The historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, has garnered international acclaim for its incredible food. And now, it’s making a name for itself in the world of fashion. From top brands to one-of-a-kind items, the Holy City has something for everyone. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, plan a trip to the Lowcountry and enjoy a fabulous day of Charleston shopping!
Learn more about Charleston’s endless shopping opportunities by viewing our Charleston shopping guide. It offers a brief overview of the best boutiques, clothing stores, and retail outlets in the area!
3 of the Best Charleston Shopping Destinations
1. King Street
Historic King Street in Charleston is a haven for shoppers. It offers three distinct areas: the Upper King design and dining district, the Middle King fashion district, and the Lower King antique district. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of shops including art and furniture galleries, bookstores, gift shops, and clothing stores for men, women, and children. You’ll also discover that each store has its own sense of style and flavor. Whether you wander into a high-end retailer or a family-owned boutique, you’re sure to find something special. Visit the Charleston Visitors Bureau website for a full list of shops on King Street.
If your trip coincides with the second Sunday of the month, you’re in luck! Second Sunday on King is a beloved Lowcountry tradition that includes live music, dancing, outdoor dining, and more. The street is only open to pedestrians, giving you the chance to leisurely stroll from storefront to storefront. Some retailers even offer special Second Sunday sales. It’s fun for visitors of all ages!
2. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place offers a collection of exclusive boutiques and world-famous stores. From women’s clothing and accessories to health and beauty products, The Shops have everything you’re looking for and more. When it’s time for lunch, stop by one of Belmond's many restaurants like the Palmetto Cafe, Charleston Grill, or Thoroughbred Club.
3. Historic Charleston City Market
Did you know that the Charleston City Market is one of the nation’s oldest public markets? It was established in 1804 and takes up four city blocks in downtown Charleston! Stroll down the long hall of vendors for jewelry, clothing, home goods, artwork, and more. You’ll also find wonderful Charleston-made souvenirs like hand-painted wine glasses and hand-woven sweetgrass baskets. The market is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
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Looking for more Charleston shopping opportunities? Read our blog about Freshfields Village!