Chapel Hill is known for being a chill college town (home to UNC) but everyone needs an escape every now and then. A coffee shop or a local cafe is a perfect respite from a hard day at work or at school. You can rest for a bit and recharge with your favorite caffeinated beverage or yummy pastry! A quiet, cozy spot at a local coffee shop can also inspire you to finally finish that term paper or get started on that novel.

Here are the very best local coffee shops and cafes in Chapel Hill that you gotta check out…

Carolina Coffee Shop

Carolina Coffee Shop has been a Chapel Hill staple for over 85 years! It serves coffee made with beans from Carrboro Coffee Roasters. It also serves freshly made meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Coco Bean

Coco Bean provides the ultimate escape! Whether you just need a fresh cup of coffee to jumpstart your day or if you need a meditation space, Coco Bean has you covered. It even offers art classes and workshops. Check its calendar to see what’s coming up!

Caffe Driade

Caffe Driade is an oasis on Franklin Street. It serves coffee made with beans from Carrboro Roasters and features a fantastic outdoor space that will rejuvenate you!

Market Street Coffeehouse

Market Street Coffeehouse has several locations in Chapel Hill. It features coffee beverages as well as sweet treats such as pastries and ice cream. The South Elliott Road location also has a lunch menu and sells beer and wine by the glass.


Perennial is a small coffee shop located on Franklin Street that serves coffee beverages and pastries. It has a friendly vibe and is beloved among Chapel Hill locals!

Bread & Butter

With a name like Bread & Butter, you know you are getting something extra to go along with your coffee! This coffee shop/bakery features freshly made treats such as scones, muffins, and freshly baked bread. You will definitely have a satisfying snack along with your coffee here!

Breakaway Cafe

Located near one of the area’s biking trails, Breakaway Cafe serves as a stopping point for Chapel Hill’s hungry and thirsty cyclists. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Counter Culture coffee along with a hearty sandwich, so you are ready to finish your ride!

Chapel Hill is also home to one of the remaining Caribou Coffee locations in the Triangle. It’s a large, welcoming space where you’ll find many UNC students studying on any given day. Another great spot for local coffee is Joe Van Goh, which has a location on Weaver Dairy Road.

So what are some of your favorite coffee shops in Chapel Hill? 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 Chapel Hill Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN