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Birthplace of Pepsi Cola, New Bern

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Visit the site where Caleb Bradham first invented one of America's favorite sweet carbonated drinks at Birthplace of Pepsi Cola. Though it was a pharmacy when Bradham first experimented with the soda in the 1890s, the site today houses a gift shop and soda bar. Here you can learn more about the history of Pepsi's inventor and the drink's early days. You'll also have the opportunity to browse through Pepsi memorabilia. Of course, no visit would be complete without ordering a Pepsi float from the bar amid the historic surroundings. Use our New Bern holiday planner to add Birthplace of Pepsi Cola and other attractions to your New Bern vacation plans.
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  • Not really much to do when you get there. It's really a small shop that sells popcorn and Pepsi. There's some Pepsi merchandise available but that's really all there is. Nothing too special.  more »
  • Stumbled upon this by accident, and because it happened to be the 150th anniversary of good ol' Caleb, we of course had to go in.Big Pepsi drink for a dollar, tax included and tasty butter popcorn for...  more »
  • Not very impressive. Looked around at the gifts available. Only bought a Pepsi Christmas ornament and left.  more »
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  • The Pepsi Store was a fun experience. The prices for merchandise were not unreasonable. My eight-year-old daughter became a fan of Caleb's Kola. So we'll have to keep that on hand. The staff didn't seem to have extensive knowledge about the products they served, but that's more of a problem for the Pepsi brand than it is for me. If you're in New Bern, it's worth a visit.
  • Better than World of Coke in the sense that it's free. The history alone is worth a stop if you're nearby. There is a gift shop and a counter where you can get several different kinds of Pepsi or Mountain Dew. For some reason, regular Pepsi tastes better there.
  • It's was interesting to be standing right at the spot where Pepsi was invented. Even though it isn't big and it's more of a gift shop, it is still cool to go and I in my opinion, at least, it is a must for tourists visiting New Bern.
  • Nice little place. Don't expect anything like the world of coke. Still it is awesome
  • Great shop with cool memorabilia and an old time soda fountain.