Charleston is a city steeped in history, and at the cultural heart of the city is one of the nation’s oldest public markets. It is part of a permanent exhibit entitled “Life in Coastal South Carolina c. 1840” at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Charleston’s City Market preserves time-treasured customs and exciting American history which makes it the top attraction visited by people from around the world. And no matter what time of day or season you visit you won’t be disappointed because there is something to see, do, taste, and take home from the Charleston City Market!
Charleston City Market’s Great Hall
Charleston City Market’s Great Hall was built in 1841. This Greek Revival-style Market Hall is a United States National Register Landmark of the “highest architectural design quality.”
The building features brownstone stucco, red sandstone, and green ironwork. It has one enclosed story atop a rustic ground-level arcade which serves as the portal to access the Charleston City Market’s Great Hall. Here visitors will find a variety of Great Hall Shops and items from shoes, to hats, glass products, jewelry, Southern foods, and more.
Open Air Market
The Charleston City Market also has three open-air structures called sheds. These structures are more than two centuries old and have survived fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and cannonball bombardments during the Civil War.
Today, these sheds provide an exciting shopping atmosphere filled with hundreds of entrepreneurs operating small businesses that offer an eclectic selection of wares. Here you’ll find everything from sweetgrass baskets to bags of stone-ground grits.
Day Market: Operates daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in three open air sheds as well as the Great Hall.
Night Market: Operates from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. from May through December, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, when the City Market transforms into a festive street fair atmosphere filled with local artists and food vendors.
It’s fun for the entire family!
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