Historic Charleston City Market, Charleston

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
Established in the 1790s, Historic 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. Historic 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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  • ....walking the length of this huge market both ways. Modern and older style arts and trinkets are all intermixed. Hard to not find something you might want to buy. It is fun to watch and listen to th...  read more »
  • Markets are always very interesting as they give you a reflection of the town or city's culture, of what people do. I visited this market during the day (supposedly there is a night market on the week...  read more »
  • Great local vendors with tons of local artists and vendors. Mostly open air, but food and premium vendors in conditioned business. 
  • The Historic Charleston City Market is a great experience for anyone. Whether this is your first time in Charleston or a permanent resident, the city market offers something for everyone. This is a great place to view products from local artists and craft makers. Very busy area, but the hustle and bustle adds to the shopping experience. You can expect to spend at least 1-2 hours meandering through the market. Also, take time to visit the shops that line the market on either side.
  • If your looking for some interesting gifts or souvenirs to take home you will find something here. We really enjoyed strolling through the different booths. Some of the art booths were amazing. It is a bit "touristy" but this is the Historic District on Charleston, so that is to be expected. Don't let this turn you off or keep you away. The homemade soaps are amazing. The wine bottle candles are among my favorites.
  • It's an interesting venue. This City Market has kept up much better than many others. This is the type of venue that can really run downhill and start to feel like a flea market. That being said, Charleston City Market does not feel that way. The air is hot and you can smell the horses, but that just adds to the historic feel as you walk up the open brickwork buildings. The vendors feel like normal regular people, and The Craft are unique and interesting. Historic Charleston City Market is definitely worth stopping by to see
  • Step back in time at this wonderful destination. Created in the late 1700's, it is one of Charleston's most iconic and vibrant hot spots! There are open air sheds as well as an air conditioned portions which are perfect for Charleston's summer heat. You will find locally made products ranging from sweetgrass baskets to authentic BBQ. Experience the city's rich past and iconic architecture. There is something for everyone of all cultures and ages. You can easily spend the whole day here shopping and experiencing the historic center. It is Charlestons #1 most visited attraction after all.
  • We were here on a Friday night - there were a lot of local artists and entrepreneurs selling their products with live music. It was a cool place to walk around with a lot of character. We also saw several places to eat nearby that looked fun.
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