Top 10 Charlotte coffee shops to work from, ranked

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(1) Starbucks on East Boulevard

Neighborhood: Dilworth. Site.

Pros: Fast, reliable internet. Large format. Comfortable, new furniture (they remodeled a few months ago). Opens at 5:30 a.m. for early risers.

Cons: Most hated parking lot in Charlotte. Also, it’s Starbucks, so all of you national brand haters will hate it.

Pro Tip: Will become the first store in N.C. to introduce the “Evenings Program” and serve alcohol in mid-March. Details here.


(2) Not Just Coffee

Neighborhood: Uptown, 7th Street Public Market. Site.

Pros: Amazing coffee. Parking deck validates for first 90 minutes. 7th Street Public Market is spacious and offers killer food options, etc.

Cons: Limited counter space at their station, but there are plenty of big tables all around it. Kind of intimidating to order because they take their coffee very seriously.

Pro Tip: The market’s dedicated “work station” is right next to NJC in the back corner.

Not Just Coffee

(3) Mayobird

Neighborhood: Dilworth. Site.

Pros: Spacious. Nice sized plastic cups for water with ice pellets. Cowhide chairs.

Cons: Not a ton of comfortable, lounge seating.

(4) Luna’s Living Kitchen

Neighborhood: South End. Site.

Pros: Bright, airy vibe and big counter for solo work sessions.

Cons: Doesn’t open until 8 a.m. Pricy.

Pro Tip: The latte with coconut milk tastes like a liquid macaroon. This is a vegan spot so there’s no cow’s milk. They make their own hemp, coconut and almond milk on site.


Luna’s Living Kitchen via Instagram

(5) Sunflour Baking Company

Neighborhood: Elizabeth. Site.

Pros: Bright. You can usually find a table. Outstanding snacks.

Cons: Small. Hardly any comfortable seating.

Pro Tip: The idea of Charlotte Agenda was hatched at this coffee shop.

sunflour bakery elizabeth

(6) Central Coffee

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood. Site.

Pros: A true neighborhood joint where the likelihood is high that they’ll learn your name and your order if you’re a regular. Damn good coffee.

Cons: Small space. Usually very busy with a line out the door in the morning.

Pro Tip: Seating is very limited so finding somewhere to work is sometimes a bust. They provide signs that you can put on your table indicating you’re willing to share it with a stranger. Look for one of these if the place is full.


(7) Smelly Cat

Neighborhood: NoDa. Site.

Pros: Chill, artsy spot with some nice little work nooks made out of repurposed old doors.

Cons: Kind of dark.


@_joelweber via Instagram

(8) Amelie’s Uptown

Neighborhood: Uptown. Site.

Pros: Massive. Delicious food. Massive (writing it twice because it’s huge).

Cons: Uptown parking.


(9) Mugs Coffee

Neighborhood: Park Road. Site.

Pros: The owner, Oliver Wu, typically is the guy that serves you coffee. Normally can find a table because this place flies under the radar. Very clean restrooms. 

Cons: Part of a shopping center instead of a truly unique building.


(10) Rhino Market

Neighborhood: FreeMoreWest. Site.

Pros: Coffee options. Sneaky cool patio. Easy to switch from coffee to beer.

Cons: Not very many tables inside.

Pro Tip: Excellent breakfast sandwiches.


Honorable Mentions:

Common Market (South End) – Cozy. Heart of South End. Normally packed.

Earl’s Grocery (Elizabeth) – Ample seating. Tons of parking. Great food. Internet is okay.

Crown Station (Elizabeth) – This is a cafe/bar combo so your drink can evolve to the alcoholic variety as the day progresses. They do some special coffee-based cocktails too.

The Daily Press (NoDa) – Currently in limbo as they move locations.

Cluck ‘N Cup (South End) – Limited seating, but excellent vibe.

Rush Espresso (Uptown, Brevard Court) – Tiny but cool vibe and delicious coffee.

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