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 visited both the regular day market and the night market. I found the night market underwhelming, as several vendors end up leaving. The day market is what you want to do, though! Lots of options.....  more »
  • A great stretch of fabulous vendors! Everything from food to clothing, jewelry, art, and more. Local flavors and flair. Make sure to take a walk thru! They close late afternoon tho, so don’t wait...  more »
  • Visiting Charleston SC for three days. The City market was one of the first places to visit. Lots of neat items on display. I bought a large bag of Grits and my wife picked up some clothes for the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I love the market. Had a lot of good things to buy. My mom and aunts purchased so pretty dresses. The candy shop was my favorite. Pralines and cream was really good and I couldn't believe how big the rice Krispy treats dipped in chocolate were. I can't wait to go back.
  • Charleston City Market on Market Street in Charleston is always worth a walk through to check out all of the shops and vendors. I have been coming here ever since I could remember and have enjoyed the consistency of the market while it has been through upgrades in recent years with the inside air conditioned portion. There is always a really good variety of different vendors and it is a great place to take people when they are visiting the area as there seems to be at least one item that will catch someone's eye. I am always impressed how everything works here and you can feel all of the history and years as you walk through the market. Everything is clean and well maintained here and it never disappoints.
  • Love to come here and sample the local crafts and purchase souvenirs. Historic yet well preserved. A neat experience for all ages. You can buy almost anything you are looking for here. The people are friendly yet not pushy when considering their wares. Not far from the waterfront park.
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