Readers’ Picks

Best of Charleston comes around but once a year, and today, we’re ready to celebrate. We’ve all been through an awful lot these last two years. In 2021, we saw restaurants reopen, live music make its return, beloved venues come back to life and playhouses bringing shows to the stage. Now more than ever, we want to show some love to our favorite local people, places and businesses who managed to keep Charleston vibrant through all these trying times. 

For this year’s issue, we changed things up a bit, adding new categories and bringing back our CP Picks, which highlight some features of Charleston we thought deserved their own kind of special recognition — whether the achievement is awesome, or dubious at best.

Congratulations to all the Best of Charleston 2022 winners. Y’all deserve it. Now, let’s party. 

Attractions and City Living
Culture, Arts and Entertainment
Health and Beauty
Politics, News and Media
Recreation and Outdoors

Best Pop-up Market
Holy City Vintage Market
Since 2016, Kelly Rae Smith (left) and Sharee Burns have created gatherings for local vintage clothing enthusiasts | Photo by Ruta Smith

Attractions and City Living

With last year marking a (sort of) return to business-as-usual Charleston, many of the Holy City’s best events and attractions found themselves reignited and reinvigorated. With farmers markets ditching pandemic-era restrictions, local groups bringing back their top events and the hospitality sector seeing tourists flock back to Charleston’s historic downtown, beaches and tour services, we’re glad to see this section back in business — but we could, of course, do without the parking and traffic woes some of these winners bring. Keep reading to see how Charleston kicked things back into gear and get some ideas for where to mark your calendars for this year and next. —Skyler Baldwin 


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