From popular chains brewing grab-and-go cups to independent artisans making mind-blowing java Charlotte is full of unique places to fuel the hardiest coffee addiction. Whether you prefer name brand coffee or ethically sourced and locally roasted labels, the city is full of coffee shops that cater to every taste, making it a coffee-lover’s dream. Remember, life is too short for boring coffee, so here are some of the city’s top spots to try for excellent coffee. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Allegro Coffee Company
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Located in the Whole Foods Market, Allegro Coffee Company is dedicated to environmental stewardship and worker livelihood and sourced coffee beans from sustainable coffee and tea producers around the world. Established in 1977, the company has been sourcing and producing organic, fair-trade coffee ever since and has expanded the business to include the supply of excellent, sustainable teas and botanicals. The company has a main roastery in Denver and six small-batch shops across the country under the name Allegro Coffee Roasters where professional baristas offer an immersive craft experience with coffees sourced from around the world, each boasting their own unique character.
7221 Waverly Walk Ave, Charlotte, NC 28277, Phone: 704-949-1860
2.Amélie's French Bakery & Cafe - Uptown
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Amélie's French Bakery & Café is one of a chain of cafés and bakeries that serve delectable pastries, cakes, and other sweet treats with house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks. The flagship French-inspired café in Uptown Charlotte has quirky décor, polished wooden accents, and hanging and an eclectic collection of hanging chandeliers. The menu features all the favorites – American, espresso and macchiato, as well as unusual concoctions like vanilla and almond milk latte, Key Lime French soda, lavender coconut latte, and salted caramel brownie cafe mocha. Amélie's French Bakery & Café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
380 S. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-899-0088
3.Brakeman's Coffee & Supply
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Brakeman's Coffee & Supply is a popular gathering place for great, organic, and fair-trade craft coffee drinks and tea with a charming old bungalow in downtown Matthews. Boasting cozy interiors and a lovely outdoor setting on a grassy front lawn, the cute little coffee shop serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, such as lavender lattes and ice-cold brews, imported teas, and other beverages. Light bites include mouthwatering pastries, sweet treats, and smoothies, and a monthly Feature Coffee Program sees rotating selections of coffee every month and roasters twice-a-year. Brakeman's Coffee & Supply is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturdays.
225 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105, Phone: 704-841-7867
4.Central Coffee Co. - Plaza Midwood
© Central Coffee Co. - Plaza Midwood
Located on the corner of Central and Louise Avenues in Plaza Midwood and with another location in South End, Central Coffee Co. has been serving up excellent, ethically-sourced coffee from Triangle roaster Joe Van Gogh since 2009. Both locales have warm and welcoming atmospheres, cushy sofas on which to relax, and friendly baristas working their magic. The menu boasts all the favorites – American, espresso, and macchiato, as well as their signature Central Shorties, which are lattes infused with whole milk and a dash of vanilla. Snacks include freshly baked pastries, vegan cakes made with flaxseed, traditional baklava, and homemade quiche.
