This article was updated September 2018.
Looking to get work done at a coffee shop in Charlotte? Here’s a list of the best spots.
If you’re a remote worker who needs constant caffeine as badly as you do wifi, we’ve got you covered.
Starbucks (East Boulevard)
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Fast, reliable internet, comfortable furniture plus well-known coffee and a 5:30 a.m. open time makes this space a staple for remote workers. Be careful, though – it’s home to the worst parking lot in the city.
Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday
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There may be plenty of room to move around and an expansive menu to enjoy and keep you energized, but note that there’s not a ton of comfortable lounge-style seating. Walk next door to Summit Room for a post-work drink on the patio.
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Sunday
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Sunflour Baking Company (East Boulevard)
The well-lit café (get a seat by the window) is known for its massive cheddar biscuits and cinnamon rolls, but also for its constant rotation of remote workers, thanks to its reliable internet and expansive coffee menu.
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
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Central Coffee (South End)
Parking is tough, but the space has plenty of tables with fast internet.
Neighborhood: South End
Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
This artsy spot has plenty of nooks perfect for working, made out of old repurposed doors for a quirky look.
Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Most Spacious Award (all four of their Charlotte locations are massive)
The huge Uptown space – 11,000 square feet kind of huge – includes a bakery case, viewing kitchen and terrace seating area.
Neighborhood: Uptown Location
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
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Tables in this space are usually available, as it flies under the radar. Say hello to Oliver Wu, owner and guy most likely to serve you coffee.
Neighborhood: Park Road
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
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The original location has plenty of coffee and a sneaky cool patio, but not many places to sit inside, but that’s something that the incredible breakfast sandwiches will help you overlook.
Neighborhood: Wesley Heights
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Like its East Boulevard counterpart, its fast, reliable internet and well-known coffee all make for a rite of passage when it comes to working remotely. Hang out upstairs to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 a.m-10 p.m. Sunday
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The all-in-one coffee shop, food counter, bar and bottle shop is the kind of place you can camp out all day. You can even run your card and start a tab. They’ve got tons of seating, ample power outlets and plenty of natural light.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
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Tucked above Salud Beer Shop in Salud’s new brewery space, the café offers responsibly sourced ingredients and craft coffee that shares space with the bar, making for an easy transition throughout your day.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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The new urban market from the mind behind Futo Buta comes complete with sandwiches (breakfast and otherwise), a huge pastry case, plenty of coffee and a large selection of alcoholic beverages for when you need that extra push at 5 p.m.
Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Monday through Thursday (7 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (7 a.m.-10 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
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Located on the first floor of the new 300 South Tryon Building (also home to the likes of Angeline’s, Merchant and Trade and La Belle Helene), the New York City-based market offers coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and wraps in a Coco and the Director-like setting.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Sunday
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Best Overall Award
Located on the ground floor of the Skyhouse’s north tower, Queen City Grounds offers locally-made pastries, a menu by FüD and an in-house roaster called Nightflyer Roastworks.
Neighborhood: Fourth Ward
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
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The coffee shop-restaurant-brewery-fermentation lab hybrid has become a South End staple that’s designed to be conducive to the flow of one’s day, transitioning seamlessly from a breakfast and coffee stop to lunch and eventually dinner with a full menu of beer and cocktails. And with USB ports scattered throughout and free wifi in the industrial chic space, it’s perfect for a remote worker.
Neighborhood: South End
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30-12 a.m. Friday, 9-12 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
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Plaza Midwood’s newest coffee shop offers 42 seats throughout its dining area in the form of bistro tables, sofas and chairs, and an all-day menu focused on breakfast, toasts and salads. It’s not too big, but there are a ton of nooks to setup.
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
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Ample seating with great natural light. Tons of parking. Great food. Internet is just okay okay.
Hours:Monday through Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sunday – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Common Market (South End)
The beloved icon is back in a new location with its signature bar-market-deli-coffee shop feel and seven different areas to hang out and work in.
Neighborhood: South End
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, 7-12 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
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I love these four bucket chairs on the way up the stairs
A startup vibe in a luxury setting.
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
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