Black Tap Coffee - This is one of the smaller coffee shops in town with a large community table and a variety of bar stools, but what it lacks in seating, it definitely makes up for in flavor. Their WiFi is super fast, there is plenty of light, and the location is right near the College of Charleston campus, so there are always people inside working. This was the first coffee shop I really started frequenting; their staff was very knowledgeable and helpful when I had no idea what to order.
My order: hot lavender latte and a mini quiche
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer - Coffee plus beer - I'm sold. They have the best outdoor courtyard, and I love that this location is across the street from the Farmer's Market at Marion Square. I can honestly say that we stop at Kudu every other weekend before we take our walk through the market. The one thing different from the location above is that they proudly announce they do not have WiFi. Head to Kudu, morning or night, and enjoy some conversation with friends!
My order: iced vanilla latte and a ham & cheese croissant (brought over each day from Saffron)
Tricera Coffee - Who doesn't love a dinosaur-themed coffee shop? If you're shopping on Lower King Street, this is in a perfect location on George Street. This is definitely the coziest and low-key spot for coffee in Charleston. If you're looking to buy their beans, they sell them under a different name: Cup.
My order: hot saffron latte and a bagel with cream cheese
The Daily - This one is a little further out of the way than your normal walk around Charleston, but they do have their own parking, and they're right next door to High Wire Distillery! The Daily is Butcher & Bee's grab-and-go location, so you know everything they bake will be fantastic. While you're waiting for your coffee, you can shop their little marketplace for wine, beer, fresh juices, meats, cheeses, and local goods.
My order: iced homemade almond milk latte and house sausage biscuit
Revelator - The newest coffee shop in Charleston, this is actually Revelator's 7th location around the Southeast. The whole place feels bright and open, and while it's on the very Northern end of Upper King Street right now, give it a few years, and with all the new construction, it will soon be right in the prime location.
My order: espresso & milk with honey cinnamon syrup and an asiago bagel with cream cheese
Vintage Coffee & Cafe - This one is definitely in my top favorites, but it gets honorable mention because it isn’t actually in Charleston. It’s just over the Cooper River in Mount Pleasant, so a very reasonable drive if you want the cutest outdoor spot to drink coffee in the area.
My order: hot vanilla latte and the peanut butter-banana-chocolate acai bowl (if you’re really feeling adventurous – add toasted coconut to the bowl)
Do you have a favorite coffee spot in your city?