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Address: Charleston, SC
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: A popular tourist destination composed of 200-year old brick market...
A popular tourist destination composed of 200-year old brick market buildings with shops and restaurants.
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Seems like old times

As a navy sailor in the early 70s, I would go down to the market on the weekends and shill t-shirts and bandanas to make a few extra bucks and to meet and talk with people. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Timmer07
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Minnesota
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Greenbrae, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A well designed and attractive market but unfortunately it sells the same kind of junk you could buy anywhere, candles, scarves, "authentic" southern foods and ingredients. Unless you need to buy something for someone back home and you don't care what it is, skip this tourist trap. It's no coincidence that it's right across from the cruise ship dock.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We walked through the market during mid-week around noon and it was still very full! They have all type wares here from handmade baskets, metal ware, jewelry, paintings, etc... The prices seemed very reasonable. We picked up a few items. It is pretty long, made up of maybe 4-5 buildings lined up in a row... Take your time and you... More 

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Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

As a navy sailor in the early 70s, I would go down to the market on the weekends and shill t-shirts and bandanas to make a few extra bucks and to meet and talk with people. I loved it! It wasn't like work or anything; it was just fun. Now when I visit Charleston twice per year I have to... More 

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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have visited many city markets in the US and in Europe and find the Charleston City Market to be as much fun as the rest. The building's architecture is stunning. The large selection of gifts, handmade wares, and foods will keep you busy. We enjoyed our experience there and picked up a few nice mementos to bring home.

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

I grew up in Charleston, and every time I visit, I find it more intriguing. Downtown is my favorite spot to go.

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

As with any craft market venue there are items you can find anywhere and then there are products that are local to the area. I happen to think that the Sweetwater baskets are the best souvenir gifts that you can purchase. Prices vary so be sure to walk the whole market before you make a purchase of a basket. That... More 

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NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
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143 reviews 143 reviews
21 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We always get a room close to the market so we can walk around the market, have lunch or dinner and then walk back to the hotel. The hotels/Inns are all pretty good and with various price ranges. (try the Indigo) Restaurants also come in various price ranges. The walk through the market is entertaining and educational. Lots of local... More 

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Austin, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The Old City Market extends for three blocks or more, with all kinds of things for sale. Although there are some local arts and crafts (the seagrass baskets are beautiful, but quite pricey), there are also many wares that could probably be bought elsewhere for a lower price. We wanted some locally-made jams and sauces to bring home, and discovered... More 

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Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

No trip to Charleston is complete without a stop at the Old City Market. Some very interesting items at reasonable prices.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

great place to stroll through for local arts and crafts. Shop wisely, overpriced at times but plenty of variety. Partially indoors with air condition, the other parts covered but still can be hot in the afternoons. My favorite is rewined candles and the artwork. Tends to be crowded in the prime times

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