This historic street that runs straight down the center of the Charleston peninsula is a shopper’s dream! You’ll find everything from name-brand stores to high-end antiques along this charming thoroughfare.
Until the mid-18th century, King Street (named for King Charles II) was used as the main road in and out of town and not as a commercial center. That changed with the extension of the railroad into Charleston. The street quickly became a thriving retail corridor. Despite falling on hard times due to the destruction caused by the Civil War, the area was revived in the 1950s and has been a go-to shopping destination ever since.
The area between Broad and Market Streets is known as the Antique District. Collectors will appreciate the variety and quality of antiques that can be found in the shops on Lower King Street.
Middle King Street is the Fashion District. In the area between Market and Calhoun Streets, shoppers will find well-known retail brands and independent boutiques. Trendy clothes and accessories fill every shop window attracting fashionistas of all ages.
When you’re ready for a bite to eat, head to the cafés, bars, and restaurants along Upper King Street, between Marion Square and Spring Street. From cookies to caviar, there’s something for everyone who’s worked up an appetite while shopping along this pedestrian-friendly street. In addition to being Charleston’s Dining District, this area is also known as the Design District. If you’re channeling your inner Joanna Gaines, this is the place to find furnishings, decor, and housewares.
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