Photo courtesy of Historic Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

Type: Antique Shops, Clothing Stores, Fine Craft Galleries, Flea Markets, Food / Gourmet Stores, Jewelry Stores, Local Picks, Markets, Public Markets

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Best Shopping: 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, and showcases local Charleston vendors, their unique wares and crafts as well as casual and fine dining take-away fare. Charleston's famous sweet grass basket weavers can be found practicing their craft along the Market's open air stalls. The Market was constructed between 1804 - 1830, and originally used as a meat, vegetable and seafood marketplace. Charleston's City Market finished multimillion dollar renovations in 2011, and now features air conditioning and revolving fans, keeping shoppers cool in summer months.

Christmas Shopping: The Charleston City Market is our top recommendation for local Christmas and holiday shopping in the Holy City. Head here early to beat some of the crowds, and peruse the hundreds of vendor stalls within this covered historic market. Equipped with public restrooms and a Caviar & Bananas restaurant location, shopping at the market is a fun and convenient experience for the whole family. The Charleston City Market is sure to offer the foodie, craft, or souvenir gift you're looking for, as their vendors boast an unseen variety of products and wares. The City Market is also conveniently located close to carriage tour companies and several excellent restaurants, both casual and fine dining.


375 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Map / Directions
(843) 853-8000


Expert Tips by Clare Sweeney

Charleston Local Expert

Best Shopping: "The City Market can become quite full of visitors. Strollers and pets are not recommended here."

Christmas Shopping: "Chat with the vendors about their crafts, or feel free to ask them questions about other Christmas gifts in the market!"

Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The Charleston City Market tops our list of shopping destinations in Charleston due to its uniquely Charleston style, storied structure and variety of local goods.

Best for Christmas Shopping Because: The Charleston City Market is a highlight of Charleston's shopping districts, no matter the season, with a wide variety of goods and gifts throughout.

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