Charleston Sights

City Market

  • N. and S. Market Sts. between Meeting and E. Bay Sts. Map It
  • Market
  • Market/Bazaar

Published 10/28/2015

Fodor's 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 handmade jewelry, crafts, clothing, jams and jellies, and regional souvenirs. A major renovation transformed the market's indoor section, creating a beautiful backdrop for 20 stores and eateries. Local craftspeople are on hand weaving sweetgrass baskets—a skill passed down through generations from their African ancestors. From March through December, a night market on Friday and Saturday hosts local artists and food vendors. This shopping mecca's perimeters (North and South Market streets) are lined with restaurants and shops.

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N. and S. Market Sts. between Meeting and E. Bay Sts., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States

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Phone:

843-937–0920

Sight Details:

  • Jan. and Feb., daily 9–6; Mar.–Dec., Sun.–Thurs. 9–6, Fri. and Sat. 9–6 and 6:30–10:30

Published 10/28/2015

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Feb 5, 2017

Indoor and Semi-Outdoor Day Market, Night Market on Weekends

My spouse and I visited the Historic Charleston City Market twice during our 3-night holiday in the city in mid-November 2016. We stayed one block away at the DoubleTree; we were so close that we could see into the market from one of our windows that overlooked Church and Market Streets. The market is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm daily, with an additional night market on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The Charleston City Market

began operating in 1804; however, the night market has only been open for the last three years. Initially known as “Centre Market”, Charleston's City Market began as a place for area farms and plantations to sell beef, fish, and produce, as well as a spot for locals to gather and socialize. Today, the City Market's vendors sell souvenirs, jewelry, sweetgrass baskets, and other unique local and handcrafted items. The market complex spans four city blocks from the grand Market Hall on Meeting Street through a series of one-story indoor and semi-outdoor market sheds all the way to East Bay Street. The entire complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The market begins with Market Hall, an impressive Greek Revival-style building that consists of a second story (which houses the Confederacy Museum) resting on top of a ground-level enclosed arcade. The building has a high base, front portico, columns, and a double flight of stairs that features elaborate ironwork. Sheep and bull skulls decorate the stucco frieze of the hall, symbolizing its original purpose as a meat market. The series of open-air sheds behind Market Hall feature brick columns, tile roofs, latticework, and louvered panels. Be sure to visit the Historic Charleston City Market; even if you do not like shopping, the building itself (particularly Market Hall) exhibits valuable history.

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