Every busy city runs on caffeine, and good ol' Oak City is no different. Whether you need a new meeting spot, a change of scenery from your office, or a midday recharge, Raleigh has plenty to offer in the form of locally-owned coffee shops. Here's a quick list of spots inside-the-beltline where you can get your fix and then some (in no particular order):
BREW's crown jewel is their iced nitro cold brew. What's that? Well, it's best summed up as a beverage that "cannot be described with words." Guess you'll have to stop by Seaboard Station to see for yourself.
If there's something about exposed brick & the smell of freshly-ground coffee beans that make ya wanna read the newspaper, this is your spot. Enjoy a homemade bagel or pastry with your java in this Raleigh shrine's spacious yet cozy upstairs seating area.
Nestled on the shiny ground floor of Raleigh's luxurious SkyHouse building, this retail home for Larry's Coffee embodies the modern, experimental coffeehouse. Draft lattes, coffee soda, kombucha & cold-pressed juice round out a way cool mad-scientist-turned-barista-like menu.
There's lots to be said for ultra-cool (Day of the Dead themed) vibes & an extra friendly staff. The Warehouse District refuge's rotating list of eclectic roasts & an awesome indoor-outdoor setup don't hurt either.
This Hillsborough Street haven serves quality-driven coffee accompanied by a pretty outrageous breakfast menu. We're talking pimento/bacon on a scratch-made biscuit & gourmet waffles with the "toppings" cooked inside... are you drooling yet?
Calling all macaroon lovers: The contemporary patisserie (French pastry shop) in the heart of downtown simply describes itself as "a starting point for your day, an escape in the middle, and a reward at the end." Check, check & check.
Definitely one of the sweetest spots in Raleigh... and perhaps all of NC. Grab a shady spot on the Hidden Garden-esque patio & try the drinking chocolate or specialty mocha for a little taste of heaven in the Warehouse District.
The building's exterior says it all -- coffee + wine + beer each make their home at this cozy spot on Hillsborough Street. A favorite hangout / study sanctuary for State students & locals alike, Liquid State shakes it up with "alternative offerings" like their very classy meat/cheese plate.
With arguably the best daily specials in town (think: "Milkshake Monday," "Wired Wednesday," etc.), Cup A Joe's two campus-convenient locations open early & close late to accommodate tired students & anyone else in need of that little extra kick to get moving.
Experimental caffeinated beverages (pour-overs, matcha lattes, etc.) coffeehouse vibes, and in true Ashley Christensen fashion, plenty of finger-lickin' good eats. The craft coffee cocktails -- i.e. boozy cold brew -- also do not disappoint.
Few things are better than downing freshly-baked bread to even out a caffeine buzz. The Seaboard Station shop brews Equal Exchange coffee & espresso served with a side of feel-good neighborly vibes and savory eats.
Cookies & scones & biscuits, oh my! But it doesn't stop there... A Person Street neighborhood favorite, Yellow Dog specializes in baked goods but crushes it with just about everything they offer, including Slingshot Coffee Co. cold brew & other specialty beverages.
Serving up "Raleigh Roasted" coffee & made-to-order Belgian waffles in Cameron Village, Benelux exudes cool vibes of the European cultures it's inspired by. The shop's larger-than-life coffee bean mural is also a sight to behold.
The aroma of ground coffee beans might be what lures you in, but the smell of leather & a welcoming atmosphere will make you want to stay. The Glenwood Avenue café / lifestyle shop hybrid offers everything from specialty lattes (try the honey-lavender) to local craft beer & ciders.
Raleigh Raw's signature "Crack Coffee" -- blended with coconut oil & grass-fed butter -- is all the rage, and they make a mean Matcha (lemonade, latte, or straight up) to boot. Cozy vibes, friendly baristas & a top-notch music selection give the café a real, unique swagger.
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