One of my go-to spots recently for some of my all-time favorite pastries in Charleston is Harken on Queen Street in downtown Charleston. Sister cafe of The Harbinger, this cafe is home to delicious homemade muffins, cookies, bars, and pound cakes. They also have a full food menu, complete with items such as avocado toast, salads, and sandwiches. My standard order at this cafe is the dirty turmeric chai latte and a pastry (I try to switch it up every time I go). Pictured below is a coffee cake they were offering up the day I went. Highly recommend snagging the table by the french doors so you can people watch while enjoying your coffee and pastry.
Brown’s Court Bakery
Brown’s Court is home to another one of my go-to Charleston pastries, the Carmelita! This pastry is essentially a caramel and chocolate filled oat bar and it is incredibly addictive. Not only do they have amazing carmelitas, but they also have a plentiful assortment of freshly baked croissants, cookies, macaroons, bagels, breads, and donuts. They have a full coffee bar as well, so you can pair your sweet treat with a flavored latte. For the best asthetic, enjoy your coffee and treat on the second floor balcony!
This adorable french-style cafe is located inside the Hotel Bennet and offers a wide selection of croissants, sandwiches, exquisite french desserts, eclairs and other sweet treats. In addition, they have a full coffee bar offering an assortment of lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee beverages. I love this cafe because it truly encompasses the french-style cafe setting. Highly recommend sitting at a table outside in front of the cafe to observe the King Street passer-by’s and feel like you’re being transported to the streets of Paris!
Second State Coffee
You’ll find me frequenting this cafe quite often, as I am a sucker for their cold brew coffee and scones! Second State is a fantastic and very convenient option because they now have three locations! You can visit them downtown and in Mt. Pleasant in the shopping center off of Shelmore Boulevard or at the Oyster Park apartment complex. Second State offers a full coffee bar as well as delicious scones, muffins, and cookies. You can find a full food menu offered only at the Shelmore Boulevard location.
Mercantile and Mash
Mercantile and Mash nails it every single time with their delectable pastry assortment. Every morning this market-style cafe offers an assortment of scones, gluten-free pastries, cookies, and croissants to pair with their delicious coffee. Mercantile serves up delicious springbok coffee, as well as macchiattos, cappuccinos, lattes with house-made syrups, and specialty lattes that are featured each month. In addition, they offer a full food menu. You definitely don’t want to skip out on this Charleston favorite.