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Probably the biggest different in the Markets? There is little to no food, produce or flowers. City Market is much much more of a "goods" market, whereas Pike Place leans more towards "farmer's market". (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Charleston vs. Seattle: Public Markets

Last week we were in Charleston, SC with our radio partner STAR 101.5 to celebrate their annual Vow Renewal ceremony, where they bring winning Seattle couples to fun destinations to renew their vows.

This year it was the Most Romantic City in the U.S. - Charleston, South Carolina! If you didn't see the adorable gallery, check it out. It will make you believe in love (swoon).

This was our first time in the city, so we explored a bunch! We tried and compared the oysters, and when we found out they had a huge public market - we knew we had to try and compare as well.

The Charleston City Market is, like Pike Place, in the center of their downtown area and stretches more than three blocks.

You have to be from Charleston to have a stand set up at the Market, and each night and morning the vendors re-pack up, and re-set up like a lot of them at Pike Place do as well.

We're obviously a little biased, but there doesn't seem to be as many iconic things at the City Market as we have at Pike Place (like the Gum Wall, Rachel the Pig, etc) and their buskers aren't regulars.

However they DO have tons of sweetgrass baskets - more so than Pike Place does. They are one of the most popular items at City Market, and have deep historical ties to the area. At least a dozen different vendors sell variations there.

Probably the biggest different in the Markets? There is little to no food, produce or flowers. City Market is much much more of a "goods" market, whereas Pike Place leans more towards "farmer's market".

All in all, it was a blast to explore and learn about new markets! We love Seattle so we're always going to lean that way, but finding the beauty and uniqueness in new places is one of our favorite things to do as well.

*We'll be continuing to profile Charleston hotspots from our trip each Saturday for the next couple weeks. Enjoy!

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