Being in grad school and creating content for my blog has created a great opportunity for me to explore coffee shops around Raleigh and its suburbs. I find it helps me to stay focused and on task to devote time to work at local coffee shops, while also staying well caffeinated. Here are the 15 best coffee shops in Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas.
41 North Coffee Co in Wendell, NC is located right on the Main Street, across from Aubrey & Peedie’s (seen here). The coffee is delicious, plus it’s a great spot for lunch or for a sweet treat. The WIFI is reliable and it has a nice, laid back vibe.
When I worked in downtown Apex, I always loved popping into Common Grounds for an afternoon pick-me-up. I love the location and there is seating both inside the cafe and along the hallway as well. They have a great selection of mugs and treats as well! It’s the perfect spot in between shopping or to get a little work done.
Cultivate is a quaint coffee shop located in downtown Fuquay-Varina. It feels nice and cozy, with the perfect small town vibe. My favorite part is the coffee subscription with freshly, locally roasted coffee beans. I’m also really excited about them bringing ice cream to the shop soon!
42nd & Lawrence Expresso Bar and Coffee Lab is located right in downtown Raleigh across from City Market. This spot is a coffee lab to experiment with Larry’s Beans. It’s a low-key spot, with delicious brews, and the option to order online and have your order ready when you arrive.
The Hillsborough St. location has become one of my favorite spots to get work done and to have a great hot Chai Fusion. It’s a great, local spot, and one that I feel my most productive at on weekends.
Liquid State is in such a unique building located right across from NC State and near Cameron Village. I love that the menu features coffee, beers, and wine. The building was built in 1904, which I adore, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and open. It’s a great spot for a solo coffee date or an afternoon happy hour, especially now that the weather is warming up!
This is hands down the prettiest spot in Garner. I drove past it for months without realizing what a great gem it is for the area. I love the Honey Brew Cold Brew with cinnamon. The cafe has great sandwiches, plus it makes a great date night spot with local brews on tap.
I never want to leave Heirloom. It is such a pretty workspace with the prettiest fiddle leaf figs. Their coffee is delicious, but they have amazing teas, sake cocktails, and other unique options. You can find Heirloom in the Dillon in the Raleigh warehouse district.
I love the eclectic vibes of Maude’s Garden and Coffee! There are lots of great gift ideas for the gardener in your life, fresh flowers, and delicious coffee. It’s a great spot to spend the afternoon.
This delicious spot has the best traditional coffee and tea beverages, plus great experimental coffee and tea beverages and a fun food menu. The interior is gorgeous and open, plus it’s in a great part of downtown Raleigh.
Fount has a great atmosphere, amazing avocado toast, and coffee options in Morrisville. It’s always packed, but the airy environment and friendly staff make it a welcoming experience!
Sola has the “I believe in Raleigh” mural painted on the side and collaborates with Two Roosters for delicious flavors. It’s located right off of Lead Mine Rd. in North Raleigh. They serve a full menu, craft beer, and their coffee is delicious!
lucettegrace was one of the first coffee shops I went to in downtown Raleigh, and it holds a special place in my heart. I interviewed for my feature in Walter Magazine here and was really thrilled for the opportunity. I love their hot drink selections, but their macaroons are the best!
Thanks-a-Latte was my original go-to coffee shop in the suburbs of Raleigh. I love their lavender lemonade and their scones. It’s a great space for coworking with reliable Wifi and big, farm tables. Plus, they have the cutest selection of gifts and welcoming employees.
I love Jubala’s coffee and tea, but also their BLT is one of my favorites in Raleigh. There are two in Raleigh, one of Hillsborough St and one in Lafayette Village.