When you are in Myrtle Beach, you are bombarded with souvenir shop after shop along the boardwalk and streets.
How do you know where to find the best places to go while you are there?
I have found the best way to find the premier shopping places is to ask the locals about where to shop and then try out as many places as you can to find your favorites.
After several visits to Myrtle Beach, I have put together the best places to shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for when you are on vacation to find the perfect souvenir or Myrtle Beach apparel.
You may even need to pick up something you might have forgotten back home because there is always one thing that gets left behind, and you don’t realize it until you get to your destination.
Here are the 10 best places to shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The 10 Best Places To Shop In Myrtle Beach, SC
1. Barefoot Landing
Barefoot Landing on the Waterway is a quiet shopping place in North Myrtle Beach.
All the shops, entertainment, and restaurants are on a boardwalk surrounding a large lake.
You can find some of the general Myrtle Beach stores on the boardwalk selling hats and t-shirts, but a few are unique, and they are my new favorites.
Have you tried Colette’s Popcorn?
This is a gourmet popcorn shop where you can mix and match your favorites and even try new flavors.
She has everything from caramel, snickerdoodle, jalapeno white cheddar to movie theater popcorn flavors.
Get a bag to munch on while walking around, checking out the rest of the shops, or enjoying the entertainment on the boardwalk.
If you bring your kids, make sure to have them ride the Barnum & Bailey carousel, play at LuLu’s Beach Arcade & Mountain of Youth Ropes Course, or visit the T.I.G.E.R.S.
Preservation Station to watch the tiger cubs play.
If you are visiting without the little ones, make sure to check out the newly open Crooked Hammock Brewery, where you can play corn hole, table tennis, and get some fun selfies while drinking craft beers.
Barefoot Landing can be found at 4898 Hwy 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach.
2. Broadway At The Beach
Broadway at the Beach is the place to go off the boardwalk to find unique gifts, great places to eat, and fun activities to do.
Whenever I’m visiting Myrtle Beach, I find my way to Broadway at least a couple of times during my trip.
This is the place to get anything you might have forgotten at home, like sunglasses, lotion, or flip-flops, but you can find so much more than the necessities here at Broadway at the Beach.
You can get your sugar fix at It’Sugar, pick up the perfect sign at the Man Cave store, and my favorite stop is to try a couple of new kinds of beef jerky at the Beef Jerky Store.
It is hard not to leave the store without a couple of bags of jerky to take home, especially with flavors like Cherry Maple Smoked Beef, Teriyaki Smoked Beef, and the classic Teriyaki Beef.
Oh, and don’t forget to feed the fish while walking around on the boardwalks at Broadway at the Beach, which is located at 1325 Celebrity Circle.
3. Christmas Mouse
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Do you choose a color theme or go more creative with the decorations, ornaments, and ribbons?
Do you throw caution to the wind and decorate with all of your favorite Christmas ornaments from your travels as I do?
Whichever way you decorate your tree, Christmas Mouse is the store for you to shop when visiting Myrtle Beach.
They have a vast selection of Christmas ornaments and decorations for every personality or favorite pastime.
I love the trees decorated with the sand dollar and seashell ornaments.
It is always fun to pick up one Christmas ornament from your travels to take home to remind you of all the fun here at Myrtle Beach.
There are three Christmas Mouse locations to pick from.
The easiest one to find is at Barefoot Landing at 4852 N Kings Hwy in North Myrtle Beach.
4. Coastal Grand Mall
The Coastal Grand Mall is the largest one-level shopping mall in South Carolina, with more than 140 stores for you to shop until you drop, or you can walk around and window shop to get all your steps in for the day.
You can find your tried-and-true favorites like Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy, H&M, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
However, you can also find unique stores such as Andy Owings Music Center and Mason & Magnolia.
There are tons of food choices in the Food Court, and you can enjoy looking at the beautiful colorful paintings on the ceiling while munching on your food.
Make sure to stop in Selfie WRLD to get your fill of crazy backgrounds for Instagram.
The Coastal Grand Mall is located off of US Highway 17 and Harrelson Blvd.
5. Everything Under The Sun Flea Market
Everything Under the Sun Flea Market is the place to go when you want to get off the boardwalk and find something unique.
This flea market is one of the area’s largest indoor flea markets and is open all year long, and it’s a great place to get out of the sun into some air conditioning.
You can find some antiques, but this is where you can find jewelry, munchies, sports memorabilia, crafts, and all your Myrtle Beach clothing for great prices.
Exploring the flea market can be like a treasure hunt to find the best price on all of your souvenirs, or you can watch vendors personalize your gifts by airbrushing or engraving on a glass.
The highlight has to be the pet store to the right toward the back of the flea market.
The kids will love the chance to pet the little furry creatures, look at the saltwater fish, and ooh and aah over the snakes and hermit crabs.
