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King, Market Streets Highlight Charleston's Best Shopping Ventures

Variety abounds in the number of local clothing, books, antiques, and food goods shops. Our recommendations favor those locally-owned shops such as Blue Bicycle Books, the Vault/Haute Hanger, and Las Olas–all thriving due to community support for small businesses, and of course, their unique stock of products.

Don't worry about budget; Charleston offers a unique mix of shops, from high-end designer stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to antique housewares and vintage furniture at Page's Thieves Market. There's plenty of shopping to be done for the little love ones in your life as well, with both modern and old-fashioned games and toys on display at the whimsical Magnifilous Toy Emporium on Upper King Street.

Outlet malls and shopping centers are located just a short drive away in North Charleston and over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, if that's what you're after. Shopping centers of the more open market variety are an integral part of the Charleston community, with the Charleston City Market and Charleston Farmers Market both within easy walking distance from anywhere downtown.



Visit the Magnifilous Toy Emporium on Upper King Street for Charleston's biggest and best collection of toys, tricks, and games for imaginations of all ages! Magnifilous Toy Emporium is your one-stop shop for children's books, games, and gifts,...  Read More

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. Mount Pleasant's Towne Center...  Read More



Located within the Charleston Place Hotel's East and West Wings, the Shops at Charleston Place connect a cool, grandly structured space between King and Meeting streets, intersecting with the famous and picturesque Charleston Place Hotel double...  Read More



Located in Mount Pleasant just before you reach Sullivan's Island, Page's Thieves Market is one of Charleston's best for second-hand furniture, vintage relics, art, and antiques. Give yourself some time to spend here; there's more than enough...  Read More

House of Sage


Conveniently located between King Street's shopping district and the College of Charleston campus, House of Sage is a must see during any fashionista's time in Charleston. With both men and women's styles, housewares, jewelry and accessories,...  Read More



This swanky swimwear boutique brings the heat to Upper King year-round, selling everything you need for that upcoming vacation. Browse an impressive variety of both men's and women's bathing suits, along with dresses, shirts, shorts, watches,...  Read More



Conveniently located in the heart of King Street's busy shopping district, The Vault & Haute Hanger at 307 King Street offers an unseen combination of family vintage-style varsity sports wear on one side and fabulous women's boutique printed...  Read More

Blue Bicycle Books
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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 outside. Blue Bicycle Books...  Read More

Charleston City Market
Photo courtesy of Historic 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, and showcases local...  Read More

Charleston Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney


Head to the Charleston Farmers Market (April through early December) for a complete showcase of what Charleston's local artists, artisans, bakers and, of course, farmers have to offer. Enter this Marion Square market from Meeting or King streets...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare