Charleston’s 15 Best Coffee Shops

September 21, 2021

Coffee shops are a home away from home. Cozy-up with a cup of caffeine, nosh a pastry, and get some work done at one of these hotspots. Whether you want a welcoming atmosphere, a great cup of joe, or a coffeeshop that also serves alcohol, these 15 best coffee shops in Charleston are sure to satiate.

Charleston’s Best Coffee Shops


The Daily

Head over to the The Daily for an early morning coffee, breakfast sandwich, or a grab-and-go lunch. This neighborhood marketplace, owned by Butcher & Bee, makes delicious drip coffee and chai lattes.

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City Lights Coffee

City Lights Coffee is located on Market Street. Don’t be intimidated by the variety of coffee options – the helpful baristas will guide you through the extensive menu.

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Second State Coffee

Get creative with your lattes and stop by Second State Coffee. This bright and light cafe is great for meetings and catching up with old friends. The Mount Pleasant location offers a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Neighborhood: Downtown | Harleston Village + Mount Pleasant

Must try: Cold brew

Serves alcohol: No

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Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer offers an expansive list of coffee, craft beer, and bites. The pastries are so delicious you won’t be able to have just one. When weather permits, enjoy the spacious outdoor patio.

Neighborhood: Downtown | Upper King

Must try: Ham and cheese croissant

Serves alcohol: Yes

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The Rise

The Rise is located in the Restoration Hotel. This modern cafe has an exclusive coffee partnership with Springbok Coffee Roasters, a local small batch.

Neighborhood: Downtown | Lower King

Must try: Vanilla almond latte

Serves alcohol: No

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Bitty and Beau’s

Bitty and Beau’s founder, Amy Wright, opened this coffee shop so people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could have a place to work and feel valued as employees. Stop by for coffee served by an enthusiastic and hard-working staff.

Neighborhood: Downtown | French Quarter

Must try: Lemon cranberry muffin

Serves alcohol: No

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Brown’s Court Bakery

In the mood for fresh coffee and baked goods? Brown’s Court Bakery has you covered! The iced coffee and croissants do not disappoint.

Neighborhood: Downtown | Cannonborough/Elliotborough

Must try: Cinnamon sugar donut holes

Serves alcohol: No

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Orange Spot Coffee

Orange Spot Coffee is a great place to work and have meetings. Come in for a quick cup of coffee or stay and enjoy some savory breakfast.

  • Neighborhood: Park Circle
  • Must try: Thai tea
  • Serves alcohol: Yes

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Mercantile & Mash

Mercantile & Mash, located in a recently renovated cigar factory, is a gourmet food hall and bar offering a unique selection of homemade items and local products. Enjoy fresh coffee and a spacious environment perfect for meetings.

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La Pâtisserie

La Pâtisserie, located in the Hotel Bennett, serves some of the finest breads and pastries alongside an elaborate coffee station. Award-winning pastry chef Remy Funfrock’s sweet and savory pastries will have you coming back for more.

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Café Framboise

Café Framboise is an authentic French cafe located on Market Street. Enjoy fresh baked pastries, speciality coffee, and a spacious outdoor patio.

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Gnome Café

Gnome Café is a vegan cafe offering a variety of delicious coffee drinks. The bright atmosphere makes for a comfortable work environment.

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The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery

The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery is a handcrafted, healthy cafe located on King Street. Expect a cozy atmosphere, comfort food, and Methodical coffee.

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Vintage Coffee Cafe

Vintage Coffee Cafe is a charming cafe that serves specialty drinks like the turmeric ginger chai latte. Looking for a bite to eat? The avocado toast is a perfect 10! Swing by with the whole family and enjoy the outdoor area where kids can play.

  • Neighborhood: Mount Pleasant
  • Must try: Turmeric ginger chai latte
  • Serves alcohol: Yes

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Metto Coffee & Tea

Metto Coffee & Tea is a cozy cafe that serves a variety of fresh food and drinks. They pride themselves on creating unique and specialty drinks like the honey latte. A drive-thru and online ordering are also available.

  • Neighborhood: Mount Pleasant
  • Must try: Honey latte
  • Serves alcohol: No

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