Vintage Coffee and Cafe, Mt Pleasant, SC
219 Simmons St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
There are beach people and there are mountain people. I'm of opinion that you're one or another. Having spent a huge chunk of my young adulthood in Colorado, I've convinced myself that I'm a mountain person. I relish visits to the Rockies or the Smokies. However, now that I'm fairly close to all that is cute, quaint and adorable in Charleston, I'm starting to doubt my mountain-self. Maybe, just maybe, you CAN be both... While I work out this personal conundrum, allow me to present one of the coziest coffee houses in Charleston. Now technically, this is in Mount Pleasant, but we all know Mount Pleasant as being fairly synonymous with Charleston. My family refers to it as the 'ritzy' Charleston. After one visit to the area, I think you'll find that you agree.
I bet you'll also agree that Vintage Coffee is the cutest coffee shop you've ever seen !
Just look at the world's smallest library below.
Interestingly enough, the owner didn't start with coffee in mind. In 2013, Brian Piesner took an International Harvest truck and turned it into a roaming pizza mobile. Soon it transformed into a roaming pizza mobile WITH a car bar. The car bar extended to a coffee bar, brewing Charleston's locally- roasted King Bean coffee. Next thing you know, it was 2015 and Brian set up shop selling wood-fired pizza and brews of both types out of this fabulous location.
It's southern inspired of course. The skinny wood floors and shiplap walls give that away pretty quickly. The coffee shop inside is fairly tight -- there's room for no more than about 20 people. There are a few small tables and 4-5 bench seats along the wall.
The coffee options are diverse but fairly straight forward! You've got a couple pour over options and your standard latte/cappuccino offerings. Along with many other speciality coffee shops, Vintage Coffee caters to both the coffee aficionado and the guy/gal just trying to get an afternoon pick-me-up drip coffee. Normally, I shy away from flavored lattes, but I was on this visit with a lovely friend who ordered the honey lavender latte. Naturally, I copied her.
We both enjoyed our honey lavender lattes; although I have to say I should have probably stuck to my standard coffee go-to's. As yummy as the lavender latte was, it was a tad too sweet for my liking.
We've got to talk about the cafe side of Vintage Coffee: the food. When he created the shop, the owner Brian envisioned creating a space with foodie eats, such as those offered at Butcher and Bee, offered in a family friendly environment. He made it happen! The toast options at Vintage Coffee have the locals buzzing. Some folks might say this place has the best avo-toast in the Low-country. Though I only ordered coffee, every person around us had some type of yummy food in front of them.
The coziness of Vintage Coffee is made possible by the charming nature of the 1930s cottage. Just behind the cottage is a retrofitted truck that's been turned into a playground for kiddos. Not pictured is the plentiful outdoor seating between Vintage Coffee and Coastal Crust Pizza.
Vintage Coffee is an excellent place to meet a friend for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Unless there's nice weather outside, I might shy away from going here in large groups though I imagine the back patio area is a hit for larger gatherings in the summertime.