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)
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.
792 Folly Road, Suite A (James Island)
73 Spring Street, Suite A (Downtown)
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 Yard Bakery
199 Saint-Philippe Street (downtown)
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
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)
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.
427 King Street (downtown)
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)
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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