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The 7 Best Coffee Shops Around Uptown Charlotte

Scott Hartis

Real estate is in his blood. Scott grew up around construction and real estate at an early age...

Real estate is in his blood. Scott grew up around construction and real estate at an early age...

Jan 24 4 minutes read

Whether you’re a coffee, espresso, or latte drinker, Charlotte has some great options to get caffeinated. Here is our list of 7 of the best, in and around Uptown Charlotte.

HEX Coffee

125 Remount Rd., Charlotte, NC

HEX Coffee is probably the smallest on our list, and shares space with Good Bottle Co. in South End. Even though Hex is small, they don’t lack in social media reach. They post great photos on their Instagram profile, of their handiwork. Check them out here.

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Not Just Coffee

224 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC | 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC | 2104 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

Not Just Coffee has three locations and each serve a consistently good cup of java. If you love people watching, their Seventh Street Market and Atherton Market locations are for you!

Central Coffee

719 Louise Ave., Charlotte, NC | 1700 Camden Rd., Charlotte, NC

Central Coffee has had a location at the edge of Midwood and Elizabeth for a while.  It has a ton of character, with exposed brick walls, but it doesn’t have a ton of seating. So, it can sometimes be a challenge to find a seat, if you plan on drinking your coffee there. With their second location, in South End, they have a lot more seating, to help accommodate those wanting to enjoy their coffee in house. However, the South End location doesn’t have nearly the character and charm that the original location has, because the South End location is in a new building.


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2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC | 301 S. College St., Charlotte, NC | 7715 Pineville Matthews Rd., Space 34B

Amelie’s is considered a Noda staple and for good reason. It has a ton of character with it’s French decor and their offering of pastries make it hard to choose just one! If you do have to choose, choose the salted caramel brownie. After the success of the Noda location, they started expanding and opened three more in the greater Charlotte area and one in Atlanta.

These little guys are famous for a reason! Thanks for the photo: @mollymiche #ameliespastry

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Rush Espresso

14825 Ballantyne Village Way, #135, Charlotte, NC | 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte, NC

Rush Espresso got its start in a relatively small space in Ballantyne Village. From the very beginning, it was a different look than traditional coffee shops in Charlotte, with it’s bright red accents and bicycling decor. Now it has expanded its Ballantyne location and opened a second location in Brevard Court (Uptown).

Let us brighten your day with a cup of coffee! ☕️See you soon! #lavazza #rushespresso #charlotte #clt

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Coco and the Director

100 West Trade St., Charlotte, NC

Coco and the Director is located at the intersection that native Charlotteans know as “The Square” (Trade and Tryon). This coffee shop has a lot of really neat seating, and also some co-working space, that is first come, first served. 

Thanks for being on our level. #cltcoffee #coffeecocoatyle

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Smelly Cat

514 E. 36th St., Charlotte, NC

Smelly Cat is located in the heart of Noda, and has all of the character and spirit that you’d expect of a coffee shop in Noda. With a name like “Smelly Cat”, would you expect anything else? 

What do you think? Did we miss any of your favorites?

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