When it comes to Durham, no one knows the county better than the people who live here. That's why we asked Durham's residents to share with us what they love about our amazing county, to uncover Durham's many hidden gems. 

Check out the guide below to the coffee shops and cafes loved by locals - the top places to relax with a cuppa, catch up with friends, or grab your caffeine fix to go.

exterior view of Bayberry Hollow Coffee Shop

Bayberry Hollow - Tanfield Village

Relax in Bayberry Hollow's rustic cafe and bistro with delicious warming drinks, and freshly prepared home cooked food using the very best locally sourced ingredients. And don't forget to pick up a unique gift for friends, loved ones or your home from the beautiful gift shop.

people sat eating and drinking outside Broom House Farm Coffee shop

Broom House Farm Coffee Shop - Witton Gilbert

Enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffees and cakes at this popular coffee shop, only a short drive from Durham City. As well as a cosy coffee shop, Broom House Farm is home to an outdoor forest adventure play park, exciting event programme and fab farm shop, stocked with mouth-watering local produce.  

exterior shot of Flamingo Bar & Café and a close up shot of woman holding cup of coffee

Flamingo Bar & Café - Seaham

Flamingo Bar and Café is a small, independent health food café tucked away in a quiet corner of Seaham Harbour Marina. Enjoy views out across the beach and North Sea as you sip your coffee or take your pick from buddha bowls, protein shakes, superfood lattes and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.

view of food and serving area inside Vennels Coffee Shop

Vennels Café - Durham City

Taking its name from the ancient alleyways leading to the café, and housed in a 16th century building in the heart of Durham City, Vennels is a truly unique venue where you can soak up the historic ambience with beams, crooked ceilings and original fireplaces. 

Other local cafes and coffee shop recommendations include – 

Durham Dales 

  • Coach House Bistro at Eggleston Hall
  • Mr BoJangles, Durham City 
  • Peggottys, Wolsingham
  • Rumours Coffee Shop, Middleton-in-Teesdale

Vale of Durham 

  • 68 Café, Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland
  • Anna's New Life Furniture and Huggamugs, Annfield Plain 
  • Archers, Walworth
  • Café Neenas, Chester-le-Street
  • Daisy Rose's Coffee House, Cheveley Park, Belmont
  • Fifteas Cafe, Bishop Auckland Market Place     
  • Maddisons, Consett
  • Miss Elephant, Chester-le-Street
  • Pity Me Café, Pity Me
  • Quebec Tearoom, Quebec
  • Refuse, Chester-le-Street
  • Sweet Rose Ice Cream Parlour, Spennymoor
  • The Auckland Cupcake Co, Bishop Auckland 
  • The Olive Stone, Tantobie
  • The Waiting Room, Annfield Plain

Durham City

  • Biz-R, Durham City centre
  • Brambles Coffee Shop, Shincliffe
  • Cafe Cenno, Durham Indoor Market
  • Cafedral, Durham City centre
  • Chapters, Durham City centre
  • Claypath Deli, Durham City centre
  • Flat White, Durham City centre  
  • Golden Pearl, Durham City centre
  • Leonards Café, Durham City centre 
  • Riverview Kitchen, Durham City centre 
  • Tealicious Tearooms, Durham City centre
  • The Picnic Basket, Durham City centre

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