Do you like to shop at pretty boutiques? Enjoy good food and fun desserts? If so, Charleston should be on your travel bucket list! Lily is a charming little boutique on Lower King Street. As the sign outside it reads, Lily is chock full of little luxuries with a French influence. I’ve always been a Francophile, so I was smitten with the store. Lily stocks fine candles and toiletries, pretty jewelry, fun kitchen essentials and a fabulous range of stationary. I inherited a love of old postcards from my mother, so was especially impressed with a selection of cardstock mounted vintage cards. Some of these postcards were from the early 1900s, postmarked, and most were French. We had fun hunting through the stacks of cards and picked out some for ourselves and for mom, too!
Not far from Lily on Lower King Street is Kitchen 208, where we had one of the best meals of our trip. Kitchen 208 is a casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch with a Southern influence. The service was fast and the food was delicious! My sister enjoyed a traditional plate of shrimp and white cheddar grits, while I was blown away by my fried chicken on bacon waffle sandwich and pickled okra. This was definitely one of our most memorable meals!
Next up, we stopped in mac & murphy on Cannon Street. This boutique is a paper lover''s dream come true! From the colorful garland in the store window, to the unicorn postcards and polka dot recipe boxes, I was in heaven. Best friends Liz and Ami stock their store with favorites like Rifle Paper Co., Kate Spade and Crane & Co. along with many brands produced locally in Charleston. I picked out a handful of greeting cards and that Rifle recipe box I've had my eye on. I wish we had a paper store this cute in my town. P.S. The mac & murphy girls also have a blog you should check out if you love paper goods, too!
Directly across Cannon Street from mac and murphy is the divine Sugar Bakeshop. Sugar is a hip little bakery run by two former NYC architects and features gourmet cookies, cakes and cupcakes. I love a good cupcake and had quite a time deciding on just one flavor. We decided to split two cupcakes, so I was able to sample both the pistachio and lemon curd cupcake. Moist, sweet and uniquely flavored, both were delicious. Between the fabulous boutique shopping and the wonderful eats, I'd say we enjoyed our time in Charleston!