The Ultimate Charleston Shopping Guide. Whether you choose to stay in downtown and explore antique stores and clothing boutiques on King Street, the luxury stores at The Shops at Charleston Place, or venture further away for shopping malls and outlet centers, the area has retail options for everyone.
Whether you are shopping for souvenirs, clothing, high end goods, or antiques, Charleston is the place to find it. The best shopping on the peninsula starts on King Street. Here you will find a mix of unique boutiques, brand name stores, and antique shops. As you travel further down King Street to where it intersects with Market Street, you will locate the entrance to one of the most upscale mini-malls on the peninsula. The Shops at Charleston Place, located in the lobby of the Charleston Place Hotel, are an eclectic mix of well known high end retailers including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tommy Bahama. As you turn the corner and travel down Market Street, you will discover one of the country's oldest public markets. The Charleston City Market, once an open air market, has now been partially enclosed. Shoppers will find jewelry, locally handmade items, and one of a kind souvenirs. Other great shopping options are located in nearby Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and North Charleston, including open air shopping centers, shopping malls and an Outlet Center.
King Street - King Street is the major shopping corridor in downtown Charleston. It has three main shopping districts: Upper King, Middle King and Lower King. On the second Sunday of each month, King Street is blocked off from Calhoun to Queen Street from 1 to 5 pm. It allows locals and visitors of all ages to enjoy shopping, live music, and open-air dining.
Upper King - Upper King Street, located between Calhoun Street and Spring Street, is also known as the interior design district. Shoppers will find some of the best home furnishing and interior decor stores in the country. This area is not only home to great shopping but is quickly becoming one of the biggest culinary destinations in the holy city.
Middle King - Middle King, located between Market Street and Calhoun Street, is also known as the fashion district. This area is a mix of brand name stores and locally owned fashion boutiques. Middle King was named one of the country's "Top 10 Shopping Districts in the USA" by Forbes Traveler.
Lower King - Lower King, located between Broad Street and Market Street, is also known as the antique district. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted this area "Best Antique Shopping in the U.S." Shoppers will find antiques from every time period from all over the world.
Old City Market - The Old City Market is one of the most visited places in Charleston. Visitors and residents flock to the market to buy souvenirs, crafts, woven baskets, jewelry, clothing, sweets, and artwork.
Shops at Charleston Place - Shop high end luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tommy Bahama. The shops are located in the East and West wings of the Charleston Place Hotel, between King and Meeting streets.
Charleston Farmers Market - The Charleston Farmers Market is open from April until the end of November in Marion Square. The market is a great place to pick up handcrafted items, artwork, and fresh prepared food. During the first three weekends in December, the farmers market is transformed into a holiday market with extended hours.
Mount Pleasant Town Centre - Mount Pleasant Town Centre is located about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston. This open air shopping center features 65 chain and local stores, a 16 screen grand theater, and a large selection of restaurants.
Mount Pleasant's Old Village - The heart of Old Village is Pitt Street, home to many long-time small businesses. One of the best known is Pitt Street Pharmacy, an old-fashioned drugstore with a classic soda fountain serving sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, and old-fashioned milkshakes. Visitors can also shop for unique apparel and antiques, sample Italian wines, or grab a bite to eat.
Tanger Outlet Center - The Tanger Outlet Center is located in North Charleston and is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Charleston. This open air mall has about 85 stores including Coach, Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nine West, J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
Northwoods Mall - Northwoods Mall is located off I-26 at Exit 209, about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. Shop at Belk, Dillard’s, JC Penney and Burlington along with over 130 other stores. A 13 screen stadium seating movie theater and a large selection of restaurants are located next to the mall.
Citadel Mall - Citadel Mall is located in the West Ashley area of Charleston. The mall features more than 100 stores, including Belk, Dillard's, and Target.