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  • 1. Blue Bicycle Books

    Upper King | Books/Stationery

    Look for out-of-print and rare books, including hardcover classics and a large selection of Lowcountry fiction and nonfiction, at this locally...Read More

  • 2. Croghan's Jewel Box

    Lower King | Jewelry/Accessories

    Ring the doorbell for fine new jewelry as well as antiques at this shop, a Charleston institution that's been facilitating proposals, weddings...Read More

  • 3. Earthling Day Spa

    Market | Spa/Beauty

    With a Southeast Asian design, this soothing spa has an extensive menu of treatments that includes an Indian herbal rub, a Thai detox ritual...Read More

  • 4. Hampden Clothing

    Lower King | Clothing

    One of the city's trendiest boutiques attracts the young and well-heeled, who come here for an edgier, New York–influenced style. Hot designers...Read More

  • 5. Historic Charleston Foundation Shop

    Market | Household Items/Furniture

    Bring home superb replicas of Charleston books, furniture, china, and decorative accessories. These Charleston mementos, including bags of Carolina...Read More

  • 6. Martin Gallery

    South of Broad | Art Galleries

    In a former bank building, this light-filled, grand space is the city's most impressive gallery. It sells works by nationally and internationally...Read More

  • 7. Robert Lange Studios

    Market | Art Galleries

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

  • 8. Worthwhile

    Lower King | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Designer women's clothing, shoes, and jewelry make it fun to shop at this boutique in a 19th-century historic home. You can also find artsy...Read More

  • 9. Anglin Smith Fine Art

    Market | Art Galleries

    This gallery exhibits contemporary paintings by Betty Anglin Smith and her talented triplets, Jennifer, Shannon, and Tripp. Her son, Tripp,...Read More

  • 10. Ann Long Fine Art

    South of Broad | Art Galleries

    Serious art collectors head to Ann Long Fine Art for neoclassical and modern works. This world-class gallery features outstanding, albeit pricey...Read More

  • 11. Bachelor Hill Antiques


    David Evans displays an eclectic mix of fine furnishings, antiques, art, and '50s finds in inspiring roomlike tableaux. Designers nationwide...Read More

  • 12. Ben Silver

    Lower King | Clothing

    Charleston's own Ben Silver, premier purveyor of blazer buttons, has more than 800 designs, including college and British regimental motifs...Read More

  • 13. Berlin's

    Lower King | Clothing

    Family-owned since 1883, this Charleston institution has a reputation as a destination for special-occasion clothing. The store, which for...Read More

  • 14. Billy Reid

    Lower King | Clothing

    The darling of Southern tailors offers fashion-forward shoppers the best in aristocratic men's and women's clothing. Be sure to check out the...Read More

  • 15. Bits of Lace


    When this exclusive lingerie shop opened in 1976, no one thought it would make it in such a conservative town, but they were wrong. It's still...Read More

  • 16. Carolina Lanterns

    Household Items/Furniture

    Stop in for custom-made copper gas and electric lanterns based on designs from downtown's Historic District, as well as a host of other lights...Read More

  • 17. Caviar and Bananas

    College of Charleston Campus | Food/Candy

    This upscale specialty market and café features out-of-the-ordinary items like a duck confit sandwich and pad Thai sushi rolls. It's an ideal...Read More

  • 18. Charleston City Market

    Market | Shopping Neighborhoods

    This cluster of shops, covered stands, and restaurants fills Market Street between Meeting and East Bay Streets. Sweetgrass basket weavers work...Read More

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  • 19. Charleston Renaissance Gallery

    South of Broad | Art Galleries

    This gallery carries museum-quality art—in fact, more than half of the beautifully framed works are sold to museums. We recommend a visit nonetheless...Read More

  • 20. Choice Collectibles


    On the site of the former Ritz Theater, Choice Collectibles is as retro as the sign for the theater's box office displayed over the cash register...Read More

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