Charleston City Market, Charleston

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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 .
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  • We strolled along this multiple block venue and saw lots of interesting items for sale, but didn't purchase anything. Not that the items were not appealing, there just wasn't anything we were interest...  more »
  • Sweet water baskets, Callie's biscuits, local food to take home, paintings, etc. there I something for everyone.  more »
  • This market has lots of handmade items made here by locals like handmade baskets , jewelry, homemade goodies to eat, and artwork. This isn't a cheap flea market. Well worth walking through.  more »
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  • A must see when visiting the greater Charleston area! Local shops, restaurants, artists and more. This beautiful market was donated over 200 years ago to the City of Charleston with the promise of always have a market for the public. After tons of research, the market was renovated and has a whole new look and feel! Not to worry, your favorite stores and vendors can still be found here daily! The market area is open daily from 9:30am- 6pm and has night markets with local artists Thursday - Saturdays starting at 6pm.
  • Great place to go and walk. Lovely experience. A bunch of different vendors with mostly touristy products for sale. Obviously most are marked up given their location and their audience. Nonetheless, there are some interesting finds to be found. Some parts are air conditioned, some are out in the open. It is very crowded most of the weekends. There are a bunch of shops and restaurants that line the outside streets of this market also. Worth going to and taking a stroll.
  • This is a good place to get some local stuff. You can find the ubiquitous sweetgrass baskets here. My son really enjoyed the toy store. The indoor stuff is very static while the outdoor stuff is like a high-end flea market. It's worth visiting when you come to Charleston. Be sure to check out the streets on either side of it too.
  • The market was a great place to visit. So full of life, shopping, eating and drinking. They had entertainment on Saturday, but not Sunday on a holiday weekend when I went. Some places were even closed Sunday evening. Overall didn't change my opinion. They alsonhave a tourist info booth at the start where you can find out/purchase tours.
  • Very clean with a variety of styles and price range of shops. Lots of Sweet Grass Basket stands. Check out Old World Glass Studio. He does great work and his pieces are very reasonably priced.

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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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