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Top cafe recommendations from locals

Bakery
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“Open 24hrs. Great food and pastries, plus excellent coffee locally roasted. Best time to arrive is 5-6pm. Place becomes extremely packed at night due to proximity to UNC Campus. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Indoor public marketplace full of exciting foods, work space, and local access to downtown attractions. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Museum
“Large library dedicated to religious leader Billy Graham, plus his original home with tours.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Desserts!! Yum! Amelie is my favorite secret spot when I need a cup of coffee and delicious desserts back in college. There several locations around us, my personal preference is the location at NoDa. It opens 24 hours and is the original location when Amelie started in Charlotte. The best desserts ever!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
“it’s chill, local, good vibe... I hear the coffee is good, I’m a tea drinker- and enjoy the chai tea! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“Great for brunch and located in the artsy neighborhood of Plaza Midwood close by ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“"Community Grocery" style deli and watering hole. Modest retail offering (drinks & snacks) with beers on tap and a million craft cans and bottles. Eat and drink on their great outdoor patio or indoor tables. Good for vegan / vegetarian options. Young crowd with dogs and bikes. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Don't let the strip mall entrance fool you, this a delight inside. The perfect place to get the exact special coffee you like just the way you like it with an assortment of pastries for days, sandwiches and salads. Beautiful quirky interior, feel like you are in a European cafe.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“This coffee shop is located in the 7th street market and is a great option if you are looking to explore uptown charlotte. I recommend a pourover coffee and then taking a walk through Tryon street.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The espresso drinks here are great as well as the chai tea but the coffee not so much. More of a homey feel and is also within walking distance.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Their pastries are to die for. It is a little shop in a plaza with a few seats. If you are craving really good French pastry this is it. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Less trendy than the nearby Starbucks, great breads, pastries, baked goods and funky atmosphere. Quiet.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“When in NoDa, forget about Starbucks and grab a frozen coffee and play some scrabble at this local coffeeshop.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Our favorite local coffee spot - delicious coffee (try the oat milk latte!) and yummy food (think avocado toast, pastries, etc.) Friendly staff, good work space and nice outdoor area. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“You can get the vibe of Dilworth by hanging out at Starbucks. Outdoor seating is available for warmer weather. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a place that I love for breakfast and brunch. Their menu has something for everyone. Excellent biscuits and apple butter and monthly specials!”
  • 12 locals recommend