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Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. Durham’s coffee scene is just too good for that. Here’s the local coffee shops in South Durham you need to try.

Bean Traders

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Bean Traders

We are big fans of this funky cafe. The staff is always wonderful and willing to answer any questions I have about their unique drinks. They even roast their own beans.

Address: 105 W NC 54 Hwy #249

Notes: The space is surprisingly large and there are plenty of outlets to plug in. There’s a small kids play area in the back with a table and some chalk.

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Hot Tea Cloud, Day-Dreaming Dirty Hippie

Shop Durham Offer: Free small coffee with purchase of beans

Peoples Coffee

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People’s Coffee

Bypass Starbucks in favor of this local option behind Southpoint Mall. This place is everything you want in a coffee shop. Cozy, unique, great coffee, good people, custom mugs, and a beautiful atmosphere.

Address: 7830 NC-751 Suite 100

Notes: You have to get a photo in front of their hand painted mural wall.

Must-Try Drink: Mocha (Using local Videri Chocolate)

Joe Van Gogh

You can find these shops all over the Durham coffee scene with three prime locations. They even roast their own beans and you can get their coffee at other local spots like Guglhupf and Pine Cone. The South Durham location is tucked away in the Woodcroft Shopping Center on Hope Valley Road.

Address: 1114-B W Chapel Hill St, 1104 Broad St B, 4711 Hope Valley Rd

Notes: Be sure to check out their lavender syrup made in house. 

Must-Try Drink: Oat Milk Latte

Shop Durham Offer: 5% off $5 or more


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You’d be hard pressed to find another outdoor space that is this beautiful, has great coffee, and wi-fi to work from. One of the best patios in Durham.

Address: 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

Notes: They have a gorgeous bamboo garden topped off with a water fountain and koi pond, tons of outdoor seating that is pet and kid friendly.

Must-Try Drink: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Bull and Bean

Bull and Bean is a great spot for breakfast, brunch, and lunch any day of the week. We love that they serve Counter Culture coffee and if you want to grab an iced coffee, the ice cubes are made from coffee so your drink doesn’t get watered down. Score!

Address: 3710 Shannon Rd

Notes: You can’t beat their famous pulled pork hashbrowns

Local’s Favorite Drinks: Ice Coffee with iced coffee cubes

Shop Durham Offer: Get a free cookie or soup with purchase of full size sandwich or salad

Saladelia Cafe

Photo: Saladelia Cafe

A local staple for 25+ years, Saladelia has 4 locations around Durham. The staff is awesome and the food is great. Quality, taste and value are all outstanding. Their South Durham location is the original one off University Drive.

Address: 4201 University Dr #101, 411 Chapel Dr, 2424 Erwin Rd #303, 406 Blackwell St

Fun Fact: People think Saladeila is the the owner’s last name, but it’s simply a combination of “salad” and “deli” with the “a” added.

Coffee Served: Counter Culture

Dulce Cafe

Dulce Cafe is a cute local cafe that also serves up delectable desserts like gelato, macarons, cookies, éclairs, tarts, and more. They even look like works of art, too pretty to eat, but you’ll devour every bite once you taste them! 

Address: 5826 Fayetteville Rd Ste 106

Notes: They even have a great selection of lunch items, the turkey apple brie sandwich was amazing!

Also see our ultimate guide to 20+ coffee shops around Durham

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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.