7 Charleston Cafes and Bakeries with Tasty Pastries

A hot cup of cocoa, coffee, or tea always goes well with classic baked goods like a blueberry muffin or coffee cake. At these seven Charleston cafes and bakeries, you’ll find traditional treats and creative, fun baked goods you won’t find anywhere else in town.

Annie O’Love’s Cookie Cafe
1901 Ashley River Road (West Ashley)
(843) 225-8368
Annieolovegranola.com
Open Tuesday to Thursday. 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sun. 10am-8pm

Annie O’ Love’s offers savory vegan dishes like the Mushroom Sandwich with mushrooms, onions and house-made mushroom pesto, but the café’s abundance of vegan sweets also shines, like the Apocalypse Cacao – a very chocolatey cookie with almonds and flaky sea salt. Or, try one of the “Jars of Abundance”, which are basically cakes in a jar. The Hi Cutie, for example, is a pot full of chocolate cake, Annie O’s signature Oh’reos (a vegan chocolate chip cookie sandwich), vegan buttercream and sprinkles. If you can resist the urge to swallow the whole treat in one sitting, close the jar and save it for later.

Magic wand
792 Folly Road, Suite A (James Island)
73 Spring Street, Suite A (Downtown)
(843) 471-5941
Wandmagicchs.com
Open Wed.-Sun. 8am-2pm

You can find the cruffin – a cross between a croissant and a muffin – in both Magic Wand slots. It’s one of the most popular items in the cafe (besides chopsticks, of course). To make a cruffin, crescent dough is rolled out and placed in a muffin tin to give it a swirled top. Cruffins come in rotating flavors like coffee or Boston cream pie.

Brown’s Court Sweet Treats | file picture

Brown’s Yard Bakery
199 Saint-Philippe Street (downtown)
(843) 724-0833
Brownscourt.com
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who said pastries had to be sweet? Brown’s Court Bakery offers savory treats as well as sweets like blueberry muffins and chocolate croissants. Bagel Bombs, one of Brown’s Courts’ staple savory pastries, combine bacon, scallions, shallots and cream cheese into a bagel batter. No matter what you choose, there are plenty of choices for those who prefer sweet or savory, or both!

Euro Foods Bakery and Cafe
1664 Old Towne Road
(843) 571-1451
Eurofoodsbakeryandcafe.com
Open from Monday to Saturday. 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Euro Foods brings a taste of sweet and savory pastries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to the Lowcountry. While serving items like its famous Acharuli Khachapuri, an open bread boat with cheese, the family-run store also has sweet treats on its menu, like sweet blintz, a rolled pancake with filling, or syrniki, a cheese pancake. fried. topped with a blueberry compote.

La Pâtisserie Café and Pastries
404 King Street (downtown)
(855) 577-7562
Hotelbennett.com
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At La Pâtisserie, the saying “the phone eats first” rings true. The pastries at La Pâtisserie at the Bennett Hotel are so beautifully crafted that you’ll want photographic evidence of this French gourmet approach to pastries. Relax and enjoy Charleston weather with an elegant Ruby dessert, a tangy and sweet red hemispherical candy shell, coated in chocolate chips at its base and topped with a raspberry.

Maccaro croffe | File photo of Ruta Smith

Maccaro
427 King Street (downtown)
(843) 501-7576
Maccarobts.com
Open from Monday to Saturday. 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm

The croffle craze made its way to Charleston in the Maccaro family business on King Street. Maccaro only offers one flavor of croffle because “it’s that good,” says owner Pramon Sembiring. The signature croffle is a simple, sweet croissant from EVO Craft Bakery pressed in a waffle iron and coated in a light sweet syrup for a crispy bite.

Little Welton Bakery
682 King Street (downtown)
Weltonstinybakeshop.com
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop opened on King Street this summer, and while ‘tiny’ is in its name, it’s got big ideas and delicious baked goods. Incorporating European influences into its treats, Welton’s offers items like a kouign amann (a traditional Breton cake with a puff pastry) or a canelé de Bordeaux (a French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla, a tender interior and a caramelized crust. hardened).


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