Durham is one busy city with everything that its got going on. Students, entrepreneurs, and many types of employees are always on the move all over the city. On any given day in a Durham coffee shop, you’ll mostly find students studying, as well as many young professionals meeting to discuss exciting projects or new business, and of course, people simply enjoying a quiet moment to themselves with a cup of coffee or sweet treat after a long and hopefully productive day.

If you are out and about in Durham and you need a caffeine-fix in a calm, comforting atmosphere, check out one of these top ten best coffee shops and cafes in the Bull City.

Bean Traders

Bean Traders is a popular coffee shop located off of NC 54. Don’t be deterred by the long line, this coffee shop has the best staff in all of Durham. You won’t have to wait long! It’s coffee beans are fairly sourced, and they are roasted right there in the shop!

Beyu Caffe

Beyu Caffe is more than a coffee shop! It’s also a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evenings, it transforms into a fantastic live jazz club. Check out its events page to see who will be performing!

Cocoa Cinnamon

Cocoa Cinnamon is an award-winning Durham coffee shop with two locations. The owners are committed to using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Cocoa Cinnamon is also part of Durham’s Living Wage Project so you can be sure you are supporting the community whenever you purchase your favorite coffee beverage.


Kaffeinate is a cozy coffee shop located on N. Duke Street. It strives to go beyond a simple cup of coffee and also offers creative coffee cocktails.

Joe Van Gogh

Joe Van Gogh roasts its own beans, serves fresh coffee, and has several locations throughout North Carolina. The beans can be roasted to order, so if you have a particular type of bean you want, let the staff know!


Namu serves up delicious coffee beverages alongside tasty Korean cuisine. This comfy coffee shop also has a great patio so you can enjoy the weather while you happily sip away.

Pine Cone

Located in the historic Brightleaf Square, Pine Cone serves up Joe Van Gogh coffee along with other sweet treats, such as ice cream and shakes.

Dulce Cafe

If you grow tired of the restaurant chains and the shopping at Southpoint Mall, make your way over to Dulce Cafe. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee with some gelato!

Parker & Otis

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on the covered deck, or while you browse for unique gifts at Parker & Otis! It also serves breakfast and lunch.

Caffe Bellezza

Caffe Belizza is a coffee shop on the move! This mobile coffee truck can be found at the Durham Farmers Market and other locations throughout the Triangle. It serves up Italian-inspired coffee beverages made with locally sourced ingredients.

The Bull City is very fortunate to be home to a bunch of really great local coffee bean roasters, which is why there are so many excellent coffee shops in Durham. The most popular is Counter Culture. You’ll find many coffee shops using its beans in the Triangle and beyond. Want to learn more about your favorite beverage? The coffee experts at the Counter Culture Durham Training Center host Weekly Tastings on Fridays. It’s worth checking out!

So what are some of your favorite coffee shops or cafes in Durham? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

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