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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
“dirty chai” (3 reviews)
“biscotti” (3 reviews)
“quiche” (8 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
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Reviewed 6 days ago

City Lights was a welcome sight after wandering Charleston. The cafe is tiny but has lots of ambiance and great coffee.

Thank marlene912015
Reviewed 6 days ago

1st time we stopped by the door wouldn't open because there were too many people in line, that's a good sign for a coffee shop. So we continued to stroll around the French Quarter and rolled back through 30 min later, and got in. One...More

Thank nantucketbybike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice coffee shop to give your tired tourist feet a break when visiting Charleston SC. The lattes were very good. The carrot cake was good but not exceptional. It was a Sunday after lunch and we had to bus our own table to get a...More

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for coffee and cup of tea. Quaint little cafe with excellent service. Great place to stay sit and people watch and listen out for re deep southern accent and of some of the locals! Good place for a drinks stop.

Thank Madster01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

City Lights Coffee is a delightful, very intimate and cozy coffee shop with a super friendly staff. We stayed in Charleston for a few days and this was the place we started each day! They have a nice selection of pastries, muffins, etc.(made at another...More

Thank Celeste C
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Six of us had a lovely respite from the heat outside in very quaint ambience. We enjoyed good coffee good cake and plenty of good chat from the South African owner, Lots of gluten free choices. One to remember- worth a visit.

Thank Mdohe003
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We were heading to Starbucks when my husband found this gem of a cafe and have been everyday (sometimes twice) during our trip to Charleston. It doesn't look much from the outside but is really full of character and the staff have always been friendly...More

Thank Judi B
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We stepped in just before 4 pm on a Sunday. We were lucky to get a seat as the line soon snaked out into the street. Great ambiance in this little coffee shop with friendly staff. The French press coffee was good. You can add...More

Thank poleinahole1
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We visited around 4:30 pm. After reading all the positive reviews we were hoping for tasty treats and coffee but were disappointed. The coffee wasn't bad but not great. It tasted old, as if they'd made it over an hour or more earlier but didn't...More

Thank Heidi W
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

I have never been in a smaller restaurant. Don't let the casual appearance fool you- this place is really good. My father said the coffee was the best he ever had (don't remember exactly what he ordered) and I got a iced mocha, which was...More

Thank 365jordana
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  • Food
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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