Sweet, Southern Charleston: Enjoy Dessert in 'The Holy City'

You can't fully enjoy Charleston, South Carolina as a culinary destination without sampling from a wide variety of restaurants for each meal. The eclectic mix of different styles, flavors, traditional and new age recipes is unique Charleston.  In Charleston, and perhaps all of the Southeast, we like to slow things down, savor every bite, and nearly always order dessert. During your next visit to Charleston, live a little; order something decadent to as a finale to your evening out, preferably at a local spot that specializes in the sweet stuff.

Of course, dessert comes in all forms across the "Holy City," from handmade French chocolates at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier & Patissier, to the simply divine (and world-famous) Coconut Cake from Peninsula Grill, or cannolis at Carmella's. If it's a romantic, fine dining setting you're seeking, make a reservation at Wentworth Mansion's Circa 1886 or the authentically adorable Chez Nous; both are sure to please your date, and your sweet tooth. Of course, you may want to grab your dessert ahead of time, to enjoy late night (or anytime of day). In that case, grab some baked goods and cookies from Spring Street's Wild Flour Pastry or Sugar Bakeshop on Cannon Street. Any doughnut devotees out there? Don't miss the opportunity to snag a few from Charleston's own Diggity Doughnuts or Glazed Gourmet for never before seen (or tasted) flavors at each doughnut shop.

WildFlour Pastry
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Tucked into an adorable little storefront on Spring Street, you'll find WildFlour Pastry, run by Chef Lauren Mitterer and her team, serving up fresh-baked cookies, pastries, cakes and more 6 days a week (closed Mondays). There's certainly...  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

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



Conveniently located close to a plethora of shops, sights, restaurants and the Charleston City Market, Kaminsky's is a dessert institution. Consistently open from midday to "late night" seven days a week, Kaminsky's has earned a reputation of...  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



The reputation of Peninsula Grill, at home in the Relais & Chateau Planters Inn property on North Market Street, has long been locally and nationally renowned. This romantic restaurant is as beautiful inside as it is outside, with...  Read More



This intimate, authentic French restaurant is located in an easy-to-miss side street off of Coming Street in a relatively quiet, residential area of downtown Charleston. Chez Nous' menu changes daily, and the restaurant posts tantalizing photos...  Read More



This "Italian cafe and dessert bar" on East Bay Street is conveniently located close to dozens of popular restaurants and bars, making it the ideal post-dinner date dessert stop. Visit Carmella's for Italian treats and sweets, including...  Read More



The recently renovated Circa 1886, at home within the grand and stately 5-star Wentworth Mansion hotel, is a fine dining restaurant known for its elegant presentations and sophisticated atmosphere. Within the beautiful interior, Circa 1886...  Read More



This small Society Street chocolate and pastry shop is truly authentic: the owner and artist, Christophe Paumer, was raised and trained in France as a third generation chocolatier and patissier. Visit Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier for...  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