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Charleston City Market
Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

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7,473 Reviews
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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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
$39.00 per adult
Awesome informative fun interesting tour
Our tour guide Smitie was awesome and lots of fun and the ac bus in June was a REAL bonus - we would do this tour again because we learned a lot and had fun …
Susan, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Highly recommend!
Wendy_P, Jun 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Loved it! We did this on our first day and came away with excellent suggestions and ideas for the remainder of our trip. Our guide, Smitty, was funny very very knowledgeable! Thank you!
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Awesome informative fun interesting tour
Susan, Jun 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our tour guide Smitie was awesome and lots of fun and the ac bus in June was a REAL bonus - we would do this tour again because we learned a lot and had fun …
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Informative
Janice_C, Jun 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Friendly informative. Very comfortable tour was a little short but the guide was very good with great information.
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Having the best tour guide!
Roz_A, Jun 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our tour guide was a local historian with a Master’s degree in history. He was so knowledgeable about Charleston, including the best places to eat. He did an excellent job, and he really made a difference in our tour experience 😊.
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Excellent tour
MARYJO_D, Apr 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Todd is a fantastic guide - So knowledgeable and fun!!! After spending 5 days filled with tours and tour guides - Todd was by far the best!!!
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Secrets of Charleston
Patti_S, Jun 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
I enjoyed the entire experience, but hearing about the history of Boundary Street and the market was especially meaningful. I was also intrigued by the history of the Hunley. Thanks!
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EXCELLENT tour with passionate guide.
Ellyn_A, May 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
We THOROUGHLY enjoyed our guide Neal. His extensive knowledge of local history was obvious, and he shared a whole lot of local/state history, information and tidbits. He was professional and very personable. He was really passionate about the Charleston his family has lived in for many generations! Probably one of the most informative tour guides we've ever had. He went above and beyond in my opinion to make this a memorable tour. Highly recommend.
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Tour
Nancy_M, May 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Are your guide was awesome! Get information about the town. Really enjoyed it. It was nice with the air conditioning
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Comfortable, informative and interesting.
CnG, May 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
All the experiences and knowledge of our tour guide was so impressive. We will definitely come to Charleston again.
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Great tour
ac123452, Oct 2019
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Todd our guide was terrific. His love of history for the Middleton family and Charleston made for an enlightening. I would highly recommend this tour
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Cynthia_H, May 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Excellent tour guide. Very well informed. Comfortable mini bus. I resent being forced to write a paragraph when a few well chosen words will do.
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Pineapple tour guide was outstanding
Lori_R, May 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our tour guide Neal Cook was phenomenal. His family history dated back generations of Charleston and he was a walking(driving) book of knowledge. I would take this tour again.

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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