Coffee & Treats in North Charleston

Select Local Merchants

Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.

Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.

6554 Rivers Ave
North Charleston,
SC
US

Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.

4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd.
North Charleston,
SC
US

Well-versed in the world of Indian cuisine, Bollywood Cafe's chefs prepare rich, creamy Punjabi-style curries and chaat—small, savory snacks sold on the streets of Bombay—with equal skill. They simmer nine vegetables with spices to make navratan korma and griddle succulent slices of lamb for biryani. Servers arrange these dishes on tables draped with white linens, pairing meals with cold drinks and desserts such as mango ice cream.

6150 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston,
SC
US

A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.

315 King St
Charleston,
SC
US

At The Pretzel Twister, winding wrists hand-roll soft pretzels in nine sweet or savory flavors. Loop tongues around doughy twists coated in parmesan or cinnamon sugar, or gnash into a fiery jalapeño pretzel (a $2.90 value each) to enliven mouths bored from meatloaf-flavored chewing gum. A medium soft drink (a $1.80 value each), lemonade, or Icee (a $2.80 value each) washes down meaty mouthfuls of pretzel dog (a $3.30 value each), a savory sausage rigidly ensconced within a firm pretzel wrapping. Or opt for a medium container of pretzel bites (a $4.30 value each) that, like mini corn dogs or chicken-flavored Peeps, stamp out hunger with mouth-size replicas of a larger muse.

2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston,
SC
US

Locally owned and operated, The Bagel Shop specializes in authentic, New York–style kettle-boiled bagels, made fresh daily in 12 different varieties. Bread-ring biters can make a meal out of a single bagel ($1.10), available in flavors such as pumpernickel, garlic, and poppy seed. Slather plain housemade cream cheese on a multigrain bagel ($2.40), or experiment with exotic cream cheese flavors, freshly folded with such tasty accoutrements as jalapeño cheddar, scallions, and sun-dried tomatoes ($3.50 with bagel). Wash down a mouthful of bagel benevolence with a cup of Intelligentsia direct-trade coffee ($1.85–$2.05) or a loose-leaf organic oolong tea ($2.50 for regular / $3.75 for seasonal), served hot or iced.

41 George St
Charleston,
SC
US