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Charleston City Market
Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St., Charleston, 29401

The Basics

History, shopping, and South Carolina culture lure visitors to the Charleston City Market in droves. Visit on a Charleston walking tour to learn about the market’s long history as a commerce hub from a tour guide, or browse the market’s indoor Great Hall and centuries-old outdoor sheds on your own. Stroll past low country goods like stone-ground grits, sweetgrass baskets, and benne wafers, plus home goods, crafts, and clothing from more than 300 vendors, many of whom make their wares by hand.

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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
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$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
History in 4 Courses
We really enjoyed our guide John and his depth of knowledge about Charleston's history and food culture. First stop--Church and Union (Top Chef Jamie Lynch's restaurant) was my favorite for both Civil War history and appetizers. It was a small group experience (just 3 other couples who were super friendly and as eager to learn as we were), which enhanced the tour.
David_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Pick Pineapple!
Mary_H, Jan 2022
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Fabulous tour guide on a most informative and enjoyable tour. Clean comfortable truck. Safe driver. Pick Pineapple!
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Mini bus Tour of Charleston
Michael_H, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Friendly and informative tour guide. Cleanliness of the bus and the safety of being in it while touring. The trip lasted 75 minutes, I felt it could have been a little longer.
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Two thumbs up!
Beth_C, Dec 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Table chats, snippets of local history, good food, beautiful alleyways, and interesting folks around the table. What’s not to like?!
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Pineapple bus
Linda_C, Jan 2022
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
The stories of slavery and hero’s of the South. Seeing where the Civil War started was great. Would take this tour again.
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We had such an amazing...
Gretchen_G, Nov 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
We had such an amazing time on our food tour! We enjoyed four stops of delicious foods to try while learning the history of how this delicious cuisine started in Charleston. I highly recommend it!
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Amazing
Jennifer_W, Jan 2022
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Tour guide was amazing. Funny and so knowledgeable about the history of this beautiful city. Highly recommend this tour.
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Great Trip!
Veronique_W, Jan 2022
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
The tour guide was very enthusiastic and educated with the city and was the greatest experience while in Charleston!
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John was our guide and he...
Kathy_T, Nov 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
John was our guide and he was amazing! Very informative!! Loved all of the food and it was fun to learn about the origins of the food!
star-5
Knowledgable guide
sherrihurn, Nov 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our guide, Neil Cook, did an amazing job sharing interesting information with us about Charleston. You can tell he has enough knowledge about the history of the area that he could talk for a very long time!
star-5
Excellent tour
James_W, Nov 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Our guide Summer was fantastic - Excellent local knowledge including historic architecture. Food samples were quite small…
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Tour with a Humour
Chandana_G, Nov 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Really enjoyed visiting some of Charleston’s landmarks and learning about its history delivered in a humorous way. But I missed getting out of the bus and spending a little more time at the iconic sights such as the Waterfront or the City Market.
star-5
Great tour
Marie_J, Aug 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Very informative!! Guide was professional, knowledgeable and friendly! The houses are amazing! White Point Garden at the battery is awesome.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The market is a must for foodies and first-time visitors to Charleston.

  • There are two cafés inside the market and many more in the surrounding streets.

  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the indoor and outdoor market areas.

  • The market is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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How to Get There

The Charleston City Market is located at the intersection of Market and Meeting streets in Charleston’s historic district. Though there are street parking spots and parking garages nearby, it’s best to walk or take public transit, as traffic can be thick and parking can be limited. The free DASH shuttle and the city’s many pedicabs are both good options.

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When to Get There

The market is open every day from 9:30am to 6pm except on Christmas Day. A special night market runs from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Thursdays from April through December.

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Nearby Attractions in Historic Charleston

Charleston’s historic downtown is rich with attractions beyond the City Market. Highlights include Rainbow Row, the Battery, and Waterfront Park. A number of guided tours, such as a carriage tour or a private tour, show you the sights while letting you in on Charleston’s history.

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