Insider Tips for Shopping on King Street

Insider Tips for Shopping on King Street

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Arguably Charleston’s most FAMOUS shopping spot, King Street has been attracting boutique lovers, fashion connoisseurs, and antique collectors to its cobblestone sidewalks for years. Here, you’ll find everything from Louis Vuitton to Kate Spade, Sperry’s to Pottery Barn, and Forever 21 to Urban Outfitters. In addition to the mainstream brands, you’ll also find a wide selection of quaint clothing boutiques, interior décor shops, fabulous antique shops, and great eateries and restaurants.

A few insider tips:

  • Parking can be quite a challenge of the narrow, two-lane King St. Often times, you won’t find a spot on the street (and if you do, you only have two hours to park and you have to pay at the meter). If you can’t find a street spot, park in the outdoor lot on George St. (right off of King) for easy access to the center of the shopping on King St.; if the lot is full, park in the Charleston Place Hotel Parking garage, which is located on Hasell St.
  • Don’t forget to take a little walk down the side streets on King St., there are lots of little shops you don’t want to miss!
  • Take a little visit in the Charleston Place Hotel for some great indoor shops, including Gucci, Tommy Bahama, Godiva, Chico’s, Papyrus, and more!
  • Take a break from shopping with lunch from one of the great restaurants on King St. Some of our favorites include Mellow Mushroom, Boone’s, Groucho’s Deli, King Street Bar & Grill, Sermet’s Corner, Verde, and Taziki’s.
  • Then, of course, there is Second Sunday on King Street. This is a celebration—a festival, if you will—on King Street (literally on the street). The street shuts down (in the main shopping district, which starts at Calhoun Street) and everyone just walks along the street and sidewalks, chatting with friends, walking their dogs, listening to live music, and shopping! There are many different musicians, performers, and entertainers who set up along the street, inviting curious shoppers to stop for a moment and soak in their talents. Many restaurants will also set up tables on the street, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the festivities while enjoying a bite to eat. NOTE, it can get really crowded on Second Sundays on King Street, so make sure to get there early so you can grab a parking spot! And not sure if you picked up on it, but Second Sunday on King Street happens on the second Sunday of every month!

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