Historic Charleston Shopping: Head to King Street!

Shopping in Charleston

When it comes to shopping, downtown Charleston rivals 5th Avenue and Rodeo Drive for the amount of amazing stores in such a small area. King Street in downtown Charleston is considered one of the “the Ten Best Shopping Streets in the Country” according to U.S. News & World Report. The street features upscale brand name shopping like Banana Republic and Anthropologie, cute boutique shops and designer stores like Gucci that you won’t find anywhere else in South Carolina. Spend a day doing some historic Charleston shopping in King Streets three distinctive districts.


Lower King Street District – This section of King Street is also known as the antique district. Shops carry a huge selection of antiques from the 17th century to today. There are also many charming boutique shops in this area carrying a range of goods. Shops in this section include:

  • Preservation Society Book and Gift Shop- Books by local authors
  • Sugar Snap Pea– a children and baby boutique store with clothes and toys
  • George C. Birlant & Co.- 18th and 19th century antiques

Fashion District– Dozens of amazing brand name and boutique stores are located in the fashion district of King Street. Whether a person is shopping for shoes, handbags or new clothes there are dozens of stores to check out including:

  • Bob Ellis Shoes– Top designer shoes from Prada, Jimmy Choo, and more!
  • Bits of Lace– Fine lingerie, bras, sleepwear, custom corsets
  • Bijuju – Women’s jewelry and accessories

Upper King Street District– Also known as the design district because its home to designer brand stores like Gucci and Michael Kors. Besides designer clothes, shoes and accessories, Upper King Street is full of upscale restaurant, boutique cupcake shops and luxurious spas as well.

Take a weekend vacation with the girl’s and enjoy all the amazing shopping that Charleston has to offer. Stay at the King Charles Inn Best Western in Charleston’s historic district and be right around the corner from King Street!


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