The Best Places to Browse and Buy!
Charleston shopping has become as much of a favorite visitor pastime as touring the city for its magnificent historical sites.
From the famous King Street Shopping District to specialty shops along Market and East Bay Streets, you can find everything from trinkets and candy stores to jewelry, collectibles and antiques. Shopping and strip malls in the surrounding areas provide all the additional stores you could possibly need.
No stop to Charleston is complete without a stroll down Market Street, so be sure to put that on your itinerary! It's been a consistent Top Ten favorite. If hard core shopping is your thing, then you'll also want to add King Street to your list too!
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King Street Shopping District
The most famous shopping area of Charleston is located between Broad and Spring Streets. Sprinkled throughout are great bars & restaurants in case you need a little 'sit down' between your sprees! This vibrant area is divided into three known sections:
Lower King Street District
Located between Broad and Market Streets, this well-known King Street Antique District, was voted "best antique shopping in the US" by readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Middle King Street District
Located between Market and Calhoun Streets, and otherwise known as the King Street Fashion District, you'll find the trendiest stores and updated fashions of the time.
Upper King Street District
Located between Francis Marion Square (on Calhoun Street) and Spring Street, this King Street Design District houses some of the best interior design decor and home furnishing shopping in the country.
Featured King Street Shops
The Silver Puffin
Downtown Charleston Market Street
Personal favorite for my out of town guests!
Stroll the open air market to view the wares of local sellers. Everything from jewelry, t-shirts, perfumes, handbags, candy, rugs, clothing, spices, souveners and more are displayed in a 'market' setting down the center of Market Street. You'll also find beautiful handmade sweetgrass baskets and the basket-makers themselves adorning the street with their talents.
Specialty shops, restaurants and carriage ride boarding are all housed along North and South Market Streets. Stop by Ben & Jerry's or Hagan Daas for a cool treat on a hot, steamy, southern afternoon!
Charleston Shopping Malls
149 Village Green Lane
Johns Island, SC 29455
Located at the crossroads of Kiawah Island, Seabook Island and Johns Island, this outdoor boutique mall contains a variety of upscale specialty shops such as Carolina Girls, Coastal Footwear and Green Tomato Antiques and Uniques. Java Java and King Street Grille are local favorites for some brew or a bite to eat. Renters and residents can also stock up at the local grocery, Newton Farms.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
1600 Palmetto Grande Dr
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464-2304
Located in Mt. Pleasant, this outdoor upscale mall includes more than 65 popular retailors such as Gap, Bath & Body Works, Banana Republic, Men's Warehouse, Yankee Candle Company and more. Nearby restaurants and the Palmetto Grande Movie Theater make this a favorite shopping experience among the locals. Just try to avoid rush hour as it can be a traffic nightmare getting in and out from Downtown.
N. Charleston, SC 29401
Located in North Charleston along Rivers Avenue you will have more than 130 specialty retailors at your fingertips, including department stores such as JCPenny, Sears and Dillard's. If you don't find what you're looking for at the mall, a simple cruise on Rivers Avenue just across from the mall you will find more big box retailers such as Best Buy, Michaels, Target and Babies R Us.
Tanger Outlet Center
4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd.
N. Charleston, SC 29418
Located in North Charleston off of International Boulevard near the Airport is Charleston's only outdoor outlet mall. Shop among more than 90 brand name and designer outlet stores such as Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, The Children's Place, Adidas and Nike.
The Citadel Mall
2070 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29407
Located in West Ashley just off of Rte. 526 is home to more than 90 retailers such as Belks, Dillard's, JCPenny, Target, Limited, Bombay Company and Hollister Co. Directly accross the street on Orleans Road you will find Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market and Ross. Down Sam Rittenburg is more shopping at Barnes & Nobel, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
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