Charleston is recognized for its culinary ventures, but Charleston locals are big proponents of cafe culture, and, as a result, the city is full of amazing coffee shops. With so many to visit, it can be hard to decide which to visit, so we’ve created a guide to a few of our favorite coffee shops in the city.
We knew we couldn’t create a list of the best Charleston coffee shops without mentioning Orange Spot! We featured this shop before when we highlighted the emerging area of Park Circle, and it’s still one of our favorite places. The drink selection features fun coffees as well as plenty of options for younger visitors, like a delicious hot chocolate and teas.
Second State is a favorite of locals, students, and tourists alike. This relaxing spot is the perfect place to come and catch up with friends or do some work, with lots of light, a community table, and several delicious coffee and tea options, including a delicious house-blended matcha.
Like the name would suggest, Kudu serves not only your typical café fare, but it also boasts a hearty beer menu. The large patio outdoor seating area makes it a great place to bring your dog on a coffee date in the afternoon and meet some friends for a beer after work.
This cute bakery and café is perfect for days you want to get off the beaten path. Situated in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston, this traditional Charleston house-turned-café is full of whimsical surprises like raspberry macarons, house-made donuts, and our personal favorite, the Lola Tea. The baguettes from Brown’s Court were also voted the best in Charleston.
While it may seem to be an artisan chocolate store at first glance, Cristophe’s is also home to one of the best coffee drinks in all of Charleston: The Stella. Half coffee, half Cristophe’s special drinking chocolate, The Stella can be served either hot or cold, making it ideal for all types of weather.
Brown Fox Coffee This outdoor coffee spot in Mount Pleasant started up under the guidance of Biz Foxworth with the mission to love and serve her community even better. Their menu is like none other in Charleston; we especially love the spicy Mexican Fox Mocha Latte and the Raspberry White Latte!
Caviar & Bananas has become a staple of the downtown crowd thanks in part to its convenient location on George Street. This café also functions as a mini-specialty foods market and a popular lunch spot featuring both made-to-order food and pre-made dishes.
132 Spring Coffee & Kitchen Bar The former home of Eclectic Café & Vinyl, 132 Spring has opened its doors under the guidance of Fernando Lange and Conny Ahlgren, who previously operated coffee shops in Stockholm and Berlin. The new space includes a small shop with Swedish candies and a wealth of art books, and no visit is complete without a taste of their almond cake!