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12 Great Spots to Grab a Coffee

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If you’re a coffee-lover like us, one of the first things you want to know when traveling to a new town is, “where’s a place to get a good coffee,” right?  To kick off the holiday season #OnlyinOnslow, here are several of our favorite spots, some with some special Christmas-themed drinks and winter menus featured in this roundup!  See a complete list of coffee shops in our area and share some coffee love of your favorites on Instagram (@onlyinonlsow) while you’re here!

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Havana 58 Café Espresso Coffee Bar

Treat yourself to a gourmet coffee made from Cuban beans, or an espresso, and a delicious pastry at Havana 58! Savor a tranquil moment away from the craziness of everyday life in their comfortable atmosphere and ambiance with Cuban culture!  Are you in a hurry and on the go?  Stop through their drive-thru:  Monday thru Friday 7AM to 3PM; Saturday & Sunday 8AM to 3PM.

📍1830 Piney Green Road, Jacksonville, NC

Blend Cafe

Blend is an awesome place to enjoy a coffee, an acai bowl, or smoothie indoors with free wifi and lounge seats – perfect for cram days or workdays.  If the sun is shining, hang out on their outdoor patio! Oh, and your pup is welcome too!

📍109 Marine Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 

The Milk Road

Freshly roasted coffee, espresso, and artisan liege waffles complement a visit to The Milk Road coffee shop. Small in size but mighty in flavor, the waffles are covered in pearl sugar before hitting the iron, giving them sweetness and a little crunch. If you prefer tea, several spins on different varieties are available, like butterfly tea that changes colors when you add lemon.  They’ve got a great outdoor seating area and are pet-friendly!

As a veteran-owned and founded company, they serve as a local hub for people of all backgrounds to exchange conversation and ideas over good food and coffee.

📍4240 Gum Branch Road, Jacksonville, NC

Brewed Downtown

Brewed Downtown is a special place where you can take a break and unwind. You can either enjoy a hearty breakfast to start your day or grab a quick lunch while on the go. Or, just sit awhile with a cup of hot brew. This great coffee spot is also recognized by the NC GreenTravel Initiative as a green dining business. Their motto is “Cheers without the Beer.”

Coffee Haven

Coffee Haven’s motto:  “Where coffee and kindness matter.”  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have a taste of that!  They have recently opened a second location is in Jacksonville (INSIDE The Grazing Tray!)  This is a local growing small local business that wants to provide you with the service and quality that you deserve. After all, the best stains in life are coffee and kindness. Hours are Monday thru Friday, 7AM to 4PM.

📍622 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC

Muddy’s Coffee House

Enjoy a coffee that is roasted on-site at this retired Marine family establishment. Buy their roasted coffee to take home with you after you enjoy a deli or breakfast sandwich!  Curbside service available.

📍2040 Wilmington Highway, Jacksonville, NC

The Coffee Co

If you’ve got in mind a special coffee – made just the way you like it, you’ll be happy to know that The Coffee Co., in Richlands is a “craft coffee shop” they will customize your java, just for you! For example, how about this white mocha & cinnamon cream latte?  Looks delicious. Hot or cold!  They offer all variations of lattes, cappuccinos, and americanos, as well as smoothies, teas, and baked goods.

📍8700 Richlands Highway, Suite A, Richlands


Where do pet parents and coffee lovers convene in Swansboro? Muttigans!  Here’s a place to “paws” and enjoy life with your furry friend! Sip on a cup of coffee, smoothie, or delight in an ice cream cone while your furry friend enjoys a bully stick or spends time getting pampered in the pet spa.

📍624 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro

Nuova Luna Caffe

Nuova Luna Caffe is a mom and pop’s type of coffee shop located in Swansboro, aka “The Friendly City by the Sea.”  You just get a good feeling when you’re there.  Each beverage is served with a little message of love and kindness.  In addition to their personal touch,  you will love their coffee, made any way you like as well as their treats for a quick snack!

📍686 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro

Bake Bottle & Brew

Nestled in the charming historic waterfront town of Swansboro, recently named one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America to Visit in 2021,” Bake Bottle & Brew is the place to relax and take in the iconic views of the water along our part of the North Carolina coast.  If you want something other than coffee, you can grab a craft cold brew, a glass of wine, or even a cup of ice cream.  Savor every second as you gather on their porch and admire the view.  If you’re looking for a place to enjoy live music and mix with some of the locals, this is the perfect gathering spot!

📍147 N. Front Street, Swansboro

Coffee Haven

Coffee Haven makes great coffee and specialty drinks, of course!  But they also have a passion for serving their customers, community, and neighbors every day, with a side of kindness. Coffee Haven was created to be a safe haven, a space for those who may need it…to feel like home, no matter who you are.  They want to make a difference in the ways that they can.  After all, the best stains in life are coffee and kindness.

📍113 Silver Sands Drive, Sneads Ferry

Sundial Coffee & Tea

Consider Sundial the place to come and stay for a while. Whether you are catching up with a friend, studying for that next big exam, working remotely, or conducting a business meeting…they offer an extensive specialty coffee menu, hand-crafted loose leaf teas, and a variety of small bites thanks to our amazing local bakers.  Keep us with their Facebook Page for events, featured artists, and activities for kids!

📍1061 East Ocean Highway, Holly Ridge

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