I love Charlie's. It is the Cheers of coffee shops, "where everyone knows your name". It's a quirky, quaint little shop situated in the busy University district along the student strip of pubs and clubs and it offers a great retreat to get away from the outside noise and lark. What I really love about this place is its character; the staff are so much fun to be around and interesting people to boot. I can't agree with Conor K more about the sitcom aspect to the shop; it's staffed by 3 lovely girls and quite a bit of drama tends to get played out, but it's all in good fun! And the food is delicious; you can't beat a bowl of nachos made by Karen (the Californian girl who works there). Overall, I have to give Charlie's 5 stars for providing not only fabulous food, drink and service, but interesting chat and stories.
Charlies Coffee shop looks like the perfect backdrop for a sitcom. Its a tiny little coffee shop, ran by friends who enjoy their work. If I'm a little to early to meet a friend I often call into Charlies to relax and enjoy a sandwich and coffee that are always unique.
They always try and create their own sandwiches, with weird fillings that the staff are just trying to have fun with. Sometimes they are way off, most of the time they taste fantastic. Their coffees are always perfectly brewed and taste fantastic.
Charlies also hold little acoustic nights after hours, where you can sit in intimate surroundings and just relax. You can bring your own bottle of wine, which makes it that little bit more relaxed!
A super little coffee shop with a mad decor going on. It really stands out at the corner of Bradbury Place.
The atmosphere is great and trendy students seem to frequent this place a lot.
The food is great and the menu includes typical coffee shop fare- bagels, wraps, salads and paninis. The wraps come with a crisp side salad and some tortilla chips.
They offer free wifi here too which is a plus.
Charlie's also host some gigs, singer songwriters and bands. It's on my list of gig venues to visit.
I heard a rumour this place might be shutting down, and I really hope it's not true!
Admittedly, I haven't been in much during the day, but the gigs held here at night are great. They're only held every now and then, but you'll get all kinds of acts from acoustic to really very loud ones. It's very cheap and it's BYO.
Yes, the hipster quotient is quite high, but let's be honest, Belfast is a town full of hipsters, and to be fair to them, they know how to party, so I'm not going to complain too much (I really just wish they'd all take off those NHS specs).
Anyway. I digress. Charlie's has a really good vibe about it, relaxed enough as a coffee shop, and with something extra to offer as well, so let's all pray to the gods of commerce that it survives...
I really love this wee coffee shop. Charlies is situated right at the top of shaftsbury square and is always busy with students and shoppers. They make a really good cup of coffee and the sandwiches are sometimes really interesting! They also offer free wifi for customers so you can so a facebook catch up while you're there. The one thing that does set it apart from the norm is that they host acoustic nights where you can bring your own bottle and its a great place to relax and almost feel like your at home of an evening. Really love this wee place and the staff are all brilliant!
Great spot...normally I'm in here for coffee and to see which of the 'bold and beautiful' are hanging out. Tonight I was in for a gig and very curious to see what kind've atmosphere was in this most quirky of settings.
There was a BYO policy for the show so there were a lot of bottles of red wine doing the rounds which led to a welcome sense of bonhomie. The gig itself actually sounded pretty amazing and a few more adventurous souls got into it enough to attempt a dance off in front of the band. Totally hilarious.
Anyways, we all know Charlie's delivers the goods on the coffee front but judging by this showing more live/evening stuff would go down a treat.
Pros: Central, friendly atmosphere, BYO for the evening.
Cons: It's small so got really packed.
Charlies Coffee shop has become a hive for the arty and slightly eccentric in the city centre and to be honest it is a nice little place to meet for coffee or sit with a laptop doing a bit of work.
The first time I was here was with an old friend catching up years back, but I've been many times since.
It's bright and airy for such a small place and the staff are always very helpful, friendly and attentive. The coffee is always bang on, the espresso is rich, peaty and full of sharp dark chocolate bitterness.
The sandwiches are also superb, well filled and generally on good quality fresh bread.
This little place often hosts like acoustic sessions as well as poetry and readings. It's somewhere you should head if you want coffee with a bit of culture.
Really like this place. The food is really good and prepared to order. The menu includes bagels, wraps, salads and paninis. I have had wraps and bagels here and they come with a really nice side salad and tortilla chips.
There is free wifi here and the coffee shop has a nice chilled out atmosphere, ideal to take your time over some very nice food.
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