(photo courtesy of the Charleston Tourism Board)
Known for its eclectic vibe, easy access, and cultural value, it’s easy to see why Charlestonians love the King Street neighborhood. If you are a foodie, Upper King Street is home to many of Charleston’s best restaurants. On Saturdays, locals shop the Marion Square Farmers Market for fresh food and local wares. Significant steps in the revitalization of Upper King have turned it into the lively hub it is today.
More than 200 years old, King Street was named after King Charles II of England and was the main route of Charles Towne. Many of the buildings are commercial, with residential living on the upper floors. Today, Upper King Street continues to be home to mostly local businesses and remains a work-where-you-live neighborhood.
Upper King Street hosts almost every type of business from tech firms to interior designers, to architects, to collaborative workspaces. Many residents take advantage of the opportunity to walk to work.
When visiting, King Street is the ideal home base from which to explore the Charleston area. It also boasts some of the city’s newest and trendiest restaurants along with hotels, art galleries, shopping, businesses, and a thriving nightlife. With its close proximity to the College of Charleston, a younger crowd frequents King Street during the school year.
The neighborhood features new construction as well as restored historic homes. While other areas of Charleston have become populated by national and regional chains, Upper King remains home to mostly local businesses. In addition to world-class shopping and dining, Upper King has plenty more to offer. Some highlights include:
William Aiken House: this 1810 National Historic Landmark is now a coveted wedding and event venue.
Charleston Music Hall: This 19th-century train station is now a live music venue.
Marion Square: hosts weekly farmers market on Saturdays along with numerous annual festivals.
Francis Marion Hotel: This 12-story building was built in 1925 and fully restored and modernized in 1996.
So make it point to explore King Street on your next visit to Charleston, SC, and the experience the city like a local.