Market Square, Charleston

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Visit Market Square and shop for gourmet foods, collectibles, art, millinery, children's clothing, and the area's famous sweetgrass baskets. Wander through the Greek Revival-style great market hall that was built in 1841 and is now a National Registered Landmark. Inside, check out some fishing gear or stop for lunch. Then explore the open-air sheds outside where you can pick up authentic Southern spice mix,  pickles, preserves, or locally made wafers. Be sure to visit the basket ladies, who weave baskets using a traditional method of African origin, passed down through the generations. Plan to see Market Square and other attractions that appeal to you using our Charleston trip itinerary planner .
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  • These rows market halls are a great small Boulevard. There are all kinds of specialties of the southern States, much craftsmanship and of course all sorts of knickknacks. If you are in Charleston, should run through here once. I think here everyone finds something that he has not yet seen or tasted. Told me it was the deep fried peppers. ;-)
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  • This is a fascinating, historic marketplace with everything from fine jewelry to handmade crafts. The vendors were so friendly and helpful. We bought several unique Christmas gifts here.  more »
  • The prices here vary, but the products are so diverse and the local aspects of them are so comforting! With all the people, it creates this hustle-and-bustle atmosphere that feels so lively and energe...  more »

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