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Francesca's Dessert Caffe

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Coffee Shop, Bakery
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706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
919-286-4177
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Good for:
Families with children
Romance

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gelato!!!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2014
loujak
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Jakarta
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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33 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 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.

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Jakarta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

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Bahama, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 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 

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Durham, NC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Bradenton, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We always go to this place when in Durham. It is great after a meal at Blue Moon Cafe just down the street.

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56 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I love their coffee. It is soooo strong and smooth. The gelato is wonderful. The staff is great. They are always so kind and friendly. There are also a lot of spaces to sit in for a group or just by yourself. A perfect neighborhood spot!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

An interesting eclectic selection of desserts--a cut above Ben & Jerry and Dairy Queen. Very friendly staff.

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Scotch Plains, NJ
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63 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

recently stopped in for gelato. Both the pear and raspberry gelato had very little taste. There is a large seating area and the neighborhood is fun.

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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: Coffee Shop, Bakery

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?