Best Charleston, SC Shopping

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    10. Tanger Outlet Center

    These factory outlets will satisfy any serious bargain shopper! Just a short drive from the downtown Charleston peninsula, the Tanger Outlets are worth the trip to many shoppers. Some of the stores you'll find at the...

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    9. Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

    Located just under ten miles and a short drive away from Charleston, this open-air mall and shopping center offers an exceptional upscale shopping experience away from the crowds and busy tourist areas of downtown....

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    6. Berlin's Clothiers

    This Charleston institution has been in existence and operation since 1883, even surviving the massive Charleston earthquake of 1886 that devastated much of the city. Today, Berlin's is still a one-stop shop of...

    Photo courtesy of Berlins For Women
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    5. M. Dumas & Sons

    M Dumas & Sons is a Charleston shopping institution selling outdoor sports and hunting clothing and fine casual men's clothing since 1919. Dumas & Sons, located on the corner of King and Society streets at...

    Photo courtesy of M. Dumas & Sons
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    3. Hampden Clothing

    Recently named Charleston's Best Women's Clothing Store, and featured often in the likes of Vogue and Marie Claire magazines, Hampton Clothing is the ultimate upscale women's clothing boutique in downtown Charleston....

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    2. Blue Bicycle Books

    Charleston's only downtown used bookstore, Blue Bicycle Books on King Street specializes in "used, rare, and local" books. This store has a vintage, cozy feel inside, and has much more depth than apparent from the...

    Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
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    1. Charleston City Market

    The Historic Charleston City Market is perhaps the most visited shopping destination in all of downtown Charleston. Always no less than bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the City Market is open 365 days a year,...

    Photo courtesy of Historic Charleston City Market

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About Charleston, SC Shopping

Charleston is home to South Carolina's biggest and best shopping variety, both downtown and in the surrounding towns and suburbs. On the peninsula, downtown Charleston's historic charm and tradition is preserved in the amount of local, boutique style shops and in the noticeable lack of bigger chain stores. While some national brands have managed to move downtown, a day of shopping here is totally unique to Charleston.

 

Most of Charleston's downtown shopping scene is unofficially referred to by its location in one of four main areas: Market Street, Upper King, Middle King, and Lower King. Upper King’s Design and Nightlife District is home to many furniture and interior design stores, as well as a smattering of small, locally run boutiques. The Charleston Farmers Market can also be found here, packed with visitors and locals each Saturday morning. Middle King is where you’ll find the few chain stores that have come to Charleston’s downtown such as Urban Outfitters, housed in an old theatre, Gap, Victoria's Secret and Anthropologie. Venturing down towards the Battery to Lower King’s Antiques District, shoppers may browse through a number of antique shops like historic fixture Geo. C. Birlant & Co., children’s boutiques and even a makeup bar. Market Street is home to Charleston’s Historic City Market and many other souvenir shops.

Off the peninsula, visitors looking for vacation bargain shopping can head to the nearby Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston or the check out the more upscale boutiques and department stores of Mount Pleasant's Towne Center.


About Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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