I love coffee and going to coffee shops, especially in my hometown Raleigh. I was reading a post the other day, about favorite coffee places in London and thought I should create a list of my own because let’s face it – I am obsessed with coffee. I love the idea of sitting down to a latte or cappuccino, and will find any excuse to drag someone with me. I also love frequenting coffee shops to do my social media work outside of my home office. And just in case you are wondering, I like to drink my coffee without the extra sugar or cream, so I have to say I am a bit of a coffee snob.
We are so lucky that Raleigh has a lot to choose from no matter if you are in North Raleigh, midtown, or downtown. And what I find interesting is that my favorite coffee shops changes as I change.
You can Google things like “top coffee places in Raleigh” and the lists are endless, but mostly they just give all the regular favorites. Trust me, if it exists, I’ve probably tried it. My list below speaks from years of experience and I wouldn’t be recommending them if I didn’t think they were worthy of a visit! So know that the below 5 recommendations are truly tried and tested and very well loved. And I have to say, it was really difficult to pick only 5 because there are so many awesome coffee choices in Raleigh. I had to pick the ones that I frequent the most!
Here my friends, in no particular order, you will find my top recommendations to get a buzz, uh, I mean coffee in Raleigh.
Sola Coffee Café North Raleigh,7705 Lead Mine Road
Sola Coffee is my neighborhood café. In simple terms, the coffee is exceptional, the food is uncomplicated and their mini-donuts are amazing! I meet friends at Sola. I tell everyone I know about Sola. I love sitting outdoors when it is a beautiful day. I love sitting indoors when I need to be around people. It is a place where I can get some work done, but eventually I will see someone that I know. I love stopping in after I have played tennis and getting something off their toast bar as a post-workout snack. My go to coffee there is a cortado or a latte. It does feel like my home away from home, and I need to take a break from my reality. My husband refers to Sola Coffee as my “third place” and he is probably right.
BREW Coffee Bar Seaboard Station,111 Seaboard Avenue,Suite 116
BREW and I have a date almost every Thursday morning, well at least during the school year. I frequent BREW after I drop my son off to school downtown and I have an hour to kill before going back to the school to help out in the classroom. Besides the convenience of parking, I almost always order a pour over. They rotate the coffee selection from Raleigh Coffee Company,and I always know that I will find a light roast that will be to my liking.
Café de los Muertos Downtown,300 W Hargett Street
Café de los Muertos has that cool factor in a coffee shop. It is a creative space that gets my own creativity flowing. I absolutely love that it has a garage door feature that basically feels that you are sitting outside even when sitting indoors. It also has a second floor if you need some quiet to get some work done. They roast their own beans in house, but they also have coffee from Oak City Coffee Roasters and Raleigh Coffee Company. This is usually my go to coffee shop when I am downtown, and all I am looking for is a really good cup of coffee, room to work and an atmosphere that gets my creative juices flowing.
Benelux Cafe Cameron Village Shopping Center, 402 Oberlin Road, Suite 118
Benelux Cafe is my reward when I am in Cameron Village after I do a workout at Flywheel Sports or what I sip on when I am getting a blow out at Parlor Dry Bar. And while I am indulging myself with rewards, every once in awhile I might get a delicious waffle since that is what they are known for in their coffee shop. The waffles, or I should say wafels, are influenced by Amsterdam and Brussels, and the large coffee mural defines the cafe concept for sure. If you are a cyclist you can also join the Benelux Cycling Club. At Benelux I tend to be a purist with my coffee choice, and most always get a french press coffee. Their coffee is roasted in house and can be found in other locations, known as Raleigh Roasted Coffee.
Jubala Coffee Lafayette Village,8450 Honeycutt Road
Jubala Coffee is my go to coffee shop when I am in North Raleigh. And be warned, that there is always a line. That alone should say something about the coffee. But really it says a lot about the talented baristas that serve up Counter Culture Coffee, each cup of coffee freshly brewed to order. After placing your order, your coffee is weighed, ground, and prepared by the cup. Be prepared you will have to wait for your coffee. But that is part of the experience. I love to sit at the bar and just watch the baristas in awe. They are so talented. As a coffee minimalist at times, I do like to order the pour over drip when I am at Jubala. Though of course I can’t help to get a latte just so I can see the pretty art that I will find in my cup!
I would love to know if you’ve visited any of the above, and if you have, what did you think? Or let me know if you think I forgot a place that should be on my list to discover.