Here’s a tip that scan save money and help you better savor the local flavor all in one gulp. Find out where the town’s best bakeries are and beat a path there. Buy a fresh baguette of whole-grain bread, a wedge of ripe cheese and voilà, you’ve got a light, luscious and portable lunch for a couple of days.
While you’re at the bakery, pick up some croissants and pan dulce. Pair the treats with a good cup of coffee or tea. Save your money for the main meal of the day, for supper, and do it right. The approach has worked for this reporter in places as diverse as Milan and Mexico City.
Charleston, S.C. has some of the best cuisine in the country – no small slice of it emanating from its bakeries. Here are a few of the best:
- Bake House Charleston lies in this city’s historic district, on East Bay Street between The Battery and The Market. The cookies and tarts are first-rate.
- Cupcake is one of those places you can pop in, take a load off your feet and get re-fueled for the day ahead. It boasts of being King Street’s only cupcake bakery.
- Kaminsky’s Baking Company serves up a rotating selection of pastries, pies and the like – as well as specialty coffees. You’ll find it at 78 North Market St in Charleston.
- WildFlour Pastry is purely passionate about the ingredients it bakes into its creations. The definition of fresh extends beyond how fast something pops out of the oven. The component parts here are local and seasonal – and that matters.
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