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A selection of sweets from Swank Desserts.
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Where to Find the Best Breads, Cakes, and Pastries in Charleston

Where to look for the dough in the Lowcountry

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A selection of sweets from Swank Desserts.
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It's time to bring in more pastries, cakes, and breads. There are some amazing bakeshops to be found all over the Lowcountry landscape — some make seductive sticky buns, while others use heritage grains to bring boules to lust-worthy status. Here are ten picks for stocking up on crispy carbohydrates, fanciful cakes, fruity pies, buttery croissants, and chocolatey cookies. Go ahead, and indulge in an extra dessert (or five) this week.

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Swank Desserts

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Chef Danetra Richardson puts out stunning wedding cakes, intriguing macaron flavors, delectable cupcakes, and decadent, fudgy, Nutella caramel brownies at her company Swank Desserts.

EVO Craft Bakery

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Many folks know that EVO makes great pizza, but they may not know that they create craft breads and pastries at the bakery around the back of the restaurant. Go for danishes, baguettes, boules, and more.

Daddy's Girls Bakery

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Daddy’s Girls Bakery is one of the few spots in the Lowcountry serving Charleston Chewies, a Southern brown sugar dessert bar. In addition to the regional favorite, the shop also carries sweet potato pie, red velvet cheesecake, pound cake, and cookies.

Welton's Tiny Bakeshop

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Ever since Zachary and Hannah Welton opened Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop in 2022, there’s been a line out front for their seasonal pastries and super-filling sandwiches. Go for the tangy benne loaves, flaky croissants, creative compound butters, and the must-order honey pie.

Macaroon Boutique

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Parisian-style bakery Macaroon Boutique (two Os) sells macarons (one O) and other indulgent creations full of butter and everything good, like salted chocolate cookies, baguettes, or savory croissants. Visitors to the downtown shop readily sing the praises of pastry chef Fabrice Rizzo's delightful delicacies and the wonderful scents that waft from the John Street shop.

WildFlour Pastry

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Even if you’ve never set foot in Wildflour Pastry, you’ve probably sampled baker Lauren Mitterer’s work around town. She supplies many of the local coffee shops with delectable breakfast treats, like blueberry muffins and banana chocolate chip bread. Don’t miss Wildflour’s Sticky Bun Sundays for the most decadent morning treat in the Lowcountry.

Sugar Bakeshop

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Sugar Bakeshop is a magical place full of cupcakes, tarts, cookies, and pie. Not only are the treats a joy, but the petite storefront is impeccably styled with dreamy details and vintage flair.

Baguette Magic

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Folly Road shop Baguette Magic creates flaky croissants and creative breakfast pastries like a Persimmon Danish with crispy prosciutto and candied hazelnuts. The shop also serves one of the best BEC sandwiches in Charleston.

Girl Nextdough

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Mobile pastry truck Girl Nextdough usually posts up on James Island on the weekends to supply carb-hungry customers with bagel sandwiches, seasonal doughnuts, fancy “Pop-Tarts,” and creative pie flavors from pastry chef Caitlin Schumacher.

Swank Desserts

Chef Danetra Richardson puts out stunning wedding cakes, intriguing macaron flavors, delectable cupcakes, and decadent, fudgy, Nutella caramel brownies at her company Swank Desserts.

EVO Craft Bakery

Many folks know that EVO makes great pizza, but they may not know that they create craft breads and pastries at the bakery around the back of the restaurant. Go for danishes, baguettes, boules, and more.

Daddy's Girls Bakery

Daddy’s Girls Bakery is one of the few spots in the Lowcountry serving Charleston Chewies, a Southern brown sugar dessert bar. In addition to the regional favorite, the shop also carries sweet potato pie, red velvet cheesecake, pound cake, and cookies.

Welton's Tiny Bakeshop

Ever since Zachary and Hannah Welton opened Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop in 2022, there’s been a line out front for their seasonal pastries and super-filling sandwiches. Go for the tangy benne loaves, flaky croissants, creative compound butters, and the must-order honey pie.

Macaroon Boutique

Parisian-style bakery Macaroon Boutique (two Os) sells macarons (one O) and other indulgent creations full of butter and everything good, like salted chocolate cookies, baguettes, or savory croissants. Visitors to the downtown shop readily sing the praises of pastry chef Fabrice Rizzo's delightful delicacies and the wonderful scents that waft from the John Street shop.

WildFlour Pastry

Even if you’ve never set foot in Wildflour Pastry, you’ve probably sampled baker Lauren Mitterer’s work around town. She supplies many of the local coffee shops with delectable breakfast treats, like blueberry muffins and banana chocolate chip bread. Don’t miss Wildflour’s Sticky Bun Sundays for the most decadent morning treat in the Lowcountry.

Sugar Bakeshop

Sugar Bakeshop is a magical place full of cupcakes, tarts, cookies, and pie. Not only are the treats a joy, but the petite storefront is impeccably styled with dreamy details and vintage flair.

Baguette Magic

Folly Road shop Baguette Magic creates flaky croissants and creative breakfast pastries like a Persimmon Danish with crispy prosciutto and candied hazelnuts. The shop also serves one of the best BEC sandwiches in Charleston.

Girl Nextdough

Mobile pastry truck Girl Nextdough usually posts up on James Island on the weekends to supply carb-hungry customers with bagel sandwiches, seasonal doughnuts, fancy “Pop-Tarts,” and creative pie flavors from pastry chef Caitlin Schumacher.

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