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In the heart of Durham lies a local spot that embodies what Bull City is all about: Beyù Caffè. It’s not just Beyù’s pronunciation (“be-you”), here—it’s a way of life. This institution welcomes you to come as you are and embrace your love for local. They’re serving up signature sips and inspired bites in an effortlessly cool atmosphere that’s Durham through and through. And, while they’re rooted in history, they’re always evolving with the times—helping them remain one of the city’s most beloved spots year after year.
Whether it’s old or new to you, here are our top five reasons to plan a visit to Beyù ASAP.
Beyù serves one of the meanest cup ‘o joes around. Treat yourself to one of their famously indulgent lattes like the Oprah Mocha, with both white and dark chocolate, the Runaway Latte, featuring sweet praline syrup, cayenne pepper and cinnamon, or the Carver’s Peanut Butter which is basically like a peanut butter cup in a—well—cup. They're the ultimate caffeine fix combined with the ultimate treat. Not only are all of their lattes delish, but they. are. GIANT. Not that we’re complaining in the slightest, but these babies def require a two-handed hug hold.
Coffee not your thing? They've been branching out lately and are launching a some new tea-based options, including a Matcha Latte (that the owner highly recommends adding coconut syrup to) and a Turmeric Ginger Latte.
Beyù serves jazz-inspired, American fare that locals count on for a comforting breakfast, filling midday meal, or killer brunch.
There’s all-day breakfast, plenty of gluten-free/vegan options, and their famous Jazzy Shrimp + Grits are even said to have won over the hearts of Durham’s most discerning NoLa transplants. For Chicken and Waffle lovers, Beyù’s serving up their own spin on the southern classic: Chicken + Toast featuring homemade challah french toast (upgrade yourself to their sweet potato version for an extra couple bucks) and crispy chicken wings tossed in your choice of sauce.
They're getting ready to up their lunch game with new specials, including a Fried Catfish Special complete with their lemon battered fish, cornbread cauliflower bites, and collard greens—a full meal for just ten bucks (you can add fried shrimp for a little extra).
And save room for dessert—their Vegan Chocolate Mousse comes with a vegan coconut whipped cream that’ll have you licking the bowl clean and their famous Beignets are coming back to the menu very soon.
Beyù has served as one of Durham’s key community gathering spots for nearly 10 years. You’ll find folks from all walks of life inside, and, as anyone will tell you, you’re about as likely to see a visiting DPAC performer as you are to see a local starving artist. It’s basically a big melting pot—and that’s just how owner Dorian Bolden wants it.
The backstory here? Following the loss of his father, Bolden quit his bougie Wall Street gig, returned to Durham, married his college sweetheart from Duke and started to pursue his passion. Bull City began to revitalize itself and, in 2009, Beyù was born. As a proud, Black small business owner and entrepreneur, Bolden’s made it his mission to provide a welcoming place for all, where everyone can be themselves, and enjoy some solid food and coffee while they do so.
Despite their status as a Bull City institution, Beyù continues to grow and adapt to the ever-evolving downtown scene. A few years ago, they gave themselves a little facelift, revamping their look, and buying their own spot a couple doors down on Main Street. The address may have changed, but the feeling inside remains—it’s still the warm, intimate, and casually-bohemian cafe Durham has loved for the past 10+ years.
As the song goes, “the times they are a changin'.” So, in order to focus more on their dope coffee menu, Beyù doesn't host live music quite as often as they used to. But don’t think for a second that that’s killed their vibe. The band does indeed play on (it’s just all digital now)—there’s always an on-point playlist running the background that keeps Beyù’s signature style going strong. And you can still find a killer show on their calendar from time to time.
Another recent change? They’ve gotten rid of the standard table service and bar offerings, opting a casual daytime vibe with quick counter service. Saddle up to the front register, place your order and have a seat—they’ll still bring your food and bus your table. For longtime Beyù fans, this may take a little getting used to, but we swear it speeds things along and keeps the atmosphere chill.
Beyù bills itself as the ultimate gathering spot, and for good reason. They're centrally located in downtown Durham, meaning they're the perfect spot to take that meeting when you want to get out of the office. The WiFi signal is always strong and there’s plenty of space to cozy up with your laptop at get to work. And with such a chill environment, we bet you'll want to stay all day.