When you’re short on time, we suggest one essential attraction to see in Charleston.
You haven’t been to Charleston unless you’ve meandered through the dense stalls of crafty, ornate and sometimes strange wares of local makers and entrepreneurs. Sweetgrass baskets, of West African tradition and made by resident Gullah artisans, have become an iconic purchase. Other items found within this four-block stretch run the gamut from Topsy-Turvy Dolls and free-hand glass art to leather wallets and benne wafers. (Indeed, I’ve got a favorite palmetto-painted clamshell ornament I hang on my Christmas tree every year that I picked up here on my first visit.)
If you don’t make it to the market during your stay this time around, no worries: With the land deeded as a market space into infinity, the Charleston City Market will always be the place to get the most authentic local goods. Open daily 9:30 am-6 pm and F-Sa 6:30 pm-10:30 pm. North and South Market streets between Meeting East Bay streets.