Two Lowcountry coffee shops named The South’s Best

Of all the coffee shops, in all the cities, in all of the south, two local spots have been named among the best by Southern Living Magazine!

Lowco Café serves some of the freshest coffee and espresso in town. The café exclusively brews Lowco Coffee, which is roasted daily right next door at Lowcountry Coffee Roasters. Tucked away on the northern end of Clements Ferry Road, in the growing town of Wando (right around the corner from Mount Pleasant), Lowco has indoor and outdoor seating, a drive-thru and a private meeting room available by reservation. If you can’t find your latte of choice, the menu says “just ask!” We like that kind of service…a latte!

Aside from serving great coffee, pastries and delicious breakfast sandwiches, Lowco is committed to the local community. They stock their shelves with local products and host monthly “Support Local” events. One Saturday a month, Lowco invites local artisans, photographers and vendors out for a family-friendly outdoor marketplace.


Good coffee and good vibes. Second State Coffee (formerly Black Tap Coffee) is the second local shop to make Southern Living’s Best of the South list. Serving up a selection of seasonal, house-roasted beans on Beaufain Street, Second State ushers in native Charlestonians, college students and visitors alike. Long community-style tables made from reclaimed heart pine wood offer a nod to the materials used in many historic Charleston homes and give this spot a simplistic and airy vibe. Even Travel + Leisure called them “Charleston’s hippest coffee purveyor.”

Second State also has a second shop, just over the bridge in Mount Pleasant. For this shop, owners wanted to offer a little extra. The Mount Pleasant café offers a full counter service breakfast and lunch using fresh and local ingredients.


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