Shopping in Charleston, SC

Shopping in Charleston, SC, is a unique experience. Whether you are searching for handmade jewelry, unique gifts, or authentic Lowcountry artwork, the Holy City has it all. Browse the shops along the Market, the art galleries in the French Quarter, and the antiques and apparel on King! 

If you are shopping in Charleston, SC, remember to check out the amazing boutique shops on Charleston's Sea Islands, too! Download your free Charleston Sea Island Vacation Guide for a complete list of attractions, things to do, and places to see in the Lowcountry!

 

Your Guide to Shopping in Downtown Charleston, SC

Upper King Street

Upper King Street is home to a wide array of vibrant art galleries and specialty stores. Spend an afternoon browsing through the unique shops. Once the sun sets, make sure to stick around for the incredible nightlife. Also known as the “Dining and Design District,” this area of Historic King Street is lined with award-winning restaurants, rooftop bars, and upscale dance clubs. Meter parking is monitored Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m., and garage parking is available between Ann and Mary Streets as well as the Charleston Visitor Center.

Middle King Street

If you are searching for the best boutiques in Charleston, SC, you are sure to find them here. Newly dubbed the “King Street Fashion District,” this middle area of King Street begins at Marion Square and extends to Market Street. Try a fun, new manicure at one of the salons, or browse through the clothing boutiques in Charleston, SC, to find that perfect new addition to your wardrobe. On Saturdays, the Charleston Farmers Market is abuzz with locals and tourists enjoying homemade crepes and other neighborhood street fares. Whether you wish to visit with the local artists or peruse the unique goods, this is one stop you won’t want to miss!

If you are searching for the top brands, continue across Calhoun Street for more familiar staples like William Sonoma, J. Crew, Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Don’t forget to visit M. Dumas and Sons. Charleston’s premier men’s clothing store offers a true taste of Southern flair. Afterwards, cut through the Charleston Place Hotel for a cooler, air-conditioned walk over to the City Market.

Lower King Street

Just a stone’s throw from the Battery, Lower King Street is filled with a variety of unique shops and some of the most historic residential homes in the country. This Antique District is filled with rare jewelry, apparel, and home furnishings. From one-of-a-kind engagement rings to 18th-century pie safes, Lower King Street has it all. After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, stop into Bin 152 and refuel with a glass of vino or a cold craft beer.

Historic Charleston City Market

The Charleston Market is the city’s No. 1 most visited attraction, and for good reason!  Located in the heart of downtown, The Market is open 364 days a year and showcases over 300 talented craftsmen and entrepreneurs. Here, you’ll find fine oil paintings, unique jewelry, handmade soap, delicious Southern treats, pottery, gifts, and more. Don’t forget to purchase a sweetgrass basket or a signature Rewined candle to take home with you.

The French Quarter

If you have an appreciation for fine art, you must plan a visit to Charleston’s French Quarter. When you take a stroll down the quiet, cobblestone streets, you’ll see beautiful churches, museums, theatres, and a variety of art galleries. Are you looking for contemporary works? Head over to the Atrium Art Art Gallery on Queen Street. We also recommend visiting the Lowcountry Artists Gallery on East Bay Street. The gallery features a wide array of lifelike oil paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, photography, and more.

Tips for Your Trip

Are you visiting the Second Sunday of the month? This is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with downtown Charleston. Experience Second Sunday on King and enjoy a dynamic pedestrian thoroughfare with music, dancing, and outdoor dining. You can even bring your four-legged friends along with you!

After a day of shopping in Charleston, SC, you are bound to be hungry! View our guide on the best restaurants and places to eat in the Holy City!