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Francesca's Dessert Caffe

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706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating

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    4 of 5 stars
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Great coffee, nice snacks

A wonderful place to meet and talk or get some work done with their free wifi, plus excellent coffees, and great dessert and snack treats like cakes, rolls and bagels. A nice rest stop on Ninth Street.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to meet and talk or get some work done with their free wifi, plus excellent coffees, and great dessert and snack treats like cakes, rolls and bagels. A nice rest stop on Ninth Street.

Thank docnc
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168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I've been to Francesca's many times in the last 20 years. The dessert selection never fails to amaze me. I took a friend for her first visit last night and she loved it. We arrived about 20 minutes before closing so we got our desserts to go and sat outside. The staff didn't seem to mind we arrived late and... More 

1 Thank Tricia316
Durham, North Carolina
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Tasty gelato and delicious coffees! Lots of great local art for sale too! Great place to take the kiddos! Looks like lots of folks come here to do work on their computers, they must have wifi.

1 Thank Kjmazeltov
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I was a little disappointed in the selection after reading amazing reviews. Just an average place but really nice staff and atmosphere.

Thank lisapilorz
Durham, North Carolina
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Famous for its gelato this is a place to go for after dinner fare. Handmade gelatos really taste like the fruit in its name. Watermelon is one of my favorites, though all the chocolates are very tempting. Full of Duke students behind their lit apple icons, they also serve coffee and soups. I've heard people say they've seen James Taylor... More 

Thank Lyneah M
Durham, North Carolina
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

While a cute little shop with comfy couches and nice tables, the both flavors of gelato I had were flavorless and the piece of cake I brought home was old and dry as a bone. I would not recommend this place for anything other than a decent cup of coffee.

Thank twstorm
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

In addition to the yummy gelato, they also serve affogato coffee in the proper way! The lady who works there said that the espresso should be poured into the cup and followed by your choice of ice cream. You will see creamy bubble start to appear on the wall of your cup.

Thank loujak
Bahama, North Carolina
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Crepes, coffee, and some of the best things you can ever put in your mouth. It is worth every pound you gain.

Thank Bahamajack2014
Durham, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I love this cafe, great place to hang out and write. Some people have complained about the dark, but I think it makes for a nice, mellow atmosphere. The problem is the one guy who works here always plays this really awful CD of pan pipe music featuring such hits as "My Heart Will Go On" and "Hotel California" as... More 

1 Thank Shane R
Durham, NC
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

You can't do worse than Francesca's. Their cakes are nasty - literally anything you get from Kroger will be better. Worst of all is the music - I don't know where they found the perfect replica of the skipping CD sound effect accompanied by tone deaf squeaky vocals, but it's a great recipe for a headache. The only good thing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-286-4177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic


Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?