Charleston Shopping

One-of-a-kind boutiques, where the hottest trends in fashion hang on the racks, make up an important part of the contemporary Charleston shopping experience. Long-established, Christian Michi anchors the corner of Market and King across from the former Saks Fifth Avenue; its window displays are like artworks, and its innovative and European designs are treasured by well-heeled, sophisticated clients.

Forever 21 has replaced Saks, which is indicative of Charleston's demographics. More mature shoppers are pleased to find such high-end shops that sell either their own designer fashions or carry names that are found in Paris, New York, and South Beach, like Kate Spade in the Shops at Charleston Place.

High-end shoe stores make up a category that tends to draw repeat visitors. The number and quality of shoe stores on King Street is surprising for the city's size. Family-owned shops like Berlin's are city institutions. Newer shops like Sugar Snap Peas cater to the growing family demographic.

The Upper King District has furniture shops interspersed between the clothing boutiques and restaurants. These locally owned shops give the personal service that has always been a hallmark of existing King Street merchants in this area. The revival of this neighborhood has sparked a new wave of home-fashion stores; long-term antiques hunters, accustomed to buying on Lower King, have been lured uptown as well. Haute Design is one of the most tasteful of these shops, offering a wide selection of antiques, particularly lighting, imported from France and Italy. Charleston has more than 25 fine-art galleries, making it one of the top art towns in America. Local Lowcountry art, which includes both traditional landscapes of the region as well as more contemporary takes, is among the most prevalent styles here. Such innovative artists as Betty Smith and Fred Jamar, a Belgian known for his whimsical cityscapes, can give you a piece of Charleston to keep close until your next visit. Collectors will find high-end nationally and internationally renowned work in such exquisite galleries as Ann Long Fine Art and the more contemporary Martin Gallery.

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Robert Lange Studios

  • Art Galleries

The most avant of the contemporary galleries, this striking, minimalist space is a working studio for Robert Lange and other exceptionally...

Seeking Indigo

  • Spa/Beauty

This 6,000-square-foot spa provides a delightful, delicious sensory overload. Behind the carved wooden Indonesian doors, a tranquil day...

Stella Nova

  • Spa/Beauty

In a historic Charleston house, Stella Nova sits just off King Street. It's serious about all of its treatments, from body wraps to salt...

Sugar Snap Pea

  • Clothing

This sweet shop stocks the ultimate in kiddie wear, from Petit Bateau to Jellycat and Tea brand. Owner Zhenya Kuhne keeps the clothing...

Tanger Outlet

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

If you are a dedicated outlet shopper, head to Tanger Outlet in North Charleston. This spiffy, contemporary mall houses 80 name-brand...

Ted's Butcherblock

  • Food/Candy

In addition to gourmet meals to go, this elevated café offers wines, cheeses, cold meats, and olive oils. Attend one of the frequent...

The Smoking Lamp

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Charleston's oldest smoke shop sells cigars, pipes, and accessories. ...

The Trunk Show

  • Clothing

This upscale consignment shop sells designer dresses, handbags, and shoes. The back room has been converted into a men's department,...


  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This is where Charlestonians go to pick out wedding china. The only Charleston store to offer Herend, Royal Crown Derby, Haviland, and...


  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Designer women's clothing, shoes, and jewelry make it fun to shop at this boutique in a historic home. You can also find artsy and hip...


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