The Best Shopping in Charleston
Collected by Angela Fleury, AFAR Local Expert
Thick with merchants since its colonial days, this old port city remains a welcoming environment for shoppers. Downtown Charleston is a great place to find unique gifts, while King Street is home to most of the big-name stores.
409 King St #101, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This classy boutique is housed in a stylish, bright space and sells upscale clothes from designers like Elizabeth and James and Rebecca Minkoff. Despite the high-end wares, though, Beckett Boutique is down-to-earth and welcoming.
149 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Founded in 1961 and now run by the family's third generation, Ben Silver does a brisk catalog and online business, and its flagship King Street store is the place for classic, Charleston-style men's clothing: blazers, striped silk ties and...
150 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Alabama-based designer Billy Reid creates clothes and accessories for men and women with stripped-down Southern elegance. The lovely Charleston store on Lower King is in keeping with the aesthetic, with rug-scattered hardwood floors and...
420 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Independent bookstores are practically endangered species, but Blue Bicycle Books continues to thrive thanks to owner Jonathan Sanchez’s curatorial skills. Sanchez took over the former Boomer’s Books in 2007, filling the cozy interior...
157 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Burbage's opened on Broad Street in 1961 and was a family-owned business: run first by father, then by son. Their pimento cheese and barbecue sandwiches have been local mainstays for generations. When son Al Burbage decided to retire, the...
2 Cumberland St A, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This sweet independent bookstore focuses on all things local, with books from regional authors and works related to Charleston-area history and culture. Look out for readings and other special literary events in the space.
329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For many Charlestonians and tourists, every Saturday is spent in Marion Square at the farmers’ market. Students nursing hangovers wait in line for a crepe at Charleston Crepe Company while farmers from John's and Edisto islands sell their fresh...
191 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This family business has been in operation since 1922. They sell 18th- and 19th-century antiques ranging from silver tea sets to intricate grandfather clocks, and also offer reproduction furniture made by UK-based cabinetmakers.
51 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This boutique sits on George Street, right near the College of Charleston, and offers boho styles well-suited to Charleston's laid-back atmosphere: lacy rompers, floaty skirts, and dressed-up sandals. Make sure to check out their stylish selection...
79 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Owner Brett Carron launched his men’s shop, Indigo & Cotton, in April 2011. He has amassed a small collection of independent all-American brands, such as Raleigh Denim, a North Carolina jeans company that stitches every pair with...
294 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
M. Dumas has been around since 1917 and sells high-end sporty and preppy men's fashion (Barbour, Hickey Freeman, Filson). In 2015, the store undertook a $2 million makeover, putting in new floors from salvaged pine barn planks and exposing...
133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Queen Street Grocery is a quintessentially Charleston spot, set in a residential neighborhood and open since 1922. It has served as the surrounding neighborhood's corner grocery store for decades, but in recent years it's acted as a café as...
1436, 268 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Worthwhile opened up in an old general store in 1993, which means it's been an essential part of Charleston's shopping scene as far back as I can remember. Even as King Street has increasingly succumbed to chain stores, Worthwhile has stayed...
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