Here Is Your Guide to the Charleston City Market!

A historic piece of Charleston culture, the Charleston City Market has been hosting artisan vendors and serving up local goods and fresh produce for close to 200 years. Interact with the people that give the Holy City its undeniable charm and browse through a selection of craft goods that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. While you’re here, don’t forget to take a look at our complimentary Destination Guide. Our guide is full of the city’s best restaurants, attractions, and events, making Charleston more accessible than ever before. Start thinking about your dream vacation right now!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market History

In 1788, a piece of land was given to the city to create a 100-foot-wide merchant space between Meeting Street and the Cooper River. What was then called the “Centre Market” rented stands to local vendors for just 25 cents a week! Over the course of the next 230 years, the market slowly evolved into the Charleston City Market that we know and love today. The market features a newly refurbished and air-conditioned Great Hall that is home to 20 new and returning merchants. If you’ve never been, this historic slice of Charleston is an absolute must!

What You’ll Find at the Market

From the gourmet eats of Caviar and Bananas to the toys and trinkets of Wonder Works, there’s a little something for everyone at the Charleston City Market. You can walk through the aisles and admire work from local artists and craftsman or even purchase a traditional sweetgrass basket woven from the locally-harvested, bulrush marsh grass. The market presents a beautiful combination of modern and antique shopping, embodying the eclectic culture of the Charleston community. Immerse yourself in the distinct charm of Charleston on your next visit!

Where is the Market?

The Charleston City Market sits, unsurprisingly, on Market Street, in between Church and Meeting Street. The Market is conveniently located downtown, within walking distance of Charleston’s best restaurants, shops, and hotels.  There are plenty of parking options around the market. For instance, there is a large-surface parking lot at the corner Church and North Market Street, metered parking on the streets surrounding the market, and there are also three nearby parking garages: Church Street Garage, Hassel Street Garage, and Cumberland Street Garage. Easy to get to and hard to leave, the Charleston City Market is an unforgettable Holy City experience.

Market Hours

Monday            9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Tuesday           9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Wednesday     9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Thursday         9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Friday              9:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. 

Saturday          9:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.

Sunday            9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where to Stay in Downtown Charleston

King Room interior view of bed

A few blocks away from the Charleston City Market, Hotel Bella Grace is the Holy City’s premier option when it comes to luxury accommodations. Our beautiful residence inn is steeped in history and combines a traditional Charleston feel with the comfort and convenience of a modern hotel.

For example, a stay in one of our King Room Suites offers guests a chance to experience elegant decor, world-class amenities, two queen-size beds, Illy coffee service, and a complimentary full breakfast. For your next Charleston getaway, relax in style and put yourself within arm’s reach of all of the city’s most exciting things to do! Start planning your trip today! 

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