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.Read More
Breads, Cakes, and Pastries in Charleston: Where to Find the Best
Where to look for the dough
1. Luckhaus & Brubaker
Every sort of cake, pie, or tart can be found at Luckhaus & Brubaker. The pastry chef duo Robyn Luckhaus and Larry Brubaker specialize in whimsical cakes made to look like anything you can come up with. If you desire a baked good in the shape of an octopus, baseball player, or Elmo, they've got what you need.
2. Baguette Magic
Charleston, SC 29412
Tucked-away shop Baguette Magic creates breads and croissants using traditional French methods. Baker Mathieu Richard's baguettes are often touted as the best in the Lowcountry.
3. Swank Desserts
Charleston, SC 29412
Chef Danetra Richardson puts out stunning wedding cakes, intriguing macaron flavors, delectable cupcakes, and decadent, fudgy, Nutella caramel brownies at her company Swank Desserts. Currently, she receives orders online, but hopes to one day have a storefront — which will make it even easier for you to get your hands on those brownies.
4. Butcher & Bee
While many run to Butcher & Bee for the mezze plates or stacked sandwiches, don't forget to take a look at the magical carbs coming out of the kitchen. Don't skip on the cinnamon rolls if they're on the menu.
5. Sugar Bakeshop
Sugar Bakeshop is a magical place full of cupcakes, tarts, cookies, and pie. It is perhaps the only establishment in Charleston selling the legendary Southern Lady Baltimore cakes. Not only are the treats a joy, but the petite storefront is impeccably styled with dreamy details and vintage flair.
6. 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, 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.
7. 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. Wildflour's Sticky Bun Sundays create lines down Spring Street for the once-a-week treat.
8. Brown's Court Bakery
Charleston, SC 29403
Brown's Court head baker David Schnell and his team not only supply breads to many of the top restaurants in town, but they also put out an array of sweets, pastries, and addictive croissants (Sriracha croissant, anyone?) for customers.
9. 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.