With all kinds of coffee shops to offer, Charlotte, North Carolina does not disappoint with their bustling and vibrant coffee scene. While Charlotte is most known for their breweries, coffee shops have increased in popularity in this diverse and creative city. From eclectic coffee shops to hole-in-the-wall neighborhood cafes, this is a guide to all of the best Charlotte coffee shops.
Charlotte Coffee Shops: The Hobbyist
The Hobbyist is located just outside of NoDa in the Villa Heights neighborhood of Charlotte. This shop features everything from coffee and tea to beer and wine. The Hobbyist has all the vibes of a local neighborhood coffee shop, while elevating the space with their elegant decor and large selection of wines. The Hobbyist is the perfect place to grab a quick bite in the morning, spend the day working remotely, or catching up late one evening with a friend and a delicious glass of wine. They are open varying hours all seven days of the week, and they are one of the few coffee shops in Charlotte that stays open late on the weekends. They operate as a full bottle shop with bottles of wine and beer for you to take home and enjoy. The Hobbyist has plenty of parking in either the back lot or by parallel parking on the side streets. The Hobbyist also has no lack of seating. With options to sit at the bar or one of the many tables, you can usually find a place to sit at any time of day. They also have some outdoor seating available. The Hobbyist uses Hatchet Coffee Roasters, which is based out of Boone, North Carolina. The coffee bags feature some of the most beautiful and creative designs I have ever seen, so definitely pick up a bag to try!
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Stablehand
Stablehand, located on the South end of Charlotte, is a combination of Good Bottle and Hex Coffee, which were the shops that occupied the space before Stablehand was formed. Similar to the Hobbyist, they serve coffee as well as a selection of wine and beer and some food options. Stablehand uses HEX Coffee Roasters, which is based out of Charlotte and can be found later in this post. They have several food choices including toasts, yogurt, porridge, and tartines. They are open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. Stablehand features a colorful and eclectic design, with bright murals lining the walls. There are only a couple of tables in the shop, but you can almost always find somewhere to sit. Stablehand is the perfect place to study or work remotely, with a quiet atmosphere and outlets at each table. There is also a decent sized parking lot located outside the shop so parking is usually not an issue at this location.
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee has taken over the Charlotte coffee scene by storm. Not Just Coffee opened its first shop back in 2011, and they now have six locations across the Charlotte area. Not Just Coffee uses Counter Culture Coffee for all of their coffee needs. They also source all of their dairy from a local farm, Homeland Creamery. Some of the most popular locations of theirs includes the Jay Street location and the Atherton Mills location. The Jay Street location is easily the biggest coffee shop in the Charlotte area. With numerous tables both inside and outside, this shop makes it easy to find a place to sit by yourself. With exposed ceilings and the motto “Love people, not just coffee” featured outside this building, the Jay street location is easily a local favorite. The Atherton Mills location is tucked away in the South End shopping area. Located towards the back of one of the buildings, this location is a hidden oasis with exposed ceilings, brick walls, and tables tucked away to sit at. This location can only seat a handful of people, but it is a fun and unique location to visit if you are in the area.
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Summit Coffee Co
Summit Coffee Co first started their business in 1998 at their flagship store in Davidson, NC. In addition to their flagship store and the Charlotte location, they also have locations in Asheville, Davidson College, and Chapel Hill, for a total of 5 locations. All of their coffee is roasted in house in small batches and carefully sourced through partnerships with farmers across the globe. The Charlotte location in the NoDa neighborhood features bright walls with lush greenery and wood accents. This charming coffee shop only has a few tables, making the shop feel every bit homey and cozy. Since it is located in a small retail center, there is a good amount of parking right outside the shop. This location is open every day from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Undercurrent Coffee
Easily the best coffee shop in the Charlotte area, Undercurrent Coffee has no lack of incredible coffee, beautiful decor, cozy seating, and friendly baristas. It provides all the neighborhood coffee vibes, while bringing the quality coffee of a large and established coffee shop. They are open varying hours seven days a week. Located in the heart of Plaza Midtown, the main location of Undercurrent Coffee features an artistic design with shades of blue and a beautiful Spirit espresso machine. Their main location does have limited parking, with only a couple parking spots in the back lot. Finding a table can also be difficult depending on the time of day, as Undercurrent is a popular shop for locals to sit and work at. Undercurrent uses Onyx Coffee Roasters for their coffee beans, a staple name in the coffee industry. They also have a second location in Optimist Hall, a bustling food hall located in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte.
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Hex Coffee
Hex Coffee only has one location at Camp North End, the same location where all of their roasting is done. The shop is only open for coffee service from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM. Since their location is a large industrial site for all kinds of businesses, there is a lot of parking around the area. The actual shop space is very small with just a couple of tables for seating. The baristas are always incredibly knowledgeable and friendly with their service. All of the coffee is roasted in house and showcase a unique flavor and depth. And you will not be surprised when you experience some of the best coffee in Charlotte at Hex Coffee!
Charlotte Coffee Shops: Queen City Grounds
Queen City Grounds has two locations in Charlotte, one in Uptown Fourth Ward and the second location in South End. Both locations are open seven days a week from 8 AM to 3 PM. Their coffee roasting is done in house through Nightflyer Roastworks. They also serve breakfast and lunch daily, and they are especially known for the vegan food menu. Like many of the Charlotte coffee shops, they also serve local craft beer and a large selection of wines. For their Uptown location, parking is mostly limited to the first floor of the parking garage next floor (which is paid parking). The South End location also utilizes a parking garage, but there are a lot more parking spots here and all the parking is free.