15 Best Coffee Shops and Cafés In Charlotte, North Carolina

15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafés In Charlotte, North Carolina!

Don’t you just love the Queen City? 

All those lovely tree-lined streets, and a magnificent skyline that looks nothing short of amazing when the sun sets and rises. This charming Southern city has beautiful weather, and a truly great up-and-coming food scene.

Speaking of which, there are some really great coffee shops and cafés in Charlotte, NC, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them!

I’m going to cover what I feel are the top 15, and give you a brief description of each and provide their address, and a link to their menu where applicable.

By the end of the article, you’ll be able to pick out which ones you’d like to visit. Such a great way to meet up with a friend, or even a date!

15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafés In Charlotte, North Carolina!

1. Bitty And Beau’s Coffee

This was an easy number one for us, and that’s because it has been voted the best coffee shop in Charlotte, NC by about 800 readers of the Charlotte Observer.

They offer several blends of coffee, including Bitty’s blend, Beau’s blend, Sundance, and even a decaf roast. And of course, there’s a range of different lattes, frappuccinos and such to choose from, not to mention smoothies.

They have great specialty drinks, too, including a festive gingerbread latte, and a delicious peppermint bark latte. And the pumpkin spice latte is a popular one too.

It’s also known for being an employer of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, promoting social inclusion.


  • 1930 Camden Rd Ste 236, Charlotte, NC

2. Amélie’s French Bakery & Cafe


Amélie French Bakery is a big hit with the locals. As a bakery, it’s particularly known for its custom cakes, and people really rave about them.

It’s also an excellent café, offering coffee, other drinks, sandwiches, soups, salads, tartines and a nice selection of macarons. 

They even serve alcoholic beverages, including beers, wine, and even bubbly prosecco!

Their menu is 7 pages long and gets updated with seasonal favorites every 3 months.


  • 136 E. 36th St. Charlotte, NC 28205
  • 157 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • 7715 Pineville Matthews Rd., Unit 34B, Charlotte, NC 28226
  • 4321 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209

3. Mac Tabby Cat Cafe


Now this is a café with a difference!

Adjacent to each of the cafés is a cat lounge where 12 cats roam free, and you are permitted to play, cuddle and pet them as you sip your coffee or a glass of wine!

You would be best advised to book your experience in the Mac Tabby Cat Lounge in advance. And if you take a shine to a particular cat, you can choose to adopt it!

And you’re also free to grab a guitar and play.

As for the menu, there’s some great coffee, some gluten-free and vegan treats, and some amazing healthy homemade smoothies.


  • 3204 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
  • 25 Market St SW, Concord, NC 28025

4. Julia’s Café & Books


What could be better than a coffee, than a coffee with a good book? That’s what this café has to offer because it’s also a used bookstore as well. And it has everything from bestsellers all the way through to rare and unique books, and all at excellent prices.

There are some really good breakfast and lunch options, including bagels, croissants, sandwiches, wraps and more.


  • 1133 N. Wendover Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

5. Smelly Cat Coffee House


15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafés In Charlotte, North Carolina!

This strangely-named coffee house has been around for quite some time but still remains very popular to this day, and rightly so.

They roast their own coffee beans, and amongst the specialties you can get such things as white mochas, organic white tea, and Cuban coffee.

They have some amazing breakfast options – there are biscuits, burritos, Quiché, and more.

If you wish, you can order your food and drinks ahead of time for pickup.


  • 514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205

6. Crema Espresso Bar And Café


This coffee shop is superb – it provides high-quality coffee and food that’s regionally sourced whenever possible. Their menu features crêpes, cakes, pastries, and even cheese boards as well.

It’s a European-inspired café and their sweet treats and other foods are made from scratch alongside a wide array of coffees, and an even wider array of loose-leaf herbal teas.


  • 1235 East Blvd B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

7. Waterbean Coffee


Despite this coffee shop’s rather upmarket decor and appearance, I can assure you it has a very welcoming atmosphere.

