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Smelly Cat Coffee House

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514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205-1104
+1 704-374-9656
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: Smelly Cat is Charlotte's award winning neighborhood Coffee House & Coffee...
Smelly Cat is Charlotte's award winning neighborhood Coffee House & Coffee Roaster. We are pleased to offer a variety of meticulously roasted single origin coffees as well as rich full body blends. Trained baristas pull perfect espresso shots to create your specialty espresso drinks. Cold brewed coffee and pour over method drip coffee are some of our high quality coffee offerings. Partake in Smelly Cat's famous Chai, served hot, iced, or as a frappe. Enjoy our eclectic environment created with old wood doors and red brick walls. If you visit during the evening we have added a number of wines and local craft beers.
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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best coffee in town!

My husband and I dropped in while visiting NoDa and were blown away by the coffee. He had decaf ;I one of the boldest roast and yummy...! I'm a regular Starbucks customer but this coffee is much better. The atmosphere is very calming and intimate. It's definitely one to add to your bucket list... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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  • Families with children
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I am a big fan of this place. They have great coffee and a very cool atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and approachable. You won't find the pretentiousness that you can sometimes get at other coffee houses. You can just chill and play one of their board games or use their WiFi. I have an espresso machine and also... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My wife and I stopped here because it was well rated. We both love coffee and found their roast to be excellent and well priced compared to similar shops. We would definitely go back if we were ever in town again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My husband and I dropped in while visiting NoDa and were blown away by the coffee. He had decaf ;I one of the boldest roast and yummy...! I'm a regular Starbucks customer but this coffee is much better. The atmosphere is very calming and intimate. It's definitely one to add to your bucket list. Smelly Cat captures Charlotte's authentic vibe.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Coffee was good, I had the black cat that was being brewed, my friend had the iced coffee which was New Orleans style and left something to be desire. Great atmosphere and we enjoyed being there. I bought a mug to take home, which was more than I expected. So if you want to take merchandise home expect to pay... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Passing through Charlotte at lunchtime, checked TripAdvisor. Ate lunch at Cabo ( see review) then stopped in Smelly Cat for a coffee for the road, so glad we did! Best coffees, mocha and a decaf white mocha, smooth and excellent. Highly recommend!

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Being from the NYC area, there's no shortage of coffeehouses. Smelly Cat had the feel - and smell - of a beatnik atmosphere one. The selection of coffee is freshly ground and made to your taste. There are small barista tables inside and out, as well as benches and couches. People were there enjoying their coffee, reading books and engaged... More 

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Charlotte
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

we had a round of Capuccinos which were great. They also serve tea, ice cream and shakes. The only food I noticed was bagels and cake.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Good coffee, creative decor, great service and lots of interesting treats. Fun for kids and adults! Attracts a diverse group of patrons and great for pets and people watching!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Brown sugar latte was amazing and the staff was really nice. They let us sample an Ethiopian blend that might be served in the future. Definitely coming back next time we're in charlotte

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is a great local Coffee shop in NODA. One time when I visited, local musician and character - The Funky Geezer - was being interviewed for a documentary. The atmosphere is eclectic and very comfortable an fun. The coffee is good and it is a regular stop for locals, inside and out.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205-1104
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
  • Phone Number: +1 704-374-9656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Smelly Cat is Charlotte's award winning neighborhood Coffee House & Coffee Roaster. We are pleased to offer a variety of meticulously roasted single origin coffees as well as rich full body blends. Trained baristas pull perfect espresso shots to create your specialty espresso drinks. Cold brewed coffee and pour over method drip coffee are some of our high quality coffee offerings. Partake in Smelly Cat's famous Chai, served hot, iced, or as a frappe. Enjoy our eclectic environment created with old wood doors and red brick walls. If you visit during the evening we have added a number of wines and local craft beers.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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