No matter what you call it, the world seems to run on coffee and our community is no exception.
Forsyth County is home to some truly high caliber and unique locally owned coffee shops brewing up their best for you! This month, we surveyed Forsyth Woman readers to get the scoop on their favorite mom & pop coffee spots around town and get the details on what makes them stand out. Read through the top five reader favorites we gathered to hear about their favorite menu items and what makes these local shops special.
Be Kind Coffee Co! @bekindcoffeeco
- 3560 Clemmons Rd STE B, Clemmons
Open: T-F 7am-5:30pm / Sat 8am-4pm
“The absolute best coffee shop in Clemmons and the owner, Amanda, has a heart of gold. She truly wants to give back to the community she calls home,” Trisha Prunest of Clemmons shared. If she had to choose, she’d say her favorite order is an iced coffee with coconut milk!
If you are looking for a location as beautiful as it is delicious, Be Kind Coffee Co. is high on the list! Their black and white patio is often filled with patrons enjoying local shop owner pop-ups or performing artists while they indulge in something delicious. For those with a sweet tooth, you can find a surplus of freshly baked goods including scones, cookies, and other made-from-scratch treats. They are known for brewing unique blends and creating seasonal favorites with customer service the number one thing mentioned in every review.
Baked Just So @bakedjustso1
- Robinhood – 5395 Robinhood Village Dr, Winston-Salem
Open: M-F 7:30am-5pm / Sat 8am-4pm
- Lewisville – 6782 Shallowford Road, Lewisville
Open: T-F 8:30am-5pm / Sat 8:30am-4pm
“I wouldn’t have been surprised if my baby was born already loving their vanilla lavender scones since they were my wife’s biggest craving during pregnancy! The staff is wonderful and everything is made with quality and care,” Leo Jerez of Winston-Salem said. His go-to order includes the Rosemary Goat Cheese Biscuit which should win an award, he said.
Making a name as a community favorite when it comes to gluten free goodies, Baked Just So has perfected their menu to meet the needs (and wants) of all their customers. A beautiful display of traditional and gluten free baked goods along with homemade ice cream greets you when you walk in the door, although their sweet staff will most likely do it first. This coffee spot is family friendly with a fun color palette inside, bench seating and a special spot that includes a chalkboard wall. Their unique “walk up window” provides an easy, on-the-go ordering option but you can also bring a good book or a friend to sit inside with your coffee.
Camel City Coffee @camelcitycoffee
- 110 Oakwood Drive, Suite F, Winston Salem
Open: M-F 9am-5pm / Sat 9am-3pm / Sun 9am-1pm
The friendly owners, great location, delicious coffee and treats make this locally owned coffee spot a favorite for Kristi Johnson Marion. Her go-to menu item is Frosty’s Favorite ground coffee!
Known best for their handcrafted coffees and teas, Camel City Coffee serves up a traditional espresso menu with innovative twists. Check out the “S’mnores Cold Foam,” a chocolate cold brew topped with a toasted marshmallow + oak cold foam. You can enjoy a quick caffeine fix by ordering ahead using the “Joe Coffee” app or enjoy your latte on their pet friendly patio this fall. This coffee shop prides itself on being a place where community and coffee collide!
Camino Bakery @caminobakery
- Downtown – 310B W Fourth Street, Winston-Salem
Open daily: 7am – 5pm
- Brookstown – 300 S Marshall Street, Winston-Salem
Open daily: 8am – 2pm
“Camino is in a prime location, supports local artists, has amazing staff, has the best lattes in town and bakes incredible bread and treats,” Sunny Townes Stewart of Winston-Salem shared. Her favorite order is the Hazelnut Oat Milk Latte with a Banana Chocolate Chip (vegan & gluten free) muffin.
Camino has been a staple in downtown Winston-Salem for years. Along with their locally roasted coffee and seasonal beverage menu you can find each location serving up freshly baked breakfast pastries, breads, sweet treats, and offering additional prepared foods including gluten and dairy free options. Sit inside to enjoy your order while viewing artwork from local talent or enjoy their spacious outdoor seating. You can also find them at the Cobblestone Farmers Market on Marshall Street on Saturdays from 8:30am-12pm.
Ketchie Creek @ketchiecreekbakery
- Clemmons: 6344 Clemmons Point Dr, Clemmons
Open: M-F 7am – 7pm / Saturdays 7am-5pm
- Mocksville: 844 Valley Rd, Mocksville
Open: M-F 7am – 6pm / Saturdays 7am-5pm
Abby Flynn of Clemmons couldn’t decide which menu item was her favorite between the Shadow Cake or their Italian Sandwich! “Their menu is delicious, it’s a great location, and they have the most friendly staff!”
When you step inside, you get a little throwback feeling to an old school bakery or delicatessen with big glass cases and lines of cake stands. Ketchie Creek is known for their cakes, brownies, pies and other treats but also has a full-service deli and coffee bar. Their offering includes a substantial drink menu serving coffee, teas, frappes, and more. You can grab a table for yourself or with friends and get a sliced-to-order Boar’s Head meat sandwich or sip on a large iced Ketchie Creek Blend! They keep local causes close to heart and many times throughout the year offer customers ways to help support the community alongside them.