Going to a bakery is like traveling back to the old times when life was much simpler, and recipes are developed and inspired by tradition. Now, people are opening up a bakery as a way to continue a family-owned recipe, so they can give back to the community in a healthy and delicious way.

In Hilton Head Island, bakeries are not just your neighborhood go-to establishments for satisfying the palate but are also a great place for catching up with friends, family, and colleagues. Here are the best bakeries that are worth visiting in Hilton Head Island.

1. Hilton Head Social Bakery

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, Harbourside One
17 Harborside Ln, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843) 715-3349

Owned by award-winning chef Philippe Feret from Manhattan, Hilton Head Social Bakery features classic American style baked goods with a twist of French flair. It offers healthy all-natural baked goods made fresh daily in the store. From savory pastries and desserts to artisan breads, custom order cakes and chocolates, Hilton Head Social Bakery is the freshest idea on the island.


2. Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Café

93 Arrow Road, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843) 785-9118

This bakery specializes in Southern Style baked goods. Dubbed as a Hilton Head Island tradition for over 46 years, Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Café has been serving delicious memories since 1972. Popular in-store menu items include butter angel wings, muffins, scones, key lime bread pudding, cupcakes and more!


3. The French Bakery Hilton Head

28 Shelter Cove Ln #120, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843)342-5420

Founded in 1998 by the Leon family, the French Bakery makes homemade bread, pastries, and quiches. It offers a huge selection of bread, pastries, and other unique menu items which are made every day from scratch. Some of these unique menu items include olive & herb, whole wheat multi grain, French apple pie, coconut devine cake, and cake tiramisu brownies.


4. Baby Cakes

The Purple Cow, Hilton Head Island SC
(843) 681-2253

Baby Cakes features individual cheesecakes that are handmade and homemade. Owned and operated by Lisa J. Bernstein, she uses only the finest ingredients and bake them fresh daily. Choose from an endless list of flavors that include chocolate lovers, fruit lovers, Bernie’s favorites, and sugar free.


5. Sweet Carolina Cupcakes

Coligny Plaza Shopping Center
1 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843) 342-2611

Established in 2008, Sweet Carolina Cupcakes creates the finest cupcakes, wedding cakes, whoopie pies, and desserts around Hilton Head Island. Everything is baked each day from scratch. It uses only real butter, whole eggs, and pure milk. Must-try menu items include pumpkin pie, peanut butter cup, fresh apple, coconut fudge, moon pie, black & white, carrot cake, snickerdoodle, sea turtle, and more!


6. The Harbour Town Bakery & Café

The Sea Pines Resort
32 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843) 785-3333

The Harbour Town Bakery & Café is a local café that’s known throughout Hilton Head Island for its home-cooked pastries, paninis, salads, soups and breakfasts. Some of the fresh baked goods in the menu include muffins, filled croissants, danishes, blueberry biscuits, butterscotch scones, pecan sticky buns, cinnamon apple buns, and jumbo cookies. There is also a breakfast menu as well as a lunch menu.


7. The G-Free Spot Bakery

1 N. Forest Beach Drive, Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head Island SC 29928
(843) 802-4411

The G-Free Spot believes that a gluten-free lifestyle should be an enjoyable experience. You can take the gluten out of the food without compromising the food’s delicious taste. Its menu includes gluten-free cheesecakes, gluten-free cookies, and gluten-free muffins. Popular menu items include crumb cakes, blueberry muffin, turtle brownies, s’mores stacker, and more!


8. Heritage Shortbread Inc

35 Hunter Rd Suite F, Hilton Head Island SC 29926
(843) 342-7268

Heritage Shortbread is where you can find handcrafted gourmet Scottish shortbread which has been a treasured family tradition with origins tracing back to 12th century Scotland. Treat yourself to a delectable taste of Scotland with choices that include traditional shortbread, Roayl Lavender shortbread, lemon-infused shortbread, and hand-dipped chocolate shortbread. They are also ideal for gifts, get-togethers, and for anyone who has a taste for fine foods.


9. Twisted European Bakery

1253 May River Rd A, Bluffton SC 29910
(843) 757-0033

Twisted European Bakery is a traditional old world style handmade and made from scratch bakery. Enjoy a parade of European culture that includes Greek, Italian, French and German pastries, cookies, cakes and desserts. Other must-try menu items include croissants with baked-in shaved ham and brie; French pastry sandwich with real roasted turkey breast and cheddar; and deep dish spanakopita.


10. The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room

38 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC 29910
(843) 757-0508

Established in 1868 by J.J. Carson, The Cottage Café is an award-winning bakery-restaurant that serves renowned pastries, breads, pies, and cakes. It also serves fresh, scrumptious fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and tea. It’s an ideal place for indoor or outdoor dining as well as a venue for events and small parties. Enjoy baked goods such as  breads, shortbread, brownies, muffins, scones, granola, corn bread, cupcakes, coffee cake, dessert bars, cheesecake, whoopie pies, pound cakes, bread pudding, cookies, tarts, pies, and savory stuffed breads.


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