A 3-Day Weekend Girls Trip Guide to Charleston

Looking for the ultimate girls’ weekend itinerary for Charleston? Charleston is full of Southern charm, amazing shopping, a foodie scene that may or may not be the best in America, beautiful beaches, bars and more. Named as 2023’s “Best City in the World”, Charleston is seriously a perfect mix of everything you could ever want in a girls weekend getaway – amazing restaurants, cool vibes, that old-school Southern charm, plus beaches that make every day feel like you’re on vacation. We fell in love in this city so much that my husband and I decided to move here, which means I have all the local tips and tricks for you guys!  

THE ULTIMATE CHARLESTON GIRLS WEEKEND GUIDE

Friday – Hello, Charleston!

First things first, where to stay? Charleston is not just about its Insta-worthy streets and drool-worthy eats. It’s also home to some of the coziest, most gorgeous boutique hotels to crash after a day of exploring. Whether you’re here to chill, shop, or just live it up with your girls, I’ve got the scoop on the best spots to stay for a girls trip.

Hotel Bennett 

Probably the best hotel in terms of location. Hotel Bennett gives you easy access to Upper King where all of the shopping areas and best restaurants are located. The rooms are big and embody Southern-charm-luxe. With its elegant decor and top-notch amenities, including a spa, a tea room, a rooftop pool, and fine dining options, Hotel Bennett offers a taste of the high life in the heart of the city. It’s perfect for a girls weekend. Don’t forget to try their gourmet pastries from their in-house patisserie (so good!).

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The Loutrel

For a sleek and modern experience with a bit of Charleston’s heritage to it, The Loutrel is a great spot. This hotel has a beautiful rooftop terrace, and a prime location. The interiors are a blend of contemporary chic and Southern elegance, a stylish haven right in the bustling historic district.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Ryder

The Ryder hotel is a perfect girls weekend hotel choice in Charleston. I love the bar h

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After check-in

Get ready for pre-dinner cocktails after checking in – if you’re at the Ryder, you can head to their poolside bar for some delicious happy our drinks or you can make your way over to Bar Felix on King Street to start the evening with a bang in the form of one of their to-die-for espresso martinis, and a cute French-bistro-style atmosphere right on King St. 

Next up, dinner at The Ordinary. This place is not just ordinary; it’s extraordinary! If you’re a seafood lover like me, you’ll definitely enjoy this place. The vibe? It’s like a fancy party with the best seafood in town.

And cap off the night at Last Saint or you can sneak into their secret speakeasy for more intimate vibes (shh, you need a reservation on Resy for this!). It’s the perfect spot for late-night fancy drinks.

Saturday – Explore!

Kickstart your day with a hot-girl-walk and get your morning fuel at Harken Cafe, my go-to coffeeshop in Charleston. From there, stroll down to The Battery, then hit Rainbow Row for those iconic Charleston girls pics. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a boozy brunch, head over to Shem Creek. Whether you’re feeling the chill vibes at Tavern & Table or Sunsets, or ready to party at Saltwater Cowboy (try their burgers and smoked brisket), you’re in for delicious food, beautiful waterside views, and so much fun. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After brunch, it’s time for some shopping (my favorite part of the trip!) in the best shopping area … maybe in the world? King Street. Not sure where to start? Pop into Kenny Flowers at 345 King Street for some chic resortwear, dresses, swimwear or gifts for your hubby you left at home. From there, you can head down King to hit some other cute boutiques – some of my favorites are Veronica Beard, Juliska for homeware, and any of the cute art galleries! 

After all that retail therapy, grab your girls and head to Citrus Club for some gorgeous sunset cocktails with unbeatable Charleston views.

For Dinner, head over to Delaney Oyster House (shhhh! it’s a locals secret – and my fav!) Then, dance the night away at Henry’s Rooftop or jam out to live music at The Royal American.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday – Chill and Relax!

After all that fun, refuel at The Daily. Their breakfast burrito will bring you ALL back to life, I promise. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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And if you’re looking for some last minute shopping I recommend Hart Jewelry (right nextdoor to the Daily!) for a custom charm necklace, then, if you have a full day before your flight, hit the beach! I recommend Sullivan’s Island – it’s the closest to the city and is a local gem. If you want to rent a beach umbrella or chairs, you can do that right at Sealand Adventure Sports right on the main strip.

Too much sun? Grab lunch at Longboard, Home Team, or Obstinate Daughter if you can snag a reservation!

Then check out of your hotel, head to the airport, and start planning your next trip back. 

And there you have it, a whirlwind perfect girls’ weekend in Charleston that’s sure to be filled with so much fun, unforgettable moments, good food, and some great shopping. Get ready to fall in love with every corner of this charming city!

and if you’re wondering what to pack – here are some of my favorite Charleston outfits!

An oyster print dress? Yes please!

Hat Attack Avalon Sunhat in Natural & Black

 

The best shops in Charleston's King Street

 

 

 

 

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