Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up after a busy day of sightseeing or you simply want to relax with a morning latte in the heart of downtown Charleston, there are plenty of great choices. The Charleston area has some delicious local coffee shops that make a mean mocha and serve up locally made pastries, muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Here are a few of our favorite picks:
Black Tap Coffee, 70 ½ Beaufain St. – This cozy coffeehouse is in Charleston’s historic Harleston Village and outfitted with custom-built tables made from heart pine wood used in the construction of some of Charleston’s oldest buildings and a stand-up bar with wrought iron stools. Enjoy a selection of coffees from around the world.
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer, 4 Vanderhorst St., roasts its own specialty coffee plus espresso beverages. Order up pastries and sandwiches made by local bakeries Wild Flour Pastry, Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery and Saffron Bakery. There’s no Wi-Fi at this coffee shop but there’s a great outdoor patio where you can enjoy coffee with friends or get caffeinated before heading out for a day of touring Charleston.
Saint Alban, 710 King St. – This all-day café serves up lattes, mochas and drip coffee plus breakfast, lunch and cocktails. Bonus: free parking behind the coffee shop.
Other coffee shops around town:
Collective Coffee, 766 S. Shelmore Lane, baristas use the single-pour method, so each cup is prepared singularly using seasonal Intelligentsia coffees and teas.
Metto Coffee & Tea, 354 W. Coleman Blvd., is a favorite among locals for a cup of morning joe while doing a little work or meeting with friends or colleagues. Enjoy specialty coffee and made-from-scratch pastries and paninis.
Vintage Coffee Café, 219 Simmons St., keeps your coffee cup full while offering a breakfast and lunch menu, plus a kid’s menu.
Tidal Grounds Coffee, 1039 Highway 41, is a quaint neighborhood coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. This shop serves coffee roasted locally by Black Tap Coffee and pastries created Bakies.
Classic Coffee Roasters, 27 Magnolia Road, is located in the Avondale neighborhood. With plenty of space and an outdoor courtyard, you’ll want to stop off here for a tasty vanilla latte, shot of espresso and a pastry from Wild Flour Pastry or Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery.
Orange Spot Coffeehouse, 4824 Chateau Ave., is located in the Park Circle area close to several local businesses and restaurants. Stop by for an afternoon Cha Yen (Thai iced tea) or start your day with freshly roasted coffee from Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. or one of the house-made seasonal creations.
Coastal Coffee Roasters, 108 E. 3rd North St., specializes in small batch roasting. Plus, they serve breakfast and lunch. Check their event calendar for special events like yoga and live music.