The Best Places for Coffee on the Outer Banks


Vacation is a time to step away from the routine of everyday life and enjoy a more relaxed pace. But there’s no need to take a vacation from your morning coffee habit. The Outer Banks offers many locally-owned coffee shops so you can enjoy that coffee goodness each morning with a unique OBX style!


Front Porch Cafe

With locations in Kill Devil Hills at Milepost 6, Nags Head at Milepost 10.5 and in Manteo, Front Porch Cafe offers a full coffee menu, bagels, and pastries. The Nags Head and Manteo locations are perfect for productivity, offering high-speed wifi and plug-in stations. There also are cozy couches and tables to meet and catch up with friends. The Kill Devil Hills location is shared with Glazin’ GoNuts paint-your-own pottery studio and Garden of Beadn’ retail bead store. Front Porch Cafe specializes in artisan “micro” small-batch roasting, which can be seen during roasting hours in the Nags Head location. Order a cup in-house or buy a half or full pound of coffee to brew in your rental cottage or home.




Morning View Coffee House and Roastery

Just blocks from the beach in Nags Head, Morning View offers an eclectic and cozy indoor and outdoor garden setting to enjoy relaxing with coffee or tea or spending time online with free wifi. The coffee shop is dog friendly, and offers a limited selection of snacks and fresh-baked pastries. You will often see and smell the coffee beans roasting as you enter the shop. In addition to ordering espresso drinks and fresh brew, you can purchase a variety of fair-trade, sustainable, farm-to-cup coffee bean varieties to brew back at your rental cottage or home.



Outer Bean Juice and Java

Outer Bean in Kitty Hawk offers fresh coffee along with a full breakfast menu, and juice and smoothie bar. This is where the health conscious start their day. You can enjoy a creative variety of espresso drinks all day long, as well as healthy lunch and dinner options as the day progresses. The Outer Bean offers fair-trade and organic coffee as well as a large selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free menu options and beer and wine.



Waveriders Coffee, Deli and Pub

Waveriders in Nags Head offers coffee and espresso drinks with just about any syrup flavor you can think of, fresh bakery items and a breakfast and lunch/dinner panini menu. The deli prides itself on offering a healthier alternative to fast food, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Waveriders also sells beer and wine, and you’re likely to find live music entertainment at this casual hangout in the evenings.

Each of these coffee shops showcases local art and offers a unique OBX community experience! Dine-in for a full coffee house experience, or take that coffee to go and sip it at the beach watching the sun come up and the waves roll in. Either way, coffee is a delicious way to start your day on the OBX!

Coastal Provisions in Southern Shores

The delicious, elegant yet casual Coastal Provisions Market catered to our lovely reservation staff last week after hours. This one-of-a-kind market has transformed into a tasty wine bar on one side of the store and wanted to give our hard working ladies a treat for what they do. As well as giving them the experience that they would share with you, your friends, and your family.

The dinner was amazing, and we got so much more than we were expecting. With 6 different wines to taste, and a dish to go with each, we now know that Dan & Scott, the owners, are the experts when it comes to customer service. Kudos to you, Coastal Provisions!

This restaurant is located directly behind our rental office (where you check-in) making it easy to access on summer weekends when the traffic is heavy. For example, people ask our staff for recommendations on where to eat, what to do, and where to go while they wait to check in which isn’t until 4 p.m. We already have a post discussing what you can do to make your check-in process easier while you wait. However, we haven’t mentioned where you should grab a bite to eat. Well, this is a place you want to go while you wait to check-in to your Outer Banks Vacation Rental. They provide great customer service and high-quality food. Just park your vehicle at our office, and walk around to the back to reach the Southern Shores Crossing where they are located. Last year Coastal Provisions built an outside bar so you can enjoy the sun while you have some lunch with them.

Scott, co-owner, even mentioned something that really hit me. He said “The guests that travel to our area have most likely visited before or know someone else who has. With that being said, they usually have an idea of where they like to grab quick lunches and have a nice dinner. People are hesitant when it comes to switching up their usual OBX  stops.” This makes sense, but I personally want to encourage you to get a true taste of our entire beach. Each restaurant does a fantastic job, and they all offer something different in their own unique way. To go beyond your OBX elements, try different places each time you visit us. It’s the only way to really get that week of OBX lifestyles you are looking for. Especially Coastal Provisions for they constantly keep you in mind, are innovative, and have already made lots of changes for the upcoming season.