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Market Square, Charleston

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Flea Market Landmark
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Market Square and many more Charleston attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Charleston trip generator.
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  • The market is a nice experience; found many of the merchants had goods that were not locally produced, somewhat disappointing. Prices seemed a bit high.  more »
  • If your in the city be sure to go,through the market square. Lots of vendors and merchandise to buy. Some local, some commercial but there is something for everyone there.  more »
  • Lots of great places to go in Charleston but you might want to avoid East Bay and the Charleston Market altogether unless you like crowds and tourist trash.  more »

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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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