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11 Essential Coffee Shops in Charleston

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Can't start the morning/afternoon/life without a large cup of caffeine? Try one of these local coffee purveyors for a fix. Whether it's free WiFi or a cozy atmosphere, there's a place for each need.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

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1011 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 637-4504
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A savior for the citizens of Park Circle, The Orange Spot Coffeehouse supplies caffeine to North Charleston. The setting recently expanded with a new address but maintains the same cozy atmosphere. Try the Cha Yen, a Thai iced tea.

2. Mercantile And Mash

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701 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2636
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In addition to expertly prepared espresso drinks, Mercantile offers free wifi, plentiful seating, and a full breakfast and lunch menu — what's not to love. Oh, and parking. Sold.

3. Metto Coffee & Tea

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354 W Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 216-8832
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Metto Coffee is a bright cafe with comfortable seating in Mount Pleasant. Customers love the honey latte and made-from-scratch pastries.

4. The Daily

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654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

Butcher & Bee sibling The Daily is the place to go for a morning Springbok coffee and a breakfast sandwich or an afternoon lunch to-go. The space is prime for browsing goods while waiting on a latte.

5. Vintage Coffee Cafe

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219 Simmons St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Vintage Coffee Cafe offers caffeine, eats, and wifi to the Mount Pleasant set. The kitchen puts out sophisticated breakfast items, like seasonal quiches, oven-roasted tomato tarts, acai bowls, and lox plates, among others.

6. Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer

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4 Vanderhorst St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 853-7186
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Kudu not only has a handsome outdoor patio, but an extensive coffee and craft beer program as well. It doesn't have wifi, so this shop is for relaxation, not work.

7. The Rise

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77 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC

Petite shop The Rise opened last year without much fanfare, but with praise (and a few Instagrams) from Food Network celebrity Alton Brown, the coffee spot attracts those in search of a perfect cortado. The Rise also offers seasonal flavors like a summer citrus cold brew with hints of orange and basil or rosemary lattes in colder weather.

8. City Lights Coffee

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141 Market St
Charleston, SC
(843) 853-7067
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City Lights is an arty hangout tucked away on Market Street. Regulars gather at the espresso bar to chat with the barista, and others clack around on laptops on the cozy, well-worn furniture. Oh, and it has most any espresso drink or flavored syrups anyone could want, plus vegan, gluten-free muffin options.

9. Second State Coffee

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70.5 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4402
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Sunlight-filled caffeine emporium Second State Coffee (formerly Black Tap Coffee) is the spot to get creative lattes (try the brown sugar or lavender) and kick-ass pour-over brew. It is also the meeting spot for creatives and neighborhood friends to chat about the day or upcoming projects.

10. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

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159 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 609-0455
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Entrepreneur Amy Wright has four children, and two, Bitty & Beau, were born with Down syndrome. Wright saw an opportunity to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in finding steady jobs. Her coffee shops Betty & Beau are staffed with a very enthusiastic crew that live with issues like autism and cerebral palsy. Stop in for a cup of joy in the morning.

11. Muddy Waters Coffee Bar

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1739 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 795-0848
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Located on James Island, Muddy Waters is a quirky little coffee bar full of art and plenty of caffeine. The wifi and parking are also plenty.

1. The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

1011 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

A savior for the citizens of Park Circle, The Orange Spot Coffeehouse supplies caffeine to North Charleston. The setting recently expanded with a new address but maintains the same cozy atmosphere. Try the Cha Yen, a Thai iced tea.

1011 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Mercantile And Mash

701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403

In addition to expertly prepared espresso drinks, Mercantile offers free wifi, plentiful seating, and a full breakfast and lunch menu — what's not to love. Oh, and parking. Sold.

701 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Metto Coffee & Tea

354 W Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Metto Coffee is a bright cafe with comfortable seating in Mount Pleasant. Customers love the honey latte and made-from-scratch pastries.

354 W Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

4. The Daily

654 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Butcher & Bee sibling The Daily is the place to go for a morning Springbok coffee and a breakfast sandwich or an afternoon lunch to-go. The space is prime for browsing goods while waiting on a latte.

654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Vintage Coffee Cafe

219 Simmons St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Vintage Coffee Cafe offers caffeine, eats, and wifi to the Mount Pleasant set. The kitchen puts out sophisticated breakfast items, like seasonal quiches, oven-roasted tomato tarts, acai bowls, and lox plates, among others.

219 Simmons St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

6. Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer

4 Vanderhorst St, Charleston, SC 29403

Kudu not only has a handsome outdoor patio, but an extensive coffee and craft beer program as well. It doesn't have wifi, so this shop is for relaxation, not work.

4 Vanderhorst St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. The Rise

77 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC

Petite shop The Rise opened last year without much fanfare, but with praise (and a few Instagrams) from Food Network celebrity Alton Brown, the coffee spot attracts those in search of a perfect cortado. The Rise also offers seasonal flavors like a summer citrus cold brew with hints of orange and basil or rosemary lattes in colder weather.

77 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC

8. City Lights Coffee

141 Market St, Charleston, SC

City Lights is an arty hangout tucked away on Market Street. Regulars gather at the espresso bar to chat with the barista, and others clack around on laptops on the cozy, well-worn furniture. Oh, and it has most any espresso drink or flavored syrups anyone could want, plus vegan, gluten-free muffin options.

141 Market St
Charleston, SC

9. Second State Coffee

70.5 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401

Sunlight-filled caffeine emporium Second State Coffee (formerly Black Tap Coffee) is the spot to get creative lattes (try the brown sugar or lavender) and kick-ass pour-over brew. It is also the meeting spot for creatives and neighborhood friends to chat about the day or upcoming projects.

70.5 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

159 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401

Entrepreneur Amy Wright has four children, and two, Bitty & Beau, were born with Down syndrome. Wright saw an opportunity to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in finding steady jobs. Her coffee shops Betty & Beau are staffed with a very enthusiastic crew that live with issues like autism and cerebral palsy. Stop in for a cup of joy in the morning.

159 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. Muddy Waters Coffee Bar

1739 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412

Located on James Island, Muddy Waters is a quirky little coffee bar full of art and plenty of caffeine. The wifi and parking are also plenty.

1739 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

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