Downtown Raleigh is a growing and vibrant place that’s never boring! Even long-time residents find new sites, attractions, events, and eateries popping up all the time. From critically-acclaimed restaurants to unique exhibits in Downtown Raleigh museums, there’s always something new to see and do.

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Here are just a few of the newest sites and attractions in Downtown Raleigh worth checking out:

Brewery Bhavana

Brewery Bhavana, one of Downtown Raleigh’s newest restaurants, recently snagged a top ten spot on Bon Appétit’s America’s Best New Restaurants in 2017 list! This unique spot features a brewery, a flower shop a bookshop and amazing dim sum. Reservations are a must, as all of the publicity has made it difficult to get a table!

  • 5 star ratingA must if you are in Raleigh!  The soup dumplings are divine, in addition to the green beans.  I will definitely visit again when in town.

    Van D. Avatar Van D.
    10/17/2018
  • Let me say the food here is outstanding. Must haves: chicken wings (pro tip: get all sauces on the side so you don’t have to just pick one), papaya salad with trout (the trout finishes the whole dish in the best way possible), and of course the crispy pork belly soup (no words needed!!!) The service is great, staff is friendly and knowledgeable always offering tips and recommendations. If they have the chocolate creme brûlée when you are there, order it - it’s to die for. The disappointment came when I ordered a Moscow mule, and based on everything else... Expand

    Alyssa Young Avatar Alyssa Young
    10/16/2018
  • 5 star ratingBeen here multiple times now. Great date spot. Food is amazing and the beer is funky, unique and delicious. I will say that it is pricier than some but the food is absolutely worth the price in this instance. I also highly recommend making a reservation a week in advance because the wait can often be over an hour on a weekend night. The soup dumplings are as close to dim sum go go in NYC as I've ever had and those are some good dumplings.

    Brett F. Avatar Brett F.
    10/16/2018
  • 5 star ratingThis is probably one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh so far! Have only been once but the service and quality of food was unbeatable. Great selection of unique Asian dishes including Indian, Thai, Laotian, and more. Recommend making a reservation as it gets busy at night.

    Danielle K. Avatar Danielle K.
    10/15/2018
  • 5 star ratingWe’ve been here several times and it is consistently good. The pork belly soup is amazing but I’ve never ordered a bad meal here. I highly recommend it!

    Kmata99 Avatar Kmata99
    10/14/2018
  • 5 star ratingI describe Brewery Bhavana as a little piece of heaven! From the marble backdrop of the bar, to the cozy, floral ambiance - this place is truly an aesthetic experience you do not want to miss. The ginger dumplings were my favorite dish, and I highly recommend trying it out. Bring your coworkers after work, or bring a date in the evening, this place is definitely worth your time.

    Priya S. Avatar Priya S.
    10/14/2018
  • 5 star ratingBrewery Bhavana definitely lives up to the hype. The food is probably the best I have had in Raleigh, and I ordered the best sour beer I have ever had there (bounty). The atmosphere is great, and the prices are reasonable. I will for sure be back!

    Ethan B Avatar Ethan B
    10/14/2018
  • 5 star ratingThe atmosphere is vibrant yet very comfortable. The vast lengthy bar to the left as you enter is inviting. The dining room room to the right is separated by a book store/library area. The Asian infused menu has plenty of variety and everything we tried was outstanding. The beer list of their own brews is broad and quite wonderful. Great addition to the Raleigh area.

    lewwjr Avatar lewwjr
    10/13/2018
  • 5 star ratingPopped in and found a solo seat at the bar, had a nice hand crafted cocktail    The beer selection looked amazing too.  Great Dumplings are what I seek- no dearth of dumpling perfection here. Soup dumplings were superior.

    Starwen P. Avatar Starwen P.
    10/12/2018
  • A must visit establishment in the area. The food is top and the service matches. The beer is awesome and the atmosphere will vary depending on when you go there. Evenings during the week is loud but festive. Weekends are good anytime! Eat and drink plenty!!!

    Veg Man Avatar Veg Man
    10/10/2018
  • Worth the wait and worth every penny. If you can, its best to reserve a spot on Open Table. If you can't get a spot, put your name in and go have a drink at the bar. Also, they serve the full menu at the bar, so you can snag a spot there as well. The Grove is my favorite brew of theirs. All of the dim sum is fantastic. Grab some of the green beans too!

