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13 Locally Owned Coffee Shops Around Lake Hartwell

Sometimes you just need a quaint coffee shop to get some work done or have a cup of coffee with a good friend. Fortunately, with all the small towns surrounding the lake, there are several options for getting a good cup of joe.

While there’s certainly no shortage of Starbucks around the lake, many locals prefer the more homey feel of a small town mom & pop shop. In these coffee houses, you’ll often find local art, custom coffee blends, and a variety of treats to pair with your daily caffeine fix.

Locally Owned Coffee Shops Near Lake Hartwell, Georgia

Each of the small towns on the Georgia side of Lake Hartwell boasts its own set of unique and small town coffee shops. Here are a few coffee shops in Hartwell, Lavonia, Royston, and Toccoa.

Common Ground is a beautiful new coffee shop which opened its doors in early 2020 inside of what used to be a car dealership in the downtown sector of Hartwell, Ga.

You’ll not only be wowed by their coffee selection, but they also offer goodies from The Farmer's Daughter (next door), a lovely patio for hanging out, and of course free Wifi.



Iced Caramel Macchiato at Common Ground

The cold brew at Common Ground is amazing!


A trip to Hartwell, Ga requires a stop at Market 50. You’ll find gifts for home, Lake Hartwell souvenirs, handmade items, local honey, and more. Their cafe has an array of sandwiches, coffee drinks, baked goods and ice cream.

COFFEE bar at Market 50 in Hartwell GA

Coffee for mom, candy for the kids. Get them both at Market 50


A Dairy Queen seems like an unlikely place to grab a cup of coffee, but their joe is widely considered among the best in Hartwell. Plus you’ll enjoy free wifi and a large covered patio.


man drinking coffee at table

Don’t let the empty tables fool you, the Hartwell DQ is one of the busiest restaurants in town.


Make sure to take a tour of the many shops in Lavonia and grab a seat at this charming cafe on E Main Street. They have a full coffee menu, but also try their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.


cold brew frappe at vintage cup

Sweet and satisfying frappe in Lavonia.


One of the most interesting shops in Lavonia, Southern Alpaca Connection not only offers a full line of alpaca related products but a crafted coffee and wine collection.

While this isn’t a coffee shop in the traditional sense, it’s definitely worth a visit to try their locally roasted brew.


bag of local roasted coffee and mugs

Take home a bag of locally roasted coffee in Lavonia.


Playing off the baseball history in Royston, Centerfield is a jovial spot for coffee, treats, and sweets.


latte on counter at a local coffee shop

There’s a lot to love about the lattes at Centerfield in Royston.


Get coffee with breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Curahee Station in Toccoa. Don’t miss their specials and drink of the day deals!


cold coffee brew in Toccoa Ga

Take your time enjoying coffee at Curahee Station in Toccoa.


Coffee Shops Near Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

The SC side of Lake Hartwell hosts Clemson University right on the banks of the lake and plenty of shopping in one of the larger cities on the lake, Anderson.

There’s still loads of charming locally owned coffee shops to take a break from your busy day.

Part coffee shop, part farmer’s market, Figs Cafe is a hopping joint. Located in downtown Anderson, SC, you can have your coffee and grab a bite to eat, too.

Definitely browse their market offerings from local farmers including produce, honey, and spices. When you’re ready to relax, grab a seat on the couch and peak through their free library.


nitro brew coffee in anderson sc

Nitro brew is now available at Figs Cafe and Farmacy


Enjoy locally roasted coffee at Ecity Java in historic downtown in Anderson, SC. Anderson University students and locals enjoy this spot’s trendy vibe and variety of caffeinated beverages.


woman sipping red velvet latte at ecity java in anderson sc

Try their seasonal specials like this Red Velvet Latte!


With plenty of space to spread out, Spill The Beans in Clemson offers a variety of hot and cold espresso drinks, and you won’t want to miss their ice cream either.


iced coffee in confetti tumbler clemson sc

Cute tumbler and coffee drink in Clemson


Get locally roasted coffee, an assortment of home baked goods, and relax in a friendly environment at All In in Clemson, SC.


coffee and muffin at all in coffee shop

Breakfast al fresco at All In Coffee Shop


Looking for a locally owned coffee shop with a drive thru? Check out Moe Joe on Old Greenville Hwy, and definitely check out their calendar for live music!


coffee on bar at Moe Joe in Clemson

Grab a cup of joe on the go through their drive thru.


This cafe and bakery in downtown Pendleton, SC also offers a selection of coffee drinks. They also have gluten free baked goods and a menu of soups and sandwiches.


iced coffee drink locally owned cafe in pendleton

Gigantic iced coffee drink in Pendleton, SC


What’s your favorite local spot for hot coffee?

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