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Your guide to Charleston’s coffee shops

If you don’t have coffee already in hand, consider this your sign to grab some.

Coffee shops in Charleston, South Carolina

Try an iced vanilla latte with oat milk and a roasted turkey BLT.

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For richer or pour over, Charleston’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning.

The Holy City has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. City Editor Callie here. If you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in Charleston.

Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.

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The Daily is always a good idea.

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Best bites

Vintage Coffee Cafe, 219 Simmons St., Mount Pleasant | With its white picket fence + umbrella-covered patio, this little joint is the perfect place to relax with a cup of Joe or one of their house-made sandwiches.

The Daily, 652 King St., Ste. B | Brought to you by Butcher & Bee, The Daily provides locals with quality coffee, to-die-for breakfast foods + super smoothies.

Coastal Coffee Roasters, 108 E. 3rd N. St., Summerville | Trust us on this one: the baked goods selection is almost as tasty as the drink selection.

Harken Cafe and Bakery, 62 Queen St. | We frequently daydream about the yummy breakfast sandwiches served at this bakery.

Owlbear Cafe, 1964 Riviera Dr., Ste. J, Mount Pleasant | Stop by this relaxing spot that sells avocado toast and breakfast bites.

The Black Door Cafe, 115 Meeting St., Ste.174 | Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and gelato... this spot has it all.

courtyard at kudu coffee and craft beer

Enjoy both coffee + craft beer in the quiet courtyard next to a tranquil fountain.

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Perfect for a date

Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer, 4 Vanderhorst St. | Coffee not quite your speed? Don’t worry – this awesome spot serves up two kinds of brews: coffee + beer.

Blum, 511 Meeting St., Ste. 201 | Stop into this spot day or night to grab some coffee or a glass of wine.

Harbinger Cafe and Bakery, 1107 King St. | If you are looking for somewhere with a little bit of everything, this is the spot — warm atmosphere, yummy bites, and creative drinks.

Huriyali Gardens, 401 Huger St. | When it comes to colorful and fresh, this is the go-to place for a casual coffee date.

Baguette Magic, 792 Folly Rd., Ste. A + 1028 Wappoo Rd. | Check out this charming outdoor patio perfect for sippin’ on lattes.

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Shockingly we were able to snap this picture before guzzling down our latte.

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In-house roasted beans

Charleston Coffee Exchange, 2875 Ashley River Rd. | If you want something done right, do it yourself. That’s why this local spot serves only its own signature roasted beans.

Cooper River Coffee Roasters, 1303 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. 5, Mount Pleasant | This must-try shop makes its drinks with in-house products.

Highfalutin Coffee Roasters, 27 Magnolia Rd. + 989 Harbor View Rd. | This is a great spot to hang out for neighborhood sips and seating.

Brown Fox Coffee in Charleston, SC

This seasonal drink from Brown Fox is giving all the fall feels.

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On-the-go joe

Sightsee, 125 ½ Line St. | Half-café + half-retail store, this little shop sells everything from cappuccinos to city maps.

Brown Fox Coffee, 307 Simmons St., Mount Pleasant | Head over to the pickup window at this local caffeine fix or grab a spot on the family and furry-friendly patio.

Southern Brews Coffee, 2812 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island | Swing through the drive-through to get a local cup of caffeine to start the day.

Bitty and Beau’s, 159 Church St. | This coffee spot not only provides sips while you walk through downtown, but it also supports a great cause.

The Rise Coffee Bar, 77 Wentworth St. | The modern atmosphere makes it a great spot to sit and people-watch or sip on creative lattes.


Perfect Park Circle spot to sip a cup.

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Where to write your novel

Metto Coffee & Tea, 354 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant | Inspired by Seattle’s coffee culture, Metto offers northern-grade coffee with southern-grade hospitality.

Orange Spot Coffee, 1011 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston | Stop by Park Circle for their wide selection of coffees, teas + freshly baked pastries.

Tidal Grounds, 1039 SC-41, Ste. 200, Mount Pleasant | Head on over to this cozy spot for lattes and snacks.

Clerks, 181 Church St. | This hotel-based cafe has all of the drinks to fuel you for a day at the market.

Bad Bunnies, 116A Spring St. | The new kid on the block has a warm coffeehouse atmosphere to cozy up and relax.

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Is Mercantile and Mash perfect for your morning cup of coffee?

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Roasts to boast

Mercantile and Mash, 701 E. Bay St., Ste. 100-1 | Cold brew, cortado, chai, matcha, macchiato: you name it, Merc + Mash has got it.

132 Spring Coffee & Kitchen Bar, 132 Spring St. |132 Spring is all about quality over quantity. That’s why you’ll only be served the best of the best when it comes to freshly baked pastries and brewed coffees.

Second State Coffee, 70 1/2 Beaufain St., 1630 Ashley Hall Rd. + 766 S. Shelmore Blvd., Ste. 202, Mt. Pleasant, 1410 Shucker Cir., Ste. 1107, Mt. Pleasant | This place is so popular it needs four locations.

Muddy Waters Coffee Bar, 1739 Maybank Hwy. | This bar has been slinging coffee for years and packs a punch with old-school vibes.

Be the barista

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What did we miss? If you know a coffee shop that’s not on the list, let us know.

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