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Charleston Life: Best Coffee Shops

Abby Murphy Photography 

Abby Murphy Photography 

This summer my intern McKay and I made the rounds of some killer coffee shops, both old and new.  When it comes to an ideal hang out or work spot, it’s not just about the espresso.  I love finding a place that also offers great ambiance/decor, and these 4 spots check off all my musts.  Read on to see what McKay has to say about each place (you know those 20-somethings are super in-the-know about what's awesome), as well as each of our picks.

guest post by McKay Norton

-Bad Wolf Coffee-

Bad Wolf Coffee offers all of your favorite classic coffee and espresso drinks. With high top seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, Bad Wolf is the perfect open space to come meet a friend for morning coffee or get some work done. Open til 9pm, Bad Wolf also sells beer, wine, and cocktails that customers can enjoy inside or out in the adjacent courtyard.

Our picks: Liz and I both LOVED the Cold Brew, but their latte art is for sure on point as well.


-Mixson Market-

If you haven’t ventured to North Charleston lately, you definitely need to make a stop at Mixson Market. Besides offering great coffee drinks, Mixson sells breakfast and lunch, a variety of gourmet grocery items, and adorable little gifts. With a cozy neighborhood vibe, Mixson is definitely a hip hidden gem.

Our picks: Liz always orders an iced americano with a scoop of chai powder and the breakfast tacos, and my favorite is definitely the iced latte.


-Collective Coffee-

Any trip into Collective Coffee will give you a quick glance at the hustle and bustle of Charleston. Always packed with customers, Collective has become a local favorite because of their amazing coffee and espresso, but also their great breakfast and lunch offerings. The rustic, homey decor of CC makes it a great place to grab a bite to eat or catch up on some work.

Our picks: Liz and I are both big fans of their Dirty Chai Latte, and I live for their avocado toast.


-The Harbinger Cafe and Bakery-

As soon as you walk into the Harbinger, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into a French cafe. With a charming aesthetic, the Harbinger offers a cute and inviting space to enjoy all of their foods and beverages. I was amazed by all of their pastries, especially the variety of cookies on display; they sell nine different flavors at all times.

all images of the Harbinger are by  Abby Murphy Photo

all images of the Harbinger are by Abby Murphy Photo

Our picks: I loved the Best Friend (their classic chocolate chip cookie) and Liz recommends the chia pudding with a honey almond milk latte.


Happy coffee drinking, folks!  Check out more fun Charleston ideas in my Charleston Guide and on my Instagram

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A Weekend in Charleston: Rainy Day Guide

Even though we know the sun usually comes out at some point of the day here in Charleston, there is nothing worse than having a fun day of plans get rained out.  My fabulous summer intern Ashley and I have come up with some great spots for you to enjoy, no matter what the weather looks like. I won't be nearly as sad the next time it rains now that I have a couple of go-to spots that I can count on to be sunny and fun from the inside.  Sunday Funday is ON, rain or shine!

Espresso With a Side of Vinyl

Usually when I leave the house for a rainy day, I just wish I had some coffee and a cozy couch to sit on.  Not only will you find exactly that at Eclectic Cafe, you can also explore their amazing selection of records and books.  They have current and vintage vinyls, and you can listen to the open albums at their little listening station.  How cool is that?!  Tune out the rain and tune into your headphones, and grab a latte because you are going to want to stay awhile.  If you decide to sleep in and check out this place out later in the day, swap your latte for their great selection of beer.  Good thing we brought our brunch money and cocktail money so we could take our pick of beverage ;)

Gnome More Rainy Day Blues

I dare you to feel sad on even the most gloomy day when you step into Gnome Cafe.  The interior is so light and bright with pops of yellow all around, and the plant-based menu is just delicious.  Sometimes it's hard for me to get excited about a salad, but their vegan "tuna" salad (made from chickpeas) was awesome!  There really is no place like Gnome. 

Flower Shop Fun

The women of Gnome clearly have a knack for plants in more ways than one.  Gnome co-owner is Sarah York Grimshire of SYG designs. Walk a few doors down from Gnome to the plant covered porch and head inside to snatch up a beautiful bud vase arrangement to take home with you.  The flower shop employees will probably be busy churning out some great arrangements for a local wedding or event, but they will pause to make you some sweet blooms. I got a great little arrangement of ranunculus in a ginger jar bud vase that will make the rainy days at home a little nicer, too.

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Photography: Jennifer Collins Photography | Brunch/Cocktail Pouches: Charleston Weekender | Floral Rainboots: Roma from Be The Change Boutique | Bracelets: Be The Change Boutique | Umbrellas: West Elm | Sunglasses: Blue Planet Eyewear | Weekend Tees, $18: Collectively Kate

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