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Charleston City Market

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Address: 188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-3155
Phone Number: 843-937-0920
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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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You know you have to do it

Isn't there one of these in every tourist city - a place where you know there are going to be cheap trinkets and masses of people, but you just have to go anyway? The important... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We strolled hrough Charleston City Market. There were a few real artisans, but most of the purveyors were schlocky. I will say that I surprised that there were very few food mercants. Perhaps it's because there are so many restaurants lining the streets around the Market. However, I was mainly unimpressed with the proffered wares. Feel free to duck into... More 

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Schererville, Indiana
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lot of local influenced inventory. Fun to browse. Many local spices and sweet water baskets, jewelry, etc. Mostly full retail prices!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Didn't purchase anything but it was a nice diversion walking through after dinner one night. Lots of different types of vendors so there is a lot to look at.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is fun to walk through and look at the different things to share but this is just like any other city market.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Isn't there one of these in every tourist city - a place where you know there are going to be cheap trinkets and masses of people, but you just have to go anyway? The important thing to take away from this (besides some souvenirs) is the historical context. Despite what the tour guides tell you, this WAS NEVER A SLAVE... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a nice area for shopping. A higher scale version of the New Orleans market place. We were there on a Wednesday afternoon and it was slightly crowded but still doable. Lots of nice booths with every kind of souvenir you could possible want to buy. Some of the prices were a little high, but for the most part,... More 

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is endless and has a wide variety of potential gifts and presents. Plenty for arty types too and the whole experience is lots of fun with no hard sell from the retailers. Also a good place to get out of the sun on hot days

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect as I entered the City Market. Never having been to Charleston, I was informed it was a MUST. Yes, it was. Blocks of stalls, all under cover, most buildings open air, a couple enclosed with air-conditioning showcasing hand crafted and other items. Glass, leather, metal, jewelry, linens, etc., but little food. It was a... More 

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I strolled through the market several times and bought a few things as well. There is the day market and also an evening market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Check out the guy that wraps 2 million year old sharks teeth.... I bought 2 of his pieces! Lots of great art work and jewelry..... Live music... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although the market can get a bit hit and crowded, it's such a fun and interesting venue to explore. There are fun and unique items available with the various vendors who change daily.

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