Plaza Midwood: 719 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, Phone: 704-335-7288
5.Coco and the Director
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Located in the Charlotte Marriott City Center in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, Coco, and the Director is a super-cool place to hang out, socialize and sip great coffee. Boasting soaring ceilings, wooden beam, and staircase seating, as well as traditional tables and chairs, this caffeine stop’s vibe is ideal for both a business meeting and a long lazy Saturday brunch. The stylish spot serves aromatic locally roasted coffee, gourmet sandwiches on freshly baked bread, and a range of sweet delights such as pastries cookies, and kronuts (deep-fried croissant/donut hybrid) from the local baker Sugarman. Coco and the Director is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-353-6003
6.Crema Espresso Bar and Cafe
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Located in the Kenilworth Commons, Crema Espresso Bar and Café is a cozy, relaxed European café in the heart of Charlotte that serves locally roasted coffees and specialty coffee drinks, loose-leaf herbal teas and Euro-centric, made-from-scratch café fare. The café serves coffee sourced from local Charlotte-area roasters who guarantee the richest, most aromatic flavors from around the world, and offers a rotating selection of around 30 varieties of the finest loose-leaf herbal teas. The food menu features strong Eastern European influences in sweet treats such as award-winning crepes, cakes, and mouthwatering pastries. Crema Espresso Bar and Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1235 East Blvd B, Charlotte, NC 28203, Phone: 704-900-8883
7.CROWN STATION Coffee House & Pub
© CROWN STATION Coffee House & Pub
Located in historic NoDa, Crown Station Coffee House & Pub serves organic fair-trade coffees, teas, and chai. With easy access to the light rail, the coffee shop is popular with both locals and tourists alike and has a full-service bar with a variety of well-brewed craft beers, and premium cocktails and hosts live entertainment every night. The coffee house serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, imported teas, and other beverages, as well as light fare for brunch and lunch. The full-service bar comes alive at night and serves a range of craft beers, casual wines, and innovative cocktails made with high-end spirits. Crown Station Coffee House & Pub is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
3629 North Davidson Street – Charlotte, NC – 28205, Phone: 704-910-2249
8.Julia's Cafe & Books
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Julia’s Café & Books is a quirky, welcoming spot that combines a café and a bookstore with comfy and cozy loft seating. Located next to the Habitat ReStore on Wendover, Julia’s Café & Books serves delicious locally roasted coffee from Magnolia Coffee, specialty coffee drinks such as lavender lattes, and organic breakfast and lunch options. The store also has a large selection of used books to browse and buy with all proceeds going towards Habitat for Humanity and offers free wireless Internet around the store. Julia’s Café & Books is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1133 N Wendover Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: 704-295-4585
9.Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Coffee
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Located in the Sardis Crossing Shopping Center, Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Coffee is a casual, family-friendly store that serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, including latte coffees made with a double shot of Kona-blend espresso, assorted teas, and Red Bull-infused frozen blends. The shop also sells 80 vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free flavors of authentic Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice for a distinctive taste of the Pacific and a selection of dessert bowls. Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
1627 Sardis Rd N Ste 4A, Charlotte, NC 28270, Phone: 704-713-7169
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10.Mac Tabby Cat Cafe
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Mac Tabby Cat Cafe is a cool and eclectic coffee shop that combines great coffee and cat cuddling. The charming little café serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee from Pure Intentions Coffee., assorted teas, specialty coffee drinks like cold brew, espresso drinks and drip coffee, and a variety of beer, wine, fruit-infused drinks, and kombucha. A separate room is home to several cats that patrons can cozy up with and adopt if they feel the need, and the café hosts a variety of cat-related events, yoga classes, and other functions throughout the year. Mac Tabby Cat Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
3204 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Phone: 704-890-0373
Located in Park Selwyn Terrace, Mugs is a local, independently owned coffee shop in the South Park neighborhood that serves locally-sourced, ethically-produced coffee from North Carolina's Magnolia Coffee, along with freshly baked pastries and sweet treats from local bakeries. The café has a relaxed, laid-back vibe with a rotating selection of artwork from local artists on the wall and comfy seating at tiny coffeehouse tables, and serves breakfast and lunch, house-roasted coffee, assorted loose-leaf teas, and several craft beers on tap. The always casual and friendly café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
5126 Park Rd #1d, Charlotte, NC 28209, Phone: 704-733-9014
12.Mugshots Coffee & Tea
