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CHStoday guide to coffee shops
Try an iced vanilla latte with oat milk and a roasted turkey BLT. | Photo by CHStoday team
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.

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.

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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Photo by @hayleysykes5

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.

Brown Fox Coffee in Charleston, SC

This drink from Brown Fox is the perfect way to start the day.

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Photo by @brownfoxcoffee

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.

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.

What did we miss? If you know a coffee shop that’s not on the list, let us know.
 
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Do you prefer to make your coffee or tea at home or get it on the go at a local business?

A. I brew my own drinks at home
B. I stop at my local coffee shop
C. I get my order from a large coffee chain (Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, etc.)
D. Other
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 10
  • Teachers & Nurses Appreciation | Friday, May 10 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Any Five Loaves Cafe or Sesame Burgers location | Free | Teachers and nurses can enjoy 20% off (discount applies to dine-in and phone-in takeout orders).
  • Family Happy Hour | Friday, May 10 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Charleston Aqua Park, 3050 Marlin Rd., Johns Island | $20 | Making a splash is the perfect way to let loose and enjoy quality time with the family.
  • Spring Concert Series | Friday, May 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Central Creek Park, 147 Old Monck’s Corner Rd., Goose Creek | Free | Island Trio will take center stage at this family-friendly outdoor concert series — food trucks + alcohol vendors will be on site.
  • Music Bingo | Friday, May 10 | 7-9 p.m. | Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | Free | There are limited spots, so make sure to RSVP in advance.
Saturday, May 11
  • Family Day | Saturday, May 11 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston | $29 | Bring the family for a day of celebration, demonstrations, and hands-on activities — children 13 and under receive free general admission on Saturday.
  • Paint & Sip | Saturday, May 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Estuary Beans & Barley, 3538 Meeks Farm Rd., Johns Island | $37 | Follow the step-by-step instructions and enjoy the journey of creating your own work of art.
  • Trivia Night | Saturday, May 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Clerks Coffee Co., 181 Church St., Charleston | Free | Get ready to test your knowledge during this English pub-style trivia.
  • Dancing With The ARK’s Stars | Saturday, May 11 | 7-11 p.m. | Lowcountry Conference Center Summerville Hilton, 406 Sigma Dr., Summerville | $95+ | Local personalities trade their day jobs for dancing shoes to raise money for Alzheimer’s or related dementias.
Sunday, May 12
  • Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding | Sunday, May 12 | 8-11 a.m. | Folly River Boat Landing, Center St., Folly Beach | $40 | Join this program dedicated to improving your paddling abilities.
  • Season of Spritz | Sunday, May 12 | 1-6 p.m. | The Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., Charleston | Free | Enjoy a refreshing spring cocktail special with citrus or floral infusions.
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Ready to see it for yourself? Schedule a tour, and mention CHStoday to receive one month of free rent (you read that right) plus a waived application/admin fee.
 
News Notes
 
Weather
  • State leaders unveiled new hurricane evacuation zones. The new zones have evolved to accommodate the region’s growing population and make adjustments to avoid potential hazards. Factors like storm surge risk + flood susceptibility played a role in creating the new zones.
Development
  • Charleston Mayor Cogswell announced that five advocacy groups (including the Historic Charleston Foundation and the Preservation Society) support establishing a Tax Increment Financing District to fund public infrastructure and greenspace at Union Pier. This would ensure public funds are not used to subsidize private developments.
Real Estate
  • This fall, between late October and November, Jackrabbit Filly will move from one side of Park Circle to the other. The new address, 1083 East Montague Ave., North Charleston, is less than a mile down the road. The new facility will have a larger kitchen and dining area. (Eater Carolinas)
Civic
  • The City of Charleston is repairing bench swings at Gadsdenboro Park. All of the swings were removed last year due to safety concerns stemming from weather-related rotting. The city said it struggled to get bids on the project and now plans to use its own carpentry and construction staff to do the repairs. (WCSC)
Outdoors
  • Know before you go. The Palmetto State’s new law requires boaters born on or after July 1, 2007, to pass a boating safety course + receive a boating safety certificate before operating a boat with a 10-horsepower engine or greater in SC. Check out some of the law’s exemptions. (WCIV)
Festival
  • OPA. The Charleston Greek Festival is underway today through Sunday, May 12, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St. Get ready to celebrate Greek culture and eat delicious food. You’ll also be able to explore vendors and enjoy live music and performances at the festival.
History
  • Next Wednesday, May 15, the Medal of Honor Museum on the USS Yorktown will be unveiled for the first time after its renovation. This $3.5 million transformation will tell the story of those who have received the nation’s highest award for military valor through immersive exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts.
Eat
  • Boxcar Betty’s is celebrating nurses and teachers with 50% off their meals through Sunday, May 12th. This deal is in-store only, and you’ll need to show proof of ID.
Sports
  • Congrats coach. Charleston Battery’s Head Coach Ben Pirmann was named the league’s April Coach of the Month. Pirmann has the Battery at the top of the standings, and they’re off to their best start in their USLC era. Support the team in style and check out this Battery quarter-zip pullover.
Watch
  • One of the most recognized homes on Sullivan’s Island is gone. The white cylindrical house that sat near Breach Inlet was demolished. Take a look at the before and after pictures.
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Drink
 
🍻 Brews for a cause
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You can give back to the USS Yorktown Foundation with your beer choices. | Photo via Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Westbrook Brewing Co. + the USS Yorktown Foundation have teamed up to release the Shore Leave Lager, a brew that pays homage to the sailors of the USS Yorktown and Laffey. The name comes from times when sailors were allowed to break and go ashore during World War II.

Shore Leave is currently available at Westbrook Brewery and will be available at Lowes Foods stores on Monday, May 20.

Part of every beer sale will be donated to the USS Yorktown Foundation to support its mission of “Inspiring children, visitors, and the community by promoting America’s longstanding traditions of service, leadership, duty, and sacrifice through exhibits, education, programming, and community outreach.”

On Thursday, May 23, to celebrate the official release, Westbrook will host a Shore Leave Luau from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a giveaway to the first 50 people who purchase a four-pack of the beer.
 
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This bestselling cordless table lamp. No cord means it’s ideal for outdoor lounge areas and patios — the rechargeable battery lasts up to 48 hours per full charge. Snag it in black, antique brass, or brushed nickel.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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Check out this Charleston glass perfect for sipping any (cold) brew, beer or coffee. Pro tip: There are coasters to match.
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