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City Lights Coffee

141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
+1 843-853-7067
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (8 reviews)
“dirty chai” (3 reviews)
“quiche” (8 reviews)
Opens in 18 min
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To discover a cool little storefront coffee shop - old-timey, crowded, and full of charm - was an excellent find for us after a long day of beaches & sight-seeing. We were looking for a Starbucks, and luckily (for us) found this little diamond instead....More

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful coffee shop. Drip and pressed coffee were both delicious and a great selection of pasteries. Our morning coffee spot while were were in Charleston!

Thank FamilyTraveller54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last time I visted it was great(full 5) Today ordered a carmel frappe and my wife had a honey lavender iced latte. Before leaving I decided to use the bathroom. They were filthy. I'll let my pictures give you an idea of the cleanliness. My...More

Thank dgdeppen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ignore the Starbucks all around and venture this way for a delicious, inexpensive and friendly cup of coffee!

Thank mtaamcd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During the brutal rains yesterday, we ducked into the shop to seek cover. What an incredible gem! The atmosphere was welcoming and the coffee delicious. We would absolutely visit again.

Thank kaitlinmarie35
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

City Lights serves pretty good coffee. I can't say I thought it was great, but I really enjoyed my time there. It's more like a neighbourhood bar with a few tables and fairly big counter. People come and go all the time, so sitting in...More

Thank d0ndequiera
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed a couple blocks away and made this our "go to" spot in the morning for coffee. They also have a selection of baked goods and quiche, along with some gluten free and raw options. Cute and funky!

Thank Donna L
Reviewed 24 June 2017

I accidently found this coffee shop on my way to Market St. It is wonderful tiny little shop that has great coffee, fantastic decorations, and friendly barista . I have seen wonderful things said about their food options, but I didn't have a chance to...More

Thank Monte L
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Great coffee, decorated with democratic/progressive political posters and art, and bursting with attitude and personality. My husband enjoyed his coffee shake, and he's not even a coffee drinker.

Thank robynsjh
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped in City Lights to warm up after a rainy, chilly day of walking around the city. It's a cozy shop with not too much seating and eclectic art on the walls. The barista was extremely warm and friendly – I felt welcome sitting...More

Thank Christine H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 843-853-7067
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