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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  • October 4, 2017
    We enjoyed our time wandering around the Marketplace, buying a couple of bracelets, a cookbook and some spices. It can be done in an hour but we would have spent more time there if it was air conditio...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We always love browsing places like this while on vacation to see what kind of art we can bring home. The Market Square did not disappoint! There were so many great finds at both the normal daytime ma...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I love that Market Square has stayed active for so many years. Lots of great items. Perfect place to buy from local artists.  more »

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