Francesca's Dessert Cafe

Desserts, Ice Cream, Coffee Shop
$ $
706 9th St (at Perry St)
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-4177
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 11:00pm
10:00am - 11:00pm
10:00am - 10:00pm



  • Lemon gelato is the real deal here.
  • Get a scoop or two of gelato with a shot of espresso poured on top.
  • Music is really authentic here, creates a cozy atmosphere. Makes my hip go right and left while sitting arabic music
  • Free Wi-Fi. Password: espresso
  • Seriously some of the worst music I have ever heard gets pumped through the speakers here. It's comical, but be sure to bring headphones
  • Rose petal gelatin is a dream.
  • Try the Tri-Color Mocha Cake mmm mmm good!!
  • Delish cappuccino
  • Take a sample or six from the gelatin case.
  • Found a big table to spread out and work on + electricity is back on the other side #feelingblessed #workinghard
  • Love this cozy little coffee and dessert spot!
  • No tip has ever been more accurate than the one about the horrible music. It's seriously the weirdest crap I have ever heard. And they have about five outlets- not encouraging lingering.
  • Francesca's is really only at number 8 because of the wooden flooring, which is somewhat sensitive to sound transmission (please don't test it by stomping your feet :) ).
  • They have recently gotten rid of a lot of outlets. Come with a full battery if you're trying to get work done!
  • best chai tea around, but the coffee leaves some to be desired.
  • Thumbs up. The owner is awesome. Lemon sorbet + lemon gelato = mouth orgasm.
  • Don't forget to tip your barista! And try kinds of gelato you don't know if you'll like. You'll be very surprised.
  • The chairs right by the windows = best seats for getting some work done and/or people-watching
  • The owner luvs to have conversations with anybody on any topic. Lemon pound cake today. Yummy!
  • Great atmosphere! And they're open late. The wi-fi however is terrible.

Nearby places

720 9th St (at W. Markham Ave)
754 9th St (W Markham Ave)
1920 Perry St (at 9th St)