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Francesca's Dessert Caffe

706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
919-286-4177
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Ranked #200 of 637 restaurants in Durham
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop
Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 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.

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Bahama, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
43 helpful votes 43 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Top Contributor
240 reviews 240 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Auburn, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Good coffee, rasberry thumbprint cookie was wonderful. We had a few more cookies that were just ok. The didn't have gelato that day though.

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