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.


Feeling adventurous? Head downtown and explore Fayetteville Street on foot. During the spring, summer, and fall, there’s a good chance there’s some kind of festival or event happening in City Plaza. Are you more of a planner? Keep up with all of the latest hot new local spots by following our blog.

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!

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    William Swain

    5 star rating   I had high expectations coming into this restaurant, and they were met. We went on short notice, but I'd recommend reservations (book weeks ahead). We showed up around 5:30, and... Read full review  - 1/14/2018

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    Michael Maddalena

    5 star rating   Absolutely loved our time here. My recommendation is if you don't have a reservation is to put your name in then walk to watts and wards have a drink till... Read full review  - 1/09/2018

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    Hannah O'Brien

    5 star rating   By far my favorite spot in Raleigh. Great for a date night, a special occasion, or just because (yes it's that good). I have always had exceptional customer service when... Read full review  - 1/09/2018

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    Hannah O'Brien

    4 star rating   I love this restaurant! The soup dumplings are by far my favorite thing on the menu. It has such a unique atmosphere. What better way to wait for your table... Read full review  - 1/09/2018

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    Michael Ward

    5 star rating   Probably some of the best service I have ever gotten in a restaurant. The cocktails were phenomenal and the food was excellent; there haven't been many times where I instinctively... Read full review  - 1/05/2018

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    Emily Garcia

    5 star rating   I could not be more impressed with Brewery Bhavana. I've had the chance to go three times now, and every single time the service was outstanding, the food was delicious,... Read full review  - 12/28/2017

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    Frances Angulo

    5 star rating   We came from NYC just to experience this specific place and it was totally worth it. The atmosphere of the place is stunning and romantic with poetry, flowers, and other... Read full review  - 12/17/2017

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    Jeep Guy

    4 star rating   Great environment and outstanding service. Food was good Laotian/Thai/American/French?(are crepes in Asian cuisine?) fushion. The crepe was somewhat bland and sauce for the ribs tasted like it was... Read full review  - 12/15/2017

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    Karli Newton

    5 star rating   Great quality and vibrant flavors! Regular lunch spot - never disappointed. From the Pad Thai, to the Thai Basil and who can forget fresh Summer Rolls or the delicious Crunchy... Read full review  - 11/17/2017

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    Lindsey Sutton

    4 star rating   Definitely ask ALL OF THE questions. What my friends ordered was great! What I got was not for me. The appetizers they got us for the table were amazing, though.... Read full review  - 11/07/2017

↗ 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 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