There's no better way to get a feel for Charleston while supporting local artists and entrepreneurs than with a visit to the Charleston City Market. If you're looking for locally handmade items, one-of-a-kind gifts or memorable souvenirs, you'll have much to choose from. Among the many family-friendly vendors, you'll find everything from handcrafted jewelry to award-winning fine art paintings and sculptures from local artists. There's a little something of everything here!
Established in 1807, the Charleston City Market is one of the nation's oldest public markets and the heart of Historic Charleston. With 300 friendly Day Market vendors as well as 120 vibrant Night Market vendors (who are all 100% local with 100% locally-made items for sale), there is always something new to discover. Fine-crafted leather, clothing items, locally-made soaps, specialty hot sauces, Christmas ornaments, stoneware and pottery - there is so much shopping, food, culture and fun to be had.
Take home the tastes of the Lowcountry with hundreds of delicious foods and snack choices like grits, preserves, sauces, glazed pecans, benne wafers and pralines. For the best souvenirs, grab a postcard painted by a local artist, a Palmetto Rose or a sweetgrass basket. With more than 50 resident Gullah artisans, the Charleston City Market is the very epicenter of sweetgrass basketry, one of the nation's oldest and most beautiful handicrafts of West African origin that has been passed down through the generations. See a beautiful and masterfully crafted piece of history created before your eyes as basket weavers demonstrate their hand-weaving techniques daily.
Beautifully renovated in 2011, the air-conditioned indoor marketplace - affectionately called "The Great Hall" - houses 20 vendors with 18,300 square feet of micro boutiques, two public restrooms, large glass entrance doors, a mix of uplighting and goose-neck lights, a stunning skylight that stretches the entire length of the building, large ceiling fans, and open bays. Outside the Great Hall are outdoor seating options where locals and visitors can treat themselves to fresh baked pastries, aromatic locally roasted coffee and refreshing organic tea from Caviar & Bananas or piping-hot, award-winning biscuits and pimento cheese sandwiches from Callie's Hot Little Biscuit.
In addition to the Great Hall, there are three charming open-air markets with ceiling fans. These markets house two long rows of vendor booths lining each wall and a wide center walkway that can be enjoyed rain or shine.
The Charleston City Market is centrally located in the historic downtown area within walking distance of hundreds of the country's top restaurants. There are several parking options, from metered parking spaces to parking garages. Consider a leisurely carriage ride to learn about Charleston's history and culture as you soak in the storied architecture and tranquil gardens. Conveniently, carriage tours start and end right in the market area. So, what are you waiting for? Come discover what people have been talking about for more than 200 years!
The Charleston City Market is open every day of the year except December 25th. The Day Market is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the Night Market is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (April - December) from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (outdoors). Convenient and inexpensive parking is located nearby, see the attached parking garage map. For more information visit the Charleston city market website.
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