May 3, 2023 - Food and Drink

The 25 best coffee shops for working remotely in Charlotte

Iced latte from Artisan's Palate. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Many remote workers have turned to coffee shops as a popular alternative to traditional office settings — and Charlotte is no exception. 

Here are the best 25 coffee shops in Charlotte for remote workers, based on criteria like ample parking, reliable wifi, comfortable seating and accommodating hours.

Of note: This list is not a ranking.

  • It was last updated May, 2023.

Amélie’s NoDa

The French bakery and cafe, which replaced the Villa Heights flagship, has an open floor plan with a main seating area in the front, a more intimate work and reading space toward the back and a patio.

Details: Amelie’s NoDa is located at 136 E. 36th St.

  • It’s open Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm and Friday-Saturday 7am-midnight — an ideal late-night working spot.
A look at the patio space at Amelie’s NoDa location. Photo: Symphony Webber

Backdrop Coffee

This Seversville coffee shop has an in-house roastery and provides jobs to individuals with disabilities. It’s also a haven for remote workers, with a full coffee and food menu, free parking, couches, tables, and numerous outlets. It’s an especially good option for early AM coffee-shop goers, given they close in the mid-afternoon.

Details: Find Backdrop Coffee at 919 Berryhill Road.

  • It’s open Monday-Saturday 7am-3pm.

Go deeper: New coffee shop called Backdrop employs individuals with disabilities

These are Backdrop’s pumpkin pie waffles from their fall menu, and yes, they were delicious. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Brakeman’s Coffee & Supply

Maybe you live in Matthews, or maybe you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Charlotte. Either way, Brakeman’s is a cozy spot for both coffee and bakery items. And the patio is a prime spot for warmer days.

Details: Brakeman’s is located at 225 N. Trade St. in Matthews.

  • It’s open Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm.
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Related Axios guide: 21 things to do, eat, and drink in Matthews, 25 minutes from Uptown

Change Please Cafe

At this cafe/nonprofit, 100% of coffee sales are used to support people experiencing homelessness. The organization trains them to be baristas, gives them employment opportunities and supports them in other areas.

  • There’s plenty of parking, and seating both inside and out of the Innovation Barn. Right now Change Please only serves coffee and tea but hope to serve food, wine and beer in the future.

Details: Change Please is located at 932 Seigle Ave.

  • It’s open Monday-Friday from 7am-2pm.

Go deeper: New Innovation Barn coffee shop supports homeless mothers

Change Please cafe
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Coco and the Director

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

  • Coco and the Director doesn’t have a designated parking lot, but it’s easily walkable for those who live/work in Uptown.

Details: Find Coco and the Director at 100 W. Trade St. (on the first floor of the Charlotte Marriott).

  • It’s open Sunday-Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday 6am-8pm.
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Photo: Axios archives

Common Market South End

The Charlotte icon delivers a signature bar-market-deli-coffee shop feel and two-and-a-half stories to hang out or work in.

Details: Find Common Market South End at 235 W. Tremont Ave.

  • It’s open Sunday-Monday 8am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-11pm.
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Photo: Axios Archives

Community Matters Cafe

Located in Third Ward, Community Matters has plenty of space (and outlets) to work both inside and outside. Plus, the café is an extension program for the local nonprofit Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Details: Find Community Matters at 821 W. 1st St.

  • It’s 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.

Sit by a window at this quiet west Charlotte coffee shop and get ready for a productive work day.

Details: Find Enderly Coffee Co. at 2620 Tuckaseegee Road.

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

Giddy Goat

The Plaza Midwood coffee shop and roastery has two stories of seating and a menu that includes coffee, wine and their well-known empanadas. Giddy Goat tends to fill up quickly, so getting there early is key.

Details: Find Giddy Goat at 1217 The Plaza (across from Undercurrent and Calle Sol).

