Anyone that wants to learn about the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Charleston has found the right post. There are plenty of great dessert shops selling sweets around town and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
We will start off with the best ice cream shops in your area. Anyone that is searching for vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights has plenty of options to choose from.
Up next we will get into bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will niche down and get into donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Following that we will discuss some healthy dessert options in Charleston like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Our last section will be about restaurants known for must have desserts in your area.
Towards the end you will find a local dessert map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. And all of you are welcome to look through our other posts on the area at that link if you want.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you want to eat the best ice cream in Charleston or some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Off Track Ice Cream at 6 Beaufain St
- Park Circle Creamery at 1069 E Montague Ave
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at 501-A King St
- Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream at 474 Savannah Hwy
- Peace Pie at 223 Meeting St
- TCBY at 2 Windermere Blvd
- Sweet Frog at 2114 SC-41 # 102, Mt Pleasant
Off Track Ice Cream creates all of their products from scratch including traditional and vegan ice creams in a variety of classic and unique flavors. Custom ice cream cakes are also available. Park Circle Creamery has a total of 16 unique varieties all of which are created on site.
Ye Ole Fashioned offers over 30 flavors including classics and seasonal favorites while being known locally for their huge sundaes and famed banana splits. Ye Ole’s ice cream has garnered prizes from a variety of publications including Best Ice Cream for the past 12 years and Best Milkshake for the past 3 years from the Charleston City Paper.
Between their delectable distinctive cookies Peace Pie World serves ice cream sandwiches stuffed with your favorite ice cream and sweets. Vegan, GMO-free, protein-rich, gluten-free, and dairy-free flavors are available from TCBY’s frozen yogurt selection.
They also included fiber, protein, calcium, vitamin D, and a sensible calorie count in their super froyo flavors. Sweet Frog is a national chain that serves soft-serve frozen yogurt and sorbet in a variety of flavor combinations.
Bakeries In Your Area
These bakeries near you should have great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more:
- Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets & Treats at 1939 Maybank Hwy
- Sugar Bakeshop at 59 1/2 Cannon St
- WildFlour Pastry at 1750 Savannah Hwy
- Brown’s Court Bakery at 199 St Philip St
- Baguette Magic at 792 Folly Rd
Sweets, desserts, wedding cakes, centerpieces, and everything in between are all prepared by Luckhaus & Brubaker Sweets & Treats. They serve handcrafted cake pieces, tiny desserts, cookies, chocolates, candies, and ice cream on a rotating menu.
Sugar Bakeshop is a bakery that serves up a daily selection of cupcakes, cookies, and custom cakes and pies near you. Brown’s Court Bakery is a quaint bi-level cafe that serves fresh baked items including bread, pastries, and coffee every day.
Baguette Magic is a cheerful and laid-back French bakery that serves classic breads, sandwiches, pastries, and salads.
Local Donut Shops
Start your morning off right at one of these donut shops:
- Duck Donuts at 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd #16B
- Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts at 481 King St
- BKeD SHoP at 99 Westedge St #1950
Duck Donuts offers a range of selections or you may create your own custom dish that will be cooked to order and served warm. They have a variety of coffees, donut sundaes, and donut breakfast sandwiches in addition to selling some of the best donuts in your area.
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts are made with natural ingredients and do not contain any preservatives, additives, food coloring, or artificial flavorings. Their glazes, fillings, and pastries are all prepared from scratch or grown in their herb garden.
The flavors of BKeD SHoP are always changing and they have vegan and conventional selections.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops around town:
- Daddy’s Girls Bakery at 2021B Reynolds Ave #102
Cupcakes, cakes, chocolate covered fruit, and more delectable treats are available from Daddy’s Girls Bakery.
Sugar Bakeshop is also known to make a great selection of cupcakes every day.
Candy Stores Near You
These local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
Gourmet popcorn, handcrafted chocolates, homemade ice cream, bulk sweets, nostalgic candies, and more can be found at Simple Treasures.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Buy homemade chocolate and fudge at these shops:
- Kilwin’s Chocolates at 59 S Market St
- Christophe Artisan Chocolatier at 90 Society St
- Market Street Sweets at 100 N Market St
Kilwin’s Chocolates is a nostalgic candy store that sells chocolates, ice cream, handmade confections, and gift baskets. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier is a gourmet confectionery shop in a comfortable setting that offers chocolates, pastries, French-style macarons, and coffee.
Market Street Sweets is a local sweets store that specializes in handcrafted pralines and also sells bear claws and caramelized pecans.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Annie O’ Love’s Cookie Café at 1901 Ashley River Road is a vegan and gluten free restaurant which also serves some treats like cheesecakes, cookie dough, and cookies.
Some of the best bakeries from our initial list also have many gluten free options like BKeD SHoP.
Smoothies are a good combination of tasty and healthy:
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Lastly, these restaurants are known for their must have desserts:
You can find some of the best desserts near you at High Cotton including walnut cake, blueberry cheese cake, lavender candy crème brûlée, chocolate and candy mousse cake, ice cream, sorbets, and more.
Circa 1886 has been serving the community since 1886 with a variety of great local desserts including West African milk cake, spicy pear cake, bitter chocolate crémeux, apple rum soufflé, and more.
We have also discussed:
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Columbia
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Atlanta
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Orlando
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Tampa Bay & St Petersburg
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Charleston
For now that is all we have to share but check back in because we plan to update this post often. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area you should be ready to find your next sweet indulgence.
Please use the comments to let us know if any shops have closed down, or if we posted anything that is incorrect. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Charleston.