Fayetteville Street is a major Downtown Raleigh thoroughfare between the State Capitol and the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. It used to be a pedestrian-only street, but it was opened up to traffic in 2006.

Now, it is home to the popular City Plaza as well as many business offices, hotels, bars and restaurants, making it a central hub of activity in Downtown Raleigh and one of the most visited places in all of North Carolina.


Fayetteville Street is close to the Raleigh Convention Center, which hosts a variety of conventions throughout the year. Conference attendees typically stay at the Marriott or the Sheraton, which are both located on Fayetteville Street. For people visiting Raleigh for business or pleasure, Fayetteville Street is often the first place they explore!

City Plaza

If there’s an event going on in Downtown Raleigh, there’s a good chance it’s happening at City Plaza, which is on the south end of Fayetteville Street. During the warmer months, you will find a weekly farmer’s market there. Downtown Raleigh’s many festivals, including SparkCon and Winterfest, also take place at City Plaza. Even if there’s no particular event happening, it serves as a lovely gathering spot.


Along Fayetteville Street, there’s a wide variety of restaurants. If you are on the run, Benny Capitale’s serves a mean slice of pizza. Need something healthier? Get a salad or smoothie at Happy & Hale! If you have time for a more leisurely meal, try Sono, Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen or Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar.


Need a drink to take the edge off after a day of boring meetings? Fayetteville Street is home to quite a few spots to enjoy a drink. Foundation is a basement bar that offers a variety of seasonal, creative cocktails.  Isaac Hunter’s Tavern is a neighborhood bar that pays homage to local history. Want a taste of that history? Order a Cherry Bounce!


Fayetteville is always a bevy of entertainment. Want to go dancing? Check out Coglin’s – a totally tubular 80s/90s bar! Want to listen to some jazz? Check out The Big Easy, a Louisiana-style bar, and restaurant that features jazz musicians.

If the entertainment options on Fayetteville Street don’t strike your fancy, other live entertainment venues, such as Kings and Slim’s, are just a short walk away. Visitors who want to learn more about Raleigh should try to make time to visit the City of Raleigh Museum, which is also conveniently located on Fayetteville Street.

If you ever find yourself in Downtown Raleigh and you aren’t quite sure where to go, Fayetteville Street is your best bet! It literally has it all.

So what are some of your favorite places to see and visit on Fayetteville St? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN