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Re: “Joe Van Gogh

Fantastic espresso every time, delicious macchiato, lovable coffee, bangin pastries, and quirky fun personalities behind the counter. This place raises my spirits every time I come by!

Posted by That Cookie Man on 02/24/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Filament Coffee

This shop is in Mebane! Not hillsborough!

Posted by Addie Lunden on 10/07/2015 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Coffee Haven

The first thing to know about Coffee Haven is that it has a completely unassuming exterior -- in fact, completely generic. You can drive or walk by it dozens of times without noticing it. If you happen to notice it, you probably won't think, "That looks like an interesting place, I think I'll try it out." But in fact, it's a hidden gem. Once you step inside, you realize you've discovered something not many other folks know about.

In my opinion, Coffee Shop serves the best coffee on Hillsborough Street and even when compared to cafes downtown. They also serve fresh-made breakfast and lunch. This combination of good food, good coffee and lack of pretentiousness brings Coffee Haven to the top of my list for cafes in Raleigh.

It's also quiet. I set up my professional lunch meetings at Coffee Haven. Of course, there's WiFi. There's offstreet parking. And did I mention freshly made food?

Coffee Haven is located in a building that houses three businesses and which has a 1970's-ish Pizza-Hut style roof. It shares the building with an old-school barber shop and a shoe store. The signage is very, very generic. My first impression from the street view was that it was the kind of place that served Folgers and truck-stop food. The contrast between what you expect and what you discover is part of Coffee Haven's charm.

There are plenty of coffee shops to choose from in Raleigh and each is suited to different types of customers. Coffee Haven is great for grad students, working professionals and anyone who prefers the taste of coffee over the need to be seen as hip. It's not a place designed for undergrads who want to camp out for hours doing homework in overstuffed living room chairs.

My preference is for quieter, non-chain shops with good food. When I think about the many cafes I go to around NC State and even downtown Raleigh, my preference is Coffee Haven.

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Posted by Nate Freeman on 02/14/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Haw River Ballroom

The Haw River Ballroom is an amazing new performance space set in historic Saxapahaw, about 15 minutes or so from Chapel Hill & Carrboro. The venue itself is very visually arresting with exposed brick, artifacts from the original manufacturing space and enormously high ceilings. The acoustics are outstanding, and the artisan beers are great. What more could you ask for? It's wonderful to have such a compelling venue in this hip little village and judging from the artist's reaction that I've seen perform there, we're going to see bigger and bigger acts making the trek to the Haw River Ballroom.

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Posted by jjboone101 on 01/17/2012 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Johnny's Gone Fishing

Johnny's of Carrboro is an awesome place to have a beer and listen to some music. They have a different food truck there just about every night of the week. You can see what's going on at Johnny's on their google calendar found on their website.

Beer garden, great food, good people- a great place to spend some time on a beautiful day or evening.

Posted by psyker69 on 04/12/2011 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Caffe Driade

Absolutely gorgeous, friendly staff and regulars! Large selection of tea, amazing coffee, declicious pastries from Miel Bonbons.... can't say enough.

Posted by M2989 on 12/27/2010 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Royal Bean

This event has not been held in more than 1.5 years. For current information on RDU Prime Timers events, go to

Note that RDU Prime Timers is a private social club that requires modest dues. Events are not open to the public. Any gay/bisexual/questioning male over the age of 21 may join.

Posted by fritzwun on 11/10/2010 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Common Grounds Coffee House

Great coffee and muffins, interesting NY-esque cafe feel in historic Apex. A+.

Posted by Tiyfoo on 08/28/2010 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Johnny's Gone Fishing

One of the best places to hangout in Carrboro. They have a nice selection of good beer and of course PBR. When we went there was a taco truck in the parking lot and a small amount of sandwiches and burritos inside. The best part is the large outdoor space.

Posted by Dylan241 on 07/22/2010 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Cafe Helios

There's no review of Helios here?! What the?! Well, this place has been my home away from home since I moved here three years ago. Even though it's WiFi can be a little dodgy, it's a great atmosphere to work in during the day, and the staff here are a great bunch of people. The food has always been great, but they've just gotten in a real chef and sous chef (formerly of Coquette in North Hills), and they've populated the menu with lots of little delightful tapas-y things. I was VERY worried about changes, since this really is my favorite place to go, but everything I've tried has been amazing. And the coffee is as good as ever. Lots of drink specials during the week. Beer taps were added maybe a year ago. The place has grown and changed a lot over the time I've been here, but it always works. The patio is great, too, and they've even got plugs out there for laptops. Lots of places have opened and closed in Raleigh since I've arrived, but Helios has remained a wonderful constant in my Raleigh life. Thanks to Ian (manager) and Grey for keeping it all running just the way I like!

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Posted by abbyladybug on 06/10/2010 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Market Street Coffeehouse

Best selections, great staff. Hang out with a glass of wine and a cheese plate, or a press pot and a baguette -- or buy and take home.

Posted by wendykong on 06/02/2010 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Padgett Station

Great decor, great shakes. Expensive. Why would anyone have redecorated this place?

Posted by wendykong on 06/02/2010 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Joe Van Gogh

menu includes interesting light roast single origin coffees. great lattes. Italian sodas. fresh popcorn w/real butter available at chelsea next door.

Posted by wendykong on 06/02/2010 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Caffe Driade

best espresso in town. very convenient for early morning coffee pickups. option of sitting in the woods. plenty of canine friendly seating.

Posted by wendykong on 06/02/2010 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Cup A Joe

Cup A Joe has the best coffee in town by far. Fast service. Even if I’m running late to work I know I can still get my Cup A Joe and get to work on time.

Posted by Brandon on 04/03/2010 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Third Place Coffeehouse

They have a Local Filmmaker Screening series. It is a great opportunity for filmmakers to share their work in a supportive and engaging environment. The audience gets to ask questions and learn about filmmaking. Very cool.

Posted by Sleddogg on 12/08/2009 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Amelia Cafe

Can't wait to go back!

Posted by Carla on 12/02/2009 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Blue Coffee Cafe

A heartwarming atmosphere... With plenty of open space and rock based brick work the atmosphere gives you the feeling of being on vacation sipping coffee inside a cozy rustic mountain lodge. An extensive menu of light food for anytime of day.

Posted by memymy on 07/24/2007 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Crema Coffee Roaster & Espresso Bar

This place has it all-tasty selections, great atmosphere, friendly staff, and free music on the weekends! Don't miss out, get on over there. I loved it when i was there and you know I'll be back :)

Posted by kirsteneli on 06/07/2007 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Third Place Coffeehouse

Pedestrian beverages. Great atmosphere, if you're in high school.

Posted by kristen on 02/10/2007 at 5:03 PM

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