Established in the 1790s, Charleston City Market is one of the country's oldest public markets and hosts more than 300 entrepreneurs. Begin your visit at the historic market hall, an impressive Greek Revival-style structure built 1841. Admire its brownstone stucco and green ironwork before shopping for souvenirs and treats. Items with the Certified Authentic Handmade in Charleston seal are entirely locally made. Market stalls extend four city blocks away from the hall and include an array of goods. You'll find about 50 artists with sweetgrass baskets, a traditional African-American craft. These tightly woven baskets have been made for centuries and are a popular--and useful--souvenir. Work out when and for how long to visit Charleston City Market and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston trip itinerary maker.
Charleston City Market Reviews
The Historic Charleston City Market was built in 1841. It's between N & S Market streets. Right on the free Downtown Dash. About four short city blocks long. You can find Gullah Geechee sweetgrass... more »
So many things to look at! Lots of variety, from jewelry to clothing to food. Bought a french tablecloth, jewelry, freeze dried beets (delicious), scarves, and more jewelry. In general, the prices... more »
We weren't sure what to expect after visiting the city market in Savannah which was small and quite different in atmosphere than Charleston. We were pleasantly surprised and walked this market several times buying a few gifts and souvenirs. Tons of local art and gift items (some places sold items made in China..... Why would you buy anything made in China with so much locally made items and talent?!) Definitely a highlight of our stay in Charleston.
We visited and had a wonderful time as a family. We took a carriage ride tour. Troy, at Palmetto Carriage Tours, was great. We loved walking around the market and seeing all the local vendors. Especially Amelia who does henna. Her artistry is simply amazing. We can't wait to go back.
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