Updated May 28, 2024 - Food and Drink

The 26 best coffee shops for working remotely in Charlotte

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Stable Hand in South End. Photo: McKenzie Rankin

If you're a remote worker who prefers to WFCS (work from coffee shops), this is the guide for you.

Why it matters: We've rounded up the 26 best local coffee shops for working remotely based on criteria like ample parking, reliable wifi, comfortable seating and accommodating hours.

Editor's note: This list is neither a ranking nor exhaustive. It was last updated May 2024.

Amélie’s NoDa

The vibe: The French bakery and cafe has five Charlotte-area locations, but its NoDa flagship is massive and has plenty of seats to work from. Plus, it's open late seven days a week.

Stop by: 136 E. 36th St.

  • Open Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm and Friday-Saturday 7am-midnight.
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A look at the patio space at Amelie's NoDa location. Photo: Symphony Webber

Brakeman’s Coffee & Supply

The vibe: Maybe you live in Matthews, or want a change of scenery; either way, Brakeman’s is a cozy spot for both coffee and bakery items. The patio is a prime spot for warmer days.

Stop by: 225 N. Trade St. in Matthews.

  • Open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm.

Go deeper: 23 things to do in Matthews, 25 minutes from Uptown

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Photo: Axios archives

Change Please Coffee

The vibe: Part coffee shop; part non-profit, Change Please Coffee, inside Belmont's Innovation Barn, employs those experiencing homelessness (100% of coffee sales are used to support the mission).

  • There’s plenty of parking and seating both inside and out.

Stop by: 932 Seigle Ave.

  • Open Monday-Friday from 7am-2pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

Go deeper: New Innovation Barn coffee shop supports homeless mothers

Change Please cafe
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Coco and the Director

The vibe: This Uptown coffee shop has tiered lounge seating and a mezzanine level to escape if you need to focus. With pastries and sandwiches, it’s a good lunch option, too.

Stop by: 100 W. Trade St. (on the first floor of the Charlotte Marriott).

  • There's no designated parking lot, but it's easily walkable for those who live/work in Uptown.
  • Open every day, 6am-6pm.
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Photo: Axios archives

Coffee at Station West

The vibe: This hip coffee shop, formerly called Backdrop, is part of the adaptive reuse development Station West development in West Charlotte offering free parking, ample seating and easy access to outlets.

Dig in: Expect a stacked menu of specialty coffee (ask for the seasonal specials) and try one of the filling breakfast and brunch dishes while you're there.

Stop by: 919 Berryhill Road.

  • Open Monday-Saturday 7am-3pm.
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Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Common Market South End

The vibe: Think of Common Market as less of a coffee shop and more of a local convenience store with a deli, bar and really good coffee. The South End location is great for remote work with multiple stories and an expansive patio.

Stop by: 235 W. Tremont Ave.

  • Open Sunday-Monday 8am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-11pm.
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Photo: Axios Archives

Community Matters Cafe

The vibe: Located in Third Ward, Community Matters is where to go when you don't mind striking up a conversation with your neighbor while getting work done (sit at the communal table if you're feeling extra talkative).

Dig in: Besides coffee, the cafe has a hefty breakfast, lunch and dessert menu and is an extension program for local nonprofit, Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Stop by: 821 W. 1st St.

  • Open Monday-Friday 7am-2pm.
patio at community matters cafe
We recommend the breakfast bowl as a filling option that’ll keep you fueled for a full day of work. Photo: Axios archives

Enderly Coffee Co.

The vibe: Enderly is a popular family-owned roastery with its only cafe in West Charlotte. Sit by a window and get ready for a productive work day.

Stop by: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road.

  • Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-2pm and Saturday 8am-2pm.
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Enderly’s iced fall spice latte. Photo: Axios Archives

Giddy Goat

The vibe: This Plaza Midwood coffee shop and roastery has seats across two levels. In addition to coffee, its menu has wine and its popular empanadas. The space tends to fill up quickly, and parking is limited, so getting there early is key.

Stop by: 1217 The Plaza (across from Undercurrent and Calle Sol).

  • Open Sunday-Wednesday 7am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday 7am-10pm.
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Haraz

The vibe: A Yemeni coffee shop on Plaza Midwood's Central Avenue that stays open until 11pm every night.

