No visit to the Holy City is complete without strolling through the Historic Charleston City Market. Beginning at the crossroads of Meeting St. and Market St. and running south to the water, the market is an excellent place to shop, dine, and explore. You’ll find everything from handcrafted leather goods to fine art. Read on to learn more about what lies in store for you at this famous Charleston attraction. Then, be sure to check out our Destination Guide for more great suggestions to include in your itinerary!
3 of the Best Ways to Experience the Historic Charleston City Market
1. Peruse Local Art, Treats, and Wares
Maybe you’re looking for a sweetgrass basket as a souvenir. Perhaps you’d like some glazed pecans for a snack. You might even enjoy a framed photograph that captures some of your favorite characteristics of the city. Local vendors showcase their unique goods. You’ll find various jewelry displays, home decor, stoneware, pottery, and more at this highly-acclaimed historical site in Charleston, SC.
2. Grab a Bite to Eat Along the Way
In addition to the sights and sounds of the market, the aromas of fudge, homemade ice cream cones, and freshly popped popcorn fill the air. In addition to local vendors selling sweet treats, hot sauces, and snacks in the market, you’ll find an array of tasty dining options on either side of the market. Some of our favorites include:
- Peninsula Grill
- Another Broken Egg Cafe
- Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
- Kaminsky’s (for dessert!)
- Henry’s on the Market
- Ruth’s Christ Steak House
- Swing & Swine
- Pizzeria Di Giovanni
- Grill 225
3. Visit the Night Market
Every Friday and Saturday evening, between March and December, the Night Market runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. You’ll hear live entertainment and revel in a festive atmosphere while strolling through the three-block-long market at twilight. All vendors are local, and all of their items are locally made. Shop for a one-of-a-kind souvenir or work of art to bring home with you!
A Little History
Vendors first erected the Charleston City Market in the 1790s. Throughout the 19th century, the market not only served as a place for farms to sell their produce, but it also provided a place for locals to gather. Today, the market continues to flourish and thrive as one of Charleston’s top attractions.
What to Know Before You Go
Hours of Operation: The Open Air Sheds of the market are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Great Hall section of the market is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The entire market operates every day of the year except December 25th.
Parking: You will find metered spaces throughout the market area. Parking is also available at Church Street Garage, Hassel Street Garage, and Cumberland Street Garage. Additionally, you can find a surface parking lot located at Church and North Market Street.
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