Coffee and the beach is a match made in heaven. For the java enthusiast, the Outer Banks has a variety of coffee options from quaint seaside cafes to artisan roasters to cater to every preference. Here are our top picks for the best coffee in Outer Banks. 


Duck’s Cottage

Need to escape the sun’s rays for a bit? Head over to Duck’s Cottage for coffee, books, and OBX merch. Every java juice craving from in-house specialties like the Nutty Duck, a hazelnut and caramel latte with housemade whipped cream to classics like an Americano or Cafe Au Lait, will be fulfilled. The only thing better than coffee is coffee and a book and Ducks Cottage has you covered! Kick back with a steamy drink and lose yourself in the pages of a good novel. See you soon.


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Treehouse Coffee

If you’re looking for a made-from-scratch breakfast and artisan coffee, look no further than Treehouse Coffee. Owned and operated by a husband and wife duo, the folks at Treehouse are passionate about exceptional food and coffee. Pair a pour-over with one of their homemade biscuit options and head to the beach to catch the sunrise. If you have kiddos in tow, rest assured that the Treehouse offers kid-friendly options like decadent hot chocolate and breakfast sandwiches. Stop by today and your tastebuds will thank you!


Outer Bean Cafe

With locations in both Kitty Hawk and Duck, Outer Bean Cafe offers more than just a caffeine fix; it's a cozy retreat for locals and tourists alike. Step into this welcoming space, adorned with beachy decor and the inviting aroma of freshly brewed organic free-trade coffee. Try their delicious blends, boasting smooth and rich flavors that perfectly complement the salty breeze of the Outer Banks. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic cappuccino or an indulgent flavored latte, Outer Bean Cafe has you covered. And if you aren’t a coffee drinker, choose one of their delicious juices or smoothies! 


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Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

Nestled in Kill Devil Hills, Ashley's Espresso Parlour is loved by locals and visitors alike. The vibe inside invites you to linger over your cup of joe, whether it’s a perfectly pulled espresso or a creamy affogato. For a delightful twist, try Ashley’s Salted Caramel Mocha, a heavenly concoction that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and salty. With its warm hospitality and exceptional brews, Ashley's Espresso Parlour is a must-visit destination for any coffee aficionado exploring the area.


Morning View Coffee House

In the picturesque town of Nags Head, Morning View offers a tranquil haven with a laid-back vibe and friendly service that makes it the perfect spot to start your day. Grab a coffee, espresso, loose leaf-tea, and bagels and pastries to fuel your day at the beach. Whether you’re in search of your morning pick-me-up or a cozy spot to relax with friends, Morning View has everything you need.



Waveriders OBX

Waveriders is an OBX staple – and for good reason! Locals and visitors flock to this beloved coffee shop for handcrafted coffees, breakfast, lunch, smoothies, and even wine and beer. The self-serve coffee bar offers dark, medium, and decaf drip options to enjoy to your heart’s delight. If you have a sweet tooth, try their Hazelnut Shortbread latte, Coffee Cake latte, or Almond Joy mocha. If coffee isn’t your thing, Waveriders proudly serves a variety of other custom drinks such as matcha, London fog, chai, and iced tea. Craving something a little stronger? Don’t miss Waveriders impressive selection of beer, ciders, or mimosa buckets. Waveriders is a must-try for those seeking an authentic OBX experience. 



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Front Porch Cafe

Located in Kills Devil Hills, Manteo, and Nags Head, the Front Porch Cafe has been voted “Best Coffee in the Outer Banks” five times by the readers of The Coast magazine. Offering 20 unique coffees as well as a variety of decaf and a full selection of house blends, the Front Porch Cafe has something for everyone. Not only does the Front Porch Cafe have a passion for good coffee, but they also have a passion for the community they serve and the farmers they buy from. They source specialty coffees from small, independent farmers focusing on sustainable, earth-friendly, and humane growing practices. Customers can enjoy a delicious cup of joe while supporting fair trading practices and ethical business.