Is it that time of the day when you’re starting to slow down a bit and you can feel your eyelids drooping?  Looks like you need caffeine, and you need it quick. So where should you go? Today, try somewhere with local vibes and charm; somewhere that will leave a lasting impression on you and your taste buds. Greater Raleigh is filled with unique coffee shops just waiting for you to explore!

If you’re around the downtown Raleigh area, try The Third Place on Glenwood Avenue. Loved by locals, this delightful little café has an amazing downtown ambiance and a delicious full café menu. They have everything from frothy lattes to delicious sandwiches and wraps, so don’t categorize this place as only a grab-n-go. This is also an excellent venue to catch up with friends or even have a casual date on the patio.

Another unique coffee hotspot is the Hope Café located on Tryon Road. This “Christian Café” provides delicious coffee, Sunday morning worship services, and live music daily in a very relaxing atmosphere. Sometimes people would like a little more than a quick caffeine fix to get through their day, and Hope Café is here to provide it!

Apex also has its share of charming shops, including the renowned Wake Zone on Old Jenks Road.  Jimmy-Buffett inspired, this quaint shop serves 100 percent organic coffee beans and even has a drive-through, just in case you’re in a hurry and can’t enjoy the island theme inside. If time is the least of your worries, head inside and sit underneath one of the palm trees and allow yourself to escape with your fresh cup of brew. Everyone deserves this kind of coffee break!

No matter your situation, whether you have a lot of time or barely 15 minutes, these quaint shops can provide you with everything you need to get up and get going or relax and unwind. So try something different than your usual today!