10Best Charleston, SC Shopping
. Always bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the Historic Charleston City Market is open 365 days a year and showcases local Charleston vendors, their unique wares and crafts, and casual and fine dining take-away fare.
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Charleston, SC is home to the state's best shopping, with women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, and family friendly boutiques, as well as specialty antique, gift, and candy stores. The Vault, a vintage sportswear shop, and Haute Hanger, a women's clothing boutique, are located in middle King Street's shopping district in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Read more »All New & Notable Charleston Shopping »
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.
- Charleston Expert Clare Sweeney