8 Raleigh Coffee Shops You Have to Try This Winter

8 Raleigh Coffee Shops You Have to Try This Winter

In addition to its great restaurants and breweries, Raleigh boasts a ton of great coffee shops. As the temperature drops and the leaves disappear, put on your heavy coat and head to one of these spots for a perfect winter warm-up.

Raleigh Coffee Shops: Our Cream of the Crop

1. Cup-A-Joe

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A longtime staple near the NC State campus, Cup-A-Joe proves that classics never go out of style. Grab a hot cup of their house-roasted coffee to go, but come back for the daily specials. A Caffe Voltaire — a mix of Cup-A-Joe’s signature espresso with hot cocoa — is sure to warm up even the chilliest morning.

Address: 3100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607

2. Morning Times

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If you find yourself downtown when our rare snowflakes start to fall, head to Morning Times for immediate warmth. Serving locally-roasted Counter Culture coffee, Morning Times offers simple yet impeccable espresso drinks. Take off your mittens and grab a latte — but add a shot of peppermint syrup for an extra wintry treat.

Address: 10 E Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

3. Bittersweet

One of the newest Raleigh coffee shops, Bittersweet also has a coffee cocktail program.
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Though a newcomer relative to other Raleigh coffee shops, Bittersweet helps you warm up in more ways than one. Boasting both solid coffee and adventurous cocktails, Bittersweet shines when the two are combined. Settle into a winter’s evening with a Boozy Latte that features your choice of liquor, or opt for one of the signature coffee cocktails.

Address: 16 E. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

4. Sir Walter Coffee

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Another downtown coffee favorite, Sir Walter Coffee expands upon classic offerings into a menu that’s as adventurous as it is comforting. In addition to their extensive coffee program, Sir Walter offers various teas and tea lattes. Thaw with a Matcha Latte, and trade those winter shivers for excited jitters.

Address: 145 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5. Benelux Coffee

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Serving up steaming mugs of their own Raleigh Roasted coffee since 2010, Benelux Coffee is a cozy retreat. Grab a cup of their delicious coffee from their new Cameron Village location, and take a bag home to snack by the fire.

Address: 402 Oberlin Rd #118, Raleigh, NC 27605

6. Sola Coffee Café

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As a beloved community hub in north Raleigh, Sola Coffee Café offers a considerable coffee program to heat you up when the temperature drops. Ask about their single-origin pour-over options for a perfectly made cup. Or get into the seasonal spirit with their homemade hot chocolate (made with steamed milk).

Address: 7705 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

7. Jubala Coffee

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At either of Jubala Coffee’s two locations, you’re sure to get some of the highest-quality espresso drinks in town. Try a flat white for a comforting cold-weather treat.

Address: 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

Alternate Address: 2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

8. The Third Place

The Third Place is one of the oldest Raleigh coffee shops.
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As a storied institution among Raleigh coffee shops, The Third Place is an intimate neighborhood café in the Five Points area. Serving locally roasted Larry’s Beans, The Third Place will help cure your winter blues with a big, warm mug of java.

Address: 1811 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27608

Since we have you covered for Raleigh-area coffee shops, why not revisit our guides to Winston-Salem and Asheville coffee hubs? After all, you may like to take a quick winter trip around our state!