Looking for a coffeehouse that offers an inviting atmosphere where you can catch up with friends? This list includes a few of the best cafes in Raleigh. Each offers a unique atmosphere, good food, and great coffee. Get a break from the nationwide chains and support local Raleigh businesses; you will be glad you tried these cafes.
The Third Place
The Third Place is best described as quirky and eclectic. Both describe the decor as well as the drinks. The talented baristas make traditional lattes like vanilla and pumpkin spice as well as a variety of secret recipe that are sure to please the adventurous coffee lover. Their creativity knows no bounds. The atmosphere is cozy, warm, and inviting.Brightly colored paintings as well as 3-D art by local artists covers the walls of this wonderful cafe. The outside patio area is a dog-friendly spot for customers on two legs and four. The menu ranges from bagels to hummus, with something for everyone.
Café de los Muertos
Locals gather downstairs to enjoy great coffee and catch up with friends. The upstairs offers a more quite atmosphere, ideal for reading or getting some work done. This place is so serious about their coffee that they roast their own beans. They offer a variety of traditional drinks as well as secret recipe specialty beverages. Enjoy the food choice provided by local food artists Sweet Jane’s Bakery, The Phantom Baker, P.G. Werth’s, and The Vegan Lover. Do not let the sugar skull motif fool you; this place is all about supporting the local businesses in Raleigh and making an amazing cup of coffee.
The Morning Times
Do not be fooled by the name; The Morning Times is open morning, noon, and night. From homemade bagels to locally roasted coffee, this place is the heartbeat of Raleigh. The upstairs art gallery offers a spacious and relaxing place to enjoy your coffee while you hang out with friends or surf the internet. There are a few seats downstairs as well as outdoor seating. Menu items include fruit, salads, breakfast burritos, French toast, and a variety of sandwiches. Stop by for Sunday morning brunch to enjoy the chicken and waffles with a Bloody Mary or mimosa starting at noon.
New World Coffee House
New World Coffee House takes their coffee very seriously, but the atmosphere is anything but intense. They offer a variety of brewstyles ranging from cone drip to espresso. Smoothies, frozen coffee drinks, and tea are among the other beverages available. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps, cookies, and brownies. There is plenty of seating and the noise level is low enough for customers to work on their tablets while enjoying their coffee. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They are happy to make suggestions for patrons interested in trying something new.
You will find wonderful coffee at each of these cafes. Each is locally owned and operated, giving them a unique and personal touch that can’t be found at the chain coffee houses. In addition to the tasty fare, enjoy the local artwork and friendly atmosphere.