It seems like everyone has some kind of fun treat they tend to seek out, especially while on vacation–my father-in-law can always be counted on to find the best ice cream in town, my friend Emily is a doughnut connoisseur…and Dave and I love few things more than a delightful coffee shop. Coffee dates are a sweet part of our daily lives (they’re much less intimidating than restaurants with a baby in tow!), and I tease Dave regularly about the number of coffee-making appliances he has collected (six and counting). Charleston has no shortage of adorable coffee shops, so as my last recap of our recent trip, I wanted to share the ones we visited!
Favorite overall: The Rise. Housed in the beautiful Restoration Hotel, The Rise has all of the qualities I look for in coffee shops: adorable branding, a thoughtfully designed space, a few tasty treats and snacks available, and, of course, delicious coffee. Dave had a large drip coffee and I had a vanilla almond latte with almond milk, and we were very happy with both. We also grabbed breakfast sandwiches since we were there first thing in the morning, and even though they were pre-made (as in, made maybe an hour before), they tasted very fresh and homemade–nothing like the plastic-wrapped ones at Starbucks.
Favorite drinks: Black Tap Coffee. I can’t count the number of rave reviews I’ve heard of Black Tap, especially their lavender lattes, so it was a must-visit for us! It was crowded with College of Charleston students when we stopped by, so we unfortunately didn’t hang out there for long, opting for to-go drinks to enjoy on a walk instead. Dave had cold brew (on tap–so cool!) and I had an iced lavender latte. In both cases, they were our favorite coffees of our trip.
Photos by Lindsey Harris
Favorite atmosphere: Skinny Dip Charleston. I mentioned this on Instagram, but we almost skipped Skinny Dip’s coffee/wine bar and outdoor patio because there were no elevators, and we had the stroller with us. Dave ended up asking an employee what we could do, and they kindly offered to keep the stroller by the downstairs register for us. We headed upstairs, grabbed iced coffees at the bar, and enjoyed them on the adorable outdoor patio while Charlie played on the floor with some toys we had brought along! I’ll be honest, the coffees were a little weak for our taste (I maybe should’ve opted for the frosé instead ;)), but the experience made for one of our favorite weekend memories.
I’d love to know: are there any treats you seek out on vacation, or even in your day-to-day life?