Historical walks, amazing restaurants, and yes, the best shopping I've visited in a long time! Check out this list of can't-miss shops on Charleston's historic King Street - you won't be disappointed!
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This is first post (of hopefully many) on our recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina. On what I actually realized was my third visit to Charleston, I was even more impressed with the city than ever. There's an incredible amount to do, in quite a small area, and Charleston has become significantly nicer under the recent, growing tourist onslaught, rather than a jumble of shopping hawking junky trinkets - but, don't worry, you can certainly find those if you need them! You'll find more than enough to fill your days, and this history major is going to use her first post to discuss shopping & restaurants, rather than historical walks (those will come later).
One of my absolute favorite spots in Charleston is King Street, which offers far more unique and high-end shopping than one might expect for a small city that normally tops the tourist destination hot spots list. So let's walk through a few of my recommended shops on King Street in Charleston!
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King Street, Charleston
A historic Charleston street, King Street has welcomed visitors for over 300 years, for various reasons (it wasn't always a shopping haven). Since the mid-20th century, though, it's been the shopping hub of Charleston, and thanks to a recent facelift, it's nicer than ever! Starting where I dropped the pin below and continuing straight South-ish toward the water (where the yellow coloration is), King Street is longer than you'd expect. Filled with a mix of chain stores (Lilly Pulitzer, Banana Republic, Vineyard Vines), extreme high-end spots (Louis Vuitton), and sprinkled with independent boutiques and non-clothing stores, discussed below, it's a well-done blend that almost certainly has something to appeal to every shopper! And, on top of everything else, you'll be walking in the direction of the most historic homes in Charleston, so you can keep a bored companion enticed with upcoming historical sights!
King Street Shopping: lou lou's Boutique
A staple of small-town, Eastern Seaboard shopping, lou lou's truly made my day, with reasonably priced, on-trend items, in a quaint setting with helpful staff. What more could you want? I snagged the most phenomenal jacket/sweater/wrap/cloak just to fit in with my trendy fellow shoppers!
King Street Shopping: George C. Birlant & Company
Even if you aren't looking to open your wallet for fine antiques, check out George C. Birlant & Co., a purveyor of antiques in Charleston, has been going strong for nearly 100 years. It's certainly worth a poke around- I promise you'll be impressed by the quality and quantity of the high-end items. We had a good time with the 18th-century British political cartoons (nerds).
King Street Shopping: The Skinny Dip: Charleston Edition
Recommended by a friend when we visited for her wedding, The Skinny Dip offers a "designer collective," including adorable sweaters and all sorts of phenomenal prints and dresses.
King Street Shopping: Ben Silver
You may have received their catalogue over the years - we certainly did - but you really need to visit Ben Silver for all your Saville Row needs right here in the US of A! Ben Silver of Charleston offers the most phenomenal coat buttons, classic ties, and coat patches I've ever seen, this side of the Atlantic, and helpful staff, to boot!
King Street Shopping: Peyton William Jewelry
If you're looking for hand-made, high-end jewelry, look no further than Peyton William's two locations on King Street. A regional boutique, with a few locations in South Carolina in Florida, Peyton William offers classic designs with a fun twist, and gorgeous shops.
King Street Shopping: Preservation Society of Charleston
My absolute favorite on the list, The Preservation Society of Charleston's King Street shop really impressed me. Selling all sorts of unique, historic books alongside clothing items and Christmas decor, they really have it all. Talk about tasteful souvenirs - and they're all for a good cause! Once you've spent even a few minutes exploring this city, you'll want to support its preservation as much as possible.
King Street Shopping: Where to Eat
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