Open Eye Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 100 -C E Main St

    Carrboro, NC 27510

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  • 919-968-9410

About Open Eye Cafe

Hours
Fri-Sat: 7am-12am, Sun: 8am-11pm, Mon-Thu: 7am-11pm

Food

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Fun place. Love the espresso and you can't beat the atmosphere. I meet a friend here about once a month and it's very relaxing when we go. Careful of the floors - clean & shiny, but a little slick after a rain.

5
★★★★★

Fun place. Love the espresso and you can't beat the atmosphere. I meet a friend here about once a month and it's very relaxing when we go. Careful of the floors - clean & shiny, but a little slick after a rain.

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I had my first experience at this cafe last weekend. It was a great atmosphere, and I had the espresso shake. It was really good. I will definitely try to return whenever I'm in the area, which I plan to be fairly often.

5
★★★★★

I had my first experience at this cafe last weekend. It was a great atmosphere, and I had the espresso shake. It was really good. I will definitely try to return whenever I'm in the area, which I plan to be fairly often.

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GREAT coffee, tea, juices, wine, great baristas, huge space, very comfortable and great crowd.

Only complaint -- sometimes you feel a bit like you're taken for granted, and the bulk coffee is expensive. But it's a great location, no, terrific location in the heart of Carrboro and a welcome spot for hanging out.

5
★★★★★

GREAT coffee, tea, juices, wine, great baristas, huge space, very comfortable and great crowd.

Only complaint -- sometimes you feel a bit like you're taken for granted, and the bulk coffee is expensive. But it's a great location, no, terrific location in the heart of Carrboro and a welcome spot for hanging out.

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I love Open Eye Cafe. There is always a familiar face there and great music playing when I visit. The coffee and tea are fantastic, I highly recommend this cafe.

4
★★★★☆

I love Open Eye Cafe. There is always a familiar face there and great music playing when I visit. The coffee and tea are fantastic, I highly recommend this cafe.

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Open Eye Cafe bills itself as Carrboro's living room, and the description is accurate. It's full of mismatched armchairs and sofas for lounging, as well as tables and chairs for those looking to read or study, and many patrons are regulars who come several times a week for the casual, friendly atmosphere.

They offer coffee, tea, and the standard line-up of espresso drinks plus a few extras, such as the Cafe Latino with coconut milk, that you can't find in other coffee shops around town. There's also a small selection of wine and beer available in the evenings.

Open Eye has a good selection of breads and pastries from a few local sources, so it's easy to get a simple breakfast of a latte and a scone or bagel, or a more indulgent snack of a berry tart or cream puff to go with an afternoon mocha.

While there are plenty of other great places in town for coffee that I patronize often, Open Eye is my well-loved favorite hangout that I come to again and again.

5
★★★★★

Open Eye Cafe bills itself as Carrboro's living room, and the description is accurate. It's full of mismatched armchairs and sofas for lounging, as well as tables and chairs for those looking to read or study, and many patrons are regulars who come several times a week for the casual, friendly atmosphere.

They offer coffee, tea, and the standard line-up of espresso drinks plus a few extras, such as the Cafe Latino with coconut milk, that you can't find in other coffee shops around town. There's also a small selection of wine and beer available in the evenings.

Open Eye has a good selection of breads and pastries from a few local sources, so it's easy to get a simple breakfast of a latte and a scone or bagel, or a more indulgent snack of a berry tart or cream puff to go with an afternoon mocha.

While there are plenty of other great places in town for coffee that I patronize often, Open Eye is my well-loved favorite hangout that I come to again and again.

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My husband and I go to Open Eye every few weeks to see meet with friends. Very laid back atmosphere (the floor is bare concrete), and the drinks are wonderful. When you order tea, it comes to you in your very own tea press filled with loose tea and water, so YOU get to determine how strongly it is brewed. Their espresso drinks are served in HUGE mugs, and taste way better than anything you'll get at Starbucks. Their pastry selection varies because they buy from local bakers, so you never know what they'll have from season to season.

Also, if you're a people watcher, this is the place for you. The crowd their varies from granola hippies to college kids to families with kids. They even have life performances every once in a while. The place is usually calm, but NEVER boring. I plan on taking my mother here the next time she visits. ;)

5
★★★★★

My husband and I go to Open Eye every few weeks to see meet with friends. Very laid back atmosphere (the floor is bare concrete), and the drinks are wonderful. When you order tea, it comes to you in your very own tea press filled with loose tea and water, so YOU get to determine how strongly it is brewed. Their espresso drinks are served in HUGE mugs, and taste way better than anything you'll get at Starbucks. Their pastry selection varies because they buy from local bakers, so you never know what they'll have from season to season.

