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Respite
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Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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115 N Duke St Durham, NC 27701
115 North Duke StreetUSNorth CarolinaDurham27701
(919) 294-9737respitecafe.com
Coffee Shop, Tea Store
Coffee Shop
Tea Store
Meeting Room
Tea House
Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 7:30 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 7:30 am – 8:00 pmThursday 7:30 am – 8:00 pmFriday 7:30 am – 8:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday Closed
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A coffee shop and tea house in the heart of the warehouse district offering a break from your grind! For a preview of meeting room availability please see. https://www.facebook.com/RespiteCafe/app_190322544333196?ref=page_internal.
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Neighborhood coffeehouse with ample teas, baked goods, free WiFi & games in airy cafe environs.- Google
"The wi-fi always works great and the baristas are the friendliest around."
"Very good coffee and great pastries."
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Chad Guthrie
3 months ago
Great local coffee shop. Extensive list of teas (I tried the Green Mandarin). The vibe is also what I was looking for- people on their Macs, people reading the newspaper, eclectic things on which to sit, and ambient music.
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Kristen Merryman
a year ago
Respite is one of the quieter coffee shops I've encountered in Durham - which was great for my visit, as I was able to easily find a table and get a good amount of work done (they have free wifi and a variety of different seating). They serve Carrboro Coffee Co. coffee and the cappuccino I ordered was tasty. They also have a wide variety of teas and baked goods available for sale, as well as a lunch menu. I visited in the middle of a weekday and there was no problem finding a spot on Duke street in front of the shop.
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Beth Mandel
a year ago
If Cocoa Cinnamon is the best place to get coffee in Durham, than Respite is the best place to get tea. They have over 50 different kinds of tea there, including several proprietary blends, and many imported herbals. I've tried their coffee and agree with other reviewers that it's just okay (stiff competition in Durham), but no one in town can meet or beat them in terms of tea selection. Perfect place to stop in on a blustery fall or winter day and grab a hot cuppa' to ward off your threatening cold. Comfy couches, friendly staff, and big windows complete the atmosphere and make it a fun place to hang out and work in with your pot of tea. Good pastries, too. A hidden gem, in this reviewer's opinion.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you - glad you enjoy it!
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Peter C. Goswick
a year ago
I really like this place. Very good coffee and great pastries. A good place to get some work done or just relax. Give it a try.
Response from the owner - a year ago
Glad you enjoyed it - we agree it's a great place to take a break!
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Lucie Wismer
3 months ago
It's a great place to relax, meet a friend or work. The wi-fi always works great and the baristas are the friendliest around. They have some great drinks, including a lot of blends they make themselves, which are fabulous.
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Ralph LaForge
a year ago
Respite is small, attractive ambience, and has potential. As soon as the baristas become consistent in making mochas I will give them a 4 or maybe even 5 star - I have had 3 mochas over 3 months and they all were consistently different.
Sydney Curtis
a year ago
Respite chose a terrible location. It's right across the street from Parker and Otis, which has much better coffee that is less expensive and has a better selection of products. The coffee isn't terrible, but it's not always warm, let alone hot, and the service could be better.
Response from the owner - a year ago
I am sorry you had a not great experience, but hope you will try us again in the future
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Rochelle Sparko
2 years ago
a brightly lit, excellent coffee shop. it is small, so expect to compete with duke students hard at work on macbooks for a table. there are games and a little room with a sofa and some regular tables and free wifi. food options are somewhat limited.

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introducing house made vanilla cardamon syrup shown here indulgently in a small iced latte. #yourewelcome
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Did you know that we recycle or compost each day more than we throw out? We partner with Tilthy Rich Compost compost to make sure this happens! We also try to use as many local and/or sustainable vendors of quality as possible including (but not limited to) Carrboro Coffee Roasters, The Mad Popper, The Blakemere Company, Mati Fire Cider , Ninth Street Bakery, maple view farms, Kelley G Cupcakes, Durham coca cola, Humdinger Juice, and fair trade teas from l'age de the Rishi Tea. Taking care of ourselves and our environment matter to us so we try to respect the people who work here and customers as well as the world we live in. Final back basics post, for now.
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It's Wednesday, that means this room is booked up in the afternoon. Did you know we reserve this room? For a small fee (credited back to you for in store purchases) you can use it, typically in two hour blocks. Call us to do it and check Facebook to see the availability yourself! *no same day reservations and it is otherwise first come first serve
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We are listening to the weatherman and staying closed till 10 am tomorrow. Slick roads and black ice are no joke.

Until then I will heed the #Durham sheriff's advice to stay in but disagree with his eye sight. It's clearly #blueandblack. http://www.vice.com/read/heres-whats-happening-with-that-dress-with-the-confusing-colors-882?utm_source=vicetwitterus

In the morning hope we will all be back to sanity and debating flavor in coffee.
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We will be closing at six tonight due to weather. We will keep you posted as to hours if the monster storm comes tomorrow night.
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A Saturday treat for you (or me). Which to choose? All three types of #donuts are perfect for dipping in #coffee 
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Our friend +Tony Alderman​ is trying to capture a dying way of life. Learn more here and contribute here http://www.rockethub.com/projects/33611-varnamtown-an-aging-life (and here http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/dn-opinion/article11312552.html). If you ask him nicely he may even invite you to the launch party tomorrow don't worry it's before ACC Tournament)! 
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My Varnamtown Project is going public this Saturday and we are having a party at my studio!!!! Stop on by if your in town :) 
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Coming. Soon w hope to respite, +Humdinger Juice! http://instagram.com/p/0BV1Euo3sF/
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We will open today 10:45-4:30. Venture out into the beauty for a while. #actaulsnowday #whatwehavewehave #coffee #tea #hotchoclateandtoast stay warm if you don't have power!
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Make that 4 as roads will start to re ice
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If you were one of last few people in tonight and left something of value email info at respite cafe dot com to arrange pickup tomorrow!
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Who else is up late after that game?!
After listening to weather and talking to staff we have decided for everyone's safety to open at 10 tomorrow. Stay warm and stay safe till we see you then.
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