Throughout the past year, many businesses and small shops have had to shoulder the burden of COVID19 restrictions and the financial hardship that has come along with it. One area that has been hit the worst is local coffee shops. Without drive-thrus, many shops have seen a dramatic decrease in business, leaving them wondering if they’ll be able to keep their doors open much longer. Chapel Hill is home to some of the best and unique coffee shops in the Triangle and there’s no better time than now to support our local businesses and try them all out!
Carolina Coffee Shop – Chapel Hill
Carolina Coffee Shop truly has something for everyone. It’s not just a coffee shop but also a full-running restaurant with an extensive menu and drinks for all ages in the family. Don’t forget to take advantage of their delicious hot chocolate throughout the winter! There is a reason why Carolina Coffee Shop is the longest-running restaurant in the state!
Epilogue Book Cafe – Chapel Hill
It doesn’t get any more relaxing than an evening, or a lazy morning, at Epilogue. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy browsing their extensive book collection. Their wonderful wine list and craft brews also serve for a perfect intimate date night!
Coco Bean – Chapel Hill
Coco Bean has won many awards throughout the Chapel Hill area and is known to have some of the best coffee, desserts, and pastries in time! They also offer a variety of classes, cater events, and rent out their space for private parties.
Summit Coffee Co. – Chapel Hill
Summit is one of the newest coffee chops to the Chapel Hill area but has been popular in the Davidson area for quite some time. All of the coffee at Summit is roasted in small batches at one of the few certified organic facilities in the Southeast.
Caffe Driade – Chapel Hill
An award-winning espresso bar, wine bar, and teahouse in our very own backyard! Located near the Bolin Creek Trail, relax on the patio and take in the beautiful greenery and gardens while sipping on your award-winning drink and enjoying a treat from their scrumptious bakery.
The Root Cellar – Chapel Hill
Come for the coffee, stay for the milkshakes and pizza! If you haven’t been to the Root Cellar before, it will quickly become a new family staple for the whole family.
Cha House – Chapel Hill
If you’re looking for something beyond a standard cup of coffee, look no further. Cha House specializes in both Taiwanese tea and authentic Taiwanese street food. The food and beverages will take you on a journey from the comforts of their tea house.
La Vita Dolce – Chapel Hill
Enjoy the comfort of their classic coffee and latte menu, while snuggling up in your favorite blanket on the patio year-round!
Open Eye Cafe – Carrboro
The coffee at Open Eye is sourced directly from the farmer’s around the world and roasted in house. They also serve fine tea, wine, beer, and baked goods sourced from local bakers. Open Eye has been a staple of the Carrboro community for years and you’ll love their various workshops, live music, and local art exhibits! For those wary of spending too much time inside, they also have a wonderful, heated, outdoor patio.
The Honeysuckle – Carrboro
New to this wonderful coffee shop and tea house is the Honeysuckle Food Truck! Enjoy your coffee while also taking advantage of the food truck’s classic American cuisine in the Honeysuckle’s open-air oasis.
Gray Squirrel – Carrboro
The perfect spot for the whole family! Enjoy the in-house roasted coffee with the furriest member of your family on their welcoming patio!
Present Day on Main – Carrboro
The theme and atmosphere at this coffee shop perfectly reflect their name – living in the present! Whether you’re looking for a comfortable place to enjoy your book or you’re wanting to take advantage of local food trucks, there’s so much more to Present Day on Main than their delicious coffee.
Hillsborough Cup-A-Joe – Hillsborough
Fairly new to the community, Cup-A-Joe has quickly become a community favorite. Their hand-crafted coffee drinks and baked in-house pastries will leave you coming back day after day. While there, enjoy their rotating gallery walls, showcasing local artists.
Residents of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area are so fortunate to be able to take advantage of unique, eclectic, and classic coffee shops year-round and, it’s as important as ever to support these community staples that need our business more than ever! And, if you’re looking to support other dining staples in the area, make sure to reference our list of all of the must-eat restaurants in Chapel Hill/Carrboro!