Fantastic Shopping in Charleston South Carolina
If you are in Charleston on a Saturday during the warmer months, you must stop by the Farmer’s Market, held in a park called Marion Square in the center of downtown, located on King Street and Calhoun Street. Sample homemade lemonade, Greek gyros, boiled peanuts, and check out some of the local artists. Do not forget to stop at Kudu Coffee, in lieu of the many Starbucks, for the unique African décor, patio seating, and surprisingly welcoming atmosphere, where the owner has a personal relationship with his suppliers throughout Africa. King Street offers the best shopping with stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and some local boutiques such as the Copper Penny.
The Shops at Charleston Place includes several stores such as White House Black Market, Express, The Limited, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Lacoste. The City Market, also simply called “The Market” is the area located near the Battery between Meeting Street and East Bay Street. In the area between North and South Market Streets, there are two buildings that are filled with small shops and vendors that give it the feel of a flea market. On each corner are Sweetgrass basket weavers, an ancient tradition of the Gullah people, who are descendants of African slaves brought to work on the plantations.