The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

From Authentic Argentinian Gelato to Southern Sweets, These Are 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston & What You Should Order When You’re There

Consistent with the richness and variety of the city’s past, the dessert scene in Charleston is renowned for its charming streets and picturesque views. For those with a penchant for sweet indulgences, the city offers a plethora of cafes, each with its own unique offerings. The following is an overview of the must-try desserts offered by our top four dessert cafes in Charleston.

Must-Try: Dulce de Leche Oreo Gelato

The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

Step into Freddo, and you’re immediately greeted with the rich aroma of authentic Argentinian gelato. Freddo is a highly recommended establishment due to its diverse assortment of flavors, including the opulent Italian Mascarpone and the ever popular Dulce de Leche. Their empanadas, which are filled with delectable ingredients and baked to perfection, should not be neglected. Their chocolate mousse and sundae gelato have also won hearts, making Freddo a top destination for dessert lovers.

Open Daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Must-Try: Carrot Cake

The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

Carmella’s marries the warmth of Charleston with the indulgence of Italian-American desserts. The cafe shines with its extensive menu, that includes standout items like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake and Italian Ciabatta. However, it’s their dessert cocktails that truly set them apart, offering a sophisticated twist on your sweet experience.

📍Carmella’s Cafe & Dessert Bar
Open Daily 8 a.m.–12 a.m.

Must-Try: Raspberry Jam Macarons

The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

For a taste of France in the heart of Charleston, Le Macaron is the place to be. This cafe prides itself on its exquisite selection of macarons and pastries, which are as delightful to look at as they are to eat. The cafe’s inviting ambiance, complete with comfortable seating options, makes it an ideal spot for those seeking a luxurious dessert experience.


📍Le Macaron French Pastries
Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.–11 p.m.


Must-Try: Bourbon Pecan Pie

The Ultimate Guide to 5 of Our Favorite Dessert Cafes in Charleston

At Kaminsky’s, you can experience genuine Southern hospitality and mouthwatering desserts. The cafe has built a reputation for its homemade desserts, such as the coconut cream pie and the key lime pie, each crafted with care and bursting with flavor. Kaminsky’s cozy atmosphere adds to the charm, making it a beloved spot for both locals and visitors.

📍Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
Open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.–10 p.m. 
Friday-Sunday 12 p.m.–10 p.m.

Must-try: Pralines

Immerse yourself in the sweet allure of the South at River Street Sweets in Charleston. Step into this sweet haven of handcrafted Southern treats, where our famous Pralines reign supreme. These buttery, sugary delights, made fresh daily, embody the soul of Southern hospitality. Beyond pralines, the shop offers an irresistible array of homemade candies and chocolates, ensuring there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth. 

📍River Street Sweets
Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

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