Do you love browsing marketplaces filled with the work of local artisans? How about meeting the artists and craftspeople themselves, and immersing yourself in their local culture? Then Charleston City Market is a must-see for you!
Since 1788, when the land was first given to the city of Charleston for use in perpetuity as a public market space, the Charleston City Market has provided residents with a place to exchange their wares. The current Great Hall was completed in 1841, and recently renovated to fully enclose it and include air conditioning. Situated between East Bay and Market Streets and a full city block long, Charleston City Market is one of the oldest marketplaces in the United States and is the most popular attraction in the city. Come down and see for yourself what all the fun is about!
City Market Charleston, SC is the very best place to experience the beauty of art form perfected here in Charleston: Gullah sweetgrass baskets. Originally crafted by plantation slaves from West Africa for the purpose of winnowing rice, these baskets have been elevated to an art form over the past 300 years. Proud Gullah people, the modern descendants of those slaves, have passed down this art form in their families for generations, harvesting sweetgrass, palmetto, and pine needles for use in their creations. No trip to Charleston would be complete without one of these beautiful baskets as a souvenir, and the City Market in Charleston, SC is a great place to meet and talk with these artisan basket weavers.
Whether you like to head out early to do your shopping or prefer an evening browse that’s more of a party event, Charleston City Market offers it all. The Day Market is open every day from 9:30 am to 6 pm and is located in the three open-air sheds (the original market) and the Great Hall. It’s open every day of the year except Christmas, so no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to stop by. Keep an eye out for the green and white “Certified Authentic Handmade in Charleston” seal, if you’re looking specifically for locally produced items. And don’t forget lunch! The City Market in Charleston, SC is a great place to try some Southern specialties if you get hungry while you shop.
The Night Market offers a way to extend your shopping fun into the evening on Friday and Saturday evenings from April through December. Hours are from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm, entrance is free, and there’s live entertainment to add to the festivities. Best of all, 100% of items at the Night Market are locally made in Charleston, so you’ll know for sure that you’re supporting local artists in their hometown. Look for bath & body items, clothing, paintings, sculpture, glass art, jewelry, home décor items, Christmas gifts, metalwork, woodworking, photography, and of course, sweetgrass baskets. And so much more! The Night Market is a fun way to immerse yourself in the lively culture of Charleston.