Take advantage of Charleston’s shopping centers, local boutiques and markets. Pick up handcrafted items for gifts and souvenirs.
- King Street is a shopper’s paradise lined with national retailers, locally owned boutiques with clothing, housewares and handmade items. If you’re in the market for rare finds, make your way down Lower King Street (south of Market Street), the city’s antique district.
- On the second Sunday of each month, several blocks of King Street are closed off to vehicles, and people (and pets) flood the streets for open-air dining, music, shopping and entertainment.
- The City Market stretches from Meeting Street to East Bay Street and is home to more than 100 vendors selling everything from art and jewelry to T-shirts and sweetgrass baskets.
- The Charleston Farmers Market is a terrific place to pick up handcrafted items, artwork and more. Stop by Marion Square on Saturdays for coffee and shopping.
Take the main Summerville exit off Interstate 26 and follow the signs to the charming historic district and town square. There you’ll find loads of local boutiques and shops, including 12 antique stores, a children’s book store, coffee shops and restaurants, a community theater and one of the top quilt shops in the country. From 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, businesses stay open later and the town square is filled with entertainment.
- Mount Pleasant Towne Centre on Highway 17 North is home to national retailers, local boutiques and restaurants. Shop at Belk and Belk Men’s Store, Copper Penny Shooz, Palmetto Moon, Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, Athleta and more.
- Belle Hall Shopping Center is located on Long Point Road (just off Interstate 526). Stop by Wonder Works for a large selection of children’s toys and gifts or visit Princess of Tides for costumes and tutus. Carolina Girls carries gift items, jewelry and stationery. The Coastal Cupboard has a selection of specialty food items and cookware.
Tanger Outlets has dozens of nationally known retailers offering apparel for adults and children, shoes, accessories, housewares and jewelry. The area also has several restaurants and is easily accessible from both Interstates 526 and 26.