Carmella's won Best Gelato in CP's Best of Charleston 2022 awards | Photo provided

We’ve got you covered with the best places in the area to grab something quick, cheap and delicious on your way to or from an opera performance or a music session. Whether you need a quick coffee pick-me-up, a tasty dessert treat or a healthy meal, these are some of our favorite places for grab-and-go food near the Spoleto Festival USA venues, which include:

  • Charleston Gaillard Center
  • College of Charleston Cistern Yard
  • College of Charleston Sottile Theatre
  • Dock Street Theatre
  • Festival Hall
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Best grab-and-go spots near Spoleto events

Caviar & Bananas
Located on George Street between King and St. Philip’s streets, Caviar & Bananas is the perfect place for grab-and-go food. This quick-stop gourmet cafe offers coffee and tea drinks, pastries and sweets, prepared foods, salads and sandwiches and packaged food and drinks you can enjoy on your way to the College of Charleston Cistern or Sottile Theatre

Tricera Coffee
Just a few doors down from Caviar & Bananas, you’ll find Tricera Coffee, a charming coffee shop with espresso and tea drinks, breakfast items like bagels, parfaits and waffles as well as lunch items including a quesadilla, turkey wrap, veggie sandwich and vegetarian burrito.

Feeling hungry on your walk to one of the College of Charleston Spoleto venues? Pop into Beech at 315 King Street for a refreshing poke or acai bowl, a healthy smoothie or cold-pressed juice, bagels and toasts and wraps and salads. Beech also offers a variety of coffee and tea options in addition to kombucha.

Saffron Restaurant and Bakery
If you’re headed to the Charleston Gaillard Center on 333 East Bay Street and you’ve got a hankering for a tasty snack, check out Saffron. This restaurant and bakery offers an array of delicious sandwiches and small plates like hummus and eggplant mirza as well as soups, salads, grilled items like kabobs and desserts and baked goods. We love their croissants. 

Carmella’s Dessert and Cafe Bar
Located within quick walking distance from the Dock Street Theatre, Carmella’s is known for its unique desserts, pastries and gelato — so much so that Carmella’s was voted Best Gelato in City Paper’s 2022 Best of Awards. If you need something a bit more filling before the show, order one of their savory sandwiches on housemade ciabatta bread like the turkey asiago or the salami and goat cheese. 

Second State Coffee
A quaint coffee shop located on Beaufain, Second State Coffee is a staple in the Harleston Village neighborhood. If you’re headed to Festival Hall for a Spoleto performance and need a pick-me-up on the way, pop in for coffee drinks, tea and a variety of pastries. Second State roasts its own coffee beans, so coffee lovers may want to grab a bag to take home.

Off Track Ice Cream
The perfect place to pop in for a hot-weather treat, Off Track Ice Cream has an extensive list of dairy and nondairy ice creams. Vegans rejoice! Off Track’s all-vegan sundaes are some of the best in town. If you’re looking for a caffeine buzz and a sugar rush, try the cold brew milkshake. Off Track is located on Beaufain as well, so it’s a great stop on the way to or from a show at Festival Hall.

Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
With a charming back patio, Kudu is a great place to stop on your way to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church or any of the other nearby Spoleto venues. Order a coffee or tea drink or opt for one of the beers on tap or a mimosa to sip at an outdoor table. Kudu also offers pastries and some breakfast items like quiche.

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