Wake up! It's time to hit your nearest Charleston bakery for a delicious start to an active day of city explorations. Thankfully, the Holy City is heavily populated with locally-owned bakeshops, known for a wide range of baked goods, bread, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and more.
Let's start with the breakfast essentials. You may want to hit up Wild Flour Pastry on Spring Street for a savory Pesto Mozzarella Scone and a sweet Sticky Bun (only on Sundays), or make a visit to Saffron Bakery on East Bay Street for a Ham & Cheese, Chocolate, or Almond Croissant.
No matter where your Charleston "base camp" is located, you're close to fresh-baked bread, muffins, cupcakes, and a whole lot more. Try Bakehouse on East Bay if you're near the Charleston City Market or Waterfront Park, and Sugar Bakeshop or Browns Court Bakery if you're in any of the charming residential streets north of Calhoun.
Need to pick up doughnuts for a hungry family back at the hotel or rental apartment? No fear: hop in the car and scoot up to Diggity Doughnuts on Meeting Street for vegan, dairy-free (and some gluten-free) doughnuts! Want a closer, walkable option? Get to Glazed Gourmet, but get there quick; this Upper King Street doughnut shop is only open each morning until their creative, drool-worthy flavors are all sold out.
Wherever you choose to indulge, choose local. Explore our 10Best Charleston Bakery recommendations for endless bread and baked good options nearby.