It’s not hard to figure out why doughnuts are so adored — it is fried dough after all. But then again, it’s so much more than that, as this old school treat evokes memories of dad coming home with a dozen on Sunday morning. Or that hero co-worker who brings them into the office to break up a long work week. Simply put, the doughnut is timeless. The rising quantity of locally run bakeries, cafes, all day breakfast joints and doughnut shops in the Lowcountry should make it pretty easy to avoid chains like Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts. Whether it’s a weekend treat with the family, quick breakfast on the way to work, or that reliable companion while reading the newspaper, these are the nine places in Charleston to go for a delicious gourmet doughnut (and probably a great cup of coffee too).Read More
7 Essential Charleston Doughnut Destinations
A doughnut a day
The WestEdge development added this doughnut emporium where guests can find all the classics along with the types of flavors millennials will adore — think cereal and milk. There’s also fritters and vegan flavors like strawberry chocolate or matcha almond.
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
If a Charlestonian is asked where to grab doughnuts, they’ll likely point to Glazed. There might be a line, but it’s worth the price of admission for the famous maple bacon or another of the classics.
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
This quirky Park Circle all-day breakfast joint offers its doughnut in sandwich form. The Buzzed Doughnut a.m. sandwich features coffee-rubbed bacon, an over easy egg, and a coffee mocha dipping sauce.
Brown's Court Bakery
This quaint retail/wholesale bakery and café supplies the bread for several eateries in the Charleston area, but it also offers an ever changing selection of pastries, cookies and doughnuts.
Mercantile and Mash
Wednesday is doughnut day at Mercantile and Mash, where guests can order a signature gourmet doughnut that’s made in-house. Look for flavors like ginger molasses or caramel apple.
The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery
Fans of the breads, bars and cookies that fill the display case at Harbinger should stop by on Sunday, the only day of the week where they offer doughnuts. Expect the unexpected at the bakery finding a way to make combinations like sriracha and peanut butter work flawlessly.
Joey Bag A Donuts
This Park West doughnut shop stays busy, with lines out the door, so come early for the best selection. The case is full of classic crullers, cake doughnuts, glazed varieties, and pretty much any traditional flavor you could want.