U.S. News & World Report chose King Street as one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the United States. Yes, we’re up there with Rodeo Drive, Michigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue! Best of all, shopping in downtown Charleston is just plain fun! Walking uptown, downtown, through boutiques or sidewalk markets, you’ll find designer fashions, vintage consignments — Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, or find great gifts. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. Take a break for a delicious lunch or coffee and a treat. Don’t forget to admire the amazing architecture of this historic city while trekking through the shops.
King Street Antiques District
King Street reigns supreme as the best place to get your bearings from a shopping and pricing perspective. Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine named the stretch from Broad to Market streets the best antique shopping in the U.S. Among the treasures you’ll find are fine English antiques and reproductions at Geo. C. Birlant & Co. (191 King Street). In three locations also on King Street, John Gibson Inc. is a wonderland of amazing furniture. (Note: The antiques shops are closed on Sundays.) The Silver Vault (195 King Street) is THE place for anything silver – jewelry, silverware, serving pieces – you name it!
Mid-town King Street Fashion District
The Shops at Charleston Place
The Shops at Charleston Place are an exclusive collection of world-famous stores nestled in the heart of Charleston’s downtown shopping district. From Godiva to Gucci to St. John, it is the ultimate shopping experience. Located on the ground floor of Charleston Place Hotel, this legendary shopping location boasts the finest selections in the city. From high-end fashion, jewelry, toiletries, linens and art, to contemporary and casual apparel, swimwear, chocolates and coffee, The Shops set the highest standards and offers our residents and visitors a truly unique shopping experience located in the heart of historic Charleston.
Local Stores – just a small sample of the great shops
Copper Penny – high-end misses clothing; a great collection and wonderful service.
Bob Ellis Shoes – from the latest designer styles, to practical yet stylish.
Bits of Lace – beautiful lingerie with a knowledgable, helpful staff.
319 Men – Suits, ties, expert tailoring, the latest men’s fashions.
Anne’s Downtown – quality ladies apparel with attentive service since 1942.
M. Dumas & Sons – an institution for men established in 1918; all things preppy!
Recent renovations have greatly improved the shopping experience here, including an enclosed, air-conditioned area with food, shops, and restrooms. The open-air portion has improved lighting for the vendors selling everything from Charleston t-shirts to beautiful, hand-made sweetgrass baskets, the ultimate souvenir from Charleston.
Upper King Street
L-Design (420 King St.) – unique handmade bags at a affordable price
Blue Bicycle Books (420 King St.) – fun, new and used bookstore
Modern Trousseau (418 King St.) – couture gowns with Charleston service
Butterfly Consignments (482 King St.) – top brand clothing, shoes, accessories
The Trunk Show (281 Meeting St.) – elegant consignment, designer men’s & women’s clothing, estate jewelry & accessories.
The Shops of the Historic Charleston Foundation (108 Meeting St.) – home and garden furnishings and accessories that capture the essence of Charleston style. This unique blending of European, Asian, British and Caribbean influences is found in the alluring architecture, interiors and gardens of this historic city.
Off the Beaten Path
Graffito (151 East Bay St.) – jewelry from some 35 designers, local and international. A beautiful selection of art, handcrafted gifts, women‘s boutique items and even antiques.
Paulo Geiss Jewelers (116 East Bay St.) – designer jewelry, Rolex watches, and Forevermark diamonds.
The Hidden Countship (21 Burns Lane) – Made in Italy brands of luxury interior decor and fashion.
goat.sheep.cow (106 Church Street) – a cheese lover’s paradise, this adorable shop has the best cheeses from around the world.
This is just a small sample of the great shopping in Charleston. Plan your stay at The Governor’s House Inn and map out your downtown Charleston shopping adventure!