While Charleston may never dip below 80 degrees, that is not gonna stop us from enjoying fall. It’s that wonderful time of year where every coffee house rolls out the pumpkin spiced everything. Of course, the most important part of fall is the ‘fall flavored’ coffees and if there’s anything Charleston is good at, besides beaches, it’s coffee shops.
Look no further, we’ve made it easier for you. Here are our top four coffee shops in Charleston and their must-try fall drinks.
Bitty and Beau’s
Bitty and Beau’s was founded in 2016 and is on 159 Church St. with a modern 50’s classic feel, complete with 50’s jazz music. It has a black and white theme and is decked out with comfy seating and bar stools at the counter and windows facing the street.
The two drinks that we tried were the toasted marshmallow and brown sugar cinnamon hot coffees. Hot drinks are offered in 12 ounces or 16 ounces while iced drinks only come in 16 ounces. They accept credit cards only, to make it easier for their staff members to connect with customers rather than count out change, but their prices are reasonable, around three to four dollars, and the coffee is great! A cute idea they employ for orders is, instead of giving you a number or taking down your name, they give you a playing card which matches the card given to the barista.
Whether you like strong or sweet coffee, the toasted marshmallow coffee is a perfect fall drink. It comes already slightly sweetened, but if you don’t like your coffee black, you can always add creamer. We recommend the brown sugar and cinnamon for black coffee drinkers. It is similar to a pumpkin spice flavoring, so if you like the cinnamon taste without the pumpkin, this flavor is going to be your best friend.
Bitty and Beau’s is a great hangout spot for friends or just a quick stop for coffee on your way to work. It’s a bit of a walk from CofC’s campus, but definitely worth it.
Kudu is a campus favorite. Located at 4 Vanderhorst St., it doubles as a bar, making it quite larger than the other coffee shops around town. Kudu offers a rustic hipster vibe, with an open and warm feel to it. It has plenty of high-top, bar and regular seating as well as a spacious outdoor seating area. It’s a great place to study, hang out with friends or have a semi-professional out-of-office meeting.
The pumpkin spice latte we tried was quite subtle, but benefited from a bit of creamer. The pricing of drinks was affordable, totaling around $3 to $5 depending on size. If you aren’t a fan of pumpkin spice, there are plenty of other flavors. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, the grilled cheese is a top pick!
City Lights Coffee
City Lights Coffee, located at 141 Market Street, has a New York City vibe with art, postcards and photos covering the walls. As it is one of the smaller shops around town, there is minimal bar and table seating. The staff is very friendly and the shop has many apparent regulars coming in and out of the shop.
This is also a good study spot off campus, offering a quiet spot on a street with minimal traffic. Eclectic collections of mugs and glasses cover the back wall, and double for serving drinks to customers. Prices are reasonable, as the base price starts at $2 to $3 with flavors charged at 81 cents each. Drinks come in multiple sizes, 8 ounces, 12 ounces and 16 ounces.
Here, we tried the gingerbread iced coffee, and while the flavor reminds us of Christmas, it’s a sweet treat to enjoy as the seasons change. We recommend the gingerbread, especially iced. The flavor is not overpowering, but tastes like a fresh baked gingerbread cookie. Some other good fall flavors include, caramel, frosted mint and white chocolate.
La Pátisserie is a modern french bakery and coffee shop located at 404 King Street, attached to The Hotel Bennet. It is aesthetically white with a bright and clean vibe. The staff was very nice and this spot would be great for a special occasion or a Sunday brunch date with friends.
We tried the caramel iced latte, the only ‘fall’ flavor available. This drink is definitely on the stronger side, for those with a sweet tooth, this one may not be for you. The bakery doesn’t offer tradition drip coffees, so we recommend ordering an americano for a similar style. The caramel iced latte, was really good with just the right amount of caramel. If you looking for fancy fall breakfast spot, this is the place for you. Prices were a bit more expensive, so that is something to take into consideration.
No matter your coffee or coffee house preferences, you are sure to find the perfect spot in our beautiful Charleston. If you are anything like us, and live off of the fall season, we hope you enjoy our top-4 and find a new fall favorite.