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Downtown Raleigh is one of the most popular places in all of The Triangle to live, work, dine, shop, learn, and have fun all-around. The "DTR" area welcomes over three million visitors annually to all of its top attractions. The centrally located Downtown districts and near-by historic neighborhoods on the outskirts of the booming city center offer a broad array of opportunities to all ages, to explore cultural arts and history, fun events & entertainment, unique shopping, the best food & drink options, exciting nightlife, and stylish modern urban living.

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Marbles Kids Museum – Fun Downtown Raleigh Destination to Play & Discover

Marbles Kids Museum is an interactive children’s museum located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. The museum features over 12 different interactive exhibits that are designed to be fun and educational at the same time. It is one of the most popular destinations for families with children in the state of North Carolina and has received national acclaim for its education through play programs and exhibits. Marbles Kids Museum delivers purposeful play in a big way. Children imagine, discover and...

Experience… “The Most Elegant, Immersive, Live Performance Venue in the Southeast”

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts venue in all of Raleigh and one of the top in the entire Southeast. The center is well known for its outstanding venues and remarkable performances year-round. It hosts many events throughout the calendar year, including theater productions, symphonies, musicians, and speakers. The center has four concert and theater venues. They are the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, Fletcher Opera Theater, and Kennedy Theater. You will...

Poole’s Diner – Really That Good or Super Hyped Up? Lets See!

The famous Poole's Diner, previously known as "Poole's Downtown Diner" celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Dec 13, 2017. It's a massive milestone for anyone in the restaurant business. Now, unless you live under a rock or have had no internet access and any sort of communication with humanity in Downtown Raleigh prior to reading this, you've probably heard of Ashley Christensen's name come up once or twice when talking about the best Raleigh hot spots and the exploding...

Most Highly Anticipated New Restaurants – Coming Soon to Raleigh in 2018

The Raleigh restaurant scene is constantly evolving. Sure, every year it seems that we lose a few favorites here and there, but there are always new foodie adventures to look forward to, and 2018 is no exception. Localvores will be thrilled to learn that some of the best local chefs and largest restaurant groups have been staying busy behind the scenes, planning to open several cool new restaurants with fresh concepts in the coming year. Transplants that are missing regional...

Downtown Raleigh’s Startup Scene

In recent years, Raleigh has won numerous awards and accolades for its business-friendly environment. The city has consistently ranked highly nationally as a hot spot for tech startups outside of Silicon Valley, and it certainly lives up to the title with hundreds of local Raleigh based startups working on changing the world. With its central location and close proximity to some of the best universities in the entire country, Raleigh has become a hotbed for tech startups especially, and...

Raleigh’s Best Food Trucks & Where To Find Them!

The local obsession with Food Trucks in the Raleigh area primarily started just a few years ago and has been exploding in popularity ever since. Each and every year, it seems there are new food trucks setting up shop in the city and introducing us to unique international cuisines and hard-to-find delicacies. There are now actually close to 100 local Raleigh based food trucks driving around! It was in 2015, in response to the growing popularity of food trucks and...

Raleigh’s Best Up and Coming Restaurants – Our 2018 Top Picks

2017 was an excellent year for the Raleigh restaurant scene as we witnessed a lot of activity and progress. Local foodies saw exciting new restaurants opened up by seasoned chefs as well as newcomers. It seemed that all eyes were on Raleigh’s food scene after Brewery Bhavana landed on Bon Appetit’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants at the #10 spot, after just being open for a few months! They also published a follow-up story just recently and we...

Raleigh’s Art Scene – Rundown of The Best Local Galleries & Events…

Though Raleigh and the Triangle metro area are mostly known for the many innovative businesses and leading universities that are located here, Raleigh also has a burgeoning art scene with something fun going on pretty much each and every day, which is why our city is gaining national attention and recognition all across the board. The local Raleigh arts community gets together often, and puts on many art-related events throughout the calendar year, such as the widely popular SPARKcon and...

Raleigh’s Craft Beer Scene is Booming & Worth Checking Out

There are over 25 craft breweries in the Raleigh area and every year seems to bring new players to the local craft beer scene. In 2017, the Raleigh brewing community welcomed Brewery Bhavana and Brice Brewing! Raleigh brewers have access to fresh local ingredients and, most importantly, a close-knit community that’s passionate about beer and help each other out. In this short guide, we’ll give you an overview of the best Raleigh breweries, bottle shops, and beer bars - everything...

Raleigh’s Most Famous Local Restaurants – Worthy of All The Acclaim

What does it take for a local restaurant to become famous and highly acclaimed? Often it’s a combination of talent and passion, and there is no shortage of that in the Raleigh food + drink scene. Raleigh is home to many award-winning restaurants that have been featured in publications, shows, and TV. From fancy upscale restaurants to casual sit down diners, we have some of the best, and we want the world to know it. Check out this list of...