All of their coffee is USDA certified organic, and in addition to coffee, it also serves specialty teas, filled croissants, bagels and a range of sandwiches.

One of their most popular drinks is the cold foam snickerdoodle, which is to die for. And more recently they have introduced a new signature drink – a paradise iced latte, made with lavender and brown sugar and cold foam.


  • 1111 Metropolitan Ave Ste 160, Charlotte, NC, 28204
  • 4701 Park Road Ste A, Charlotte, NC, 28209
  • 8428 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
  • 300 S Tryon Ste 150, Charlotte, NC, 28202
  • 3607-1200 Whitehall Park Dr, Charlotte, NC, 28273

8. Not Just Coffee


Now, this is a coffee shop that takes its coffee seriously! They have excellent baristas and coffee blends, and they serve every kind of coffee you can ask for. You can choose your preferred milk, and also throw in syrups that are all made in-house.

They also serve some amazing breakfast dishes. But it’s important to note that the menu does vary between locations. And the value for money is unparalleled.


  • 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • 2230 Park Rd #102, Charlotte, NC 28203
  • 2000 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
  • 222 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • 1026 Jay St, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • 421 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 

9. Central Coffee Co


This family-owned and operated coffee shop boasts not one but two locations in Charlotte, NC. And its USP is that its coffees are predominantly of single origin, which means you get the full flavor of the bean, and a more distinct taste.

You can buy their whole coffee beans by the pound or half pound, and if you want to enjoy your coffee on the premises, you get it at a bargain price. They also serve pastries, cakes, and more.


  • 719 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
  • 1700 Camden Rd #101, Charlotte, NC 28203
15 Best Coffee Shops & Cafés In Charlotte, North Carolina!

10. Undercurrent Coffee


Undercurrent coffee is more than just a coffee shop – they have their own lab where their goal is to teach the art of making coffee.

They offer public classes and tastings, professional workshops, and 3 different levels of SCA barista and brewing certifications.

They provide exceptional and at times unique coffee, and their pastries are all made from scratch. They favor local produce and have a seasonally rotating menu. They also offer mobile ordering, which is very handy.


  • 2012 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
  • 1115 N. Brevard St, Stall #7 Charlotte NC 28206 

11. Queen City Grounds

Queen city grounds is also an excellent place to grab a quick coffee!

The menu varies slightly between the different locations, with some locations having a larger menu than others. If you wish, you can order your food and drinks ahead of time for pickup.


  • 644 N Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • 101 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • 1213 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208 

12. Enderly Coffee Company

Enderly Coffee is a family-owned, community-oriented small-batch coffee roaster. They offer superb handcrafted coffee, but what they are really known for are their works of compassion.

A portion of every purchase goes to support educational initiatives in the local area.


  • 2620 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208 

13. Cafe Moka


The stand-out feature of this coffee shop is that they specialize in producing hand-brewed, lightly roasted, fruit forward coffees.

It is locally owned, and offers what seems to be the most extensive range of beverages in the whole of Charlotte, NC, including espresso-based drinks, frozen lattes, 4 different hot cocoas, and a whole host of coffee syrups.


  • 7416 Waverly Walk Ave. Suite H3, Charlotte, NC 28277 

14. Community Matters Café


Community Matters Café is an extension program of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, which is dedicated to addiction recovery and helping sufferers gain real-world experience and help them integrate into society.

They offer artisan breakfasts, lunches, and of course, coffees.


  • 821 W 1st Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 
15 Best Coffee ShopsIn Charlotte, North Carolina!

15. Cuplux Coffee Drive-Thru


If you haven’t got time to sit down for your coffee, why not take advantage of a coffee drive-thru? Cuplux offers drip coffee, a host of different lattes, baked goods, and more.


  • 3115 Freedom Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208 

Wrap Up

I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through my hand-picked shortlist of the best coffee shops and cafés in Charlotte, North Carolina. No doubt, you’ve already picked which one you want to try out first – enjoy!

Check out our selection of the best coffee shops in North Carolina in the other places we cover in the state.

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