Beware, though, because you might end up taking one of them home.
The open hours are on Wednesdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can find the EUT Sun Flea Market in the strip mall at 3826 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
They do have two locations, but the south location has a more extensive selection.
6. Gay Dolphin Gift Cove
In Myrtle Beach, there is one place for you to get all of your souvenirs, and that is at the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove.
This gift shop is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Myrtle Beach, but it can be overwhelming, and it is quite possible to get lost while exploring the store’s three levels.
When you face multiple levels with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with baubles, seashells, shark teeth, clothing, and collectibles, it can be a bit daunting to figure out where to explore first.
My recommendation is to pick a direction and stick with it.
You will eventually see areas or themed “coves” where you can browse groups of items like the Shell Cove, where you can find all sorts of shell-crafts, jewelry, wind chimes, and picture frames.
You can even buy all the shells to make your own items at home.
You will find collectible schooner ships and wood signs reminding you to take it easy on the beach on the top floor.
Make sure to bring your camera to take selfies at the seven photo opportunities around the store, including a life-size Yeti, Elvis, Egyptian guardians, and even pirates.
The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is at 916 N. Ocean Blvd.
7. Hammock Village Shops
The Hammock Village Shops is less than an hour south of Myrtle Beach at Pawleys Island.
This shopping complex has 23 locally-owned stores where you can find unique coastal-inspired treasures from clothing, hiking shoes, jewelry, wine, olive oil, candy, specialty craft items to gourmet kitchen items.
The claim to fame is that the Hammock Village Shops is the home to the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.
Since 1938, Riverboat Captain Joshua John Ward and his family have created the most comfortable and sturdy cotton-rope hammock, and you can watch weavers work their magic in creating these magnificent hammocks every day.
If you have extra time, make sure to go on the island and check out the fantastic beach.
You can find the Hammock Village Shops at 10880 Ocean Hwy.
8. Lee’s Inlet Apothecary
In Murrell’s Inlet, you can find an authentic pharmacy where they greet you as you walk in the door, just like in the old days.
The customer attention they give to everyone is simply incredible.
I stopped in to check it out and browse through their beach-inspired gifts.
You can find and learn about many natural home remedies like the power of Elderberries.
Did you know that they provide daily immune support?
I didn’t until visiting Lee’s Inlet Apothecary.
Besides the nutrients and medicines, you can get lunch at a real 1920s soda fountain from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week.
For every lunch served at the soda fountain, they donate to the Rice Bowl Foundation to help fight hunger worldwide.
Come on in, sit at the counter and order a grilled cheese and a root beer float and do a world of good at the same time.
9. Market Common
The Market Common is Myrtle Beach’s uptown downtown.
This upscale shopping complex is a beautifully designed village where you can live, shop, eat, and enjoy entertainment all in one place.
Market Common used to be the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base until it shuttered in 1993.
It was repurposed and redesigned to keep a lot of the Air Force history intact.
You will notice the streets are named for the Air Force heroes who shaped its history and the World War II Army Air Corp airfield and bombing range that was here in the 1940s.
If you are interested, you can take a military history trolley tour of the Market Common and hear more stories of this fantastic place’s history.
To find this shopping village oasis located at 4017 Deville Street, it is a one-mile drive from the beach and slightly south of the airport.
The tree-lined avenues have fountains, benches, and playgrounds in the center for you to take a break and relax from all the retail therapy you can have at Market Common.
There are more than 30 stores with big-name retailers like Barnes & Noble, Pottery Barn, and Anthropologie and one-of-a-kind boutiques like Two Brothers Wood Works, Random, and Francesca’s for you to explore.
Make sure to stop and admire the art at the Seacoast Artists Gallery before stopping for a bite to eat on the patio at Gordon Biersch or Nacho Hippo before heading out to shop some more.
10. Mega Tsunami Surf Co.
One of the largest beach souvenir shops in Myrtle Beach is the Mega Tsunami Surf Co.
When you walk into the store, your senses are on overload with aisle after aisle filled with colorful Myrtle Beach T-shirts, sweatshirts, floppy sun hats, and swimwear for your entire family.
If you are visiting with your family, this is the shop to come to pick up all of your Myrtle Beach gear in bulk.
I shop here when it happens to be a rainy day or unseasonably chilly, and I only packed warm weather clothes.
I can pick up a long-sleeved shirt or hoodie and then get on with my vacation.
If you know you are going to be picking up souvenirs during your vacation, I would recommend waiting toward the end of your trip, so you can browse all the shops to get an idea of what you are looking for and then come here to Mega Tsunami Surf Co. to get the best deals and get them all at once.
Then you can all wear matching Myrtle Beach lifeguard sweatshirts on the plane coming back home.