There is nothing like a fresh cup of coffee to jumpstart your morning or to recharge you in the middle of the day. Between work and chauffeuring the kids around, it seems like you can never stop. Fortunately, there are many excellent coffee shops, bakeries and cafes in Cary for you to take a breather, catch up with friends, and of course get that caffeine boost.

Check out these top 10 best local coffee shops and cafes in Cary that you will definitely want to check out when you are out and about:

Java Jive

Java Jive makes its coffee with Larry’s Beans, which are organic and fairly traded. It offers a variety of coffee drinks in addition to smoothies and shakes. The Espresso Shake is a favorite among regulars!

Crema Coffee & Bakery

Enjoy a sweet treat with a fresh cup of coffee at Crema Coffee & Bakery. It roasts its coffee beans right there in the shop, so it’s quite possibly the freshest cup in town!

Caribou Coffee

Many of the Caribou Coffee shops have closed in the Triangle, but the Cary location on Maynard remains and is still quite popular. It also has a drive-thru, if you need to get your coffee in a hurry.


BREW is located in Downtown Cary at The Cary Theater. It’s the perfect spot to grab a hot beverage and discuss the movie you just saw. In addition to coffee drinks, it also serves beer, sandwiches, and snacks.

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery features freshly brewed coffee brewed with beans from a local roaster, Joe Van Gogh. It also offers breakfast and lunch items that you can enjoy inside or on its awesome covered patio!

La Farm Bakery

La Farm Bakery is mostly known for its bread and sweet treats, but it also features a delicious coffee menu. It makes its coffee beverages using beans from Counter Culture in Durham. Pastries always taste better with coffee!

Fresca Cafe & Gelato

Fresca Cafe & Gelato is a European-inspired cafe located in Cary’s Waverly Place Shopping Center. Enjoy a creme brulee crepe or a cup of chocolate gelato along with your cappuccino!

Kung Fu Tea

Are you a coffee drinker, but your friend prefers tea? Kung Fu Tea to the rescue! It offers a variety of teas and coffee drinks. Something for everyone!

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe is located in downtown Cary and is mostly known for its custom cakes. However, the cafe offers coffee beverages in addition to breakfast and lunch items. It’s a great spot to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and a sweet treat!

Cafe Carolina and Bakery

Cafe Carolina & Bakery is a popular breakfast and lunch spot off of Harrison Avenue. It offers bagels, sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads along with coffee drinks and desserts.

At 919 Blog, we encourage everyone to buy local. Most of the coffee shops and cafes on this list are independently owned. If you just got to have your Starbucks, there are many located in the Cary area of course just about on every corner. There’s even a Starbucks on the SAS Campus, one of Cary’s most popular and largest employers. Sometimes, we all need a special space to relax and regroup after all. We love our Cary coffee shops which serve us all with so many different purposes nowadays!

So what are some of your favorite coffee shops in 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