If you’re anything like me and need your morning cup of coffee before you can fully be a human, this post is for you. Since starting pharmacy school, coffee has become one of my best friends because its like a warm little hug in a mug, and it keeps me sane through all the chaos. As my coffee consumption has increased, so has my desire to visit smaller local coffee shops versus franchised stores like Starbucks. Here’s a look at several of my favorite coffee shops near the Creek.
Creek Coffee is my go to coffee shop on campus. For post early morning exam pick-me-ups, or the afternoon blues, this place keeps me caffeinated. They have excellent drip coffee, but my favorite drink from here is the Vanilla Latte. Although it isn’t my favorite, a lot of people like the Creek Mocha. Creek Coffee also offers a variety of snacks and a nice study spot, especially if the library or Maddox Hall get too crowded.
Beans and Cream
This little shop is located across from the CVS in Lillington, about 7 minutes from Campbell. They serve both coffee and ice cream, and have hours that vary seasonally. My favorite drink here is the Sticky Bun Latte.. its sweet and a little spicy at the same time! Sometimes the service can be slow, but every drink is made with love. They also have outdoor seating, making this a nice place to take a break, get some fresh air, and catch up with friends.
Just a short drive away, The Mill provides a perfect getaway from the chaos that sometime surrounds campus. It’s located at 146 S. Main Street in Fuquay Varina, and although it doesn’t open super early (9 am) it stays open until about 10 pm on most week nights. Along with their many coffee options, the Mill also carries baked goods from the Stick Boy Bread Company located just up the street. From experience, the blueberry scones are to die for and go perfect with one of the specialty lattes (my favorite here is the Crème Brulee Latte)!
Located in Raleigh, Jubala has two locations, one near NC State on Hillsborough Street, and another in North Hills. Jubala is one of my favorite spots to visit on the weekends, with its long wooden tables perfect for studying, and unique latte art, these shops provide a great study spot and some modern southern comfort with every cup that’s served. Jubala also has food options ranging from muffins and waffles to sandwiches if you visit around lunch time or the early afternoon. If you even remotely enjoy coffee, this place is worth the adventure into Raleigh for a special treat.
Carrie Baker, P3