Durham is packed with some great spots to enjoy good coffee and freshly baked pastries from independent artisans making mind-blowing coffee to popular chains brewing grab-and-go cups. Part of the country’s Research Triangle Region and home to several educational institutions, the city is full of coffee shops that cater to every taste, making it a coffee-lover’s dream. While food fads come and go, good coffee keeps ongoing, and there are spots for sipping java are popping up all over the city. Here are some fantastic places to go for great coffee, mouthwatering pastries, and a warm and welcoming vibe.
1.East Durham Bake Shop
© East Durham Bake Shop
The East Durham Bake Shop is a cozy, independently-owned café and bakery that serves locally roasted coffee and espresso beverages, organic teas, and a variety of handmade baked goods, homemade soups and fresh salads made with seasonal ingredients. The casual, laid-back spot does all its baking in-house and is known for its delicious pies, which are sold by the piece or whole, croissants, scones, and muffins, and offers coffee from local roasters such as Counter Culture Coffee, little wolf, little.waves, and Caballa Rojo. The café also serves tea from Durham-based tea company Jeddah’s Tea, which creates exceptional, ethically sourced tea blends from all over the world for brewed teas and tea lattes. The East Durham Bake Shop is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday, and offers weekend classes for adults and children.
406 S Driver St, Durham, NC 27703, Phone: 919-957-1090
© Allday Cafe
The Allday Cafe is a cozy spot in the Unscripted Hotel in Durham that serves freshly brewed coffee, espresso drinks, and classic American dishes in a modern, sunny space. The contemporary eatery and bar are perfect for a morning espresso, light lunch, or late afternoon tea with comfortable décor, large windows that flood the space with natural light. The coffee menu features a variety of coffee drinks, including Brooklyn Blend, Ghost Town Decaf, Steep Tea, Cold Brew, Chemex Pour Over, and the regular favorites like americano, latte, and cappuccino. The Allday Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
202 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 984-329-9500
© Bean Traders
Located in the Homestead Market, Bean Traders is a local independent coffee shop that serves fresh coffee from bean to cup, roasting, and brewing their beans on-site. Established in 2000, the coffee shop has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and prides itself on serving ethically- and sustainably sourced coffee beans and roasts high-grade delicious coffee in compostable cups. The café also sells a range of freshly baked pastries and light bites, made with local and artisanal ingredients, and sells their coffee at South Durham Farmer’s Market. Bean Traders is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and early dinner, seven days a week.
105 W Nc 54 Hwy #249, Durham, NC 27713, Phone: 919-484-2499
© Beyú Caffè
Beyú Caffè is an upbeat, bohemian hangout on Main Street in the heart of Durham that serves freshly roasted and brewed coffee, an all-day menu of hearty American fare, a full-service bar, and complimentary wireless Internet. Founded in 2009 by Dorian Bolden, Beyú Caffè serves its own signature coffee blend named Heart & Soul with a smooth and delicious flavor and character, along with a range of the usual favorites such as americano, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and espresso. Beyú Caffè serves a menu of light bites such as pastries and sweet treats and offers catering services for private events and functions. Beyú Caffè is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.
341 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-683-1058
© Cocoa Cinnamon
Cocoa Cinnamon is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop that focuses on serving excellent coffee, tea, and hot chocolate as well as community engagement in an eclectic and relaxed atmosphere. The café has a comfortable interior space with cozy seating, a community book swap station, a large outdoor patio for summer sipping, and complimentary wireless Internet. The coffee shop’s first location opened in downtown Durham in 2013 and the second in Old West Durham two years later, both of which serve signature coffees and specialty drinks, traditional offerings like mochas and lattes, tea, juice, sipping chocolate, beer, and wine. The café offers a small, rotating daily selection of freshly baked goods and Mediterranean fare, also stocks a wide variety of artisan chocolate bars and spreads, along with a small selection of merchandise such as coffee presses, T-shirts, and postcards by local artists.
