Fresh Out the Oven: Charleston's Best Local Bakeries

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.



This East Bay bakery is one of many cultural ties and talents. Here at Saffron Cafe and Bakery, there are Mediterranean dishes and Middle Eastern plates to enjoy, as well as a "global foods market" section full of takeaway goods, but we'll just...  Read More



A true bakery, Normandy Farm specializes in unique breads and has a wide variety to choose from, like the Palmetto Beer bread, which uses leftover grains from a local brewer and orange rosemary loaf, made with the freshest ingredients. A massive...  Read More

Bakehouse Bakery Cafe
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Located right on East Bay Street, the Bakehouse Charleston feels like a modern cafe with a cozy southern flair. They serve up preservative-free delicacies that are baked fresh each day. In addition to coconut vanilla cookies, truffles, and...  Read More

Cupcake DownSouth


What is it about cupcakes? We loved them when we were kids, and some of us never lost that affection. Luckily for us, expert cupcake makers are "opening shop" all over the country, and Charleston has its very own cupcake specialists: Cupcake...  Read More



Run by Allison Smith, a graduate of the local culinary institute, Glazed Gourmet is so popular that the shop itself is often closes earlier than planned due to selling out of all of their delicious doughnuts and coffee! This sweet spot is open...  Read More



This neighborhood home-turned-bakeshop serves up some of the most talked-about bread in all of Charleston. You'll see Brown's Court bread and baked goods at local grocery stores, shops, and on many a fine restaurant menu. All the traditional...  Read More

North Downtown
Diggity Doughnuts
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This wildly popular food truck opened a brick and mortar shop at 616 Meeting Street just north of downtown Charleston, and immediately began collecting regular customers. Selling a wide variety of either organic vanilla cake or whole wheat...  Read More

WildFlour Pastry
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If muffins, quiche, scones and baked breads are your top breakfast choices, a visit to WildFlour Pastry just may be your ideal Charleston meal. Head down Spring Street, a part of Charleston's fastest growing foodie neighborhood, to WildFlour's...  Read More



This beige, white, and Robin's egg blue-colored bakery and dessert shop is small, but hard to miss among Cannon Street's residential buildings and businesses. Sugar Bakeshop has been a massive hit among both locals and visitors to Charleston...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare