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Old 01-26-2008, 08:13 AM
 
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Hey there --

I'm looking for a coffee house with comfy armchairs, or reasonably sized tables, and a pleasant ambiance -- a coffeehouse where they want the customers to hang out, read the paper, work on their laptops...

Mr. Toad's in Cary is pretty good, but it's small and usually hard to find a seat.

I'm in Cary, but I'm looking for weekend hangouts, so suggestions anywhere in the Triangle are welcome -- it gives me a reason to explore CH, Durham, Raleigh!
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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Well, I spend my Saturday afternoons at Cup A Joe on Hillsborough Street. I sit in the back and smoke cigars and work on my laptop. To me, its comfortable and the coffee is strong and the cookies are good, but the clientèle can be a little weird. They are interesting to look at, though.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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If you want to drive to the coast, most any of the Port City Javas are rather neat -- my favorite, when I lived in Wilmington, was the one on the corner of Shipyard and Independence Boulevards. Fairly comfortable, nice couches, or tables and chairs, interesting artwork featuring different local talents, and great coffee and treats.

However, given the distance, I am interested in seeing what folks post here, too. I have a friend who frequents Cup O Joe on Hillsborough. She seems to like it quite a bit. Hmm. . . wonder if that makes her one of weird clientele Grawburg finds 'interesting to look at?' Oh, LOL.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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In Raleigh I'd go to Helios.

In Chapel Hill I'd definitely go to Caffe Driade. It is worth the trip, but more so when the weather is nice.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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So that's:

Cup A Joe 3100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Helios 413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
Caffe Driade 1215-A E Franklin St, Chapel Hill


Anyone else?
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Southeast US
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I like Port City Java in downtown Raleigh. The place is quite spacious and the chairs are comfy. The employees are great. On a warm day, you can sit outside.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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I like:

The Third Place : a coffee house : 1811 Glenwood Avenue (Five Points) : Raleigh, North Carolina (http://www.thirdplacecoffee.com/ - broken link)
1811 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27608

The Percolator : Coffee Shop in North Raleigh, NC : Serving Genuine Cup-A-Joe Coffee
5039 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609

The Broad Street Cafe, Durham NC
1116 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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Open Eye Café

This is a fun place in Carrboro. I believe they often have musicians playing.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:46 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Isn't it wonderful that people are hanging out in coffee houses rather than bars?
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: the freezer
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what about wake forest rolesville area i dont need a fancy coffee house just a place to sit have coffee and doughnut and meet people
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