cheese fritters at Charleston’s newest barbecue joint, Poogan’s Smokehouse, stroll a bit further down East Bay for a vibrant photo op at Rainbow Row and afternoon stroll along the selfie-worthy Charleston Battery.

Recently named one of the nation’s top 10 shopping streets by U.S. News and World Report, King Street’s shops are emporiums of chic and one-of-a-kind wares. Lower King is an esteemed antiques district while Upper King is a thriving contemporary design district. King Street favorites include M. Dumas & Sons and Croghan’s Jewel Box.

Legare Street will have you questioning if you’ve been transported to Wonderland along with Alice. This quaint street is filled with winding gardens, creeping ivy, and beautiful piazzas. Adventure awaits!


Foodies love Queen Street. Located at 76 Queen, Husk is hailed as one of the most important restaurants in the history of Southern cooking. As if Husk alone wasn’t enough reason to mark Queen Street on your map, Poogan’s Porch and 82 Queen will have you reaching for the red pen. TRY THIS: a bowl of She Crab soup at 82 Queen, which has served more of the Lowcountry specialty than any other restaurant on the peninsula.


Every inch of Charleston radiates Southern charm, and Tradd Street is no exception. Go ahead; get lost amid the secret gardens and flickering copper carriage lanterns.

12 Responses to “8 Iconic Streets to Explore in Charleston”

  • Lee Ann

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    I am going to Charleston with my family to research moving to the area. What would be your top 5 things to do or places to see with two kids 15 &12?

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We can’t wait to welcome you, Lee Ann! Check out Charlestonly.com/Family-Friendly-Charleston for our favorite kid-friendly activities in Charleston. We also love Waterfront Park, carriage tours with Old South Carriage Co., and the South Carolina Aquarium!

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  • Kori

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    My husband and I are visiting (the first time for both of us) in October to celebrate our anniversary. We are foodies and love to venture out, walk around for hours and immerse ourselves in the culture, love great craft cocktails and seeing live bands, any and all don’t miss recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We can’t wait to welcome you, Kori! Check out our Two-Fork Safari travel guide to Charleston to begin planning your upcoming trip. Be sure to also check out ExploreCharleston.com for more of our favorite sites and bites!

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  • Sam

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    My fiance and i are coming to charleston in December for our honeymoon. Any suggestions on where to stay? I know that i definitely want to hit up these spots listed above!

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We can’t wait to welcome you! We would love to suggest checking into 86 Cannon, Zero George, The Restoration, Fulton Lane Inn and The Spectator Hotel! Please email info@explorecharleston.com if you have any additional questions. We’d love to help!

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  • Tiffany

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    My husband, son , mother, and I are planning a trip to Charleston for the summer of 2018. We have vacationed in Savannah for the past two years and decided on a change. We would like to know where in the city we should stay. We want to be within walking distance of attractions and dining.

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  • Karen Cardillo

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    My husband and I are visiting in October 2017 and would like to stay in walking distance of attractions, dining and
    whatever. Please advise. Thank You.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      Visit ExploreCharleston.com for our top suggestions, including French Quarter Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, Planters Inn and The Spectator Hotel!

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