The geek shall inherit . . . a damn fine coffee shop.
57 Crossgate Durham DH1 4PR 0191 386 3851
Geeks of the world (well, Durham), unite at Dark Matter, for coffee, comics and cosmic fun. The brainchild of a couple of self-professed comic nuts, Dark Matter is Durham's cool hangout for anyone into gaming, trading cards, comics, Manga, graphic novels, you name it. The retro look blasts bright colours and ker-pow writing at you from every direction – think the comic store in 'Big Bang Theory' – and you get comfy sofas and a couple of big TVs, and absolutely no hassle about spending all day reading Batman, watching telly and playing with your mates. Food is kid and geek-friendly – waffles, pancakes, flatbreads, cakes and biccies to bacon sarnies and bagels – but even though it's cheap and cheerful there's craft and thought here too. The coffee is good and proper, you can get a chai latte, and you have to pre-order the baked spuds, because a microwaved one just doesn't taste the same. The shop racks at the back hold the comic merchandise, and they can order anything you don't see. Love the loos too – with big, smut-free graffiti walls that encourage clever doodling and geek-tastic tagging.
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Snacks and meals 95p–£3.45.
Head up Crossgate – it's on the right.
Mon–Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm.