Must-Try Coffee Shops in Durham

Must-Try Coffee Shops in Durham

Durham is incredibly lucky to have such a killer coffee scene. Shake up your same old coffee routine and explore some of the local favorites and new-to-you options around the city. Here’s some of Durham’s traditional cafes, small-scale coffee bars, and counter service bakeries and restaurants with full espresso bars and some local’s favorite drinks.

The best part? You can use your Shop Durham card to get discounts and freebies at all of these spots!

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People’s Coffee

You can find this cute coffee shop by Southpoint Mall serving up locally roasted coffee from Black and White roasters.

Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with $1 off your coffee!

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Cloche Coffee

We think you’ll find this little coffee shop makes the perfect space for getting work done, catching up with friends, a wholesome snack, and a much-needed recharge.​

Located across from Duke’s East Campus (in the ADF building), Cloche serves up Larry’s Coffee.

Get 10% off your purchase using your Shop Durham card!

Oak House

Oak House serves coffee roasted on-site by Caballo Rojo Coffee along with wine, beer, cider, and tea from Jeddah’s Tea.

Coffee and alcoholic beverages are available all day long. You can even bring in snacks and food from neighboring restaurants to go with your beverages.⠀

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off non-alcoholic beverages using your Shop Durham card!

Guglhupf Cafe + Bakery

Guglhupf is pure magic. A German-style bakery serving up breads, pastries, and desserts, they’re an award-winning local favorite. It’s much more than just a bakery, you can also grab brunch, lunch, and dinner. They do all of them to perfection. We love their outdoor seating that’s accompanied by a water foundation and tons of greenery.

Address: 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

Neighborhood: Lakewood

Shop Durham offer: Free 12oz drip coffee with a $15 purchase. Valid Tues – Fri, Bakery + Cafe hours only.

Bean Traders

We are big fans of this funky cafe. The staff is always wonderful and willing to answer any questions I have about their unique drinks. They even roast their own beans. The space is surprisingly large and there are plenty of outlets to plug in. There’s a small kids play area in the back with a table and some chalk.

Address: 105 W NC 54 Hwy #249

Neighborhood: South Durham

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Hot Tea Cloud, Day-Dreaming Dirty Hippie

Shop Durham Offer: Free small coffee with purchase of beans

Beyu Caffe

Beyu is a local staple and they definitely allow everyone to Be-You. The environment, service and food are awesome. They’ve got ample seating so you can settle in and get work done or bring a crew and socialize. This neighborhood cafe is a popular gathering spot for different community organizing and social groups. 

Address: 341 W Main St

Neighborhood: Downtown

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Caramello or Turtle Mocha

Shop Durham Offer: 10% off coffee and breakfast items weekdays before 10:30am

Bull and Bean

Bull and Bean is a great spot for breakfast, brunch, and lunch any day of the week. We love that they serve Counter Culture coffee and if you want to grab an iced coffee, the ice cubes are made from coffee so your drink doesn’t get watered down. Score! Plus you can’t beat their famous pulled pork hashbrowns.

Address: 3710 Shannon Rd

Neighborhood: Hope Valley

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Ice Coffee with iced coffee cubes

Shop Durham Offer: Get a free cookie or soup with purchase of full size sandwich or salad


If you want to grab coffee AND delicious popsicles, pies, and more this is the spot for you. Locopops crafts gourmet frozen ice cream pops and water-based fruit pops in a variety of flavors. Everything from Mexican Chocolate to Mighty Mojito to Malted Maltball. Their pops are made with ingredients that are as fresh and local as they can get. They also offer ice cream. Our go to’s are strawberries & cream and cookies & cream. Classics done right. We also love that they have baby size pops. 

Shop Durham Offer: One FREE To-Go Coffee with Purchase of $4 or more

Joe Van Gogh

You can find Joe Van Gogh all over the Durham coffee scene and they even roast their own beans. You can get their coffee at other local spots like Guglhupf. Be sure to check out their syrups made in-house!

Address: 1104 Broad St B, 4711 Hope Valley Rd

Neighborhood: Downtown, Woodcroft

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Oat Milk Latte

Shop Durham Offer: 5% off $5 or more

Durham Co-Op Market

May not be where you think of when you want to grab a cup of joe, but the Durham Co-Op has a cute cafe that serves Counter Culture.

Address: 1111 W Chapel Hill St

Neighborhood: West End

Shop Durham Offer: Get a FREE cup of drip coffee every visit

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They started as a tricycle donut stand and look where they are now! It’s amazing to see how they have grown and they have even more deliciousness and variety now. They have a rotating selection of unique donuts and some classics like apple cider. The chicken and pickle biscuit will change your life.

Address: 1002 9th St

Neighborhood: 9th Street

Shop Durham Offer: Get a free donut or pastry with the purchase of any espresso drink 

Cocoa Cinnamon

If you love coffee, you have to come here. No questions. Cocoa Cinnamon has three Bull City locations and each has their own unique character. Big garage doors that open up on nice days so you don’t feel like you’re working. 

Address:  420 W Geer St, 2627 Hillsborough Rd, 2013 Chapel Hill Rd

Neighborhood: Downtown, Hillsborough Rd, Lakewood

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Dr. Durham, Hot Caramel, Durm Fog, Kublai Klan

Shop Durham Offer: Two Free Churros When you Buy a 12 oz bag of Little Waves Coffee (LKWD only) OR Drink Size bump up when you purchase a 12 oz bag of Little Waves Coffee at any location

Please note that churros are only available at the Lakewood location, 2013 Chapel Hill Rd.

With a Shop Durham card, you get exclusive freebies, deals, and discounts at hundreds of locally owned, independent Durham businesses — all year long. 

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