10 Must-Visit Coffee Shops in Charlotte

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These are the very best places to get caffeinated in the Queen City
Words by: Sloane Wick

The coffee shops in Charlotte are places of community, innovation and personal development. Whether it’s sipping on espresso and writing your short story, organizing an Earth clean-up day with your favorite frappe in hand or getting to know a first date over two perfectly crafted lattes, coffee and coffee shops are more involved in our lives than we often think.

They are so much a part of our lives, they can’t all be listed in just one article. Without further ado, here are 10 “must-visit” coffee shops in Charlotte. 

  • Enderly Coffee Company 

This unique coffee shop was launched by two former teachers who gave the cafe a school-like appearance, an ever-changing menu and a nonprofit partner that benefits from all sales of custom coffee bean blends. 
Address: 2620 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Seasonal Lattes (Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Gingerbread, Whiskey, etc.)
enderlycoffee.com

  • Coco and the Director 

Coco and the Director is all about boldness and innovation with its co-lab spaces, stage-inspired seating and single-origin coffees.
Address: 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Dirty Chai Tea Latte 
cocoandthedirector.com

  • Hex Coffee

This charming cafe began in 2015 as a pop-up coffee shop but has quickly evolved into a storefront dedicated to the “constant pursuit of quality and sustainability.”
Address: 1824 Statesville Ave Ste. 101, Charlotte, NC 28206
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Draft Vanilla Latte 
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  • The Suffolk Punch  

As both a coffee shop and a brewery, Suffolk Punch is the perfect place to make sure everyone in your group can enjoy a cup of joe, an adult beverage or even a combination of both!
Address: 2911 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Whiskey Business (Bourbon, Cold Brew, Syrup, and Oat Milk)
thesuffolkpunch.com

  • Ritual – Coffee, Tea, & Oddities 

From the ability to totally customize your coffee or tea with different syrups and milks to an Instagram-worthy interior to monthly specials that benefit charity, Ritual has everything you could look for in a cafe. 
Address: 1224 Commercial Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
Dine In: Temporarily unavailable
Crowd Favorite: Fatal Attraction (Black Tea Latte with Peach and Passionfruit)
ritualcoffeeteaoddities.com

  • Mugs Coffee

Between the featured artwork from Charlotte artists, the pastries and coffee beans from North Carolina vendors and the simple but vibrant menu, Mugs is the quintessential Queen City coffee shop. 
Address: 5126 Park Rd, Ste 1D Charlotte, NC 28209
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Mocha Coffee Shake 
mugsofcharlotte.com

  • Queen City Grounds 

This welcoming coffee shop has something for everyone with a rich array of vegan items, 4 house-made syrups to add to beverages and much more!

Address: 644 N Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Golden Chai Latte
queencitygrounds.com

  • Vibe Cafe and Wine Bar 

Good vibes aren’t all this one-of-a-kind coffee shop has to offer! It has a diverse menu offering everything from Greek coffee to pinot noir to very berry crepes.

Address: 1315 East Blvd Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28203
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Freddo Cappuccino (Iced Espresso and Cold Frothed Milk)
vibecafeandwine.com

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  • CupLux Coffee Drive-Thru 

Having started as a drive-thru only coffee shop, CupLux has a clear and simple dream:  To combine hospitality with handcrafted coffees to “make the best drive-thru coffee possible.”

Address: 3115 Freedom Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208
Dine In: Unavailable
Crowd Favorite: Vanilla Cold Brew Slushee
cuplux.com

  • Waterbean Coffee 

Quality is everything at Waterbean Coffee. This sophisticated cafe tests their coffee, which is all USDA-Certified Organic, using state-of-the-art equipment to make sure you get only the best product in your cup. 
Address: 616 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Dine In: Open
Crowd Favorite: Famous Iced Coffee
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