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Top store recommendations from locals

Coffee Shop
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“There are three locations of this creative coffee shop and roastery in Durham, but the closest is straight down Geer St. Try one of their creative drinks, including a wide selection of hot chocolates. This is a lovely place to sit and take in the Durham scene. After your coffee, you can stroll around the neighborhood and visit Fullsteam Brewery, browse local goods at The Mothership, or walk to the Durham Farmers’ Market. Pro-Tip: arrive early on Saturday to beat the line. Recommended: The Dr. Durham Latte, or check out the Lakewood location for made-to-order churros!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Just go! A bakery designed to make you want more. Great food for lunch too! Inside and Outside is exploratory. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is a forward-thinking, backward-tasting brewery, creating beers that are meant to be savored, appreciated, contemplated, philosophized, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled. The brewery, taproom and outdoor beer garden buzzes with activity in warm weather. Try the Biere de Garde, it’s our favorite. Kids and pets welcome, so daytime visits can skew a bit Romper Room.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“If you want ice cream, there is no other place to be! I get the chocolate or vegan chocolate. Homemade! So many flavors. Free samples so choose everything and go sit by the DURHAM BULL to enjoy! ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“A mainstay for baked goods (pies!), brunch, coffee, local groceries and vintage penny candy. Upscale-yet-casual country cooking at it’s finest, most hospitable and most charming. Groups large and small can grab a picnic table outside. Counter service only.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“This magical store is packed with whimsical and fun objects. Cards, pens, cookbooks, wine, toys, tea… I could go on and on. And did I mention they have a cafe and restaurant, too? Stop by if you want to get lost browsing. Recommended: One of the best cookbook selections in town, Giant Cookies.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“You don't have to be a member. Amazing wine selection, and good prepared food options. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Want a southern touch to food and coffee. This is the place! Located in downtown durham, you can get you belly full and enjoy the view of durham downtown. Take a cup of coffee to go! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“With several locations around Durham to choose from, this spot has, in my opinion, the best coffee in the area. The closest location is on Broad St. - just be aware indoor seating is minimal and often crowded. A great spot to grab a quick cup on the go. Recommended: Anything with the Macadamia milk, Gouda & Spinach Scones.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bakery
“Urban bakeshop with sweet and savory pastries, artisanal breads and locally sourced specialty foods.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“One of three outposts of the Cocoa Cinnamon family, this location is also walking distance and has a good selection of locally-baked pastries to go with their coffee / tea selections and reliable wi-fi. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Eclectic. Great coffee. Great brick and mortar story. Community feel. Great people of all ages. Music is good-keeps you motivated. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“Local and has amazing soft pops, just moved to a bigger location...A real tree for the kids or the kid in you”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Come visit this fun bookstore on 9th Street, owned by someone who lives in the neighborhood. Support local! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
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“Stop in for coffee early morning, and if you need a cake this is the place to get it.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cinema
“Big mall; always crowded. Several theaters. I like the cafe inside Nordstrom.”
  • 8 locals recommend