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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
star-4.5
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Sum up the taste of Charleston with food and history galore!
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!
Cindy_J, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

star-5
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
Highly recommend. Don’t miss this!
Nancy_N, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
The tour guide was exceptional. No doubt he knows so much of the history as well as current events of Charleston. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Could have stayed on that bus an entire day, it was that fabulous!
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.
star-5
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
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 must do to enjoy the city even more
Michele_G, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Simon was a great tour guide their locations were perfect the food delicious and the the history lesson was fun
star-5
So much to see and love about Charleston!
Carrol_H, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Very knowledgeable. He new the history of so many places. It was very obvious that he loves Charleston. Loved every minute of the tour.
star-5
Great Time
Michelle_W, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Smitty was very personable and knowledgeable. This bus/coach tour was a great way to start off our 4 days in Charleston. Recommend Pineapple Tours.
star-5
It was a great tour!! ...
Olga_R, Oct 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
It was a great tour!! Tons of delicious foods ( more than expected). Also learned history about the area and how the food came about. Amelia our tour guide was amazing!
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
Wonderful time in Charleston!!!
chris, Oct 2021
Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Four of us senior gals took the Charleston city bus tour & the Middleton plantation tour with Neal as our guide. We unanimously rated Neal as one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had!!! He was incredibly knowledgeable, shared information/stories in such a personable way, going above & beyond! A must for anyone planning a trip to Charleston…
star-5
Entertaining
Steven_G, Sep 2021
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Alice was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston and how the food we were eating came to Charleston.

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

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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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