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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
Closed now
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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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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Lugoff, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happened upon this little coffee shop on our way to a franchised coffee shop. It was well worth it. Coffee/tea is prepared as you order it. Fresh ground beans make a big difference. You can stay and drink or take it with you. They also offer some lite bites, i.e scones, quiche and other baked items. Some locals were evidently... More 

Thank dmokay
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to stop here for an afternoon coffee and snack. It's right at the intersection of King and Meeting St so close to everything. Fresh slices of bread like cranberry orange (picked the one with most cranberries!) and chocolate chip banana. Cute and cozy little shop. Oh, and I love that there are gluten free and organic options! It's... More 

Thank Lizete S
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stopped in here to have a cafe au lait and do a bit of work with their wifi. Very nice barista. The coffee was decent, but not memorable. Cookie the same. The cosy little atmosphere and friendliness were however memorable. I'm glad I could give the local place a bit of business.

Thank Redmanda
Redondo Beach, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Went back the next day after discovering this cozy, gem of a coffee house. Baked goods, smoothies, etc. ... but their coffees are simply divine and it's a TRUE neighborhood treasurer!

Thank Oceangirl9999
Washington, DC
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Coffee was good and a nice local alternative. Seemed like pretty much just the house blend that was available (I wouldn't have minded a darker roast), but it was decent and reasonably priced. Not a lot of space inside but we were able to grab a seat, and service was never an issue.

1 Thank Dogfish60min
Houston, Texas
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Cool little place on Market to get a great cup of coffee! Had a lot of different kinds of coffee, drinks along with small eats like quiches, muffins and croissants. Great stop place while exploring Charleston!

1 Thank klspears_98
Willard, United States
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Another Charleston visitor recommended we stop here for hot chocolate. My friends and I walk in and one of my friends sees and hears the worker complain for having to serve us. I didn't catch his name, but he had one of the WORST attitudes for someone working in the service industry. I understand having a bad day, but this... More 

Thank Diana H

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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
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?