Shopping Malls and Centers

Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Charleston's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Roumillat's Antiques Mall & Auction or Johns Island. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.


Charleston's largest shopping mall, Northwoods features more than 130 fashion-forward retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, New York & Company, Victoria's Secret and Express Men. Mall anchors include department favorites like Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's, Books-A-Million and Belk. A food court and other on-site dining options such as Olive Garden and Jason's Deli provide the fuel necessary for successful shopping. The mall also has a 13-screen movie theater.

Read more about Northwoods Mall →

West Ashley

The closest Mall to Charleston's downtown, the Citadel Mall is a shopping hub home to five major anchor department stores: Belk, Dillard's, Sears, JCPenney and Target. Avid shoppers may also browse more than 100 specialty shops, including Dick's Sporting Goods, Men's Warehouse, The Limited, LOFT and American Eagle Outfitters. After a long shopping session, sit down at the indoor food court for a quick meal, or opt for sit-down restaurants like King Street Grille, for a more relaxed dinner.

Local Expert tip: Hit the Citadel Mall Stadium 16 IMAX Theatre after a long day of shopping to catch the lastest movies on the jumbo screen!

Read more about Citadel Mall →

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, Old Navy and Barnes & Noble, as well as Victoria's Secret, Copper Penny, and Francesca's. If you need a shopping break, catch a movie at the 16-screen Regal Palmetto Grand Theater or grab a bite to eat at one of Towne Center's many restaurants.

Local Expert tip: Hatchell's, a classic American restaurant across from the theatre, serves beer, wine, and tapas - a great break between shops or before a movie!

Read more about Mount Pleasant Towne Centre →


Located within the Charleston Place Hotel's East and West Wings, the Shops at Charleston Place connect a space between King and Meeting streets with well known high end brands like Tommy Bahama, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Godiva. Eat at one of Charleston Place Hotel's four star restaurants, or visit the Spa at Charleston Place, to relax post-shopping.

Local Expert tip: Charleston Place Hotel's Palmetto Grill offers lunch in a beautiful outdoor courtyard garden setting - the perfect reward for some serious shopping!

Read more about Shops at Charleston Place →

A strong presence for local leisure activities, Bohicket Marina lies between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. In addition to its many docks and slips, the marina offers a variety of services for boaters and is a center for cruises, fishing expeditions, coastal tours, and other water sports. A few restaurants provide not only terrific food but great views of the marina, and a number of local shops present folks the opportunity to placate their spending urges while they browse the area.

Read more about Bohicket Marina Village →

No trip to Charleston is complete without browsing the many booths of this open-air market. For sale is everything from local art, jewelry, clothing, and furnishings to those wonderful sweetgrass baskets that Charleston is known for. You can even watch Gullah women hand-make these top-quality treasures. Most merchants do not start selling their wares until 9:30am.

Read more about City Public Market →

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 Brooks Brothers. The brightly colored open-air venue allows shoppers to enjoy the weather between shops, with benches and a food court for any shoppers needing a quick pit stop.

Local Expert tip: Jim 'N Nicks, a popular casual restaurant downtown, has opened a sister store close by. Enjoy some of their famous cheddar biscuits!

Read more about Tanger Outlet Center →

Designed to look as if it's evolved over decades, this pedestrian-friendly center breaks the mold of cookie-cutter shopping. Occupying what was once farmlands, the complex maintains those agricultural ties, thanks to open-air markets and stands. However, food and produce aren't the only draws. Shops focusing on apparel, sporting goods, footwear, real estate, banking, art, and personal services also populate Freshfields, which links the various island communities with local history and newfound commerce.

Read more about Freshfields Village →

Enjoy the charming atmosphere of the Historic District as you stroll from store to store on one of the city's best shopping destinations. Popular retailers such as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch and Ann Taylor fill storefronts, and there's also a notable section of antique galleries on the upper end of the neighborhood.

Read more about King Street →

Are you the type of person who gets a real charge from digging through both trash and treasure to find that one-of-a-kind piece? If your answer is "yes," then you will love this 15,000 square foot mall that offers everything from affordable furniture to pre-war collectibles to china and glassware and much, much more. Located off of Hwy 17S.

Read more about Roumillat's Antiques Mall & Auction →