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Your guide to Winston-Salem coffee shops

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Updated June 2024

For richer or pour over, Twin City coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning.

Winston-Salem has no shortage of masterful baristas, aromatic roasts, and foamy lattes. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, gather some brews clues with our guide to some of the best coffee shops in the city.

Pro tip: If you need to refine your order, review the different kinds of coffee before stepping up to the counter.

Espresso yourself

  • DeBeen Espresso, 231 E. 5th St., Winston-Salem| The name speaks for itself. Expect hipster, cool vibes once you walk through the doors. Voted best coffee shop in Forsyth County, DeBeen has one of the largest flavored coffee bean selections roasted locally.
  • Moji Coffee, 690 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem | The in-house coffee blend has a unique taste, whether you prefer a light or darker roast.
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The delicious taste of Louie and Honey’s Kitchen vanilla latte will leave you wanting more.


Best bites

  • Krankies, 211 E. 3rd St., Winston-Salem | This is the place you want to meet up with your group of friends to chat. Krankies offers a full southern breakfast menu + industrial vibes if that’s what you’re into.
  • Louie and Honey’s Kitchen, 401 W. End Blvd., Winston-Salem | Get a taste of Europe without spending money on a plane ticket at this shop. It not only serves coffee, but delicious European pastries made from scratch.
  • Washington Perk & Provisions, 301 W 4th St., Winston-Salem | This coffee shop gives you the most bang for your buck with an all-day breakfast option that includes avocado toast, sandwiches and bagels. Pro tip: Look out for lunch specials.

Where to write your novel

  • By Good Coffee, 301 Brookstown Ave., Ste. 300, Winston-Salem | A calm and quiet environment will get your creative juices flowing. You can find the owners brewing and serving coffee themselves as they make you feel right at home. It says it in their motto: “Only U missing.”
  • The BookHouse, 120 Reynolda Village Wy., Winston-Salem | Get inspired by the stocked books at this local independent store which features many North Carolina authors. Grab your cup of coffee or wine and start writing. Who knows? Your book might be on display there one day.
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The BookHouse host poetry reading monthly.

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Events and pop ups

  • The Remedy, 492 W. End Blvd., Winston-Salem | Get two in one: a cafe + a bar. The Remedy offers an upscale atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal market pop-ups and live music most evenings.
  • Sayso Coffee, 15 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem | Whether it’s learning how to two-fold screen print on a shirt or drink and draw, Sayso features tons of local businesses, including its Winter Market which hosts 20+ local vendors. Pro tip: Here’s where to park.

Art lovers

  • Ardmore Coffee, 1316 S. Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem | Visit this cozy and intimate space to grab coffee + shop artwork on display to support local artists.
  • The Coffee Mill, 6275 Shallowford Rd., Lewisville | If you’d like to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, this shop is located just 15 minutes outside of downtown. Shop art paintings on display by local artists, plus enjoy the scenic view from the patio.

On-the-go joe

  • Dough-Joe’s Doughnuts and Coffee, 114 Reynolda Village, Ste. C, Winston-Salem | In a hurry? Dough-Joe’s has grab-and-go parking for those who order ahead. Have we mentioned the donuts are delicious?
  • Coffee Park Airstream, 1206 B + 1208 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem | Located just on the edge of Buena Vista and West End neighborhoods, get your cup of joe from the No. 1 voted drive-thru coffee joint in the nation.
  • Camel City Coffee, 110 Oakwood Dr., Ste. F, Winston-Salem | Open seven days a week, grab your coffee, tea, or select from the variety freshly made dishes on the go. Pro tip: Camel City goes all in with its seasonal decorations.

Where to cool off

  • Recess, 101 N. Chestnut St., Ste. 99, Winston-Salem | Located at the edge of downtown, take in the view while enjoying your drink on the outdoor seating.
  • Be Kind Coffee Co., 3560 Clemmons Rd., Ste. B, Clemmons | Just 15 minutes outside of Winston-Salem, you’ll be glad you made the trip to this shop, which has an inviting atmosphere and a nicely decorated patio.

Plenty of outlets and internet connection

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Sayso Coffee also offers a quiet and calm environment to work at.

Photo by Sayso coffee via Instagram

  • Camino Bakery, 310B W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | Camino offers Wi-Fi and plenty of tables near outlets to charge your laptop. Pro tip: If parking downtown stresses you out, try the Brookstown location less than a mile away (near South Marshall Street) and enjoy a more laid back atmosphere.
  • Anchor Coffee, 486 Patterson Ave., Ste. 135, Winston-Salem | Located in Innovation Quarter, Anchor also provides a lunch menu perfect if you are coworking the entire day. It has impeccable WiFi and a quiet environment so you can zone into your work.
  • Lot 63, 614 S. Main St., Winston-Salem | This one is a touristy spot located in the heart of Old Salem — grab coffee, beer, and savor traditional Moravian baked goods.

Perfect for a date

  • West Salem Public House, 400 S. Green St., Winston-Salem | The shop serves espresso drinks until 3 p.m. + you can enjoy draft beer and wine anytime of day. Pro tip: The sunset views are breathtaking.
  • Bobby Boy Bakeshop, 1100 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem | Located in Buena Vista, what better way to wow your date than by treating them to delicious, fresh-made pastries? Plus, choose from a wide range of wine at The Caviste Wine Shop inside if drinks are more your speed.

Trendy and new

  • Crimson Hollow Coffee House, 400 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | Located next to Cyclebar, it is North Carolina’s first Gothic Victorian café, bar and venue — expect plenty of open space with Gotchic-inspired art decorations.
  • Melrose Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1608 S. Stratford Rd., Ste. C, Winston-Salem | The ambiance is perfect for studying and winding down. Enjoy the chic atmosphere and don’t forget to grab that Insta-worthy photo op.
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Melrose Coffee & Wine Lounge interior design.

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In-house roasted beans

  • Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem | Baristas use dark roast coffee to create espresso, giving its taste a special kick.
  • Footnote, 634 W. 4th St., Ste. 120, Winston-Salem | From brewing beer to brewing coffee, Footnote began roasting and serving its own coffee beans in 2018. Its signature cocktails, wine, and craft beer are also on the menu.

Specialty drinks

  • Dogeared Coffee Company, 6770 River Center Dr., Clemmons | Located 10 minutes outside of the Twin City, the shop offers a variety of seasonal crafted drinks. Pro tip: There’s plenty of space for kiddos to entertain themselves.
  • Chad’s Chai, 617 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem | Not exactly a coffee spot, but we would be remiss in not sharing this spot, which features an endless array of tea flavors and sleek modern designs with a calming atmosphere.

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