Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market: Hours, Address, Charleston City Market Reviews: 4/5

Charleston City Market
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A popular tourist destination composed of 200-year old brick market buildings with shops and restaurants.
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2-3 hours
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Kevin W
158 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Looked up the city market before heading to Charleston. We knew we wanted to see the market for its history and it's location. There are still a few vendors selling local craft, you just need to find them in the very long line of shops. Local artists can still be found here. We wanted to buy a couple of sweetgrass baskets but even the small ones were priced around $100. We walked down Meeting Street near The Battery and saw sweetgrass baskets being made and were able to get them for much less. So for the reviews that say things can cost a little more at the City Market, I agree; but for those that say there are no more local vendors to purchase hand-made craft, I disagree.
Written June 1, 2022
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MyriamLDR
Illinois252 contributions
Jun 2021
My husband and I ended up walking through this about four or five times, including one of the night markets on a Friday night. We found the prices to be a little high, but there were a few good deals to be had. One of the art vendors was selling framed art and prints at a steep discount to drum up business after COVID so we bought a few things.

A few things to note:

There are different vendors from day to day. If you've been one day it might be worth to go the next day as well just to see what's new.

The night market is drastically reduced (maybe 2 out of the 5 buildings).

We had local kids "gifting" us flowers made from palm leaves. As soon as you grab the flower they hit you with a "would you like to make a donation". They are RELENTLESS. Either get a flower and make sure they see it in your hand every time you walk through or just be prepared to say "no thank you" or "I've already got one, thanks". One kid in particular started cursing up a storm as soon as I refused. (Also, one of the vendors sells them in the market itself for $3).

The market asks that you wear a mask unless you are fully vaccinated. Did not see many people wearing masks.

There are public restrooms available in the market in case you're out and about looking for one.
Written June 28, 2021
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TDHSNJ
New Jersey709 contributions
Feb 2022
If it is your first time in Charleston, as it was for us, you may enjoy the City Market as there are a variety of local artisans selling there crafts or a multitude of vendors selling similar stuff so bargain shopping may be of benefit. There are a lot of photos and pictures of areas in and around Charleston. It's a great place to spend an hour or two to pass the time away while you wait for a restaurant reservation or tour to start.
Written March 21, 2022
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Botzworth
Florence, SC228 contributions
Feb 2022
Whenever family or friends want to go to Charleston we always have to end up at the City Market. If you are into cheap jewelry , t shirts and so so artwork it is the place to go. Otherwise avoid it. There is very little variety and soon most to the stuff looks like it was delivered from the same truck.

While parking and traffic are an issue anywhere in Charleston the area are the market is especially bad.
Written February 21, 2022
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Clover1944
20 contributions
May 2022
The Charleston City Market was a great place to see local art and artists, but also be able to purchase items from businesses. It was fun to walk through, interesting to speak with locals and neat to see all the offerings. There were many other places to shop outside the Market but I recommend seeing the City Market for the experience even if you don't find great buys.
Written May 31, 2022
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Wendy B
Williamsburg, VA33 contributions
Sep 2020
What a great way to beat the heat and do a bit of shopping! It was 110f the day we chose to ‘do Charleston’. Nevertheless, we stopped and strolled through the marketplace. A nice neo -classic building with pretty ironwork has been converted to an open-ended market with a variety of vendors. There were some really good local artists represented, but a fair number of vendors pedaling the gifty items one could buy anywhere else in America. I didn’t find the prices to be exorbitant or ridiculous as other reviewers, but I was disappointed to see little variation between Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Memphis, the Outer Banks, and other cities we had visited during our pandemic wandering. Yes, we were masked up and armed with sanitizer, but MOST of the vendors and visitors were not. We made a hasty retreat after our purchases of postcards. The gentleman on the right hand side at the exit had some BEAUTIFUL photographs of Charleston and its glorious ironwork; well worth the visit.
Written September 23, 2020
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Andrew B
El Paso, TX48 contributions
Dec 2020
Some great stalls in here. The entrances and exits are policed well so the appropriate amount of people are in the buildings. Stalls range from high level art and crafts, down through to novice (but well done) works. As with many markets of this type, some of the produced is over-priced, but there is a bargain waiting for you here. Be mindful of the boys selling the sweet grass roses, they can be pushy if you take one.
Written December 27, 2020
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA7,621 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
While waiting for our hotel room to be made available for us to check in, the concierge suggested we walk to the Charleston City Market to kill some time.
The market is very similar to the city market in New Orleans. It’s loaded with hundreds of vendors, selling all sorts of items, many having nothing to do with the area or originating in Charleston or SC. I equate it to more of a flea market; we didn’t find it to be a worthwhile use of time, but there were thousands of people there who seemed to enjoy it, as the place was packed!
 
There is air conditioning in the middle section, which offers a nice way to escape the heat. Prices at many of the vendors where we looked at items, seemed to be a little high.
 
It is free to enter.
Written July 11, 2021
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Kristens_on_Vacation
Lakeville, MA958 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I can see why many visitors make it a point to walk through here. There are tons of local vendors in one spot selling just about everything you can imagine.

For us, we found it to be fairly high priced items and some areas were not easy to navigate as this was all indoors with tables on each side and a walkway in between.

I love a good fresh air shopping experience, like the french market in NOLA bit this did not quite hit the mark for me.

The individual shops along the way were better stops to make if you were limited on time as we were.

Nat a bad way to pass time if you have more time in the city. I would make it more of a part of a bigger plan vs a destination on your time in Charleston.
Written May 20, 2020
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,132 contributions
Oct 2020
Due to Covid, only so many shoppers are allowed in the marketplace at a time, so expect to wait in line a while. There are only a handful of vendors there (on a Saturday) and many stalls are empty. Most vendors who are there seem to either be selling artwork of some kind or jewelry. For most of the market buildings, vendors can only be accessed from the outside of the building.

Still worth a stop because it is part of what Charleston is known for, but not half of what it used to be.

Did get a laugh out of signs all around the market saying the selling of grass roses was illegal, but got approached by teenage hustlers numerous times offering "the beautiful lady" a rose, then demanding $5. Once this happened right in front of one of the signs. Don't think that rule is being enforced.
Written October 28, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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