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City Lights Coffee

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141 Market St, Charleston, SC 29401-1902
+1 843-853-7067
07:00 - 20:00
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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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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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138 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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136 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cute little shop - I suggest you go on off hours because it is TINY and when packed it will be hard to get in and out of the tables along the wall. The latte and Chai were excellent!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

cute little shop to grab coffee or tea in the morning- has gluten free options for muffins and scones. Nice atmosphere with 90s soft rock music

Thank Sonya B
Runnemede, New Jersey
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Friendly, warm smiles as you walk in. Well trained baristas, everything I saw going out was art, what I drank was heavenly. Rich espresso with a robust, smooth taste. Scones we're not the best- but perhaps heated.

Thank ZCooperFamily
Silver Spring, Maryland
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

This coffee shop was around the corner from where we were staying and even though our inn included breakfast, i'm always looking for a good latte. The coffee is good as is the ambiance and music.

Thank Deborah L

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?