Top 7 Outer Banks Coffee Shops

About 2 years ago we wrote an article with the Top 5 Outer Banks coffee shops, but some were missed and one went away. Not to mention a new coffee shop made its appearance on the Outer Banks this year.

Most people need a good cup of coffee to get their morning started, and everyone has a specific way to make the perfect cup. While on vacation pleasing every coffee drinkers’ palette can be difficult, but there is a great personalized experience to be had for everyone.

So which Outer Banks coffee shop should you go to while you’re here? Our answer is all of them, here’s why…

Front Porch Cafe Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Front Porch Café
Kitty Hawk, Manteo, and Nags Head, NC

Front Porch Café is personally one of my favorite coffee shops on the Outer Banks! There are so many delicious options from coffee to bakery items. Voted “Best Coffee in the Outer Banks” five times by readers of The Coast Magazine, you will not be disappointed by any decision you make here. They offer over 20 unique single origin coffees (including CBD infused coffee), and a rich selection of House Blends and Decaffeinated coffees. With 3 locations spread out over the beach it is a convenient place to stop weather your staying in Nags Head or Southern Shores. Their original store, located at milepost 6 in Kill Devil Hills, includes OBX Art Studio, a paint-your-own-pottery, fused glass, and canvas painting studio, and a full service retail bead store. Their Nags Head location has tons of seating including a high speed wireless bar with plug in capability, couches, a community table with seating up to 12, and plenty of 2 and 4 top tables. Their Manteo location is situated on the historic Roanoke Island and is the largest store at 3300 sq.ft. This location also provides wine and beer that is available by the glass or take out.

Ashley's Espresso Parlor Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Ashley’s Espresso Parlour
Kill Devil Hills, NC

Ashley’s Espresso Parlour may be new to the Outer Banks but Ashley is not. A local that has been roasting and working for Outer Banks coffee shops for 20 years. Ran by Ashley and her husband Eric, they inspire to bring their love and passion to every cup of coffee they serve. Ashley has stated that she wanted a place where people could come and relax and that is the exact type of environment at this coffee shop! As soon as you walk through the door you will be greeted by smiling baristas and feel right at home. With plenty of seating including comfortable couches, grabbing your coffee and leaving will be the last thing on your mind. If you find yourself around the Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills line don’t hesitate to swing in, grab a delicious cup of coffee, and take a load off.

Morning View Coffee House Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Morning View Coffee House
Nags Head, NC

When you walk into Morning View Coffee House you may be tempted to immediately take a seat on one of many comfortable seats (including a couch) and enjoy the smell of the amazing coffee brewing. Their mission is to roast the best brew of coffee from farm to cup. Their in house roasting room allows them to keep fresh, small batch roasts always on tap. If you are looking for an exceptional cup of coffee, espresso drink, a wide selection of loose leaf tea, or bagels/pastries, they have you covered. Be sure to check out their famous “froo froos”, and don’t forget to grab a bag of beans to go. Whether you need a cup on the go or are looking to spend some time with the coffee shop pup, Morning View will not disappoint!

Duck Cottage Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Duck’s Cottage
Duck, NC

Duck’s Cottage is a quaint, little coffee shop tucked away in the Waterfront Shops in Duck, NC. This coffee shop/book store may be small in size but it’s large in heritage. Set in an old waterfowl hunting lodge from the 1920’s known as Powder Ridge Club. It was then bought and preserved by Betty and Duck Braithwaite thus renamed Duck’s Cottage With a cozy indoor reading nook and inviting front porch and specialty house drinks like the “Mucky Duck” or well-known house coffee “Coconut Crunch”. Celebrating 15 years of service to the Outer Banks, Duck’s Cottage has become a staple in the community and continues to provide good coffee and a piece of historic charm.

Tree House Coffee Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Treehouse Coffee Company
Duck, NC

Treehouse Coffee Company is where the art of coffee comes first. Specializing in bringing the best coffee experience to the Outer Banks, Treehouse Coffee focuses on providing quality with certified trained baristas, state of the art equipment, and an emphasis on customer relationships. Keeping coffee first, Treehouse aims to serve and serve well. Staying current with the progressions in the coffee industry, being approachable behind the counter, and making your experience memorable are top priorities to owner Craig Readman and the entire Treehouse staff. They are proudly opening an adjoining eatery late spring of 2017, The Rope Ladder Kitchen & Biscuits.  Visit Treehouse Coffee Company if you want an individualized morning experience where the staff will go above and beyond to make sure you have the best coffee on vacation.

Outer Bean Juice & Java
Kitty Hawk, NC

Outer Bean Juice & Java can help you properly get your day started well by fueling up well! If quality organic coffee and espresso is what you want. And you need more than just coffee in the morning, then Outer Bean Juice & Java is the place for you. Serving all organic fair trade coffees, fresh made to order juices and unique, healthy options for any taste with smoothies, soups, salads, paninis, and wraps. There is something for everyone for breakfast and lunch. With Mediterranean American influences the food as well as the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. Outer Bean strives to make creative, healthy coffee and food options fun and affordable.

Wave Riders Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Wave Riders
Nags Head, NC

Wave Riders brings a new flavor to the Outer Banks by serving a full range of house specialty espresso drinks.  You and the whole family will find something to get your morning going. Bagels aren’t your only breakfast option here, they have a large selection of breakfast sandwiches and pastries that are available all day. Come hang out, inside there is plenty of seating with an eclectic productive environment if you need to get some work done, or sit outside on the new deck. And don’t forget your pup. They have a pet friendly doggy area too! There is no doubt you will enjoy your time with the Wave Riders staff, their attention to detail and fun attitudes will make you want to spend your whole day there.

With all of these amazing options how will you ever choose which place to go? Like I said in the beginning, if it was me, I’d make sure to check them all out! Let us know in the comments what your favorite Outer Banks coffee shop is.



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Terry Moore

Terry moved to the Outer Banks in 2003, fell in love with the Outer Banks and a local girl, now his wife. Since 2003 he has been discovering the Outer Banks and all it has to offer and loves to share those discoveries with the world.

Top 7 Outer Banks Coffee Shops

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