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Design Heat Maps: 10 Essential Stops in Historic Charleston

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Welcome to Design Heat Maps, wherein travel journalist Stirling Kelso—a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and the New York Times, among other outlets—breaks down that which an architecture and design junkie can't miss in can't-miss cities. Feel free to tack on additions in the comments and recommend Curbed's next destination by dropping us an email.

The seaside city of Charleston, S.C. is awash in elegantly restored historic homes, many dating from the antebellum period, so for historical preservation buffs, it is a must see destination. But lurking beneath the historic surface are a few local movers and shakers bringing modern design to the genteel city. Here are ten must-see stops in The Holy City—so named for the churches that dot its low-rise skyline—combining the famous historic buildings with the best in new school food and lodging, some so new they're not even quite open yet.

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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Dock Street Theater

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Hope & Union Coffee

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Restoration on King

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Social Wine Bar

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Two Meeting Street Inn

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The Wentworth Mansion

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

Dock Street Theater

Hope & Union Coffee

Husk

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Restoration on King

Social Wine Bar

Two Meeting Street Inn

The Wentworth Mansion