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Charleston City Market, Charleston

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. Charleston City Market is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Charleston Edition.
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  • The Charleston Market is a unique and a fun place to visit. They sell all kinds of things in there. It was crowded because of rain  more »
  • This is a really fun market. You walk from one end to the other through stall after stall after stall of wonderful things to buy! It was a great sampling of what Charleston is all about! A MUST SEE on...  more »
  • It is located on a history building. The facilities are nice, a lot lights, high ceilings. A nice stop to take a break from the heat and sun. There are small shops, with cute things to see.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Interesting items to browse and buy...but be careful what you touch. One vender was upset we touched his laser etched glass cubes pointing to his sign that children should not touch. (I guess he considered a 22 yr old still a child.) All the other vendors were polite and helpful. Don't go on a Monday...that is the city garbage day and if it's hot, the whole area doesn't smell very good since the garbage is out on the street and horse carriage tours are departing near there as well.
  • Not quite what it used to be when I was a child, but my children find it as fascinating as I did when I was their age, so there's that!! VERY eclectic goods to be found there all with a Southern flair. Pure Charleston, all the way! It's location lends it to being a great meeting place, plenty of interesting things to do, sights and smells to take in! Worth the trip!
  • The Charleston City Market is a must-see during your stay in Charleston. And it is impossible to miss it as it covers a large strip of the historic city center. No need for presentations to this place. I do recommend engaging in conversation with most of the store people as they will often give you good advice on wares, locations and interesting city facts.
  • My first trip there in probably twenty years. Easy access a block and a half away in the Cumberland Street parking deck ($2/hr). Plenty to take in all around the market area. I liked the homemade craft type vendors and didn't care for the typical retail vendors - there were plenty of both. Prices varied. Overall, just enjoyed the normal, charming Charleston atmosphere. Will visit again, but not on every trip.