Visit Us in the Heart of
Historic Downtown Apex
and You'll Find

There's Nothing


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We're a cozy little coffee house in downtown Apex, North Carolina, located in the renovated historic building known as “The Promenade”. Our drink menu features a variety of coffees, teas, frappes and seasonal specials. You'll also find irresistable desserts and bakery items behind the counter. So stop in to read, relax or make use of our free wifi to get some work done. We think you’ll enjoy visiting just as much as we love serving you.


How It Began

In the fall of 2007, plans began to unfold for downtown Apex’s first and only coffee shop—a void that has been well-filled since. By choosing a beautiful location on historic Salem Street, adapting the interior to customers’ needs and attracting highly trained and enthusiastic caffeinauts to support the endeavor, Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Desserts was born.

Local Connections

We‘re dedicated to sourcing the highest quality, locally roasted coffee. Common Grounds features cheesecakes and other treats from Cary’s Custom Confections (owner Shannon Bowles), as well as other local bakers. We also offer a variety of creative coffee mugs and other gift items from local artisans.

The “Living Room” of Apex

Our eclectic decor, local art and occasional weekend music makes Common Grounds the ‘living room’ of downtown Apex—a nickname that has always been and will continue to be a great source of pride. We will always strive to improve and make Common Grounds a go-to destination for the residents of Apex and surrounding areas.

Free Wi-Fi

We are happy to offer complimentary wireless access to our customers. Our tables and lounge areas are arranged with availability and proximity to outlets in mind. This is a great place for you to get some work done!

Live and Local

Common Grounds is proud to give local artists a place to showcase their talent. We often feature free, live music from local artists on Friday and Saturday nights.

If you are interested in performing at Common Grounds, please email Van Hellson, Performance Coordinator. We do not compensate, but offer complementary drinks to visiting performers.

Calendar of Events

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts
219 North Salem Street, Suite 101
  |  Apex, NC

Hours: Mon 8am–8pm
  |  Tues to Sat 8am–9pm
  |  Sunday 8am–5pm