What better way to celebrate National Coffee Day, a holiday second only to Christmas, than with a blog all about coffee on the Outer Banks? There are coffee shops in each town from Corolla to Nags Head and we’ve selected just a handful of our favorites to share with you. Each of these coffee shops is locally owned and operated so you’re guaranteed to have an authentic Outer Banks experience while you are staying in your Outer Banks vacation rental.
The Front Porch Cafe (6 am – 6 pm)
If you would label yourself a “coffee-fanatic,” this is the coffee shop for you. Locally known as simply “Front Porch,” this eclectic coffee shop has small-town vibes but its coffee serves up big taste. One of only two shops that roast their own beans, they roast fresh batches throughout the day. Front Porch has three locations just slightly further down the highway. The original store is located in Kill Devil Hills at milepost 6. If you get a chance to go, you absolutely must have an orange-cranberry muffin. Trust us on this one. The second, newer location is in Nags Head at milepost 10.5 and the third location is in Manteo (the largest shop).
Morning View Coffee House (6 am – 6 pm)
Bring your pup to this coffee house—they allow dogs! Not many restaurants on the beach allow you to bring your pooch inside, so we recommend taking advantage of this one, dog-lovers. This funky shop’s walls are brimming with art by local painters and artists (all available to take home, of course). This is the second shop on the beach that roasts their own coffee. We recommend a cup of the Nags Head roast, although you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
Outer Bean Cafe (7:30 am – 5 pm)
Outer Bean is a multitasker in the cafe world, as this shop brews coffee and presses juices. They also have an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu (for a small-town, at least) with healthy options like a salmon salad, veggie Panini, and a marinated mushroom sandwich. We recommend trying Outer Bean at lunch so you can enjoy their satisfying food with your afternoon pick-me-up.
Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books (7 am – 6 pm)
Calling all book lovers, we have the coffee shop for you. Duck’s Cottage is located at the north end of Duck’s center, in the Waterfront Shops. This building has an interesting history, as it was originally built as a hunting cottage in 1921 for New York investors. The cedar-shack cottage stands out amongst its backdrop of newer buildings. The carefully curated collection of books offers a perfect way to pass the time while you wait for your handcrafted drink. Duck’s Cottage shines when it comes to specialty espresso drinks. With names like the Nutty Duck, the Mucky Duck, and the Swan, how can you resist trying one? They even have a sister shop in Manteo, if you find yourself down at that end of town. Downtown Books even hosts an adoptable cat, just an added bonus for all you cat lovers.