5 coffee shops to work from in Raleigh and beyond
If you're like us and work from home — or want to break from your cubicle, we've got a few spots you should try.
1. Idle Hour Coffee
A cozy green velvet couch greets you. There, you can snack on some of the best avocado toast in town — largely thanks to the pickled onions on top — and drink a matcha latte.
- Choose from a handful of other latte flavors, grab a seat outside and enjoy this weather.
Lucille's go-to order: Rose cardamom latte
Address: 1818 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh
2. The Durham Hotel
The Durham Hotel's coffee bar — located in the lobby of the 1960s-inspired hotel — has become one of the city's most popular places for business meetings.
- Plus, you can grab a post-work drink at the hotel's rooftop bar overlooking downtown.
Head's up: The coffee bar closes at 2pm.
Zach's go-to order: The Durham Coffee Soda
Address: 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham
3. Black & White at Videri Chocolate Factory
Serving up excellent coffee from award-winning baristas Kyle Ramage and Lem Butler, Black & White Coffee's location in downtown Raleigh is a convenient spot for getting stuff done.
- It also happens to be connected to one of the best chocolate makers around.
Of note: Located in the Warehouse District, you can take your coffee to go and walk to most parts of downtown, or stay a while on its large outdoor courtyard.
- Black & White also has free parking.
Zach's go-to order: Cappuccino
Address: 327 W Davie St., Raleigh
4. The Optimist
Tucked in Raleigh's Historic Oakwood neighborhood, The Optimist is one of the city’s coziest coffee shops. It has outdoor seating in the front and a sun-soaked patio in the back, plus a free parking lot.
Head's up: It’s usually crowded, so you might have to wait a bit if you're set on posting up at a booth.
Lucille's go-to order: The Stacey and a melts-in-your-mouth lavender blueberry muffin
Address: 1000 Brookside Dr., Suite 109, Raleigh
5. Jubala Coffee
Jubala is Lucille's favorite spot for a coffee meeting. Located off Hillsborough near N.C. State, this coffee shop is buzzing with professionals and college kids. Plus, they serve made-from-scratch biscuits, and there's plenty of patio seating.
Jubala has two other locations, in North Hills and North Raleigh.
Lucille's go-to order: Biscuit with egg and pimento cheese
Address: 2100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
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