Are you on the hunt for a fabulous new outfit? An original 18th-century armoire? Perhaps you are searching for handmade jewelry, unique gifts, or a beautiful Lowcountry landscape painted on canvas. From charming boutiques to high-end international retailers, the Holy City has it all. Take your time browsing through the shops along Market Street, the art galleries in the French Quarter, or the antiques and apparel on King Street. Shopping in Charleston, SC, is not just a fun activity; it is an experience you will always remember!
If you are planning to go shopping in Charleston, SC, you’ll also want to check out the amazing boutique shops on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Make sure to download our complimentary Kiawah and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides for a complete list of attractions in the area. It’s full of local tips about the best things to see and do during your stay 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.
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!
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Now that you know where to find all of the best shopping in Charleston, SC, it’s time to start planning your next trip. If you are searching for accommodations in the area, let Pam Harrington Exclusives help find your perfect home-away-from-home. We offer an exclusive collection of luxury vacation homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Each of our homes and condos features top-of-the-line amenities and they are just minutes from the many shops, restaurants, and attractions in Charleston. No matter which of our lodging options you choose, we guarantee that your trip will be one for the books.