Raleigh’s Most Popular & Famous Local Chefs

Raleigh has all of the hallmarks of a foodie city - a diverse population, an amazing array of restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world, and nationally-recognized famous chefs that make it all happen! Raleigh’s amazing class of local rock-star chefs come from all over the world and include James Beard winners and nominees. Many of them have also been featured in national publications with rave reviews. Check out our list of some of Raleigh’s most popular local chefs, which...

The Trendiest & Most Sophisticated Restaurants in Raleigh

Looking for a touch of class? Do you need to impress an important business client or do you want to make your significant other feel extra special? We all need a night out that kicks it up a notch every once in a while. The Raleigh restaurants on this list feature trendy decor and delectable menu items. Next time you want to treat yourself to something a little extra special, check out this list of the trendiest, most sophisticated restaurants...

Raleigh’s Best Restaurants Serving Up Southern Comfort Foods

There’s a lot to love about the south: warm weather, friendly people and, most importantly, the delicious food! There’s a reason they call it southern comfort. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fried chicken or North Carolina BBQ served with rich mac & cheese and collards! Raleigh is a proud southern city that’s especially proud of its food. Check out these six Raleigh restaurants for the best in local southern comfort foods: Poole’s Diner The macaroni au gratin served at Poole’s...

Best Rooftop Bars in Raleigh

One of the best perks of living in Raleigh is the fantastic weather. Sure, it gets a little hot in the summer, but for most of the year, we have mild weather and can enjoy outdoor activities. Rooftop bars allow us to enjoy sunny afternoons, summer nights and crisp fall evenings while enjoying adult beverages. We certainly love our rooftop bars in Raleigh! Here are a few of our favorites: The Raleigh Times The Raleigh Times is a very popular beer bar...

Best Farm to Table Restaurants in Raleigh

The term “farm to table” or “farm to fork” refers to the process your food takes to get from the farm to your plate. Ideally, you want as few steps as possible in that process. Fortunately, Raleigh is an ideal location for fresh produce and meats. We have so many farms nearby and chefs who are willing to put in the effort to buy locally and seasonally, to create delicious culinary experiences. Here are a few of our favorite Farm to...

Shop Local at Some of Raleigh’s Unique Farmers’ Markets

North Carolina’s climate is fantastic for farming, and it’s a huge part of our state identity. NC State University is well-known for its agriculture department. North Carolinians proudly purchase and consume produce grown right here at home. While the NC State Farmer’s Market is the most obvious location to get your fresh fruits, veggies, and meats, there are also smaller, unique local farmer’s markets throughout Raleigh. These markets may be a bit smaller, but offer many of the same products...

The Very Best Local Bakeries in Raleigh – Worth The Drive!

The smell of fresh bread, cookies, desserts, and other sweet treats is so divine! Mhmm!! There’s nothing quite like the comforting atmosphere of a bakery. Fortunately, Raleigh is home to many excellent bakeries, each with a different specialty. Craving a freshly made bagel or roll for lunch? How about a macaron for dessert? No matter what baked goodie you want, Raleigh definitely has it. Check out these eight great Raleigh based bakeries that are worth visiting: New York Bagel & Deli New...

Best Dog Friendly Bars & Restaurants in Downtown Raleigh

A day out is so much better when your furry family member can tag along! If you spend any time in Raleigh at all, you will definitely notice that many dog owners live here. Nearly every neighborhood has a dog park nearby. Some Raleigh companies even allow dogs in the office! Even though the North Carolina Health Department prohibits animals from being inside establishments that sell food or use glassware, many bars and restaurants still welcome dogs in outdoor...

Popular Live Entertainment Options in Downtown Raleigh

Going out in Downtown Raleigh isn’t just about eating and drinking at awesome bars and restaurants. We also love to be entertained by a local band, comedian or even a drag show on occasion... Downtown Raleigh offers live entertainment at a variety of venues to suit all tastes. Here are a few of our favorite spots: Deep South The Bar Deep South The Bar is one of those bars that you can always count on the be open in the evenings, even...

Historic City Market: Fun Destination in Downtown Raleigh

The history of Downtown Raleigh’s City Market dates back to 1914 when it opened as a central location for farmers to sell produce, meats and even home-baked goods. It was briefly closed in the late 50s and then leased to a furniture store owner. During the 1980s, City Market was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and the City Market as we currently know it began to take shape! Today, Historic City Market is a go-to destination in...

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Best Local Restaurants Serving Up Southern Style Comfort Food in Cary

Southern style food is always popular and has a growing high demand here in the Triangle area, especially as new-comers who relocate to North Carolina discover the tasty and comforting cuisine. Creamy mac and cheese, perfectly prepared BBQ and crispy fried chicken - these are just a few good examples of comfort foods that...

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