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Francesca's Dessert Caffe

706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-286-4177
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good54%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“gelato” (20 reviews)
“cakes” (6 reviews)
“dessert cafe” (2 reviews)
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10:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
706 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

We remember when cakes and desserts were the specialty here but it seems like they now offer other menu items for lunch as well. We stopped in for coffee and some light bites - a muffin and some hummus and chips. The staff person (owner?)...More

Thank TarHeel
Reviewed July 18, 2017

The affogato is pretty good and it's a good place to work, never overly crowded. the gelato is yummy, not made in house though. and there is a limited menu for other foods.

Thank Anasoma
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Very quaint and very much a community gathering spot. In addition to ice-cream/sorbet, gelato, etc., Francesca's also has other great desserts; my favorite is the raspberry tart. If you are visiting Durham, esp with kids, you definitely want to stop here.

Thank MelMom3
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Nice dessert cafe with good selection of cheesecakes, cakes and gelato. I had the mango gelato which was absolutely delicious. The staff is very friendly and the vibe is relaxed. Looks like a great place to hang out and study, sketch, write or web surf.

Thank Kendra L
Reviewed January 10, 2017

I have been to Francesca's a number of times in the past few months, and I am always with with the coffee, the food, and the friendly staff. They are always warm and welcoming, and happy to help with choosing a drink or food. Besides...More

Thank claire1844
Reviewed December 22, 2016

This is the place I take friends to when visiting the Ninth Street area. Nice place for a warm beverage and to chat with friends. Though almost always get a gelato. No matter if it is a hot sunny day or a chilly winter evening....More

Thank AhsiaSands
Reviewed March 21, 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
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...More

Thank Frank d
Reviewed February 27, 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
Reviewed November 13, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
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: +1 919-286-4177
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