Historic Charleston City Market, Charleston
(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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  • While there is a lot of touristy junk to be found here, there's also some rare and great finds as well. I bought an old ceiling tile that had been painted and I can hardly wait to hang it on the wall....  more »
  • The market opens at 0930. Many vendors with a variety of merchandise. No pressure sales tactics by any vendor. Many willing to share with you the best of Charleston restaurants and attractions. Felt v...  more »
  • Huge variety of items from this area including the famous sweet grass baskets. Fun just walking thru the four long and narrow buildings that make up the market! 
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lots of really cool stuff from tons of vendors. Historic setting and very easy to get around. Though this place is usually quite crowded, it should definitely make your list of places to go while in Charleston!
  • GREAT market to stroll through and see hand crafted items, paintings and other artwork, jewelry.... Many blocks long so you can easily spend a couple of hours. We found the items very reasonably priced and a few great gifts to bring home. Evening hours not as much of a selection as the market size is smaller so go during the day time hours to see much more.