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Cup A Joe

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3100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607-5437
+1 919-828-9665
06:00 - 22:30
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Puerto Rico
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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I guess this is the it place for coffee close by NCSU. Nice and fast service. The staff looks like they have several coffees while they work haha all hyped up!! Nice pastries. Visited several times while visiting Raleigh for several weeks.

Thank pravione
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure if the owners spent a lot of money on a retro fit-out or whether they have just not done anything in the last 60 years but this place is exactly what I imagine a 1950s cafe would look like. By European standards the espresso coffee is acceptable and by US standards it's fantastic. If you are from... More 

Thank David O
Apex, North Carolina
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296 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This casual establishment located in the North Carolina State boundaries serves great coffee drinks at reasonable prices. Our lattes were outstanding. They also have items to add at no charge such as cinnamon or extra creme. The coffee cups and tops tend to be of lower quality than a place such as Starbucks so make sure you are careful carrying... More 

Thank Burtdol
Raleigh, North Carolina
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928 reviews
451 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is probably the best tasting coffee in the triangle, but... The place has enlarged to take in the denser development taking place in the neighborhood. We both had a very frothy cappuccino grande served in a pint-sized beer glass. We asked for 50/50, but we left really charged up. As the afternoon wore on, we began to feel queasy,... More 

Thank John M
Asheville, North Carolina
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Sweet little spot. Great coffee. Friendliest staff ever. Seriously, you guys should come to Asheville, NC - where there is also great coffee and super awesome baristas - you'd fit right in. Thanks for the love! And the amazing coffee beans I took home!

Thank Marian J S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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119 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Very good quality coffee and a few pastries. Reuse furniture with plentiful seating. Just west of NCSU campus on Hillsborough Street.

Thank debdg
Greensboro, North Carolina
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

I love Cup a Joe. Both locations (the one on Hillsborough and the one on Mission Valley) are great, though the one on Hillsborough has a slightly better atmosphere. It is a perfect coffee shop to sit and get some work done or just relax with a cup of coffee. They roast their own beans so you can't go wrong... More 

Thank Mary M
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

The employees at cup of joe are very friendly. They have a wide selection of coffees along with smoothies and other treats. The atmosphere is great for studying or chatting with friends.

Thank Sarah B
Durham, North Carolina
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

Sure, the environment here is conducive to studying/relaxing/chatting, but the customer service is atrocious and the coffee really just isn't that good. The baristas pressure you to make up your mind as soon as you walk in, and stare at you while you're looking at the menu. They try to guide you toward something you'd like, but sometimes you just... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

This is my favorite place to get a cup of coffee in the SW Raleigh/NE Cary area. Unlike most places in Cary, Cup A Joe actually has some character. The barristas are friendly. The selection is excellent. The cookies are very good. The drip coffee is hearty and rich. I particularly like the mugs they use as they are a... More 

Thank jchamber73

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Restaurant features
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607-5437
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-828-9665

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?