Local Vendors + Homemade Sweets = Market Street
Market Street. The quintessential stop on any first-timers visit to Charleston. Although it’s touristy- it is worth seeing at least once, making it a #luxelistapproved destination.
Market Street is located in Downtown Charleston on the Peninsula and stretches from East Bay down to Logan Street. It’s where the horse drawn carriages start and finish their tours.. be sure to make reservations and ask to go through the neighborhoods that are located South of Broad - that’s my favorite tour!
The main attraction to Market Street is the Charleston City Market. Four blocks worth of vendors tucked into smartly designed open air sheds selling everything from sweetgrass baskets and pickled okra to children’s clothing and local homemade goods. While most of these goods can be found in boutiques around town, here are a few of my favorite stands:
- Mission Essentials - most known for their insect repellent ((love this stuff)) called Fight Back 2, M.E. makes all natural products free of parabans and harsh chemicals. In case the mosquitos find you while you are in town, be sure to check out their Bite Soothe after bite spray to calm and soothe your skin - it really works!
- Dolores Southern Delights - there’s nothing better than a stand in the south selling benne wafers and praline pecans. It’s been better when the owner Dolores and her daughter Kathy make all of the confections themselves!
- Carolina Islands Soap Works - a newcomer to the City Market their soaps are seriously pretty! Another plus - they are completely vegan and leave your skin feeling silky smooth!
Just outside the city market is one of my favorite shops, C’est La Vie. It’s an eclectic French flea market filled with the cutest knick-knacks, unique gifts and lowcountry favorites! If you leave empty handed - you have a stronger will power than I do!
After all the walking and shopping, be sure not to fall into the dreaded “tourist trap” restaurants. Charleston is a foodie city and there are plenty of fantastic restaurants off Market Street. Here are my suggestions:
- Peninsula Grill - This is a Charleston staple! The Peninsula grill is a AAA 4 diamond restaurant that has been serving Charleston since ____ . Tucked in a lush setting behind beautiful wrought iron gates, the ambiance is topped only by the food.
- Anson - Recently reopened after a kitchen fire, this lowcountry favorite is truly enticing. The architecture is reminiscent of New Orleans famed French Quarter, while the inside is truly spectacular ((look at those pictures below!)). The favorite menu items here are the whole fried flounder and she-crab soup. A new menu item ((and one I can’t wait to get my hands on)) is their ham sampler! Yum!
- Burrell’s Stonefire Grill - A little past East Bay but well worth the walk! A steakhouse that stands apart from the rest by offering non traditional cuts like wagyu hangersteak and savory kobe beef cuts. I highly recommend asking your server for their choice of wine pairings with your meal!
- Kaminsky’s - Make sure to save room for after dinner desserts! Head to Kaminsky’s ((open most nights until 2 am)) for adult milkshakes and dessert martinis!
Finally, if you are looking for the perfect place to stay to take in all of Market Street be sure to check our top two #luxelistapproved hotels: Planters Inn and the Market Pavillion hotel.
- Planters Inn is the perfect hotel to enjoy a quiet, calm and cozy romantic retreat! The Peninsula Grill is attached to Planters Inn so be sure to ask your concierge for reservations!
- The Market Pavillion Hotel is perfect for families or those seeking some sun and the lounge bar is one of my favorites in town! The bartenders are great and the library-like wine casing complete with a sliding ladder transports you back in time. The Market Pavilion is one of the only hotels in town boasting a rooftop pool and bar. The perfect place to relax, catch some rays and enjoy a cold beverage all while taking in the view from above.
Market Street truly surrounds the heart of the City and contains the essence of the low country. From the horse drawn carriages, the sweetgrass basket vendors, the AAA 4 diamond restaurants and the sunset views from rooftop bars … Market Street meets our high standards of being #luxelistapproved.
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Until next time,