City Market Review
Most of the buildings that make up this popular attraction were constructed between 1804 and the 1830s to serve as the city's meat, fish, and produce market. These days, you'll find the open-air portion packed with stalls selling jewelry, crafts, handmade clothing, jams and jellies, and regional souvenirs. In 2011, a major renovation transformed the market's indoor section, creating a beautiful backdrop for 20 desirable new stores and eateries. Local "basket ladies" weave and sell sweetgrass, pine-straw, and palmetto-leaf baskets—a craft passed down through generations from their West African and Caribbean ancestors. This shopping mecca's perimeters (North and South Market streets) are lined with restaurants and shops selling everything from pralines and other candies to high-end sportswear, hats, and Charleston gifts and collectibles.