Y’all, I’ve been living in Charleston for three months now and I’ve been to every coffee shop that exists in the area. Which is easy to do when you’re in a small town 🙂 Can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on what it’s like to live in the south too, specifically Charleston. But first, this post is focused on go to coffee shops that I recommend everyone visit, especially if you live in the area. This list focuses on coffee shops for students hitting the books, for digital nomads that are bored of quiet co working spaces, and for those who just want a place to chill and catch up. Today I bring you: Chucktown’s Top 5 Best Coffee Shops!
THE ORANGE SPOT COFFEEHOUSE IN NORTH CHARLESTON
This place is the CUTEST! You must order the Cha Yen, it is a delicious thai iced tea that will knock your socks off. Highly advertised and recommended on Yelp as well! When I first started exploring North Charleston and came upon this shop near Park Circle I was very pleasantly surprised! It easily landed as one of my top favorite coffee shops in the area, there is fun loving music, various types of art work on the walls, multiple seating areas (inside and out), fast wifi and delicious drinks. Located in a cute area to walk around and grab happy hour after work too!
MUDDY WATERS COFFEE BAR ON JAMES ISLAND
I’ve planned the perfect day for you. If you live here, you probably already know this place. If you’re visiting with extra time in Charleston and coffee shops are your thing, head across the bridge into James Island (“JI”) which is nearby West Ashley and Avondale, where a ton of locals live and hang out. Go to Muddy Waters early, enjoy a chai latte and catch up on life to do’s with free wifi. Then, walk over to either Cory’s Grilled Cheese or Barberitos (order the queso blanco) for lunch — both guaranteed to be delicious. Proximity to these spots and a Harris Teeter next door makes this location convenient. The music inside is calming and at the perfect volume. There is seating available but small enough where it doesn’t ever become too crowded.
VINTAGE COFFEE IN MOUNT PLEASANT
Situated off a main road, Vintage Coffee is in “Mount Perfect” which is just over the Double Diamonds bridge (locals call it “the bridge”, really named the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge). It is in a white house with a outdoor patio in the front and back. They have a strong wifi connection and they also made the list because they have a delicious food menu. I enjoyed the Cinnamon Bun French Toast (because yessssss) and the Breakfast Burrito (very good). Perfect place to set up for the day especially when it’s nice out and you can enjoy the outdoors.
CLASSIC COFFEE IN AVONDALE
Open seating area with couches, tables, and a bar area, this place easily made my list. It is dark and homey feeling which makes it perfect for a rainy or cold day. While they don’t serve food (besides delicious pastries!), if you’re setting up here for the day, there is a salad shop down the street called “Verde” that I recommend grabbing a bite at. If you’re in a low key chill mood, I would recommend this spot.
BLACK TAP COFFEE IN HARLESTON VILLAGE
Ranked the #1 coffee shop in South Carolina in 2014, this is still considered a must stop today. Defined by being a “hip, minimalist setting for coffee and tea”, Black Tap offers a comfortable setting with a lot of light, which might sound weird to point out but some of these other shops are fairly dark. There are a few spots to sit but because it is so popular and nearby the CoC (College of Charleston) so it fills up fast. If you go to their Yelp, you will see they are known for their creative lattes. I have tried their lavender and brown sugar lattes and both were really good.
Note: The much talked about coffee shop Kudu did not make the list because they do not have wifi. Pros and cons but since I primarily work at coffee shops I rely heavily on wifi. Great spot to hang out and catch up with friends if you don’t need wifi, Kudu has a delicious lavender latte.
Do you know Charleston’s coffee shop scene well? What are your recommendations?
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