Charleston City Market

Market in South of Broad & the French Quarter

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With more than 300 vendors hawking everything from sweetgrass baskets to piping-hot biscuits, this vibrant, open-air market is one of the nation's oldest, getting its start in 1804. Some travelers may feel it's a bit schlocky, but over the four blocks there are interesting finds and locally made products (all marked with a 'Certified Authentic Handmade in Charleston' seal).

The night market is held in the same space and displays the wares of more than 100 local artists and craftspeople.