Pro tip: Lines are typically out the door on the weekends. Avoid the crowds and up your chance of snagging a table by going on a weekday or later in the evening.

Stop by: 1204 Central Ave, next to Kouture Nail Bar.

  • Open Monday-Friday 6am-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 7am-11pm.
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Haraz's iced pistachio latte. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

HEX Coffee, Kitchen and Natural Wines

The vibe: If you're looking for an all-day cafe, head to HEX in Camp North End. Start the workday with coffee and end it with wine (not before grabbing a bite off their Japanese-inspired menu somewhere in between). Its patio is also nice and shaded on a mild-weathered day.

Stop by: 201 Camp Road.

  • Open every day 8am-4pm.

Pro tip: From 5-10pm Thursday-Saturday, HEX turns into a Mexican restaurant called Noche Bruta.

The new HEX is more than double the size of its original location. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The Hobbyist

The vibe: This Villa Heights coffee and bottle shop has a little bit of everything — from pour-overs to craft cocktails. There's bar and table seating inside, plus a patio for warmer days.

Pro tip: There’s a parking lot around the back, plus parallel spots in front and on the side of the building.

Stop by: 2100 N Davidson St.

  • Open Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday 8:30am-6pm.  
The bar is an ideal spot for a laptop and latte setup. Photo: Axios Archives

Killer Coffee by Resident Culture

The vibe: Resident Culture may have started as a popular nightlife spot, but it doubles as a spacious and low-key coffee shop seven days a week. Grab a latte — and a booth — to knock out some work or take a Zoom call.

Stop by: 332 W. Bland St. 

  • Open every day from 7am-4pm.
Find the door to Killer Coffee to the left of Resident Culture’s main entrance. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Queen City Grounds at The Landing

The vibe: This local coffee shop and roastery has its spacious flagship inside Uptown coworking space, The Landing at 4th Ward.

What to expect: Bar and table seating, an in-house roastery and breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

  • Parking is validated for 90 minutes in the Skyhouse garage.

Stop by: 644 N. Church St. 

  • Open Monday 7am-3pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7 am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10 pm and Sunday 8 am-8 pm.
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Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Madison Perk

The vibe: A roomy yet cozy coffee shop tucked in Lower South End near El Puro Cuban Restaurant with an expansive coffee menu, regular live music and a penchant for top-tier matcha lattes — I get mine iced with lavender syrup.

Stop by: 5033 South Blvd.

  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 6:30am-9pm, Sunday 8am-4pm, Monday 6:30am-4pm.
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Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Night Swim Coffee

The vibe: Night Swim is the brainchild of the founders of Not Just Coffee and Undercurrent.

Zoom in: You can’t go wrong working at any of the five Charlotte cafes, but the Oakhurst, Optimist Park and Lower South End locations are particularly remote-work friendly, with free parking, spacious interiors and a sizable food menu.

Stop by: Find the Night Swim nearest you here. Hours vary by location.

A maple cardamon latte from the Oakhurst location. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Not Just Coffee

The Vibe: Local coffee chain Not Just Coffee has six locations around Charlotte, each with its own personality and menu of coffee, tea and breakfast/brunch options.

Zoom in: NJC Jay Street in Wesley Heights is a must for remote workers, with plenty of room spread out indoors and out, plus ample parking.

  • NJC inside Atherton Mill is another solid option, with a spacious bar to stay plugged in for hours (literally, you'll find plenty of outlets).

Stop by: Find all six NJC locations here. Hours vary by location.

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NJC Jay Street Photo: Axios archives

The People's Market

The vibe: The all-day café and community hub serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus, it has a full bar, a bakery and a coffee shop on-site.

Stop by: 1609 Elizabeth Ave., near the Visulite Theatre and Viva Chicken. There's free parking across the street for three hours.

  • Open Monday-Friday 7am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm.

Go deeper: Inside the fresh People’s Market, now open in Elizabeth

Photo: Axios archives

Salud Cerveceria

The vibe: Tucked away above Salud’s bottle shop is a quiet coffee shop by day and lively beer bar by night with large community tables designed for conversation.

Pro tip: Salud also has some of the best pizza in the city, so go hungry.

