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Old City Market

Charleston, SC
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Ranked #8 of 41 shopping in Charleston
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: A popular tourist destination composed of 200-year old brick market buildings with shops and restaurants.
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English first
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This market goes on and on and in every building there are fascinating things particular to Charleston. There are woven baskets, Christmas ornaments made from different local materials, jewelry, candy, cookies, etc. You can certainly find something to take home as a good remembrance of Charleston.

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
70 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Items that are locally made are getting harder to find - but the Old City Market had so much to see and explore, we had to go back through it on two different days! There are different vendors as they cycle in and out on different days, so it was different each day. Sweetgrass baskets, benne wafers, and unique jewelry... More

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annapolis, md
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169 reviews 169 reviews
25 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Years ago, you could really find some creative and unusual products here. But on our recent visit, it was evident the quality and variety have gone downhill. If you have never been to the old city market, by all means plan a visit, just for the experience. Before, the market was careful of the vendors it chose and restricted duplicate... More

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Glendale, California
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300 reviews 300 reviews
92 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A great place to see locally made items. It's fun to see the assortment of goods and for the most part everyone was friendly and helpful

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Cleveland, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

it's a 4 block largely indoor market with excellent variety of local crafts, especially seagrass baskets. we wound up buying a number of things.

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NC
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

During the day, there is a wide variety of touristy items to shop for here included a lot of stuff like costume jewelry, hats, etc. at very reasonable prices. After dinner, the front building closes and the back building is filled with more artisan quality vendors. This made for some interesting shopping of items made right in Charleston by local... More

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North Yorkshire
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122 reviews 122 reviews
21 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It is not unpleasant to wander through the old market but this is a market for tourists - full of souvenirs, arts and crafts. Compared with, say, Seattle with it's beautifully presented food stalls patronised by locals it is distinctly disappointing.

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Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We couldn't believe the variety of items to be found in this blocks long market. The prices for the sweetgrass baskets seemed high but probably isn't considering the hours that must be spent making them. It was an interesting way to spend a couple of hours.

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Oakville
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Oh I wish I could have spent all day here. It's like an upscale flee market. Why oh why didn't I buy that purse. We did buy several little things but it was fascinating and huge. It's like 8 or 10 city blocks and some of it is inside. The have the gorgeous sweet grass baskets, jewelry, food, art, lamps... More

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Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We walked through all of the buildings of the Old City Market and much to my surprise, other than the baskets and the local food, I did not see many duplicate vendors. I was also pleased to see that many of the items were actually made locally. We bought candles that were made out of recycled wine bottles that were... More

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