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Photo by Maggie Holman

Best Local Coffee Shop: Cool Beans Coffee Co.

By Maggie Holman

Ever want to feel like you are in the show “Friends?” Cool Beans is the hangout spot for you! You can catch up on work or hang out with friends while enjoying a coffee and some great food in a cozy and cool environment.

Cool Beans is located right across the street from the Horseshoe, so it is the perfect place to do some studying and grab a coffee or a bite to eat in between classes. They offer free WiFi and a great studying environment, pair that with a coffee and you can get anything done!

No matter what kind of coffee you like, you will be sure to find it in Cool Beans’ extensive drink menu. They have everything from cappuccinos to espressos. My personal favorite drink is the “Perfect Woman,” which is a sweet latte topped with whip cream and a chocolate disk.

Although Cool Beans is known for their coffee, their food is also notable. They offer an all-day brunch that is composed of a variety of breakfast sandwiches and bagels. They also have healthy options such as their Green Veggie breakfast Burrito, or a yogurt parfait. Their lunch special is only $9.50 and it comes with a sandwich, wrap, or panini with a side of your choice, a pickle and a coffee or tea. Their turkey provolone panini with pesto is a must-have and pairs great with their pasta salad.

One of the coolest parts about Cool Beans is the atmosphere. Cool Beans is located on the top floor of a revamped house and supports local artists by hanging up their artwork all along the walls and offering them for sale. The sitting area is composed of a variety of sitting options including comfortable arm chairs and benches.

Students are always welcome in Cool Beans and UofSC organizations often partner with Cool Beans to set up tabs and percent nights.