14 Top Coffee Shops to Grab a Cup of Java in Charlotte

14 Top Coffee Shops to Grab a Cup of Java in Charlotte

Wednesday, Aug 02 2017

Coffee, coffee, coffee! We couldn't make it through a single day without a fresh cup to get us going. Luckily, Charlotte’s coffee scene offers a great selection of cafes to help transform you from dead asleep to wide awake! In honor of August being National Coffee Month, we've rounded up a list of the top java joints that work hard to keep the Queen City caffeinated.

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Sip & Search at Subsecreto at Subsecreto
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Sip & Search at Subsecreto

Nestled in First Ward, Subsecreto is a spot serving up craft coffee and curiosity. The brainchild of two creatives, the space is inspired by secrets, magic and the exploration of the unknown.

Sip & Search at Subsecreto
$   .  Subsecreto   .  Charlotte
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Find Craft Coffee at Trade and Lore at Trade and Lore
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Find Craft Coffee at Trade and Lore

Trade and Lore comes from the mind behind popular NoDa spot The Daily Press (it operated in The Evening Muse). Now with a new name and home, they're doing the same thing—making creative coffee.

Find Craft Coffee at Trade and Lore
$   .  Trade and Lore   .  Charlotte
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Sip & Snack at Sunflour Baking Company East Blvd at Sunflour Baking Company
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Sip a Latte at Sunflour Baking Company

Sunflour shines in every department. Come for coffee and tea, croissants, cupcakes or a dank lunch sandwich, but beware, it's hard to decide on just one thing. You can enjoy the hospitality of Sunflour Baking Company at three convenient Charlotte area locations: Elizabeth, Dilworth and Harrisburg.

Sip & Snack at Sunflour Baking Company East Blvd
$   .  Sunflour Baking Company   .  Charlotte
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Grab a Tasty Treat at Amélie's Bakery at Amélie's Bakery
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Grab a Tasty Treat at Amélie's Bakery

Amélie's is a French bakery and café that offers a feast for the senses. If you swoon over French macarons, croissants and petit-fours then this will soon become a favorite go-to spot! You can find Amélie's French Bakery at these Charlotte area locations: NoDa, Rock Hill, Carmel Commons, Uptown, Park Road.

Grab a Tasty Treat at Amélie's Bakery
$   .  Amélie's Bakery   .  Charlotte
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Curl Up with a Cup of Coffee at Mugs  at Mugs Coffee
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Curl Up with a Cup at Mugs

It's all in the name: a charming independent cafe that offers premium coffees and an inimitable community presence.

Curl Up with a Cup of Coffee at Mugs
$   .  Mugs Coffee   .  Charlotte
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Sip on Something Good at Smelly Cat at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
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Sip on Something Good at Smelly Cat

Quirky little coffee shop with some seriously good snacks and drinks. You'll come for the coffee and hang around till closing time for the company.

Sip on Something Good at Smelly Cat
$   .  Smelly Cat Coffeehouse   .  Charlotte
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Cup Your Hands Around Any Warm Drink, Not Just Coffee! at Not Just Coffee-Dilworth
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Caffeinate at Not Just Coffee!

If a cafe doesn't have string lights, is the coffee even worth trying? NJC has it all—lights, houmemade sweetness, great people, and cups on cups on cups of all things, not just coffee. Multiple locations including 7th St., Atherton and Packard Place.

Cup Your Hands Around Any Warm Drink, Not Just Coffee!
$   .  Not Just Coffee-Dilworth   .  Charlotte
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Get Your Caffeine Fix at Central Coffee at Central Coffee Co.
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Sip Something Good at Central Coffee Co.

Whether you're looking for classic concoctions or want something a little fancier, Central Coffee has you covered on all caffeine fronts. Two locations at Plaza Midwood and South End.

Get Your Caffeine Fix at Central Coffee
$   .  Central Coffee Co.   .  Charlotte
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Caffeinate at Julia's Café & Book at Julia's Cafe & Books
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Caffeinate at Julia's Café & Book

Talk about the perfect mix—coffee and used books all for a cause. Come to Julia's to peruse everything from Harry Potter to Hemingway while sipping locally roasted coffee. Proceeds benefit Habitat!

Caffeinate at Julia's Café & Book
$   .  Julia's Cafe & Books   .  Charlotte
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Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar at HEX Espresso Bar
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Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar

Hex transitioned from a pop-up coffee shop to a brick-and-mortar. Find their espresso bar inside Good Bottle Co. for delicious, thoughtfully made coffee beverages that you won't find elsewhere.

Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar
$   .  HEX Espresso Bar   .  Charlotte
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Enjoy an Eco-Conscious Brew at the Crane Coffee Co. at Crane Coffee Co.
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Enjoy an Eco-Conscious Brew at the Crane Coffee Co. Pop-Up

Crane Coffee is dedicated to bringing sustainably sourced handcrafted java to the coffee lovers of Charlotte. They specialize in quick-drip pour overs and offer a rotating menu of homemade pastries.

Enjoy an Eco-Conscious Brew at the Crane Coffee Co.
$   .  Crane Coffee Co.   .  Charlotte
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Find It All at ROOTS Café at ROOTS Cafe
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Find It All at ROOTS Café

ROOTs Café brings it all—breakfast, lunch and dinner, grab-n-go options, coffee, draft beer, wine by the glass and bottle, all in a comfortable setting that'll make you want to settle in stay awhile.

Find It All at ROOTS Café
$   .  ROOTS Cafe   .  Charlotte
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Hyde Brewing & Suffolk Punch Bring Craft Beer, Coffee & Fermentation Lab at Hyde Brewing
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Enjoy Craft Coffee at Hyde Coffee

Hyde Brewing is on the forefront of driving the collision of art and science. Their scientific expertise and artful interpretations combine to inspire their recipes, guide their flavor profiles and delight their drinkers.

Hyde Brewing & Suffolk Punch Bring Craft Beer, Coffee & Fermentation Lab
$   .  Hyde Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Entice Yourself at a European-Style Bakery at Nova's Bakery
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Entice Yourself at a European-Style Bakery

Save yourself the money of a trip to Europe—visiting Nova's is like a peek into a traditional European bakery mixed with a patisserie. It's the perfect spot to pick up a loaf or a sweet treat!

Entice Yourself at a European-Style Bakery
$   .  Nova's Bakery   .  Charlotte
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Perk Up at Joe and Nosh at Joe and Nosh
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Perk Up at Joe and Nosh

Joe and Nosh is a classic coffee shop that keeps it simple. Coffee and food. Their menu is thoughtfully assembled to offer the best of both.

Perk Up at Joe and Nosh
$   .  Joe and Nosh   .  Charlotte
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14 Top Coffee Shops to Grab a Cup of Java in Charlotte
14 Top Coffee Shops to Grab a Cup of Java in Charlotte