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. Croghan's Jewel Box

    Lower King | Jewelry & Watches

    Ring the doorbell for fine new jewelry and antiques at this Charleston institution that's been facilitating proposals, weddings, and anniversaries...Read More

  • 2. Earthling Day Spa

    Market | Spas

    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Farushga

    South of Broad | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Farushga sells high-quality, cutting-edge handbags and Italian shoes for both men and women, from chic daytime looks to pulling-out-all-the...Read More

  • 7. Indigo and Cotton

    Cannonborough | Clothing

    This store is the go-to boutique for the latest in gentlemen's tailoring featuring brands such as Gitman Vintage, Filson Red Label bags, and...Read More

  • 8. Ro Sham Beaux

    Downtown Historic District | Household Items/Furniture

    The hemp-wrapped and gold-leaf beaded chandeliers are the window piece showstoppers at this design-forward boutique that also offers small furniture...Read More

  • 9. Stella Nova

    West Ashley | Spas

    This spa got its start on King Street before expanding to two spacious locations in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant. They offer treatments from...Read More

  • 10. The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

    Market | Spas

    This truly deluxe day spa has nine treatment rooms, and a wet room where you can indulge in exotic body wraps like the Seaweed Detox wrap. For...Read More

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