Charleston City Market
Charleston City Market
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established in the 1790s, this historic landmark is one of the oldest public markets in the U.S. There’s everything from handmade crafts, trinkets, and jewelry to the nation’s most prized souvenir—the woven sweetgrass basket. Certain weekend nights even have a special night market that runs until late. Enjoy live entertainment, embrace Charleston’s Southern charm, and soak in the lively atmosphere. It’s a fantastic way to support the local artisans and their work, too. Visit the market as a stop along a Charleston city tour and remember to have cash handy for payments. – Tripadvisor
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  • Ken Z
    Bel Air, Maryland41 contributions
    Nice place to stroll through
    Some nice vendors but need to know your prices. Sweet grass baskets are beautiful but very pricey. Lots of jewelry and items you find in many open air markets. Not a lot of what I would call Local items from the area other than the baskets.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 14, 2022
  • Lainey G
    Brandon, Florida726 contributions
    Enjoyable Shopping Experience
    We enjoyed perusing all the many different types of goods available for purchase. I have as looking for Carolina Gold rice and was delighted to find some at the Charleston Historical Society booth and, bonus, it was tax free because they are a non-profit. We spent an enjoyable afternoon checking out the varied offerings.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 29, 2022
  • Mick H
    Canada406 contributions
    Interesting and love the history
    Definitely a place to take in the sites and check out all the neat stuff but it is very expensive! The history behind it is what brings me to it everytime but it is definitely a huge tourist trap especially with the cruise ships coming through there. Oh and not dog friendly although we did take our dog through the outside part but its a big no in the inside part... I get that.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • maggie74044
    Richmond, Virginia18 contributions
    Had a restful trip.
    We stayed on Sullivan's Island and spent day one driving around S I and Isle of Palms. We ate dinner at Sullivan's Fish Camp. I had roasted oysters and was not impressed. Day two we drove out 17 to find an Indian mound walked two miles and found my navigator had wrong directions. We stopped at Seewee Restaurant on Hwy 17 near Awendaw. Yummy She Crab Soup. Our amazing waitress told us about Avian Center and bird show. Day 3 we went to the bird show at avian center on 17 near Awendaw. Great learning experience. Owls, Hawks, Vulture. We ate dinner at Page's Okra Grill. We ate here 3 times during our stay. It was fabulous. Went into Charleston once. Had a horsedrawn wagon tour. It was near the market so we went there. We drove around the battery and left. Too many people.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Regina W
    Hendersonville, North Carolina3 contributions
    Typical open air market
    It is a typical open air market but you can literally buy everything that you need from this market. Would suggest to walk through the whole market and then go back to where you want to purchase. There are so many things to choose from! So May choices from food items to candles, pictures,jewelry, sweet grass basket,etc. It is all located there. They are open every day which is super convenient! I would definitely recommended going to the Charleston Market when visiting Charleston. We went early and there was no crowd, it does tend to get crowed, so go early!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Tiffanyjim
    Marion, Iowa1,122 contributions
    We really liked it!
    I enjoyed the history of the market, I thought that was pretty cool! Would I purchase everything the vendors have to offer? No, but it was fun to see. Yes, there were a lot of repeats throughout the booths, but there was plenty of everything to choose from. We were there around 11 am on Sunday morning, so it was quite busy. We only had the day to explore Charleston, so we chose the market and the waterfront. I would definitely return here if just to grab a snack and people watch!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 3, 2023
  • shellstravel66
    Olmsted Falls, Ohio24 contributions
    Fun way to spend a couple hours
    Such a great way to start my trip to Charleston! Enjoyed strolling through the market, found lots of hand made items, paintings,jewelry, odds and ends of all kinds. So glad we went there. Weekend is the best time to as there were more vendors there, however still nice during the week.
    Visited January 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • viscountesslily
    California279 contributions
    Check out if you are in Charleston
    This place is something you’d want to consider checking out just because it is a part of the city. I found it very crowded when I went but I pushed through to see what is in the market. Lots of goodies, food, trinkets, Knick knacks, souvenirs. Outside the market on either side are more of the same.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 12, 2023
  • A&R
    35 contributions
    Very cool
    WOW, this place is bigger than we thought, almost four blocks long and filled with many cool shops. We picked up a few "must haves" along the way and enjoyed watching the different crafters weaving baskets and other items. Fun time lots to see.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Beachcomb_33
    Eaton, Ohio714 contributions
    Huge Market
    City Market is huge! I was shocked to find this out. Tons and tons of vendors, nice products, and open air to enjoy. Building after building full of stuff. Be sure to check it out.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 5, 2023
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Kathy K
Orange Park, FL170 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
It was nice but no great deals to be found there. Lots of arts and crafts. How many booths with baskets do we need?
Written November 27, 2023
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JMCSTL
Saint Louis, MO5,979 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
A string of 3 pleasant and attractive single story market buildings to stroll through & engage with the vendors & pick up a few gift items for your return to normal life. The Market is on the route of one of the free DASH buses making it easy to access, and there are some food vendors inside with several more options along the streets flanking it. Visiting on an early-in-the-week day like my wife & I did would probably yield smaller crowds, as the central aisle of the Market space is narrow and may get difficult to navigate especially for visitors with mobility challenges.
Written November 23, 2023
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marsha c
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
The market was a typical city street market, in this case filled with hundreds of indigenous woven baskets. There was also a lot of low to mid -range priced jewelry, souvenirs, pottery and various artwork. Depends on what you are looking for. I found the market very touristy and contained nothing of interest to me.
Written November 13, 2023
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Laurel H
Freeland, MD36 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Market has everything. Fun place to visit. Vendors were great. Lots of unique stuff to buy. Highly recommended
Written November 12, 2023
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outandabout704
Hudson Falls, NY97 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed spending time with the local artists and their goodies. Lots of choices and art to see here. Jewelry, baskets, clothes and other beautiful items. Clean restrooms and well lauded out.
Written November 1, 2023
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Lou V
18 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
If you’re looking for gifts and/or Nick-nacks this is the place. An covered yet open air market with gift ideas, art, and more. This a good place to fill in your sight-seeing schedule. Many restaurants adjacent and nearby. I would definitely make time to stop.
Written October 28, 2023
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Voyage319904
4 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Lived the hustle and bustle of the market. There were so many vendors. There were some quality stalls with true artist products (especially sweet grass basket weavers)with some mix of craft goods and your usual tourist items.
Written October 26, 2023
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Laurie S
Denver, NC1,559 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
We love to support local shopping and love that the market is there. I wish there was more variety of vendors, a lot of straw basket vendors and t-shirts. The nice thing is that it is always changing so we make a point of walking through each time we are in Charleston.
Written October 22, 2023
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Nav1go
Virginia1,107 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Basically a craft market to see what the locals are selling - jewelry, leather and miscellaneous crafts. Wish the sawgrass baskets weren’t so expensive!
Written October 18, 2023
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Walter F
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Today we were accosted by two youths selling flowers, and then verbally abused with vulgar language. Very bizarre I would stay away from people selling sweet grass flowers
Written September 27, 2023
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