  • It’s open every day from 7am-6pm.
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

HEX Coffee, Kitchen and Natural Wines

The gourmet coffee shop recently reopened as an all-day cafe in Camp North End. It seats about 40 people indoors and has additional outdoor seating. Open until 9pm, it’s a good option for working later in the day. You’ll find a Japanese-inspired menu, plus wine and mocktails (and coffee, of course).

Details: Find HEX Coffee, Kitchen and Natural Wines at 201 Camp Road.

  • HEX is open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-9pm.

Go deeper: HEX Coffee transforms into all-day cafe in Camp North End, serving food, coffee, wine and mocktails

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

The Hobbyist

This Villa Heights coffee and bottle shop has a little bit of everything — from pour-overs to craft cocktails. The inside offers plenty of seating, including a bar and a patio space for warmer days. There’s a parking lot around the back, plus parallel spots in front and on the side of the building.

Details: The Hobbyist is located at 2100 N Davidson St.

  • It’s 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

Resident Culture Brewing has a full coffee bar inside their South End location. In addition to coffee, you’ll find Latin pastries and breakfast from El Toro Bruto. The all-day brewery has a spacious interior, with booths and tables to knock out some work or take a zoom call. 

Details: Killer Coffee is located inside Resident Culture South End at 332 W. Bland St. 

  • Killer Coffee is 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

The Landing at Fourth Ward

Summit Seltzery recently teamed up with a local coffee shop, Queen City Grounds, to open its second taproom inside coffee shop’s flagship location, inside The Landing at 4th Ward.

  • Find plenty of coworking space, an in-house roastery called Nightflyer Roastworks, plus pastries and made-to-order brunch (and dinner).
  • Parking is validated for 90 minutes.
  • If you’re looking for more of a grab-and-go vibe, check out one of Queen City Grounds’ other two locations in South End and Wesley Heights.

Details: Find Queen City Grounds (The Landing) at 644 N. Church St. 

  • It’s open Monday 7am-3pm, Tuesday-Thursday 7 am-9 pm, Friday 7 am-10 pm, Saturday 8am-10 pm and Sunday 8 am-8 pm.

Go deeper: Summit Seltzer expands into new Uptown outpost with Queen City Grounds

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

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Cronut from Queen City Grounds

The South End urban market, from the mind behind Futo Buta, has sandwiches (breakfast and otherwise), a huge pastry case, plenty of coffee and a large selection of alcoholic beverages for when the clock strikes five.

  • Parking is validated for up to three hours with purchase.

Details: Lincoln’s Haberdashery is located at 1300 South Blvd.

  • It’s open Monday-Friday 7am-3pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm.

Night Swim Coffee — Oakhurst

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Upper seating nook at Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Night Swim is the brainchild of Not Just Coffee and Undercurrent founders. You can’t go wrong working at any of their five Charlotte-area locations, but the Oakhurst location is particularly remote-work friendly, with a free parking lot, spacious interior and hefty food menu.

Details: Night Swim Oakhurst is located at 1620 Oakhurst Commons Dr.

  • They’re open Monday-Friday 7am-4:30pm, Saturday 8am-4:30pm and Sunday 8am-5pm.

Not Just Coffee Jay Street

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

Not Just Coffee has six locations in Charlotte, but the Jay Street location is a must for when you want to work from a coffee shop, but don’t want to hear the person beside you slurping down their drink.

  • NJC Jay Street shares a space with Charlotte-based coworking company Hygge and has a huge parking lot around the back, plus parallel spots out front.

Details: Find Not Just Coffee Jay Street at 1026 Jay St.

  • It’s open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm.

The People’s Market 

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Photo: Axios archives

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

  • There is free parking across the street for three hours.

Details: The People’s Market is located at 1609 Elizabeth Ave., near the Visulite Theatre and Viva Chicken.

  • It’s open Monday-Tuesday from 7am-5pm, Wednesday-Friday from 7am-8pm, Saturdays from 8am-8pm and Sundays from 8am-5pm.

