Historic City Market, Charleston

Historic City Market, Charleston (must see)

Any tour of Charleston, SC, has to include the historic City Market at 188 Meeting Street. Established in the 1790s, it stretches for four city blocks from the architecturally-significant Market Hall (the temple-like structure that now houses the Confederate Museum) through a continuous series of one-story market sheds, the last of which terminates at East Bay Street. Home to a number of African American entrepreneurs and vendors during its heyday, the complete complex, which covers 33 acres, was declared a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Today, dozens of vendors sell souvenirs and other items ranging from clothing to jewelry to chocolates to artwork to Gullah sweetgrass baskets; other highlights include pictures and paintings of local sites, one of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit restaurants, Carolina Rice, Carolina tea, and so much more. You may as well plan for a few hours as the area around the market has lots of great stores, ice cream shops and restaurants. Fun for the whole family!

Why You Should Visit:
To sift from booth to booth and discover some real local crafting.
Good place to visit on a rainy day since it is covered and an overall reliable attraction.

Tip:
Make sure to check out the Night Markets on weekends.
Bring your credit cards and plenty of cash – and ask for a deal if you pay cash.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am–5pm; Night Market: Fri, Sat: 6:30pm–10:30pm

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Historic City Market on Map

Sight Name: Historic City Market
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

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