Add this to the list of best counter-corporate coffeehouses in CLT. This nook's got a lot: from cutesy string lights to an eclectic flair, warm environment and local art, locally baked goods and incredibly cozy booths made out of old doors. Smelly Cat actually smells awesome and is the perfect location to curl up with a cup of something warm and get your day rolling. And they roast their own coffee, y'all. An array of savory pastries, sandwiches, and gluten free items are freshly made each day. Aside from their coffee— minced daily on the humongous grinder for all customers to see—they've also got daily flavored brews and their chais and dirty chais are addictive. Swing by for a cup and muffin to go, warm up by the fiery glow of your laptop on a busy day, or bask in the sun while sipping a frappuccino on the patio. Pro tip: if you haven't been introduced yet, you should definitely give their Cuban coffee a shot—this is the only joint in town that serves it! And yes.... The name was inspired by that one song on Friends.