Magical Caffe Driade: Coffee in the Woods in the Heart of Chapel Hill

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Everyone I know who has been to Caffe Driade practically rhapsodizes about it, and for good reason. Locals often say that Caffe Driade’s coffee is among the best in the world! If you haven’t been to Caffe Driade yet, go for a visit and you can see why the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) recently named Caffee Driade One of America’s Best Cafes.


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In a nutshell, Caffe Driade is a very COOL coffee house, featuring exceptional coffee (roasted locally), whole leaf teas, amazing fresh-baked pastries from Guglhupf.and a selection of wine, beers and European sodas. The baristas make amazing swirl designs in the lattes: sometimes a fern, sometimes a heart, or a heart-flower. Beautiful!


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But the thing that makes Caffe Driade so appealing and unique is the lush forest setting, tucked away far away from the street, yet in the heart of Chapel Hill (at 1215 East Franklin St.) There are tables both indoors and outdoors, surrounded by woods, in front of Caffe Driade, to the sides of the cafe, and on the café’s back patio.

Just off the back patio, terraced steps lead to a clearing in the woods, where you will find a woodland patio with French-style bistro chairs and tables, and festive twinkling white lights strung up in the trees. (A magical setting both in the day and at night!)

We like to sit outside at the tables in the forest clearing, enjoying our coffee and the company of a charming chipmunk who lives and works nearby (gathering nuts).

Although it is more of a grown-up atmosphere (especially inside the café), our children love Caffe Driade too (especially the tables in the woods), and the Guglhupf pastries are a wonderful treat! There is also a hiking path nearby for a walk in the woods.

From May through October on most Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy live music on Caffe Driade’s outdoor stage (click for Calendar). Magical!

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Caffe Driade
1215 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 942-2333