Established by two former law enforcement officers who wanted a career change, Mugshots Coffee & Tea serves freshly-made coffee and specialty coffee drinks, along with made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and sweet pastries in a cozy shop in downtown Belmont. Mugshots Sources organic, fair-trade beans from Mountain Grounds Artisan Roastery in California, who purchase beans from small farms and coalitions around the world, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Guatemala, Columbia. Mugshots specialize in Chemex coffee with every cup made to order, offering their own unique flavor and character, whether as a pour-over, latte, or specialty drink. Mugshots Coffee & Tea is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
4 N Main St, Belmont, NC 28012, Phone: 704-461-8073
13.Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee
© Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee
Located in SouthPark, Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee is a hip, stylish coffee bar that serves artfully prepared espresso drinks, house-roasted coffee from ethically-sourced beans, and fresh, locally sourced pastries. The grab-and-go counter-serve coffee is ideal for a quick break from shopping, offering espresso, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, fresh fruit juices, locally sourced pastries, and healthy light lunch fare. Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee is open during store hours, serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: 704-442-6000
14.Not Just Coffee
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Opened in 2011 by a husband and wife team, Miracle and James Yoder, Not Just Coffee is a family-owned coffee chain with six locations around the city, each with a cool, laid-back vibe and a comfortable ambiance in which to enjoy a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee North Carolina’s Counter Culture Coffee, specialty coffee drinks, imported teas, and other beverages, as well as light fare for brunch and lunch. Signature coffee drinks include chai latte with oat milk, vanilla sugar latte, nitrogen-infused cold brew, and light food like of avocado toast with sundried tomatoes, and freshly baked pastries. Not Just Coffee is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2230 Park Rd Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28203, Phone: 704-900-7500
15.Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar
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Located in the Latta Arcade, Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar is a laid-back coffee shop with communal tables that serves high-quality, handcrafted coffee drinks and light fare in a casual, welcoming setting. The coffee shop is committed to sourcing 100% Arabica beans from a single coffee grower named Henry Hueck at La Virgen Coffee Estates in Nicaragua and uses imported Italian La Marzocco espresso machines to create unrivaled espressos and other coffee drinks. Talented baristas serve creative specialty drinks and share their passion and knowledge of the tiny brown bean. Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturdays.
300 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-969-3479
16.Queen City Grounds
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Located SkyHouse Uptown’s ground floor, Queen City Grounds is an independent coffee shop owned by musician Paul Waggoner and Matt Mahoney that serves locally-sourced coffee, pour-overs, specialty lattes and light bites in a relaxed, airy space. Sourcing coffee beans from Fud at Salud in NoDa and roasting them in-house, Queen City Grounds serves seasonal signature sips like the cococcino with espresso, coconut milk, and coconut shavings. Light bites include freshly baked pastries from local bakery Sugarman and world-famous kronuts and vegan doughnuts from Move That Dough Baking Co’s. Queen City Grounds is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
644 N Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-324-3231
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17.RUSH by Rush Espresso
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RUSH by Rush Espresso is a locally-owned quaint little café in Ballantyne serving internationally-acclaimed coffee and teas, breakfast, and lunch, and dinner dishes against a backdrop of live music. Ideal for a quick cup of coffee on the go or a relaxed lunch with friends, the hidden gem serves Australian espresso coffee from Di Bella, including signature sips like Chai Latte with Almond Milk and cinnamon flavoring, and healthy fare like guacamole Benedict, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh salads. The café also serves a variety of craft beer and wine in the evenings. RUSH by Rush Espresso is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
120 Brevard Court, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 980-999-5100
18.Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery
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Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery is a quirky little coffee shop located in the heart of NoDa that roasts their own ethically-sourced coffee and homemade biscuits and is renowned for serving the best dirty chai (chai tea with a shot of espresso) in Charlotte. The colorful and much-loved coffee shop opened its doors in 2000 and has been serving a wide selection of pour-overs, frappes, specialty espresso drinks, and cold brews in an arty setting ever since. Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Phone: 704-374-9656
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19.The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe
