It’s early morning, a good time to be lazy, and in this case that extends all the way to “too lazy to brew a pot of coffee.”

No problem—there’s actually a lot of coffee shops on the Outer Banks, most of them locally owned, and all of them very good.

We’ll get Starbucks out of the way first because, that’s not locally owned (of course), but located in the Marketplace in Southern Shores it has become a great place to meet.

Now that the corporate giant is out of the way, we can talk about all the local places to get a cappuccino, and start up there in Corolla with the Outer Banks Coffee Company. They roast their own coffee, and a cup of brew from them is full bodied and very good. The shop is on Ocean Trail in the strip of stores that is in front of the Food Lion shopping center.

The Village of Duck has two very good coffee shops. Take your pick, you won’t go wrong. 

Duck’s Cottage is really half coffee shop and half bookstore in what was once a hunting lodge. It’s on the south end of the Waterfront Shops in its own building with a small seating area inside and couple of tabls on the porch. 

Just down the road Sweet T’s, has a thoroughly pleasant outdoor seating area on their porch. Shaded by trees it sits back from the road and just has a nice relaxing atmosphere about it.

Two places in Kitty Hawk are right across the Bypass from one another.

Necla Rader has done a great job in creating a very comfortable classic coffee house feel at Outer Bean Juice and Java. Great baked goods in the morning and some very interesting lunch specials later in the day.

The Good Life is a little bit of everything—coffee shop, bakery and restaurant. With a large seating area, it’s great for meeting friends.

Finally, Front Porch Cafe—which is as close to a chain as there is on the Outer Banks. Three locations . . . Kill Devil Hills at MP6 (that’s the name of the strip center) is just a couple of blocks up from our newest Brindley Beach office in KDH. There are also Front Porch Cafes in Nags Head and Manteo.