If you’re plugging the word “Starbucks” into your GPS for your next caffeine fix, you’re missing out. Durham has some of the best coffee around, a lot of it roasted right here in Bull City. Here’s 8 local spots to grab coffee this week. P.S. We may have some FREE coffee in store for you too!


Kaffeinate is such a  quaint little Brightleaf-adjacent coffee shop with amazing coffee. ☕ Hand-crafted, unqiue drinks and plenty of outlets to set up shop for an afternoon. You can now get 10% off your purchase at Kaffeinate with your Shop Durham card!

Cocoa Cinnamon

If you love coffee, you have to come here. No questions. Voted the best coffee shop in Durham County by Indy Week, Cocoa Cinnamon has 3 Bull City locations and each has their own unique character. Their coffee will rock your world and we love that they are so focused on community and environmentally friendly.

The Lakewood location (pictured above) has fresh churros and they even have a roastery here! Cocoa Cinnamon has their own coffee brand, 4th Dimension, that is served at all locations and is available for purchase. Buy a bag of 4th Dimension Coffee and get a free prepared drink from the menu with your Shop Durham card.

 Photo: Katelyn Belch, Best of the Bull Photo: Katelyn Belch, Best of the Bull

Bean Traders

It may be located in a strip mall, but don’t let that fool you. It’s surprisingly large inside with plenty of seating and they have some of the funkiest decor in Durham. We love that they roast their own beans and have such an interesting menu with drinks like Phunky Monkey, Chocolate Habanero, and Dirty Hippie. If you just want an americano, they do that to perfection as well!

Unscripted Hotel

The coffee shop here is awesome and it turns into a bar at night. Tons of cozy couches, the perfect place to set up camp with a cup of coffee and your laptop. They serve up Toby’s Estate Coffee which comes from Australia. Grab a FREE small cup of it with your Shop Durham card!

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Durham Co-Op Market

May not be where you think of when you want to grab a cup of joe, but the Durham Co-Op has a cute cafe that serves Counter Culture. Get a FREE cup of drip coffee every visit with your Shop Durham card.

Pine Cone

At Pine Cone, they serve the essentials: Maple View Farm ice cream and Joe Van Gogh coffee. You’ll find this spot at Brightleaf Square and they have specials everyday of the week. AND you get 10% off with your Shop Durham card!

Parker & Otis

Life would be much duller without Parker & Otis. I always find something so very ‘Durham’ here and a greeting card that makes me laugh out loud. This is the perfect place for an afternoon pick-me-up, friend coffee date, or rainy day. They have a large, shaded outdoor seating area for those warm days too! They serve Counter Culture coffee at great prices. Plus you can pick up tons of great local products to go!

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Joe Van Gogh

Joe Van Gogh is everything a coffee shop should be. Excellent coffee, friendly baristas, and free wi-fi. They have 4 locations in Bull City. Be sure to check out their lavender syrup made in hose. You’ll find their coffee served at a multitude of other local businesses, like Guglhupf, Pine Cone, and Early Bird Donuts, and for a good reason- their coffee is AMAZING! BONUS: Get 5% off $5 or more starting March 15th with your Shop Durham card!

Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.