From hidden gems to well-known favorites, here’s all of the best coffee shops in downtown Durham.

Putting together this guide just reminded me how unbelievably spoiled and fortunate we are to have such a great and innovative coffee scene here in Durham – and this just includes downtown.

Be sure to check out our Guide to Best Coffee shops in Durham, sorted by neighborhood.

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321 Coffee

321 Coffee

Nestled in the heart of Durham’s thriving coffee scene, 321 Coffee stands out as a heartwarming addition that brings more than just great brews to the table.

More than just a coffee shop, 321 Coffee is on a mission to provide meaningful employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded by Lindsay Wrege and and Michael Evans, the two met during their freshman year as Park Scholars at NC State University. They had the vision to build a company founded on inclusion, and the shop offers exceptional coffee brewed with love by friendly baristas.

The cozy and welcoming space radiates positivity and inclusivity, making it a perfect spot to unwind, work, or connect with friends.

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Beyu Caffé

Stepping into Beyu Caffé feels like entering a warm and welcoming oasis. This local staple is known for its excellent service, scrumptious food, and a friendly ambiance that invites you to stay and enjoy their ample seating.

Whether you’re seeking a serene spot to work or a social hub to meet friends, Beyu Caffé has got you covered.

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Cocoa Cinnamon- Geer Street Photo: Gabriel Guillory

Cocoa Cinnamon

Prepare to indulge your senses at Cocoa Cinnamon, where coffee is elevated to an art form. This visionary coffee shop doesn’t shy away from experimenting with unique flavors and spices, offering an exciting twist to traditional coffee beverages. It’s no surprise that Cocoa Cinnamon has gained a devoted following among adventurous coffee enthusiasts.

Address:  420 W Geer St, 2627 Hillsborough Rd, 2013 Chapel Hill Rd

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Everlou Coffee

Everlou Coffee

Everlou Coffee is not just a coffee shop; it’s a community hub. With its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s the perfect spot to unwind, catch up with friends, or simply enjoy your favorite coffee blend. Their commitment to sustainability and ethically sourced beans makes the experience even more fulfilling.

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Durham Hotel Coffee Shop

The Durham Hotel

Nestled within the chic Durham Hotel is a coffee shop that exemplifies sophistication and taste. Escape the office and find comfort at the Durham Hotel Coffee Shop. This coffee spot offers plenty of seating, a kind staff, and mid-century vibes that make it an ideal location to work remotely.

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Foster Street Coffee

Foster Street Coffee

With an owner who always greets you with a smile, Foster Street Coffee is all about comfort. Their oversized, cozy chairs and a welcoming fireplace create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.

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Joe Van Gogh

With two prime locations across Durham and their own beans roasted to perfection, Joe Van Gogh is a true gem. Be sure to try their delightful lavender syrup, crafted in-house, and savor their famous Oat Milk Latte.

This coffee shop has been a pioneer in promoting fair trade and environmentally friendly practices while offering an extensive range of premium coffee selections. A visit to Joe Van Gogh is not just a coffee break; it’s a commitment to a better world.

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Liturgy Beverage Company

Liturgy Beverage Company

Located inside the Durham Food Hall, Liturgy Beverage Company is a gem that true coffee enthusiasts will adore. Their passion for the craft of coffee-making is evident in every sip.

The Oak House

The Oak House

Coffee shop by day, bar by night! For a laid-back and inviting atmosphere, The Oak House is the perfect destination. Their dedication to supporting local artists and musicians adds an artistic flair to your coffee experience, making it an ideal spot to unwind and soak in the creative vibes.

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Parker and Otis

Parker and Otis

Parker and Otis is a delightful combination of coffee shop and retail store. While savoring your coffee, you can browse through an array of unique gifts and gourmet treats, making it a one-of-a-kind coffee shop experience.

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Press Coffee, Crepes & Cocktails

Press Coffee, Crepes & Cocktails

Press Coffee, Crepes & Cocktails stands out with its versatile menu, offering everything from your morning pick-me-up to delectable crepes and innovative cocktails. It’s the ideal spot for any time of the day when you crave a delightful treat.

New World Cafe

New World Cafe

This traditional European-style cafe delights coffee enthusiasts with a variety of coffee, pour overs, and espresso drinks sourced from renowned roasters like Black & White Roasters and Counter Culture Coffee. Beyond exceptional brews, the cafe also serves up a delectable menu, including breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, acai bowls, avocado toast, pastries, and more.

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Yonder Coffee

Yonder Coffee

A hidden gem in Durham’s awesome coffee scene. It’s not just a cafe but also a coffee subscription service. How awesome is that? These guys are all about spreading the love for fantastic coffee roasters from all corners of the globe.

From classic brews to artisanal creations, these coffee shops are sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings. Whether you’re a local exploring your city or a visitor looking for a taste of Durham’s coffee culture, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in some of the best coffee in town. Get ready to sip, savor, and enjoy the rich flavors that define Downtown Durham’s vibrant coffee scene!

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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.