Best Local Coffee Shops in Raleigh – By Kara Smith

(photo courtesy of solacoffee.com)

Best Local Coffee Shops in Raleigh – Kara Smith

If there is one thing we are sure to keep fully stocked at our Spencer Properties Office in Bedford, it is coffee! Some of us, myself included, may even consider ourselves to be coffee snobs and are always on the lookout for places to stop on our way to work for a warm cup to begin our day. When I moved to Raleigh about 10 years ago to attend NC State University,  I was a college freshman and started drinking coffee to jolt my brain in order to make it through those early morning classes. I had first begun my journey as a coffee drinker and was adding all sorts of extra sugars and creamers, but soon realized how much I love the taste of rich, pure, black coffee without anything extra, and I have never looked back!

One of my favorite things about Raleigh are some of the local coffee shops, both for the quality of the drinks as well as how much I enjoy the atmosphere. Three shops I will highlight in this post are Sola Coffee Cafe, Jubala Coffee, and The Third Place.

Sola is a family owned and independent coffee shop that opened its doors in March 2012 and is located on Lead Mine Rd in North Raleigh. They serve Counter Culture coffee, which sources some of the richest beans from all over the world. The region of the world where the beans are from highly influences the flavor of the brew. While they do have a full menu from morning to evening (included beer and wine in the evenings!) they are likely best known for the Hot Mini donuts.

Twice a month they host a “Pop-Up Market” which features handcrafted goods from over 25 local vendors and artists. One of my favorite things about Sola is that it exists for more that just the great drinks, its a place for community to come together and enjoy meeting together. There is local art on the walls, and cute creative decor. You can’t help but feel cozy when inside! If you are in the mood for a real treat, try the Sola Shake!

Jubala, also located in North Raleigh in Lafayette Village, just recently opened its second location in Hillsborough St, closer to downtown Raleigh. The owner grew up in Raleigh, and is dedicated to quality coffee and service. Jubala also serves Counter Culture beans, and the atmosphere feels very unique and modern. There are several long tables with stools placed close together and customers are encouraged to sit next to each other, which creates a deeper, community feel. Jubala is a great place to take your laptop, order and Iced Almond Latte and get some work done! They also serve delicious homemade waffles and biscuits, and incredibly talented baristas that create beautiful latte art.

The Third Place is located in the Five Points area of Raleigh, not too far from downtown. It has been open since 1994 and serves the always delicious Larry’s Beans. The atmosphere is eclectic and fun, with cozy couches and over-sized chairs. One of my favorite things to get for breakfast is their yogurt with fruit and homemade granola. Fun fact, the owner is also the sculptor of Raleigh’s Great Acorn! It’s a great place to meet a friend to catch up, curl up with a good book, or just swing in to start your day with a good cup of coffee.

I love having so many great options for coffee in this city! Whether you are looking for a place to get coffee on your way to work, while out shopping, or just want to meet a friend, the coffee world is your oyster! There are plenty more that I could share about, but these are my top 3 favorites.

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