Charleston

One-of-a-kind boutiques make up an important part of the contemporary Charleston shopping experience. Long-established Christian Michi anchors the corner of Market and King; its window displays are like works of art, and its innovative and European designs are treasured by well-heeled, sophisticated clients. Some department stores cater to younger shoppers, and high-end shops 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 Belmond Charleston Place.

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 Pea are popular with families.

The Upper King District is interspersed with clothing boutiques and restaurants. 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. 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 Anglin Smith and Fred Jamar, a Belgian known for his whimsical nighttime cityscapes, can give you a piece of Charleston to keep close until your next visit. Collectors will find nationally and internationally renowned work in such exquisite galleries as Ann Long Fine Art and the more contemporary Martin Gallery.

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Corrigan Gallery

    South of Broad | Art Galleries

    Owner Lese Corrigan displays her own impressionist-influenced paintings of Charleston and the works of some 20 other painters and photographers...Read More

  • 7. Ellis-Nicholson Gallery

    South of Broad | Art Galleries

    With works by painters and sculptors, from those just starting their careers to veterans with international reputations, this gallery has a...Read More

  • 8. Gallery Chuma

    Market | Art Galleries

    This gallery showcases Gullah art, ranging from inexpensive prints to original works by artists like Jonathan Green. The vibrantly colored paintings...Read More

  • 9. Horton Hayes Fine Art

    Market | Art Galleries

    This gallery carries sought-after Lowcountry paintings by 14 artists, including paintings of coastal life and architecture by Mark Kelvin Horton...Read More

  • 10. Wells Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Showcasing the talents of many fine artists dating back centuries (including 18th-century naturalist Mark Catesby), this gallery at the Sanctuary...Read More

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