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City Lights Coffee

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141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
+1 843-853-7067
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 08:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A perfect place to unwind with great coffee and variety!! Awesome staff and welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommend due to location, price and hours.

Thank Michele C
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Charleston for the day and happened upon this gem! Friendly service alongside delicious coffee, tea and baked goods. Gluten free treats as well!

Thank LOuladdaoud
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382 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spotted this coffee shop by happenstance and were delighted to find it. Great respite from a long day of walking. Very reasonable pricing and welcoming staff.

Thank Springtraveler06
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you really want to feel like you're on vacation, avoid the Starbuck's and find an original/local coffee shop like this one. The young ladies working this adorable place added just the right amount of unique personalized customer service and never once stressed over the line of customers patiently waiting to have their orders taken. Another huge bonus (for my... More 

Thank datotaro
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211 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's been 7 years since we have visited Charleston and City Lights. It was one of our first stops once back in the city. We stayed at the Double Tree which is just over a few blocks. The staff was really friendly and the food was so good again. We just did a couple scones and muffins, as it was... More 

Thank scranton38
Charleston, SC
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139 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect size hideout, great service and wonderful coffees. Stopped in mid afternoon and it was busy but enjoyable. Like the fact it's not a giant Starbucks and you are just another number. The employees help make this place a friendly coffee spot.

Thank Citadel62
East Setauket, New York
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Walked in & a young gentleman was working the counter. There were only about 3 couples sitting in the place at the time. My husband & I stood at counter right in front of the guy & he didn't even acknowledge us for almost 5 mins. The line started to build up over that time, & everyone thought it was... More 

Thank Mary O
Charleston, South Carolina
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Charming and intimate, City Lights Coffee has what a large chain coffee house will never achieve. At almost any time of the day, you can see the owner sitting at the end of the counter doing something on his computer and clowning around with the patrons. They have a pet fish in an aquarium as the shop pet, a small... More 

Thank lowcountrylazy
Wichita, Kansas
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140 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after eating breakfast around the corner. I typically like the green signed national coffee chain because it is consistent but thought I would try this place since it looked cool. Great atmosphere, wonderful ladies helped me behind the counter. The drip coffee was a little light for me but I should have told the ladies. From a coffee... More 

Thank Matt G
Metairie, Louisiana
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Read the reviews and saw Honey Lavendar Latte so had to try. It was a tasty treat and a welcome break from my traditional Starbucks coffee. The local vendors also recommend this coffee shop

Thank TravelingMawMaw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?