On the hunt for a piece of handmade jewelry? A Lowcountry landscape as rendered in oils by a local artist? Perhaps an 18th century armoire? Or maybe a great sundress from an independent boutique?
If you’re shopping in Charleston, SC, you’ll find it all – from distinctive boutiques and indigenous craftspeople to high-end international retailers. Shopping in Charleston is a great way to take a little piece of the Holy City home with you. So whether you’re browsing the shops along Market Street, the art galleries of the French Quarter, or the antiques and apparel of King Street, you’ll find a special something to keep Charleston in your heart forever.
Visit downtown Charleston and experience why this city sits at the top of countless “best of’s”.
Upper King Street
What has recently developed into the Upper King Street Design and Dining District, this area of Historic King Street offers many flavors and dining options for the over 21 crowd. From rooftop bars with cityscapes or fine dining sushi restaurants- turned into dance clubs, this area is full of life and excitement. Meter parking is monitored until 6pm Monday thru Saturday and garage parking is available between Ann and Mary Streets, as well as the Charleston Visitors Center.
Middle King Street
Newly dubbed the King Street Fashion District, this middle area of King Street begins at Marion Square and extends to Market Street. On Saturdays, find the Charleston Farmers Market abuzz with locals and tourists enjoying homemade crepes and other neighborhood street fares. Visit with local artists and vendors or purchase unique gifts and memorable souvenirs. Continue across Calhoun Street for more familiar staples like William Sanoma, J. Crew, Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Don’t forget to visit M. Dumas and Son’s- Charleston’s premier men’s clothing store for a taste of true southern flare! Or cut through the Charleston Place Hotel for a cooler, air conditioned walk over to the City Market.
Lower King Street
This antique district houses rare and unique jewelry, apparel and home furnishings. Whether you’re in the market for a one of a kind engagement ring or an 18th century pie safe- you will find it here. Stop into Bin 152 and enjoy a glass of vino or craft beer in a fitting ambience. You’ll have to check it out to understand what we mean!
Historic Charleston City Market
Open 364 days a year, the highly praised Charleston Market flowers its visitors with history and southern charm. The Market offers some of the best shopping in Charleston, SC. Enter at Meeting and Market Street- just across from the famous Charleston Place Hotel and enjoy 4 blocks of local vendors and goods. Don’t forget to purchase a sweetgrass basket or rose to take home with you!
Are you visiting the 2nd Sunday of the month? This is the perfect time to familiarize oneself with downtown Charleston. Experience 2nd Sunday on King and enjoy a dynamic pedestrian thoroughfare with music, dancing and outdoor dining. These Sunday afternoons are fun for the little kids as well as the big kids!