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Hilton Head Social Bakery: A Hidden Gem
Updated: Apr 28, 2021
If you’re looking for a unique experience, then Hilton Head Social Bakery is the place for you. This French bakery is a wildly popular hidden gem on Hilton Head Island that offers incredible foods, atmosphere, and service. Enjoy your morning coffee with a stunning view of the harbour at this Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Restaurant!
Every day at Hilton Head Social Bakery, over forty pastries are handcrafted from scratch with all-natural ingredients. A vast assortment of breakfast pastries, coffee, delectable tarts, eclairs, beautiful macarons, and savory lunch options are available. If you’re looking for something off the menu, a new pastry is crafted each day, so be sure to ask about the featured item.
About The Owner & The Bakery
Chef Philippe Feret is the proud owner of Hilton Head Social Bakery. Born in France, Philippe developed a passion for the food and restaurant industry at a young age. His mother and father owned three bakeries, where he spent much of his childhood helping his parents. Although his knowledge with baking was extensive, he decided to pursue a career as a chef. Phillipe moved to New York and was previously the Executive Chef of the renowned Windows of the World (Twin Towers) Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, The Regency Hotel, and numerous others.
Eventually wanting to leave the big city, Philippe began to search for new locations to start his own business. Originally, Philippe planned to take over his friend’s restaurant in Illinois but visited Hilton Head, and everything changed. He mentioned that after his first visit to the island, he was not looking forward to going back to New York.
When asked if he ever tires of his work, Philippe responded, “For me, it’s not a job. It’s not too much about what I’m going to make; it’s about doing it right and bringing it to the next level, so that was the focus of my career.” What Chef Feret loves most about his job is creating that “wow factor” when customers walk through the door. It doesn’t take much to see his pastries not only look beautiful, but they taste great too!
In 2016, a hopeful Chef Feret purchased the future site of his bakery, but Mother Nature had different plans. Hurricane Matthew hit the island in October and became the most powerful storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. With 87 mph winds and 16.58 inches of rainfall, extensive damage was evident on the island. The bakery was lucky as it did not have any significant damages, but there was water damage throughout the shop. Renovations and repairs were extended, and Hilton Head Social Bakery opened two years later in 2018.
Philippe opened his shop “to make Hilton Head Social Bakery a perfect spot for friends, family, and visitors on this beautiful island.”
There’s no doubt that people love Hilton Head Social Bakery and its incredible offerings. Recently, the bakery won the Foodie Award for Best Bakery of the Lowcountry, which is quite the accomplishment for being open only a few years. This cafe has been recognized by TripAdvisor for its stellar service and has received the Certificate of Excellence (2018 - 2019). This five-star establishment is ranked the number one best bakery on Hilton Head Island, and concurrently holds the fourth position on the best places to eat in Hilton Head list (TripAdvisor).
If you still need convincing, take a look at these raving reviews!
“We have eaten here three times in the last three days. Everything we have tried has been out-of-this-world good.” – (TripAdvisor)
“This is not a basic bakery. This is what other bakers would love to be able to accomplish. You are able to take out or sit and enjoy the delicious offerings while looking at the boats in the harbour. Yum! – (TripAdvisor)
“A hidden gem.” – (TripAdvisor)
“Once you enter their premises you will be able to tell that this is not an ordinary bakery... Simply a MUST visit.” – (TripAdvisor)
“The best French bakery ever and I have been all over the world, including France.” – (TripAdvisor)
Details & Contact Information
Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
17 Harbourside Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928