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Shopping and Dining

Shopping and Dining

Visitors and residents don’t have to search far for pleasurable shopping and dining experiences on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton. A day full of treasure hunting or an evening of top-notch service can fit any budget.

Sitting down to a meal in the Lowcountry promises an exceptional dining experience. Hilton Head Island and Bluffton boast more than 250 restaurants representing a wide variety of cultures and tastes. Cuisine from around the world is represented at elegant restaurants, neighborhood cafes and seaside bistros.

In addition to fine continental cuisine with world-class service, you will find family style diners with home-style Southern cooking. Pleasant weather is frequent in the subtropical climate, making eating alfresco a common option for diners. Several area eateries even welcome pampered pets on their patios.

For a real taste of the region, many restaurants serve up their version of one the area’s most treasured dishes, a Lowcountry Boil. This mélange of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes and onions traces its roots back to antebellum times and is a mandatory accompaniment to any true oyster roast. Other local favorites include soft-shell crab and She-Crab soup. Locals also swap details of their favorite haunts for shrimp and grits, a truly Southern specialty.

Fast food options are available for those who want food on the go, but they may not look as familiar as others around the country. All Island restaurants must conform to a strict building code requiring construction to blend with the local environment.

A wide range of retail options creates a shopper’s paradise. Browsers are tempted by stores that include chic boutiques, whimsical gift shops and exclusive outlet centers. More than 200 shops are located in intimate plazas, quaint marinas, elegant harbors and full-service shopping centers, all of which complement the environment and architecture of the Lowcountry.


Popular with shoppers, the Island offers a wide variety of boutiques, shopping plazas, two Tanger Outlet Centers and the newly redesigned Shelter Cove Towne Centre. In addition, you can stroll through the breezeways of the many outdoor shopping centers. Mundane strip malls do not reside in this part of the Lowcountry that favors protecting the unique and inviting Island atmosphere.

Of course, no shopping jaunt here is complete without exploring the many one-of-a-kind opportunities that flourish year-round. Places like Bluffton’s historic Calhoun Street feature an eclectic collection of local wares and crafts, many created on the spot.

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