Shopping in Charleston

Charleston's historic King Street is one of the best places to shop in the United States, rivaling Michigan Avenue, Fifth Avenue and even Rodeo Drive. The street is filled with pedestrians in search of the latest fashions and biggest deals, and they can find them at stores like Banana Republic, Seeking Indigo and other big-name brands. What really distinguishes the shopping area, though, is the wide range of family-owned shops selling everything from toys to trinkets, books to baubles and more.

The city's Antique District is a beautiful, quiet stretch of the street that offers some of the country's best antique shopping. Objects from all over the world and from nearly any time period are sold in the many stores, which are nestled between charming hotels, eclectic boutiques and fine restaurants.

Charleston's fashion district is home to some of the world's greatest designers, including Nero Giardini, Rio Ferdinand, Bruno Magli, Nando Muzi and more. The district is a great place to find European fashions and the latest handbags, lingerie, eyewear and jewelry from around the world.

Hampden Clothing, recognized by fashion magazines as one of the country's top boutiques, has been outfitting Charleston's most fashionable men and women for years. The boutique is filled with unique and quality designs from Opening Ceremony, Elizabeth and James, Malene Birger, Alexander Wang, NAHM and more.

Affordable and vintage treasures can easily be found at The Trunk Show, a Meeting Street highlight just one block east of King Street. The intimate store features a surprisingly large collection of vintage designer frocks and also showcases men's accessories, sterling, china, crystal and estate jewelry.

Art-lovers will be right at home in Charleston's French Quarter, where blocks upon blocks feature endless options for browsing and purchasing sculptures, funky paintings, sketches, fine art and photographs. The Lowcountry Artists Gallery features works by local artists and is the city's oldest artist-run gallery. Other galleries, like Broad Street's Robison and Richard Fine Art, regularly exhibit works of art from contemporary masters like Terry Richard and Kelly Dodge.

For fine jewelry, there are few places more luxurious and stylish in Charleston than Kiawah's Fine Jewelry. From diamonds and silver to bridal gifts and brooches, there is something for every woman's taste at Kiawah. With locations throughout downtown Charleston, it is easy to find a piece you will love.