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Jan 19, 2008 08:52 AM

Good coffee and pastries in downtown Charleston

I'm looking for recommendations for a non-sit down place in downtown Charleston that has good coffee and pastries. I did a search for previous posts on this topic and could not find anything really relevant.
If there is someplace truly great outside of downtown, I could drive to the West Ashley or James Island area.
Thanks very much.

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  1. I'm not sure I understand. Why non sit down? Could a place like that stay in business?

    Kaminsky's on Market Street next door to T-Bonz is a great place for a coffee drink and desert. They even have a bar. It is a dessert only restaurant but has an opening to T-Bonz.

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    1. re: BlueHerons

      I think the OP means, order at the counter, not table service. Chairs and tables OK.

      1. re: BlueHerons

        Kennedy's is exactly what you are looking for. They have bagels. Parking is a problem in that vicinity so you may have to either drive around to find a spot or park further away and walk.
        It is on the corner, ablout a block from East Bay St., heading towards Meeting St.

      2. There is a great place on Calhoun St. about a block up from East Bay called Kennedy's. They have homemade pastries, coffee, fresh bread, etc. When I was in grad school I stopped in there to grab breakfast a couple of times a week. Sounds like exactly what you're looking for.

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        1. re: GrillMaster

          Kennedy'S sounds like what OP is looking for. It is a nice little bakery. I used to go there for coffee and pastries in the mornings.

          1. re: GrillMaster

            Yes, this is exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you so much for the suggestion.

            1. re: GrillMaster

              What sort of breakfast items do they have? I'll be in Charleston for the Food & Wine Festival's opening night splurge and am looking for something light and yummy (but still breakfast-y) for the next morning. Hotel continental breakfasts, no matter how posh, never cut it for me. Would Kennedy's fit the bill? (I'm definitely not looking for anything heavy like Hominy Grill style).

              1. re: mikeh

                I think Kennedy's would suit that as well. They have (or at least have, I haven't been since I moved away) a good selection of pastries, muffins, etc. I can't remember if they have bagels or not. Someone who has been there lately might be able to let us know.