There is nothing more relaxing than dining in a small cafe, where you can order a quick hot meal and your favorite beverage while reading a book or catching up with a friend or colleague. It’s a perfect short escape from the house, work-desk at the office, or from whatever else may be causing you to stress out.

Below you will find some of the very best local restaurants & cafes in the Cary area. They are sure to provide the perfect relaxing dining experience for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery serves breakfast, lunch, dessert, and local coffee with locally roasted beans. Dine inside or outside, on its lovely covered patio. This is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend over coffee and croissants!

Coffee & Crepes

A crepe is a thin pancake, usually stuffed with something delicious, like cheese or fruit. Coffee & Crepes serves sweet and savory crepes for breakfast and lunch, along with delicious fresh brewed coffee.

La Farm Bakery

Though it’s mostly known for its delicious, freshly baked bread selection, La Farm Bakery is also a cozy spot to dine in for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy a breakfast sandwich served on a fresh croissant while catching up with a friend.

Belgian Cafe

The owners of The Belgian Cafe wanted to bring the European cafe experience to the people of Apex! This cafe features delicious European desserts such as Orangettes, along with a small lunch menu.

Fresca Cafe & Gelato

Fresca Cafe & Gelato is another European-inspired cafe that features, crepes, desserts, and lunch items along with delicious, freshly made gelato. It’s located in the Waverly Place Shopping Center and is the perfect spot to relax after a day of shopping.

Famous Toastery

Famous Toastery serves breakfast and lunch. Its menu includes breakfast sandwiches along with other breakfast favorites like french toast and pancakes! Heading to Famous Toastery for lunch instead? Try one of its wraps or melts. The Turkey & Brie Melt looks absolutely divine! There are two Western Wake locations for your convenience – Cary and Morrisville.

Village Deli & Grill

The Morrisville location of the Village Deli & Grill is on Aviation Parkway, making it an easy stop for commuters or those that need a spot for a lunch meeting. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, serving up hot meals and delicious, freshly made sandwiches.

Peppers Market & Sandwich Shop

Pepper’s Market & Sandwich Shop is located in Morrisville. It serves up hot or cold sandwiches and also has a breakfast menu featuring breakfast burritos. All sandwiches are made with freshly baked bread.

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe isn’t your average breakfast spot! In addition to traditional breakfast items, they feature specialties such as the Cajun Louisiana Crawfish Skillet, which is scrambled eggs, Louisiana crawfish tails, andouille sausage, onions, red peppers and country potatoes with Monterey Jack cheese. This is the perfect spot to catch up with your favorite foodie friend!

Tangerine Cafe

Tangerine Cafe is another unique spot that’s great for you and your foodie friends! It serves up a variety of Asian dishes to suit any palate. All lunch entrees come with your choice of Indian lentil soup, Thai coconut soup, miso soup or a side house salad.

Other favorite local breakfast/lunch spots in Western Wake worth mentioning include First Watch, Cafe Carolina & Bakery, and Hot Point Cafe, which is another go-to spot for local foodies. All of the restaurants and cafes on this list provide a cozy, relaxing environment, but are also family friendly.

So what are some of your favorite local spots to grab breakfast or lunch around Cary? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN