Outer Banks Coffee Culture


Whenever I’m in a new place, when morning comes I’m asking, “where can I get a good cup of coffee?”


Gourmet coffee is just a sip away in the Outer Banks.

Gourmet coffee is just a sip away in the Outer Banks.

Coffee has become the life blood of old and young alike. There are some who do coffee-tours across cities and states to sample the best java brews. But most of us don’t travel across state lines for coffee. If you’re in the Outer Banks, chances are you came for the beautiful beaches and the luxury of a slow paced vacation. But one of the hazards of traveling is not knowing where to get a good cup of joe. You can always hit up the local Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, but if you want to truly experience a location, head over to the local coffee joint.


If you’re visiting during the chilly off-season and need a little warming, or you need a pick me up before a long day of summer activities. Whether you are a coffee snob or just don’t care as long as it’s coffee, here are the ­­­­best coffee joints in the Outer Banks:





 Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop

40534 NC Highway 12, Avon • (252) 995-5590

A bohemian coffee shop with vibes and brews that will bring you back for more! Come for the aromatic and delicious coffee as well as the attached bead shop.




OBX Coffee Co.

807-L Ocean Trail (Highway 12), Corolla • (252) 543-0200

With a green roaster out front, you know that you are getting the freshest coffee available. Start your day off right with roasts from around the world.




Duck Cottage Coffee & Bookshop

1240 Duck Road, Duck • (252) 261-5510

Duck into Duck Cottage, the only place in the Outer Banks where you can purchase quality coffee, fresh Danishes and fine literature.


Sweet T’s Coffee, Beer & Wine

1211 Duck Road, Duck • (252) 480-2326

Amazing coffee and quirky specialty blends like the Grasshopper with chocolate and crème de menthe and the Duck Deer Cow with chocolate and salted caramel. You can also indulge in homemade pastries and pretzels.




The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop

58079 NC Highway 12, MP 72, Hatteras • (252) 986-4004

Quaint and quiet, nestled into Hatteras Village, this local favorite has over 17 flavors of coffee available. With quality, friendly service, you are sure to find exactly what you want.


Kill Devil Hills


Front Porch Cafe

2200 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 449-6616

This homey café has been voted “Best Coffee in the Outer Banks” four times by The Coast Magazine. Flavorful, artisan coffee will appeal to the snobbiest of the snobby coffee lovers. Almost all their coffee is sourced from independent, organic farms throughout the world.


Kitty Hawk


Outer Bean Juice & Java

3701 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk • (252) 261-6000

For the conscientious coffee drinker, enjoy fair trade organic coffee in a variety of interesting flavor combos like black cherry mocha and mocha with caramel and hazelnut. This cozy corner also has many vegetarian and healthy choices.




The Coffee House on Roanoke Island

106 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo • (252) 475-1295

Put your feet up sitting in one of the rocking chairs at this down-home coffee house. And if you’re not sure what to get, just ask one of the qualified baristas who will have a recommendation for every taste.


Nags Head


Morning View Coffee House

2707 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head • (252) 441-4474

CNN chose this local gem to be in a segment called My City — My Secret, which put the word out about this small coffee house. Now everyone knows that this is the place to go for the friendliest service and best gourmet coffee.


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