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Get a Study Boost at Wilmington’s Best Coffee Shops


From scenic beaches to gorgeous green spaces, Wilmington, North Carolina, offers plenty of ways to get active and adventurous. As a student, there’s no doubt you’ll be filling your days to the brim – so when it’s time to study, a good coffee will give you just the boost you need to power through. Check out this list of the best coffee shops near UNCOMMON Wilmington in the Port City.

Looking for the Best Coffee Shop Near the University of North Carolina Wilmington?

Get warm fuzzies along with your caffeine buzz when you stop in at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, located off of New Centre Drive near campus. You’ll be welcomed like family at their cool and comfortable industrial space, the original location for this socially minded shop that has earned national attention. Savor a Peppermint Bark Latte or your choice of espresso drink and delicious cinnamon rolls on the side, all while enjoying energetic service from amazing staff with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If there’s one can’t-miss Wilmington coffee shop, this is it.

Where Can You Find Locally Roasted Coffee?

Enjoy global flavor and local charm at Port City Java, a North Carolina coffee roaster that has been serving the Wilmington community exceptional coffee since 1995. This celebrated local chain is made up of dedicated coffee makers deeply invested in every step of the process. Sip fair trade and organic single-origin coffees brewed with the freshest roasted beans, guaranteed to get from their roasting facility to your cup in 14 days or less. Try out the dangerously tasty signature drinks, like the Mochaccino and Caramello Leche, or peruse a nice selection of bulk coffee to enjoy later at home.

Want a Healthy Coffee Shop in Wilmington?

For a health-conscious cafe that offers clean-eating options alongside their delicious brews, head to Drift Coffee & Kitchen. Among their several locations, the Autumn Hall spot just off of I-74 is easily accessible for UNCOMMON Wilmington residents. No-nonsense, purely delicious coffee awaits you here. Whatever your beverage of choice, try adding on the sea salt caramel or vanilla flavors, made in-house from scratch. You’ll also want to dig into the healthy snacks, like the classic Avocado Toast or Brussel and Sweet Potato Hash with honey mustard aioli. You can even add a coffee for a healthcare worker to your bill as a gesture of support for the community.

From your central location at UNCOMMON Wilmington, make a quick trip to any of these great local coffee shops, and then head back to enjoy your beverage at our community courtyard or the poolside cabanas. Check out our Amenities page for more great spaces waiting for you at UNCOMMON, and take a look at our other blog posts for more recreation and entertainment ideas around Wilmington.


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