Also, if you're a people watcher, this is the place for you. The crowd their varies from granola hippies to college kids to families with kids. They even have life performances every once in a while. The place is usually calm, but NEVER boring. I plan on taking my mother here the next time she visits. ;)

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During my last (and final) visit, I asked to transfer my tea to a different container to stop the steeping process ("Open Eye" uses French presses to steep tea). After criticizing my request, the manager rolled his eyes and reluctantly handed me an empty container. I don't know how the coffee is at this place, but they don't know the bare basics of tea making, and they have a bad attitude. And the atmosphere? Looks dirty, without any character and it's freezing inside.

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★☆☆☆☆

During my last (and final) visit, I asked to transfer my tea to a different container to stop the steeping process ("Open Eye" uses French presses to steep tea). After criticizing my request, the manager rolled his eyes and reluctantly handed me an empty container. I don't know how the coffee is at this place, but they don't know the bare basics of tea making, and they have a bad attitude. And the atmosphere? Looks dirty, without any character and it's freezing inside.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: bad attitude, dirty, cold

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I consume quite a bit of coffee over the course of the week, but I certainly look forward to my weekend mornings at Open Eye. As a coffee lover, I have to say that everything from their mochas to their drip is delicious. I only wish they had more by way of food to nibble on while drinking and playing on their wonderful wi-fi.

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★★★★☆

I consume quite a bit of coffee over the course of the week, but I certainly look forward to my weekend mornings at Open Eye. As a coffee lover, I have to say that everything from their mochas to their drip is delicious. I only wish they had more by way of food to nibble on while drinking and playing on their wonderful wi-fi.

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The coffee is good, but i haven't found the same love for it that the other reviewer did--when i went there last night, they were only rated 90.5 by the health inspector and by the way--it's not in Chapel Hill, it's in Carrboro. The best coffee in CH remains DRIADE (even though both shops are owned by the same person and the baristas sometimes trade spaces).

2
★★★★☆

The coffee is good, but i haven't found the same love for it that the other reviewer did--when i went there last night, they were only rated 90.5 by the health inspector and by the way--it's not in Chapel Hill, it's in Carrboro. The best coffee in CH remains DRIADE (even though both shops are owned by the same person and the baristas sometimes trade spaces).

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if caffee driade is too far or if you simply do not allow yourself to leave carrboro's "i am so sustainable" ghetto ... open-eye serves carrboro's hipster their daily caffeine fill. you'll see many faces that frequent driade as well. the owners know the taste of the local hipster crowd and they deliver.

4
★★★★☆

if caffee driade is too far or if you simply do not allow yourself to leave carrboro's "i am so sustainable" ghetto ... open-eye serves carrboro's hipster their daily caffeine fill. you'll see many faces that frequent driade as well. the owners know the taste of the local hipster crowd and they deliver.

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When in Carrboro, do as the Carrborites do, and visit the Open Eye Cafe. Sister of Cafe Driadde (Chapel Hill), Open Eye is a small coffee shop across from the infamous Weaver St. Market, located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, near Roberson St's public parking. Open Eye has won multiple awards for its coffee and baristas with mad skills and attracts all sorts of customers. In one hour perched on one of their remarkably cushy chairs, customers included high school kids, crunchy Carrboro residents, an elderly couple, a mom with her kids. Open Eye does real coffee, so don't expect decaf or tea bags. To prepare yourself you might look at their menu (www.openeyecafe.com) to decide just how much caffeine you can handle in one visit.
My roommate and I visit Open Eye frequently to study, to watch a small band play or to check out the new local art displays. Her favorite is mocha but I'm partial to the chai. If you're short on cash, buy yourself a Steap (green tea) and a croissant and spend some time people-watching at Open Eye.

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★★★★★

When in Carrboro, do as the Carrborites do, and visit the Open Eye Cafe. Sister of Cafe Driadde (Chapel Hill), Open Eye is a small coffee shop across from the infamous Weaver St. Market, located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, near Roberson St's public parking. Open Eye has won multiple awards for its coffee and baristas with mad skills and attracts all sorts of customers. In one hour perched on one of their remarkably cushy chairs, customers included high school kids, crunchy Carrboro residents, an elderly couple, a mom with her kids. Open Eye does real coffee, so don't expect decaf or tea bags. To prepare yourself you might look at their menu (www.openeyecafe.com) to decide just how much caffeine you can handle in one visit.
My roommate and I visit Open Eye frequently to study, to watch a small band play or to check out the new local art displays. Her favorite is mocha but I'm partial to the chai. If you're short on cash, buy yourself a Steap (green tea) and a croissant and spend some time people-watching at Open Eye.

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I consider myself a coffee snob. The Open Eye has the best coffee I've ever had. I stop by as often as I can before work and get a cup. I wished they opened before 7:00. Always rated 99 or 100 by health inspector. You can't beat that! Reminds me of the 60s era.

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★★★★★

I consider myself a coffee snob. The Open Eye has the best coffee I've ever had. I stop by as often as I can before work and get a cup. I wished they opened before 7:00. Always rated 99 or 100 by health inspector. You can't beat that! Reminds me of the 60s era.

Pros: the best

Cons: none

 

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