Top 10 Coffee Shops In Charlotte, North Carolina

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Charlotte is a city in the state of North Carolina, and home to some of America’s sporting favourites such as Carolina Panthers team, Charlotte Hornets and the legendary, Nascar. Known also as the “Queen City”, her “kingdom” stretches across rivers to historical sites, with diverse neighbourhoods that won’t fail to meet any travellers needs. In between your galavanting, sit yourself down in one of the coffee shops to plan your next location or simply watch the crowd go by as you sip on a good ol’ cuppa and maybe even treat yourself to a delicious slice of cake. Read on to find out the top coffee shops in Charlotte.

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1. Trade and Lore

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Trade and Lore’s cosy atmosphere and warm and friendly staff are sure to make you feel at home and like a local. With a superb list of partners they work with, their menu for both drink and food never fails to disappoint. Whether you’re having a vegan-friendly lunch or a cup of latte, it is freshness at its best!

Trade and Lore

Address: 933 Louise Ave Suite 301, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States

Website: Trade and Lore

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 4pm; Fri: 7am - 6pm; Sat: 8am - 6pm; Sun: 8am - 4pm

2. Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery


Nestled in North Davidson (also affectionately known as NoDa); a neighbourhood known for its arts and culture, and a fitting home for The Smelly Cat Cafe. Like the neighbourhood, the cafe embraces its quirks, which is evident in some of their menu items such as, Mexican hot chocolate - velvety chocolate with a shot of tequila, cayenne pepper and marshmallows. The establishment takes pride in their own roasting of coffee beans, home-made dishes such as pancakes as well as their very own syrup!

Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery

Address: 514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Website: Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6:30am - 3pm; Fri: 6:30am - 10pm; Sat: 7am - 10pm; Sun: 8am - 10pm

3. HEX Coffee

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Starting out as a humble pop-up cafe just wanting to share their coffee, Hex Coffee now has a permanent cafe and their own beans which can be purchased at their store or online and for both individuals and businesses. They have a wide range of coffee suitable for all palettes and lifestyles; from decaf to instant! You can even purchase gift cards for your loved ones and let them decide which beans suit them best.

HEX Coffee

Address: 1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206, United States

Website: HEX Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 2pm (closed on Sun)

4. Not Just Coffee


Not Just Coffee in Charlotte sits within the 7th Street Public Market; a not-for-profit establishment, showcasing the authentic and unique cuisines from Carolinas. It’s no surprise why Not Just Coffee was selected to be one of its vendors. In line with the market’s mission and values, Not Just Coffee partners with local and ethical partners to create rich and flavourful brews. Some of the must-try at the cafe are their matcha lattes and nitro cold brew, which can be coupled with any of the other delicious meals which can be found in the market.

Not Just Coffee

Address: 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: Not Just Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 6pm; Fri: 7am - 7pm; Sat: 8am - 7am; Sun: 8am - 5pm

5. RUSH by Rush Espresso


As the name says, this is the place to go for a quick and wonderfully made cup of coffee. An independent cafe, using Dibella beans, fronted by baristas that are the best at what they do. Their knowledge and skills combined with the impeccable choice of beans will not disappoint you from that very first sip. A simple and cosy cafe you can pop into when you’re in a rush (no pun intended), or if you’d like to get some work done with the help of well-induced caffeine hit, RUSH would be your first choice if you’re in the area!

RUSH by Rush Espresso

Address: 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: [RUSH by Rush Espresso]

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 4pm; Fri: 7am - 3pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

6. Waterbean Coffee

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Posted by Waterbean Coffee on Saturday, 10 August 2019

The Waterbean Cafe serves the regular coffee must-haves with the best selection of beans, but they also serve Vietnamese coffee which is often a stronger and thicker brew. The cafe’s signature drink - The Volcano is also an option to try for the curious coffee taster! Served on a flaming saucer, this drink is described by the establishment as the “crème brûlée” of coffee.

Waterbean Coffee

Address: 1111 Metropolitan Ave #160, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States

Website: Waterbean Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 9pm; Sun: 8am - 7pm

7. Central Coffee Co

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Central Coffee is your neighbourhood coffee shop; the perfect place to get a change of scenery while feeling at home. Its laid back vibe is chilled and charming with brick walls and a fireplace, they use locally grown coffee beans and make all their pastries from scratch! So you can expect original and fresh menu items, be it coffee or cake.

Central Coffee Co

Address: 719 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States

Website: Central Coffee Co

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6am - 8pm; Sun: 7am - 7pm

8. Coco and the Director

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Posted by Coco and the Director on Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Coco and the Director’s setting is cleverly designed to accommodate both a chilled environment as well as provide a conducive space for those of you who’d like to get their work done without being confined to a sterile office environment. Their food menu is just as unique, with sandwiches made from home-made bread and in-house roasts, to Kronuts; tempting for anyone with a sweet-tooth, its a flakey croissant, deep-fried and dressed in cinnamon, chocolate, and pecans for that crunchy bite before you sink your teeth into its doughy interior.

Coco and the Director

Address: 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: Coco and the Director

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

9. Cafe Moka


Cafe Moka’s menu welcomes all coffee drinkers, from beginners to experts and even the non-coffee drinkers have a tasty bunch of options to try! If you’re feeling slightly adventurous and want a caffeine hit with a twist, take your pick from their “indulgent lattes” that add that something extra to your drink. Such as a “Toasted S'more Latte”; a combination of chocolate, milk, and espresso, topped with toasted marshmallows, crackers, and chocolate sauce! non-caffeine drinkers can take their pick from smoothies to house-made sodas, or hot-chocolates!

Cafe Moka

Address: 7416 Waverly Walk Ave h3, Charlotte, NC 28277, United States

Website: Cafe Moka

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 9pm; Fri: 7am - 10pm; Sat: 8am - 10am (closed on Sun)

10. Enderly Coffee Company

Posted by Enderly Coffee Company on Thursday, 27 February 2020

A great and cosy cafe, serving good quality coffee and wonderful service. Providing not just coffee, but consultation, training, and equipment, you know they are experts in the world of coffee beans because they live and breathe the industry from back end to front. Regardless of whether you’re popping into the shop, or ordering online, you will not be disappointed with the quality of your product choice and service!

Enderly Coffee Company

Address: 2620 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Website: Enderly Coffee Company

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 2pm (closed on Sun)

Perked up yet?

As we know, coffee not only helps some people properly wake up in the morning, it’s a delicious drink, has numerous health benefits and because of that, has had an entire culture develop around it. Even if you don’t drink coffee, coffee shops provide a great rest stop and social setting for anyone and everyone. We hope you enjoyed this list and that it’ll serve you well on your travels in Charlotte, pointing out the best coffee places to accompany you on your travelling adventures!

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