    Erin Hamilton Avatar Erin Hamilton
    10/10/2018
  • 5 star ratingSeriously doesn't get any better than BB. My favorite restaurant in town. The food and beer are incredible!!

    Kyle W. Avatar Kyle W.
    10/10/2018
  • 5 star ratingReally good meal there. Crispy pork belly soup was phenomenal. Crowded even on a Tuesday I'd recommend a reservation. It's worth it.

    Jody Y. Avatar Jody Y.
    10/09/2018
  • 4 star ratingWas here with my husband and friend to colebrate a special ocassion on saturday night. Great ambience, nice drinks and food. Shrimp chips are amazing. Average desserts.

    Vj M. Avatar Vj M.
    10/08/2018
  • 4 star ratingWent for a light dinner - had seafood dumplings, congee soup and green beans. Everything we flavorful and cooked well. Congee soup and beans stood out. Dumplings were OK. We went on a Thursday night at about 8 pm and it was pretty crowded. Neat concept. Lots of beers also.

    rothnh Avatar rothnh
    10/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingMy daughter took me to this restaurant tonight to celebrate my birthday.  Our server was William, he recommend the duck and it was delicious.  The skin was crispy,  the buns were soft,  pillowy and steamy, perfect with the duck and the sauce and sides that it came with to make the perfect bite.  We also had the bone marrow with oxtail and scallion pancakes.  Also delicious, but the pancakes were a little doughy.  Would like to give William a shout out for being so nice and helpful with our questions about the menu.

    Nancy P. Avatar Nancy P.
    10/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingThis place was the best. Loved the food (a bit pricey) but so darn good. The beer was the best we have had in Raleigh

    Dawn R. Avatar Dawn R.
    10/07/2018
  • 4 star ratingThe curry puffs were a little dry and bland. The whole cooked fish was delicious as were the sauces. Super interesting atmosphere. Very good service.

    Kimberly P. Avatar Kimberly P.
    10/05/2018
  • 5 star ratingBest Chinese in Raleigh.  Wonderful atmosphere.  The beer is crisp and refreshing and pairs perfectly with the food.

    Matthew B. Avatar Matthew B.
    10/05/2018
  • 4 star ratingI have been wanting to try this restaurant with my boyfriend and we lucked out last week and got a great table. I'm really mad that I cannot remember my waitresses name but she was super amazing... I think it was Sarah. Anyways the food was really good as well as interesting and the drinks were perfect. I felt like the bartender did not water them down but didn't go overboard either.

    Marie C. Avatar Marie C.
    10/04/2018

↗ Brewery Bhavana is located right next to Moore Square and City Market at 218 S Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Downtown Raleigh Mural Tour

The Raleigh Murals Project is committed to making Downtown Raleigh as colorful and creative as its citizens. The group works with the City of Raleigh, local businesses, and artists to find the best spots for murals. Follow the murals map and check out some of Raleigh’s best outdoor artwork!

Morgan Street Food Hall

Raleigh residents have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Morgan Street Food Hall for over a year. This multi-vendor food hall and market will feature local foods and sundries. Some of the vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Raleigh Rolls (ice cream) City Sushi, Makus Empanadas, Five Points Bakery and Huntington’s Provision Company.

  The Morgan Street Food Hall & Market is located in the Warehouse District at 411 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603.

No Damsel Exhibit at CAM

Artists, Disney fans, and feminists alike will enjoy Dorian Lynde’s No Damsel exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum. This exhibit features murals of your favorite Disney princesses re-imagined as modern women. No Damsel will be on display until January 7th, 2018. Check out CAM’s event calendar to keep up with other future exhibits and programs.

↗ The CAM Museum is located in the Warehouse district at 409 West Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27603.

So Much To See & Do Downtown

Other Downtown Raleigh museums with rotating exhibits, features and programs include the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the NC Museum of History and the City of Raleigh Museum.

Local Monthly & Annual Events

First Friday is an awesome popular monthly event where you can explore new downtown retail spaces and art studios.  Downtown Raleigh also features a summer concert series at Dix Park called Y’all at Dix Park, so be sure to check that out next season.

So what are some of your favorite new sites and attractions in Downtown Raleigh? 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