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The Shopping Guide: Charleston

A pride of history and culture is evident in Charlestonians. The local residents have a desire to preserve their city’s traditions, adding fun and interesting updates along the way. Fashion boutiques dot the shopping streets, displaying new takes on Charleston’s oldest exports: cotton and indigo. King Street is Charleston’s main shopping avenue, but unique treasures can be find at a sprinkling of shops on surrounding streets. Here is Indagare's current short list for shopping in Charleston.

Indagare Picks // King Street

King Street is Charleston's main shopping avenue, filled with chic boutiques, home décor shops and restaurants. There are lots of shops to discover, but some favorites include:

Arts & Antiques

  • Alexandra ADThis shop features provincial French and Italian furniture and decorative items. 156 King St.
  • George C. Birlant & CoFounded in 1922, this King Street mainstay features an impressive collection of antiques collected from prestigious estates across the country and the UK. 191 King St.
Fashion & Accessories
  • RTW : This fine retailer carries the latest styles from designers such as Brunello Cucinelli, Lanvin and Dries Van Noten. 186 King St.
  • WorthwhileThis concept store sells quirky and cool gifts, home wares and clothing, and is a hit with all hipsters. 268 King St.
  • Christian Michi: Inside this eclectic shop, you may find an antique footstool or a full-length evening gown. 220 King St.
  • Hampden ClothingThis uber-cool shop carries such designers as Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and Timo Weiland. 314 King St.
Food & Wine
  • Goat.sheep.cowThis tiny shop sells picnic essentials like cheeses, crackers, wines, olives and chocolate. 106 Church St.
  • Bull Street GourmetThis classic lunch spot offers sandwiches and soups but also a grocery with a great wine section. 120 King St.
  • Savannah Bee Company: The Savannah outpost sells their signature artisanal honey in addition to beeswax products. 270 King St.
  • Marion Square Farmer's Market: Live music accompanies most shopping days here, which include the expected produce and baked goods, but also crafts and art. 329 Meeting St.
  • Candlefish: This large space located just off of King Street boasts an extensive offering of candles, along with home goods and accessories. 71 Wentworth St.
While shopping on King Street... 

stop by the Nathaniel Russell House. This Federal-style townhouse, built between 1803-1808, originally belonged to successful merchant Nathaniel Russell, and is considered by many to be the finest historic home in Charleston. The beautiful and awe-inspiring free-flying staircase is on its own worth a visit. 51 Meeting St.

Indagare Picks // Off the Beaten Path

The streets surrounding King Street also hold little gems of shops where you can peruse unusual treasures and elegant homewares.


  • Fritz Porter: The antique and furniture center features over a dozen dealers and offers a well-curated selection of antiques, furniture, textiles, home accessories and gifts. 701 E Bay St.

Top Souvenirs

Charleston's storied past has resulted in its genesis as an antiquing hub of the American South. Beautiful historic pieces can be found, as well as a jumble of elegant homewares.

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