Downtown – French Quarter
Charleston's historic French Quarter is located on the Southeastern corner of the peninsula. This small historic neighborhood is bordered by South Market Street to the North, and hugs the Cooper River along Concord Street on its East side where you'll find the famed Waterfront Park. The Southwest corner of this fascinating area is bound by Meeting Street and Broad Street, where you'll find Washington Square Park, as well as lovely hotels, restaurants, walking and carriage tours, and specialty shops all within a few blocks.
- Zip Code: 29401
- The Single Family Home median price per sq. ft. is currently $681 with prices ranging from $1 million to $2.5 million.
- The Condominium median price per sq. ft. is currently $722 with prices ranging from $250k to $3.5 million.
- Lifestyle: Comfortable Urban Luxury
Points Of Interest
The Historic Dock Street Theater (built in 1736) is located on the corner of Queen and Church streets was the first building in the United States designed for use as a theater. Its rich history includes a few ghost stories which you can learn about first hand by taking in a show and keeping your eyes out for apparitions.
Just across the street you'll find the French Huguenot Church which was originally built in 1687, was destroyed by fire, then an earthquake, and finally heavy shelling during the Civil War. It was finally restored with its present Gothic Revival edifice in 1845.
One of the more famous images you'll see repeatedly of Downtown Charleston is that of Riley Waterfront Park. If you're looking for a place to cool off as you stroll around the French Quarter, grab some gelato at the Belgian Gelato Café and have a seat on one of the many park benches that line Waterfront Park. From here you can take in the spectacular views of Charleston Harbor, or even hop aboard the Water Taxi to visit nearby coastal areas.
Charleston City Market is of the oldest public markets in the United States. The first market on this site dates back to 1692, while to present day structure known as Market Hall was completed in the early 1840's. This four-block-long market houses the wares of local artisans and food purveyors, and is a great place to start your historical tour of the city.
While St. Phillip's Episcopal Church was originally built in 1680, it like many historic buildings fell to acts of God or other fates more than once. The structure as seen today with its famed spire was completed in 1850. St Phillip's history is fascinating. This is a must-visit for any history buff.
Where to Eat, Play and Stay
McCrady's Tavern, located at 2 Unity Alley in the French Quarter, is on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks. It was originally opened in 1778 as McCrady's Tavern and has been used for many purposes over the years, but today Executive Chef Sean Brock and Chef de Cuisine Justin Cherry provide one of the most memorable meals available in the city of Charleston.
If you're relaxing at the Waterfront Park and are in the mood for locally sourced, traditional Southern BBQ & stylish cocktails, you can't beat Poogan's Smokehouse. Located at 188 East Bay Street, this industrial-chic hotspot is a local favorite due in part to the culinary skills of Chef Daniel Doyle. Does the name ring a bell? The Smokehouse's sister restaurant, Poogan's Porch, is located on Queen Street and has long been a must –do for visitors to the Holy City.
If you're looking for a local beer, a fantastic cocktail, and/or some really great pub food in a casual (dive) atmosphere, look no further than The Griffon, located at 18 Vendue Range. The Griffon, named one of the 100 Best Bars in the South by Southern Living Magazine, has a great beer list and perhaps some of the best Fish and Chips around.
The Gin Joint at 182 East Bay Street is bay far one of the best cocktail bars in Charleston. Their inventive menu items are locally sourced when possible, and the drinks are a true experience. Your bartender will ask for two adjectives or flavors, and create a concoction sure to delight. The cocktails are premium, the staff is amazing and the atmosphere is intimate and friendly at the same time.
If you're considering a stay near the Charleston City Market, do try the The French Quarter Inn at 166 Church Street. This fabulously appointed luxury hotel has won a host of National awards for the overall stellar service and unbeatable guest experience. This boutique Charleston gem is close to many of the city's famous shops, world-class restaurants and event sites.
Yet another truly unique Charleston experience can be had as a guest at the The Vendue Hotel, located conveniently at 19 Vendue Range. The Hotel is dedicated to the arts and features exhibits and live entertainment throughout the year. Take in the unique views of the spire-dotted Charleston skyline from The Rooftop; an award-winning bar and eatery which offers a relaxed but classy atmosphere as well as some of the best views of the city.
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Updated: 4th March, 2021 2:43 PM (UTC).