Famous for its eclectic boutiques, charming craft stores, and specialty shops, Charleston is the ultimate destination for unique shopping experiences!
Below are a few of the best places to shop in Charleston for one-of-a-kind items and gifts:
King Street: One of the best shopping destinations in the South, King Street has attracted visitors from all over the nation to its quaint boutiques and shops, as well as its more well-known stores, including Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade, Banana Republic, and much more. Boutiques found on King Street have merchandise that range everywhere from rare antiques to one-of-a-kind clothes, and locally made jewelry to home décor pieces. So whether you’re looking for a distinctive gift, dress for a special occasion, or accent piece for your home, King Street is sure to provide you with hundreds of options!
Market Street: A true symbol of Charleston, The Charleston City Market on Market Street offers visitors not only a wide array of locally made goods, food items, art, famous sweetgrass baskets, and gifts, but it also offers a delightful shopping experience. With rows upon rows upon rows of local vendors, visitors can enjoy a relaxing morning browsing through the market and getting a feel for Charleston’s Gullah culture and history.
The Charleston City Market is open year-round and is a must-visit destination for first-time travelers to Charleston, shopping enthusiasts, and history buffs!
Also located on Market Street is the One of a Kind Art & Fine Craft Gallery, which offers an eclectic display of locally made garden and home décor, as well as jewelry. Some of the items you’ll find in this adorable shop include frog art, metal art, prints, glass art, pottery, and garden decorations.
Image above of sweetgrass baskets at The Charleston City Market, taken from The Charleston City Market website
Church Street: One of our absolute favorite stores in Charleston to purchase top-quality and unique gifts is at the Charleston Crafts & Cooperative Gallery on Church Street. Here, visitors can browse through locally made pottery, fiber art, metal art, glass jewelry, photography, prints, and woodwork. These items are perfect to give as gifts because they are truly one-of-a-kind. A recent gift I gave from this store was a little clay toad house—a great lawn piece for nature lovers!
Another eclectic store on Church Street is The Old Charleston Ghost Shop—a place where supernatural Charleston paraphernalia can be found! And, as you might have already heard, Charleston is one of the country’s most haunted cities. So swing by The Old Charleston Ghost Shop to browse through some of their ghost-related jewelry, art, costume items, ghost hunting equipment, and books.
East Bay Street: Even if you don’t need anymore kitchenware, aprons, cookbooks, or baking / cooking goods, you’ll most likely leave the Charleston Cooks! store with a little bit of everything! I don’t know whether it’s the layout of the store, the merchandise, or the staff that inspires visitors to want everything in the store, but whatever it is, it works. And if you’re in town for a bit and want to try your hand at cooking Lowcountry dishes, try one of the Charleston Cooks! cooking classes.
Image above taken from the Charleston Cooks! website
East Bay Street is also celebrated for its variety of art galleries and shops that are great to browse during a lazy afternoon.
And when you can shop no more, enjoy a leisurely afternoon dolphin sail aboard The Schooner Pride as you sail around Charleston harbor and rest your weary feet! Details for this Charleston sailing tour here.