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Address: Charleston, WV
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Capitol Street runs through the historic and scenic shopping and dining...

Capitol Street runs through the historic and scenic shopping and dining area of Charleston.

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Capitol St isn’t what it used to be

Growing up Capitol St was a drab, dirty, and boring. Now it is the place to be in Charleston. Instead of old tired stores, Capitol St is lined with an assortment of offices, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mountaineer_Steve
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Columbia, SC
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Keller, Texas
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walked down Capitol Street and ate delicious ice cream at Ellen's and bought books and drank coffee at Taylor's Book Store. We enjoyed sitting outside and enjoying the ambiance of a charming downtown.

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Columbia, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Growing up Capitol St was a drab, dirty, and boring. Now it is the place to be in Charleston. Instead of old tired stores, Capitol St is lined with an assortment of offices, and good restaurants. Capitol St is even a hot spot for Art tours, and an occasional festival. So if you find yourself in Charleston, looking for a... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small strip that is nice to take a stroll - some restaurants, a few shops, coffee house etc. Interesting characters hanging out though and quite a few homeless people. Did not feel super safe.

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Thank Laura F
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great, safe, place to go for a stroll, browse the local bookstore, grab a local brew, or have a nice meal.

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Point Pleasant, West Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

There are many interesting places to shop on Capitol Street and you can eat, get a coffee, buy a book, get some peanuts or go to the library, etc.

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Thank SJAT2016
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76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This is a nice street to walk in the summer. It's close to the library and it has a bookstore, a yogurt shop and a few boutique shops.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Lunch time - a nice hot Thursday, I dropped by Rollin Smoke BBQ food truck - great food... Don't miss the Peanut Shoppe ( weekdays only). Most of the people on the street work downtown and are nice folks. Later in the evening there are some not so nice folks (transit mall etc) just like most downtowns - I would... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We had one morning in WV. Took a lovely walk by the river. Stopped at First Watch for a great breakfast. Then walked Capitol street to the Downtown Market based on TA reviews. We were really disappointed by all of the closed and for rent spaces. It was a pleasant walk, but there were only 4 open stores in the... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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64 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

this use to be the main attraction in charleston but today it's nothing but low class bars and hookers, stay away from this area if you want to keep your money and health safe

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1 Thank Thomas M
Charleston, West Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

i went there for lunch and only ask for one order of fries, got the bag and left. once i got back to my office i notice all i had was short burnt pieces of fries. i called back and explained to the person answering the phone what i had received and he stated "thats the way they come they... More 

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