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Francesca's Dessert Caffe

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706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Northern Virginia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

Relaxing coffee shop worth a stop on 9th Street. The Gelato was fabulous and other desserts looked delicious. Great place to hang out and read.

Thank HoosThat
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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1,338 reviews
842 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

Although the dessert selection is wonderful and well versed, I usually will only get an Espresso and maybe a small Gelato to sit and enjoy the comfort and free WiFi this place offers. The atmosphere is always relaxed and peaceful. One of my favorite places to stop while in Durham, right across the Street from the Duck Shop !!!

Thank Frank d
Bundaberg, Australia
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

I got the gelato and they really pulled it on. Nice ambience with everything from meals to desert to coffee. Will try it again.

Thank Shane E
Raleigh, North Carolina
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291 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

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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310 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 Kristin W
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Restaurant features
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-286-4177

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