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The Grounds Bookstore and Café is a Christian bookstore and coffee shop that offers a warm and welcoming spot with comfy sofas and armchairs where guests can relax over great coffee and a book. The Grounds Café serves a delicious café menu featuring organic, fair-trade coffee from around the world, specialty drinks like Warm Cinnamon Toast Chai and Iced Fit Frappes, and melt-in-your-mouth pastries. The bookstore has a wide variety of literature for the spiritual explorer and the Christian theologian alike, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
8335 Browne Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, Phone: 704-598-9800 ext. 117
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© The Hobbyist
The Hobbyist is a casual neighborhood coffee bar and bottle shop set within an old renovated warehouse in Villa Heights. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Bryson and Julie Woodside, the coffee shop has a vintage industrial feel with custom-made woodwork and serves a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks, imported teas, along with a selection of local and regional craft beers on tap and wine by the glass. An attached bottle shop offers a carry-out selection of local craft beer and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2100 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Phone: 704-526-0073
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21.Trade and Lore - NoDa Neighborhood
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Blending craft beer and coffee in a shared space with Salud Cervaceria, Trade and Lore is a café by day and brewery by night that features dark wood booths, cozy nooks, colorful art-adorned walls, bars with marble countertops and eclectic lights hanging from the ceiling. Sip seasonal lattes, nitro cold brews, macchiatos, and pour-overs during the day along with freshly baked pastries and other light bites and enjoy craft and draft brews and specialty beers in the Salud bottle shop above the café in the evening. Trade and Lore is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
933 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
© Undercurrent Coffee
Set in a comfortable, refurbished house in Plaza Midwood with ocean-inspired décor and cool blue hues, Undercurrent Coffee is a comfy, laid-back spot that serves sustainably and ethically sourced coffee beans and coffee-related products. The drinks menu features a variety of freshly roasted and brewed coffee, specialty coffee drinks like cold brew, smooth espresso drinks, creamy lattes, and drip coffee, assorted teas, Matcha green tea-based drinks, house-made sodas, accompanied by homemade pastries like buckwheat banana jam scones. Undercurrent Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
2012 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, Phone: 980-498-7328
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© Waterbean Coffee
Waterbean Coffee is a small, minimalist coffee shop with three locations in Midtown, Tryon, and in the Whitehall Corporate building that serves organic, locally-roasted coffee, coffee specialty drinks, assorted drinks, and fruit juices, along with fresh pastries in a comfortable, work-centric space. The coffee menu boasts French Press, AeroPress, personal pour-overs, Vietnamese coffee, and lattes, and the signature Mochigatto features coffee poured over Japanese ice cream. Waterbean Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
616 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, Phone: 704-681-7777
24.Kokomo's Coffee House
Based in the Henry J. Biddle Memorial Hall, Kokomo’s Coffeehouse is the university’s first on-campus coffeehouse that provides a relaxed and laid-back spot for students to kick back over great coffee and conversation. Founded in 2010 by Tiwanna “Koko” Hagans, the menu features a variety of items from locally-roasted coffee and healthy smoothies to assorted teas, fresh fruit juices, and a selection of baked pastries and sweet treats. The café has comfortable indoor seating and a lovely outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Fridays.
Henry J. Biddle Memorial Hall, 100 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
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24 Best Charlotte Coffee Shops
- Allegro Coffee Company, Photo: Allegro Coffee Company
- Amélie's French Bakery & Cafe - Uptown, Photo: Amélie's French Bakery & Cafe | Uptown
- Brakeman's Coffee & Supply, Photo: Brakeman's Coffee & Supply
- Central Coffee Co. - Plaza Midwood, Photo: Central Coffee Co. - Plaza Midwood
- Coco and the Director, Photo: Coco and the Director
- Crema Espresso Bar and Cafe, Photo: Crema Espresso Bar and Café
- CROWN STATION Coffee House & Pub, Photo: CROWN STATION Coffee House & Pub
- Julia's Cafe & Books, Photo: Julia's Café & Books
- Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Coffee, Photo: Kona Snow Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Coffee
- Mac Tabby Cat Cafe, Photo: Mac Tabby Cat Cafe
- Mugs, Photo: OlegDoroshin/stock.adobe.com
- Mugshots Coffee & Tea, Photo: Thongsuk/stock.adobe.com
- Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee, Photo: Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee
- Not Just Coffee, Photo: Not Just Coffee
- Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar, Photo: Mariusz Blach/stock.adobe.com
- Queen City Grounds, Photo: Queen City Grounds
- RUSH by Rush Espresso, Photo: Farknot Architect/stock.adobe.com
- Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery, Photo: Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery
- The Grounds Bookstore and Cafe, Photo: The Grounds Bookstore and Café
- The Hobbyist, Photo: The Hobbyist
- Trade and Lore - NoDa Neighborhood, Photo: Trade and Lore - NoDa Neighborhood
- Undercurrent Coffee, Photo: Undercurrent Coffee
- Waterbean Coffee, Photo: Waterbean Coffee
- Kokomo's Coffee House, Photo: Kuzmick/stock.adobe.com
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