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

Salud Cerveceria

Photo: Axios archives

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 come hungry.

Details: Find Salud in NoDa at 3306 N. Davidson St.

  • It’s open Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-midnight and Sunday 8am-8pm.

Stable Hand

salud coffee
Read more: Hispanic heritage is celebrated every day at Salud, a Dominican-owned brewery in NoDa Photo: Emma Way/Axios

This South End spot offers HEX Coffee, craft beer, natural wines and a food menu that changes frequently.

Details: Find Stable Hand at 125 Remount Road.

  • It’s open Monday 7am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 7am-7pm, Sunday 8am-5pm.

Suffolk Punch

The coffee shop-restaurant-brewery-fermentation lab hybrid has become a South End staple. The industrial chic space transitions from a breakfast and coffee stop to lunch and then dinner with a full menu of beer and cocktails.

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

Details: Suffolk Punch is located at 2911 Griffith St.

  • It’s open Monday-Wednesday 7:30am-10pm, Thursday-Friday 7:30am-midnight, Saturday 10am-midnight and Sunday 10am-9pm.

Sumaq Coffee

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. In addition to coffee, tea and lemonade, you’ll find a Peruvian-inspired food menu of pastries, sandwiches and empanadas.

suffolk punch coffee shop in charlotte
Related Axios guide: Complete list and map of breweries in Charlotte

Details: Find Sumaq Coffee at 6259 South Blvd. (near Sleepy Poet Antique Mall).

  • It’s open every day from 8am-7pm.

Summit Coffee on the Plaza

In addition to its fun spring menu, which includes drinks like “Unicorn Soda” and “The Fruit Loop Latte,” the Plaza location has indoor and outdoor seating with lots of outlets and space to spread out.

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The panka pesto sandwich and the Sumaq latte. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Of note: Davidson is home to the original Summit, and you can find additional locations in Charlotte, including NoDa and SouthPark.

Details: Summit Coffee on the Plaza is located at 2501 The Plaza.

  • It’s open Monday-Saturday 7am-5:30pm and Sunday 7:30am-5:30pm.

Undercurrent Coffee (Optimist Hall)

Ideal for the person who tends to work through meal times, you can have your cup of coffee in the morning and then stroll the food hall for a lunch break.

The exterior of Summit Coffee on the plaza is ideal for work on a sunny spring day. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios
  • Optimist Hall parking is free for the first 90 minutes. After that, a visit will cost you $5 for an hour and a half to three hours and $18 for anything over three hours.

Of note: Undercurrent’s original Plaza Midwood location (2012 Commonwealth Ave.) has plenty of cozy nooks to set up in but parking is limited compared to Optimist Hall.

Details: Find Undercurrent in Optimist Hall at 1115 N. Brevard St.

  • The Optimist Hall location is open Monday-Friday 7am-9pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm.

Waterbean Coffee at The Metropolitan

The locally-owned coffee shop offers five types of espresso at its four Charlotte locations. The Metropolitan shop is especially remote work-friendly, with lots of seating and a free parking deck (which is close to a Trader Joe’s and Target for those post-work errands).

Details: Find Waterbean Metropolitan at 1111 Metropolitan Ave.

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Undercurrent in Optimist Hall. Photo: Axios Archives
  • Waterbean at The Metropolitan is open Monday-Friday 7am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-6pm.

Wooden Robot Brewery (South End)

The Urban Farmhouse has a coffee bar complete with all the remote work necessities — like wifi and lounge seating — inside the old taproom of their South End location.

Details: Find Wooden Robot at 1440 S. Tryon St. in South End.

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An iced latte from Waterbean. Photo: Courtesy Waterbean
  • The coffee bar is open Monday-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

Looking for more Charlotte food and drink guides? Here’s a complete list of Axios guides including best burgers, best bars, best new restaurants, best weekly specials, best pizza, best sushi, best cocktail bars, top restaurants, and best brunch.

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