At The French Bakery on Hilton Head Island, freshly baked, house-made, mouth-watering pastries, breads and desserts fill glass cases. Cinnamon rolls, chocolate-dipped madeleines and scones disappear in a flash.
The family-owned bakery recently celebrated its 20th anniversary because Marek Belka, his son Tomazs and daughter-in-law Ellie work hard to the delight of their customers. They recently expanded The French Bakery’s offerings — including the creation of more vegetarian items.
The view from the 120-seat bakery in Shel ter Cove Towne Center looks out onto scenic Br oad Creek and Shelter Cove Community Park. Breakfast and lunch is served al l day every day, and many stop in for just cof fee and a bite.
The French Bakery also offers pies prepared “with a European flair,” Marek said.
The dining room accommodates a bustling daily crowd and hosts private parties. Marek also recently purchased a mobile crepe cart to provide the signature French pastries at festivals, corporate parties and weddings.
Every December, The French Bakery is inundated with specials orders for traditional Christmas cakes — t he French buche de Noel; the German stollen; the Polish babka, a sweet yeast cake laced with rum syrup and topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
Whether you dine-in to experience the warm, cozy café; grab a cappuccino or expresso and croissant at the pastry bar for takeaway, or sit outside to enjoy the view, you’ll be immersed in a charming ambiance t hat is unique. Open Monday -Saturday 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
28 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 120, Hil ton Head Island. 843-342-542 or frenchbakeryhiltonhead.com