Durham Coffee Shop Hidden Gems

For a university labelled ‘Dullham’, our city’s array of coffee shops certainly cannot be described as ‘dull.’ As well as the classic Starbucks and Durham’s unique Cafédral, Durham has an extensive range of hidden gems. The Wild Card allows you to explore some idyllic coffee spots outside the well-knowns or your ‘go-to’ from last year.


19TWENTY offers some of the best meat selection Durham has, in either a lovely naturally lit dining room or the perfect people-watching spot. While this may be considered one of the best restaurants in Durham, popping in for a coffee could bring something different to your day this academic year!

Opens at 12:30 each day until late!
Address: 19-20 Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AA, United Kingdom

The Coffee House

A unique and aesthetic destination offering an incredible cake selection – with yummy coffee and speedy service, The Coffee House could quickly become a go-to! In a prime location, stopping here is as easy as slurping down their tasty coffee!

Opens at 8:30 each day and 9:30 on Sundays, until 4pm.
Address: 6 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA, United Kingdom

Toast Coffee

Homemade treats and flavoured coffees make Toast Coffee unique. The perfect destination to have some munch away from the hustle and bustle of university life, and pair it with some coffee, as the name so aptly suggests!

Open Monday-Saturday from 9am until 4:30pm.
Address: Indoor Market, Durham, DH1 3NJ, United Kingdom

Bean Social

Described by Palatinate as a ‘discrete, hidden gem’, Bean Social can be found on North Road – the perfect coffee destination for those living in the Viaduct. A vegetarian café with kind staff, this café feels very quaint while simultaneously offering a large and delicious array of food.

Open 11am until 4pm weekdays, and 5pm weekends.
Address: 53 North Rd, Durham DH1 4SF, United Kingdom

Turtle Bay

A bottomless brunch? No, just the coffee for me, please. With a stunning interior and a gorgeous walk along the river to get there, a coffee break at Turtle Bay might be just the thing missing from your daily routine. Maybe get an espresso martini to finish your coffee date off if you’re feeling cheeky!

Open 10am-11pm Sunday-Wednesday, 10am-12pm Thursday, and 10am-1am Friday-Saturday.
Address: Unit RO7 The Riverwalk, Durham DH1 4SL, United Kingdom

Change always seems like a risk – particularly on a student budget! – but the Wilder card allows trying a new coffee shop to be easier and even encourages you to try something new! Whether a Fresher or an old-timer, The Wild Card allows you to explore a range of new coffee shops, making your daily routine more exciting, and finding a new study spot all the more pleasant.

Written by Honor Douglas 

    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop