Patrons who want to settle in for a warm cup of coffee on a well-worn and soft couch, or who crave an easy bite to eat in a relaxing coffee house setting, will find a lot to love about Grinder’s Café. This small coffee shop specializes in letting patrons sit back and relax, and boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels a little retro, but undeniably welcoming.

Grinders is found close to UNCW along Wrightsville Avenue, which makes it a cozy destination for the local college crowd. The café is outfitted with a collection of booths, tables, and couches, with walls that are lined with old guitars and musical memorabilia. The menu for thirsty patrons features the staples, like hot coffees, lattes, and espressos, (which are made with locally brewed coffees), as well as a big dose of real fruit smoothies, hand dipped milkshakes, blended frappes, and Mexican spiced hot cocoa. For something different, patrons can relax with a hot organic herbal tea, or try a Thai iced coffee or precious divinity spiced Chai. There’s also a selection of muffins, bagels, and healthy food options prepared by the Cape Fear region’s own Great Harvest Bread Company. Always tasty, and always relaxing, Grinder’s Café is where busy Wilmington locals go to enjoy a break from the daily grind.

  • Monday6:30am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday6:30am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday6:30am-8:00pm
  • Thursday6:30am-8:00pm
  • Friday6:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday6:30am-6:30pm
  • Sunday7:30am-6:30pm
Wrightsville Beach Park

Wrightsville Beach Park

The sunny Wrightsville Beach Park, conveniently located in the heart of town, is a fantastic destination for an outdoor adventure that doesn't necessarily entail a trip to the beach. Adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation's main facilities, the Wrightsville Beach Arboretum, and plenty of wide open green spaces, this park is a perfect spot for enjoying a little free fun in the sun, without the risk of getting sand in the shoes.

Cape Fear River

Cape Fear River

While Wilmington visitors will arguably enjoy the best views of the Cape Fear River, this distinctive river actually spreads out throughout most of the coastal and piedmont regions of North Carolina, originating in the town of Haywood, just north of Greensboro, NC, and flowing all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.