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Charleston City Market
Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St., Charleston, 29401

The Basics

History, shopping, and South Carolina culture lure visitors to the Charleston City Market in droves. Visit on a Charleston walking tour to learn about the market’s long history as a commerce hub from a tour guide, or browse the market’s indoor Great Hall and centuries-old outdoor sheds on your own. Stroll past low country goods like stone-ground grits, sweetgrass baskets, and benne wafers, plus home goods, crafts, and clothing from more than 300 vendors, many of whom make their wares by hand.

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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
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$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great mealtime tour
Food choices were a nice variety along with the history of each! Summer was a great guide that offered lots of unique stories!
Kim_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Worth every penny!
lscurto, Jul 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Fantastic tour with so much information about the beautiful and historic city of Charleston! Our guide, Neal has an amazing wealth of knowledge and truly made this bus tour worth every penny! The bus was clean, air conditioned and had comfy seats for the tour! Neal was also super helpful and professional in contacting and meeting me to drop off my phone that was left behind! Would highly recommend Pineapple Tour Group when considering learning a bit more about the rich history of Charleston!
star-5
Informative tour, terrific guide, great sense of humor, his love for the city obvious, highly recommend
Norma_S, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
The depth of knowledge from our guide was extensive; he gave us great information. He left us encouraged and ready to explore more of Charleston. We will consider other tours from Pineapple in the future. Terrific experience, thank you.
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Charleston culinary walking tour
Louise_R, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Summer was fabulous!! Very personable, knowledgeable and all around made the tour excellent!! Would highly recommend
star-5
Fantastic experience. I would highly recommend it.
Deborah_T, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Each food experience was different and our tour guide Linda was exceptional in her history storytelling surrounding each food we ate. The walking was not a problem as each restaurants cuisine was different even though they were close.
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Charleston Tour
Denisem_S, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our tour was fantastic and tour guide was fabulous. He knew so much about Charleston’s history (he has a masters in history) and it’s people. He spoke very clear and never ran out of breath even with a mask on. This young man was inspiring. Mast do when you visit Charleston.
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Great Walking Tour
Lori_U, Oct 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Excellent walking tour guide. Very informative and humorous. We learned a lot. Explained the historical information in a simple way that we could understand and remember.
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Abby_S, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Pineapple Tourism was terrific. Small owner operated. Two buses, 4 guys. Our tour guide was SO knowledgeable. He was fantastic. Would absolutely recommend it. Wish I got his name. He’s been in Charlestown for 20 years and has a beard!
star-5
Best tour of Charleston!
Rosemary_W, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
My husband and I went on this tour on our 10 anniversary! We loved every minute of it our tour guide was Neil and he was wonderful! So full of knowledge on the city and the people of Charleston. I would go on this tour again just to hear everything all over again but only with Neil! He is the best!! Thank you Neil Dale and Rosemary Weaver
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Sum up the taste of Charleston with food and history galore!
Cindy_J, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Our guide Alice Gordon was superb! The way she weaved the food into all aspects of history was both interesting and fun! The tour keeps you at the root of Charleston and is especially nice for domestic or international travelers. I highly recommend this tour for those who want to be in the know of how and what they can do to experience the best of Charleston. Outstanding guide and tour!
star-5
Great tour
Marie_J, Aug 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Very informative!! Guide was professional, knowledgeable and friendly! The houses are amazing! White Point Garden at the battery is awesome.
star-5
Our guide was well versed...
Kathleen_K, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Our guide was well versed in Charleston History. I learned a lot of interesting info. About the beautiful city of Charleston!! I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
A great experience
Doug_B, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
All of the food experiences were excellent. Particularly loved the pork slider. Discovered mustard based bbq sauce. Awesome! It was an extremely rainy day with heavy downpours. Still had an great time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The market is a must for foodies and first-time visitors to Charleston.

  • There are two cafés inside the market and many more in the surrounding streets.

  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the indoor and outdoor market areas.

  • The market is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

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How to Get There

The Charleston City Market is located at the intersection of Market and Meeting streets in Charleston’s historic district. Though there are street parking spots and parking garages nearby, it’s best to walk or take public transit, as traffic can be thick and parking can be limited. The free DASH shuttle and the city’s many pedicabs are both good options.

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Trip ideas

A Spooky City Guide to Charleston

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When to Get There

The market is open every day from 9:30am to 6pm except on Christmas Day. A special night market runs from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Thursdays from April through December.

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Nearby Attractions in Historic Charleston

Charleston’s historic downtown is rich with attractions beyond the City Market. Highlights include Rainbow Row, the Battery, and Waterfront Park. A number of guided tours, such as a carriage tour or a private tour, show you the sights while letting you in on Charleston’s history.

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