Photo by Ruta Smith

Best Bakery 
Baguette Magic 

Taking home this award in a city that boasts bakeries like WildFlour Pastry, Sugar Bakeshop and Brown’s Court Bakery is no small feat, so you know the baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and fresh brewed espresso at this James Island destination are top notch. And while owners Paula and Samantha Kramer dazzle diners daily with house-made Pop-Tarts and strawberry shortcake “cruffins,” it’s their ability to adapt over the last 14 months that impressed us — and City Paper readers took notice too. 

“It’s a really great honor to receive this award especially amongst so many Charleston staples,” Paula said. “It has been a wild ride and our whole team has worked so hard throughout the last year and a half to make every change we threw at them happen.” 

 Just four months after taking over the 7-year-old James Island bakery, the pandemic hit, but it only took four days for the Kramer sisters to pivot by launching “Bag-ettes,” a grocery delivery service. 

 Once they were able to reopen, they had built an even more loyal local following. And, what’s not to love about Baguette Magic? The quaint cafe serves an ever changing daytime menu with drinks for all hours of the day — from cappuccinos to spiked lemonade or frose. Order in or take it to go — and grab a fresh baguette while you’re at it. 

 “The way the Charleston community has shown up for us has been absolutely overwhelming and for that we are so grateful,” Paula said. “We are excited for the future and to continue baking for this amazing city.”