Best Charleston, SC Shopping

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    10. Robot Candy Company

    Located in the middle of King Street's main shopping district between George and Liberty streets, Robot Candy Company is in prime location for a mid shopping day sugary pick-me-up! This candy shop is filled with...

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    9. 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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    8. M. Dumas & Sons

    M Dumas & Sons is a Charleston 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, has a wide...

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

    Recently named Charleston's Best Women's Clothing Store, and featured in Vogue and Marie Claire magazines, Hampton Clothing is the ultimate women's clothing boutique in downtown Charleston. Located in Middle King's...

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    5. Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

    Located just outside of Charleston, this open-air mall offers an exceptional upscale shopping experience. Mount Pleasant's Towne Center features more than 65 national and local stores, such as Belk, Banana Republic,...

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    3. Tanger Outlet Center

    These factory outlets will satisfy any serious bargain shopper! Some of the stores you'll find at the Tanger Outlet Center include Coach, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, BCBC, Nine West, J. Crew, and...

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    2. Gallery Row

    Gallery Row, a neighborhood and family of art galleries on Broad Street in Charleston's Historic District, is a destination all itself. The sixteen galleries that make up Gallery Row, including Hamlet Fine Art...

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    1. Charleston City Market

    The Historic Charleston City Market is perhaps the most visited destination in downtown Charleston. Always bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the City Market is open 365 days a year, and showcases local...

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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 areas. On the peninsula, 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 chain stores have managed to move downtown, it is clear that a shopping experience in Charleston is totally unique to any other destination.

Most of Charleston's downtown shopping scene is referred to by its location in one of four main areas: Market Street, Upper King, Middle King, and Lower King. Upper King’s Design District is home to many furniture and interior design stores, as well as a smattering of small, locally run boutiques like Las Olas and Seeking Indigo.  Middle King, often labeled as King Street’s Fashion District, is where you’ll find the few chain stores that have come to Charleston’s downtown area, such as Urban Outfitters, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret, as well as specialty boutiques such as the family friendly Haute Hanger and The Vault. Venturing down towards the Battery to Lower King’s Antiques District, shoppers may browse through a number of antique shops like Jacques’ Antiques specializing in 17th, 18th and 19th century French antiques, children’s boutiques, and even a makeup bar. The Market is home to Charleston’s Historic City Market, many other area souvenir shops.  

Off the peninsula, visitors looking to do some vacation bargain shopping can head to the nearby Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston or Citadel Mall in West Ashley.

About Clare Sweeney

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

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days enjoying the city’s perpetually sunny weather, nearby beaches, and ever-growing food and craft beer scene. Follow Clare on Twitter...  Read more »

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