Things to Do in Charleston SC: Historic City Market


By: Tour Management Editor
May 04, 2018

When you’re planning your Things to Do in Charleston SC list, one that’s hard to miss – and hard to resist – is the Historic City Market. Centrally located, and a short trip from anywhere, the Historic City Market is a hub of retail, dining and nightlife activity.

Historic City Market: Rich in Charleston History
The Historic City Market has been part of the Charleston scene for more than 200 years. This was long before the tourists arrived, and before the City Market was even historic. It was a market not for arts, crafts and souvenirs, but for daily food and staples. In fact, it was the place where African slaves serving in the homes on the Peninsula shopped for the household.

The familiar postcard view of the Historic City Market’s is the Greek Revival-style main building facing Meeting Street (Meeting and Market, to be precise.) This opened in 1841, and today is the home of the museum of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Behind the museum, covered, open-air vendor stalls stretch all the way to East Bay Street.

The Charleston City Market

Historic City Market: Still Vital and Bustling Today
Inside the bustling, often crowded Historic City Market you will browse the wares of more than 100 vendors. The mind will boggle at the unmatched selection of souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, paintings and sculpture, food and drink, and crafts of all kinds—including the Low Country’s famous sweetgrass baskets hand woven by local artisans.

Market vendors are open for business every day from the early morning hours until 6pm, and are open later on the weekends. 

Historic City Market: Close to Everything
Outside the Historic City Market, your shop-portunities continue. The north and south sides of Market Street are lined with retail boutiques, bars and restaurants. And at the head of Market Street, across Meeting, you’ll find the Charleston Place Mall. Finally, convenient and inexpensive parking is located nearby.

Another great idea is to combine a trip to the Historic City Market with an Adventure Sightseeing bus tour. The Market is the last stop on the bus tour and you have the option of terminating there, as opposed to going back to your origination point, the Visitor’s Center.  Later, a convenient, free local shuttle called DASH will pick you up at the Market and take you to various locations. 

Sweet Grass Baskets, The Charleston City Market

So, if your list of Things to Do in Charleston includes shopping ‘til you drop, the Historic City Market tops the list. And take some time to learn more about comfortable, air conditioned Historic Charleston Bus Tours, too!


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