What are the best coffee shops in Charlotte?

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Sarah Crosland

If you’re craving a cup of joe, you’re in luck. In addition to its numerous Starbucks and Caribou Coffees, Charlotte has several independent coffee shops offering freshly brewed—and often locally roasted—coffee.

Smelly Cat Coffee
This eclectic coffee shop has been a NoDa neighborhood staple for years. Across the street from the historic Neighborhood Theater, the shop features graffiti scrawled walls, bright colors, an indie soundtrack, and a variety of coffee drinks and pastries. Grab a cup and sit on the patio to check out the street’s always lively crowds.

Central Coffee
Located on Central Avenue, this coffee shop features a variety of drinks made from Joe Van Gogh beans roasted in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s a cozy spot, perfect for settling in with a warm mug for a chat. Plus, the shop recently launched it’s line of cold brewed coffees in both concentrate and by the bottle, both perfect for cooling down on a hot summer afternoon.

Dilworth Coffee
You can smell the freshly roasted beans before you’ve even walked in the door of this small, popular coffee shop.  Coffee lines the walls and most mornings you’re hard pressed to find a table in the busy shop. Drinks like the Crème Brulee latte are perfect for indulging, but purists will love their authentic house blend.

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