420 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-697-8990
6.Foster Street Coffee
© Foster Street Coffee
Located on the ground floor of the Liberty Warehouse Building on Foster Street, Foster Street Coffee draws inspiration from around the world to bring the community of Durham flavorful unblended single-origin coffee and espresso-style coffee drinks, and delicious homegrown fare. The café is a cozy and comfortable spot for enjoying a variety of great coffee from cappuccinos and macchiatos to mocha lattes and espresso-style drinks. There is also a large assortment of fine loose teas available and a menu of light fare made with locally sourced ingredients. Foster Street Coffee is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
530 Foster St #2, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-797-9555
7.Joe Van Gogh West End
Founded as a single coffeehouse in 1991, Joe Van Gogh West End is a relaxed community coffee shop with an immersive coffee culture that serves inventive coffee drinks with house-roasted beans and gourmet teas. The café focuses on serving only the highest quality green coffee sourced from trusted producers from Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. The coffee shop roasts to order and packages coffee by hand for several coffee shops and café around North Carolina and offers a food program of delicious farm-to-table fare made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Joe Van Gogh West End is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
1114-B W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 984-219-7598
8.Saladelia at Duke University Perkins Library
© Saladelia @ Duke University Perkins Library
Located in the William R Perkins Library, Saladelia @ Duke University Perkins Library is a casual Mediterranean-inspired café and coffee bar that serves traditional Mediterranean fare, freshly brewed coffee and espresso drinks, and house-made baked goods. Established in 1988, Saladelia Cafe + Catering is an independently-owned business that specializes in delicious, home-made Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. The menu features an array of gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, a variety of hearty entrées, and Mediterranean mezze platters, as well as decadent sweet treats and desserts such as cakes, cookies, and pastries. The drinks menu boasts a range of coffee, tea, and organic smoothies and juices, as well as a local beer and wine selection. Saladelia @ Duke University Perkins Library is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
411 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705, Phone: 919-684-2049
9.Triangle Coffee House
© Triangle Coffee House
Triangle Coffee House is a casual neighborhood coffee shop that offers a relaxing spot to work, study, meet with friends, or have a business meeting. The café boasts two floors which offer different atmospheres to suit every need. The first floor is vibrant and bustling with large windows that look out onto Ninth Street and unique coffee bag chairs and is perfect for meeting with friends, while the basement is a quiet spot for working, studying, and holding business meetings. The menu features a variety of signature coffees and specialty drinks and traditional offerings like mochas and lattes, tea, juice, and hot chocolate. The café also offers a small, rotating daily selection of freshly baked goods, smoothies, vegan muffins, and other treats. Triangle Coffee House is open for is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
714 9th St, Durham, NC 27705, Phone: 919-748-3634
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© Esmeralda's Café
Located in the Northgate Mall, Esmeralda's Café is a very friendly and welcoming locally-owned café that serves a diverse selection of freshly brewed coffee, tea, fresh fruit juices, and healthy fare. The coffee shop has comfortable décor and a bright, bustling vibe and serves delicious food made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients such as breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, hot dogs, home-baked goods and freshly squeezed juices. Esmeralda's Café is open for is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.
1058 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-864-8007
11.The Oak House Durham
© The Oak House Durham
The Oak House Durham is a coffee shop and craft beverage lounge in the heart of downtown Durham that serves a traditional espresso menu, an expansive selection of unique wines, a rotating selection of 15 craft beers on tap, and a range of small plates and local pastries. Described as a ‘high-end craft beverage lounge with something for everyone,’ the Oak House Durham has a cozy interior with warm décor and wooden accents and a stylish, industrial-chic vibe. Oak House serves gourmet coffee roasted on-site by Durham-based Caballo Rojo along with tea, craft beer, cider, and fine wine, and hosts fun events such as coffee roasting demonstrations and cuppings; wine and beer tastings, and live music.
126 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-339-1383
© Dulce Café
Dulce Café is a casual bakery and café located in Sutton Station on Fayetteville Road that serves delicious fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The café serves a variety of fresh food made with locally sourced ingredients, such as breakfast sandwiches and burritos, bagels, yogurt parfait, fresh salads, paninis, and gourmet sandwiches, along with housemade desserts and gelato. The drinks menu features fresh fruit juices, sodas, and a selection of freshly brewed coffee and specialty coffee drinks from Counter Culture Coffees. Dulce Café is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and early dinner, seven days a week.
5826 Fayetteville Rd Ste 106, Durham, NC 27713, Phone: 919-797-0497
12 Best Durham Coffee Shops
- East Durham Bake Shop, Photo: East Durham Bake Shop
- Allday Cafe, Photo: Allday Cafe
- Bean Traders, Photo: Bean Traders
- Beyu Caffe, Photo: Beyú Caffè
- Cocoa Cinnamon, Photo: Cocoa Cinnamon
- Foster Street Coffee, Photo: Foster Street Coffee
- Joe Van Gogh West End, Photo: kegfire/stock.adobe.com
- Saladelia at Duke University Perkins Library, Photo: Saladelia @ Duke University Perkins Library
- Triangle Coffee House, Photo: Triangle Coffee House
- Esmeralda's Cafe, Photo: Esmeralda's Café
- The Oak House Durham, Photo: The Oak House Durham
- Dulce Cafe, Photo: Dulce Café
- Cover Photo: franz12/stock.adobe.com