Charleston is known for its unique cuisine and historical architecture, but it also has a thriving coffee scene. Whether you just want a little pick me up to get you through the rest of the day or you are a bit of a coffee connoisseur, here is where to get the best coffee in Charleston.
Kudu, located in the heart of downtown, is a great Charleston coffee shop to check out because they have a little something for everyone. Kudu first opened in 2005, serving coffee and espresso from their roasting facility which is located about a mile from their shop on King Street. As they began to gain popularity, they decided to start serving beer and wine, so they now have over 20 taps of beers all from local breweries. Kudu also serves sandwiches and pastries which you can eat in their large outdoor garden. However, if you are looking for a place to check your email, they do not have Wi-Fi. This coffee shop is for relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family.
This coffee shop is the sister coffee shop to Butcher & Bee, a Charleston restaurant whose fresh baked bread is sold throughout the city. Located on King Street, The Daily is a large open space with plenty of windows to watch all the people walking by. In addition to coffee, they also serve fresh-baked pastries, sandwiches, and beer and wine. All of the items on their menu are reflective of and inspired by the culture and cuisine of Charleston, and many of the goods come from local artisans.
Second State Coffee, formerly known as Black Tap Coffee, was started by two friends from college who were looking for good iced coffee. While their name recently changed, they are still staying true to making the best coffee in Charleston. Their coffee shop is known for some of its more unique coffee cocktails (non-alcoholic) such as the Black Julep, which is made with espresso, honey, and mint and shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice and poured over crushed ice. The shop, which is located near the Historic Charleston City Market, also serves a light breakfast and pastries.
If you are looking for a larger coffee shop where your kids will also be entertained, stop by the Vintage Coffee Cafe in Mount Pleasant. Their shop has plenty of space for your whole family, serves wood-fired pizza, and has a large back patio with a playground to keep your kids happy. This coffee shop has a full breakfast and lunch menu, so you can stop by anytime for some food and your caffeine fix.