Though the entire downtown city of Charleston spans a mere four- to five- square miles, there are more than a dozen historic neighborhoods in Charleston with vibrant stories of the past and unique architecture. Possibly the most frequented neighborhood, the South of Broad area is usually at the top of travelers’ list of things to see. To help you navigate the city, we’ve compiled a guide to historic neighborhoods in Charleston.
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Learn More About the Holy City with Our Guide to Historic Neighborhoods in Charleston
South of Broad
When most people picture Charleston, they envision landmarks found in the South of Broad neighborhood. This part of town is where you’ll see touristy spots like Rainbow Row and the Battery as well as fine dining restaurants and bars. Reserve a table at Oak Steakhouse, then walk along the Battery to watch the sunset over the Atlantic.
King Street Historic District
Lined with the Holy City’s best restaurants, bars, and shopping, King Street runs through the heart of downtown. Divided into upper and lower King by the street’s intersection with Calhoun Street, this area is the most frequented part of town. Upper King is filled with restaurants and bars while the lower half is mainly shopping.
Surrounding the gorgeous College of Charleston campus, Harleston Village is a very desirable part of town for young people. Though most of the area is residential, this neighborhood is also home to Colonial Lake, Cannon Park, and local cafes like Black Tap and Queen Street Grocery.
It’s not totally clear where Cannonborough and Elliotborough collide, so the city tends to blend these two neighborhoods together. Located towards the upper west side of the peninsula, Cannonborough and Elliotborough are home to many families, young professionals, and students, but this area is very up-and-coming. Favorite food joints in this neighborhood include the intriguing Pan-Asian fusion restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit, which was fashioned out of an old gas station, and D’Allesandro’s Pizza.
One of the most expensive neighborhoods to live in, Ansonborough is a quiet, residential area with plenty of historic homes. Stroll through this part of town and marvel at some of the beautiful structures here, including the Joseph Manigault House and the Middleton-Pinckney House. While in this area, you can also stop at the South Carolina Aquarium or the Gaillard Center.
Home to “America’s First Museum” The Charleston Museum, Mazyck-Wraggborough is located a few blocks from Upper King on the eastern side of the peninsula. Made up of mostly families and older residents, this area is also known for its unique history and architecture with the most famous property being the Aiken-Rhett House.
Experience the History of Charleston
When you stay at the Hotel Bella Grace, you’ll have easy access to each downtown area covered in our guide to historic neighborhoods in Charleston, plus even more beautiful, less explored areas. Located on Calhoun Street in the Mazyck-Wraggborough district, our hotel blends together sleek, modern design with traditional Charleston charm.
When you select our Deluxe Room, you’ll have access to a full kitchen with a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and stove top. This room features a king-size bed and open floor plan as well as a sleeper sofa to accommodate additional guests. Each morning, you can enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast, and each evening you can opt to take advantage of the evening turndown service.
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