Bustling King Street has developed into a top-notch shopping area where you can find anything and everything your heart desires.
The central Charleston street has three distinctive areas: Upper King Street Design-and-Dining District, Middle King Street Fashion District, and Lower King Street Antiques District.
Lower: Among the many shops, you can find various things that are unique to Charleston. As a historic city, the shopping district wouldn’t be complete without antiques. A visit to George C. Birlant & Co. is a must during your trip. It is one of the largest and oldest antiques establishments in the southeast. The founder, George Birlant is one of the most highly respected antiques dealers in the nation and is also a well-known auctioneer of fine estates.
Middle: If you the type to shop ‘til you drop, you’re destined for Middle King. From big chains like H&M to name brands like Laura Ashley to independent boutiques, there’s plenty to put a dent in your bank account. Don’t forget to stop into the shops at Charleston Place and grab some Godiva chocolate, or get some first-class casual wear at Charleston’s Madewell, or a pair of shoes at the local institutions that is Bob Ellis.
Upper: Upper King is the more recently developed area of town that lends itself to a hip and trendy feel. Experience a Hollywood 1960s diner feel at Rarebit (get the chicken and waffles and a Moscow Mule!) or cozy up to a house full of locals in love with the Thai offerings at Basil. (Hint: the red curry duck may change your life). Grab a fancy, vintage-style cocktail or a good Scotch at the Belmont, or sling back a few bottles of champagne (a.k.a. Miller High Life) at the long-adored local dive bar, AC’s.
What part of King Street do you want to hit up first? Looking for a particular item or souvenir? Ask our helpful tour guides and they will be happy to point you in the right direction!