Stop by: 3306 N. Davidson St.

  • Open Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-midnight and Sunday 8am-9pm.
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Read more: Hispanic heritage is celebrated every day at Salud, a Dominican-owned brewery in NoDa Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Stable Hand

The vibe: Typically buzzing with remote workers, Stable Hand serves HEX Coffee, craft beer, natural wines and bites (think yogurt bowls and brekkie sandwiches) inside its modern and colorful shop off Remount Road in South End.

Stop by: 125 Remount Road.

  • Open Monday 7am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-5pm.
All day at this Villa Heights coffee and bottle shop, the bar is lined with laptop workers sipping pour - overs and specialty lattes. Plus, there’s plenty of comfy seating for a casual meeting or creative work session.
Pro tip: Order their iced draft vanilla latte. Photo: Axios archives

Sumaq Coffee

The vibe: Drive by too fast and you’ll miss this hidden gem on South Blvd. The layout is both Instagram-worthy and functional, with indoor and outdoor seating and a central charging hub.

Dig in: In addition to coffee from Jags Head roasters, tea and lemonade, you’ll find a Peruvian-inspired food menu of pastries, sandwiches and empanadas.

Stop by: 6259 South Blvd. (near Sleepy Poet Antique Mall).

  • Open every day from 8am-7pm.
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The panka pesto sandwich and the Sumaq latte. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Summit Coffee

The vibe: Davidson-born Summit Coffee has cafes all over Charlotte, including NoDa, The Plaza and SouthPark with more locations in the Lake Norman area, Asheville, Atlanta, G.A. and Charleston, S.C.

  • Think fun, playful interiors with a coffee menu to match (be sure to check their seasonal offerings and don't skip on their flavored cold foams).

Zoom in: Summit's cafes in SouthPark, Eastover and The Plaza are our picks for a remote workday.

  • All locations offer beer, wine and pastries.

Stop by: Find your closest Summit Coffee here. Hours vary by location.

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Summit Coffee in Eastover. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Sycamore Brewing

The vibe: Sure, Sycamore is known best as a bustling hangout for brewery and beer lovers alike. Its South End taproom, however, boasts a coffee bar that opens at 7am during the workweek.

  • There's WiFi, outlets to charge up, and seats on seats (especially if you're there before the happy hour crowd).

Stop by: 2151 Hawkins St (inside The Line)

  • Open Monday-Wednesday 7am-11pm, Thursday-Friday 7am-midnight, Saturday 8am-midnight, Sunday 8am-10pm.
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Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Undercurrent Coffee

The vibe: A locally-owned, buzzy coffee shop in Plaza Midwood with cozy seating, a large central bar and a menu featuring coffee, tea and locally sourced food, from pastries to quiches.

Zoom in: Undercurrent has a stall inside Optimist Hall offering its full beverage menu, plus some light bites. There's plenty of seating, but you'll have to pay to park after 90 minutes.

Stop by: 2012 Commonwealth Ave.

  • Open Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 7:30am-7pm and Sunday 7:30am-5pm.
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Undercurrent Coffee in Plaza Midwood. Photo: Axios Archives

Waterbean Coffee

The vibe: This locally-owned coffee chain began in Cornelius in 2013 and now has over 10 locations in neighborhoods including South End and Uptown to nearby suburbs like Belmont and Huntersville.

Zoom in: The Vantage Park Waterbean is optimal for a workspace that's walkable from most places in South End.

  • The Midtown cafe (inside the Metropolitan) is also remote work-friendly, plus it's close to Trader Joe’s and Target for those post-work errands.

Stop by: 1111 Metropolitan Ave. Find all other Waterbeans here.

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An iced latte from Waterbean. Photo: Courtesy Waterbean

Wooden Robot Coffee Bar

The vibe: The urban farmhouse brewery has a coffee bar complete with all the remote work necessities — like wifi and lounge seating — inside the old taproom of its South End location.

Stop by: 1440 S. Tryon St.

  • Open Monday 8am-8pm, Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-4pm.
A matcha latte with almond milk from Wooden Robot’s Coffee Bar. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Check our our other guides, including best burgers, best bars, best new restaurants, best pizza, best sushi, best cocktail bars, top restaurants, and best brunch.

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