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 rating  Came in last night for dinner with my husband and friend, our server Josh was super nice and attentive. He explained the menu to us as it was our first time. Everything we tried was amazing! My favorite were the crab rangoons, so delicious. But very expensive! We will be back again!

    Jenna A. Avatar Jenna A.
  • 4 star rating  Excellent good. Bit pricey. Overall recommend.

    Mark K. Avatar Mark K.
  • 5 star rating  Absolutely incredible. We've been here twice now and we're always so impressed. The waiters are friendly and helpful, the food is mind blowingly good, and the atmosphere is wonderful. I personally love the papaya salad with lemongrass chicken. So good!

    Sabrina G. Avatar Sabrina G.
  • 5 star rating  I got the Pork Belly Soup and it was fantastic! Nice and crispy and the broth was very flavorful! Would definitely get it again. The spring rolls get an A+ as well. Service was very attentive and the atmosphere is great. Will be putting in a future reservation very soon!

    David F. Avatar David F.
  • 5 star rating  I've been trying to eat here for a while, but always seem to end up just having a drink at the bar.  I also don't tend to make reservations well in advance.  This is definitely a place you need to schedule in advance.  However, they do now serve food at the bar which makes life a little easier when not planning that far in advance.
    Upon walking in, you're greeted by the hostess stand.  Immediately behind them is the book and flower shop, with some restaurant seating.  To the right is the restaurant area.  To the left is the bar,... Expand

    Lydia B. Avatar Lydia B.
  • 5 star rating  I rarely give 5 Star reviews, but I've been here twice and I can't say enough about how great this place is.  Char Siu buns are from the Gods, I'll leave it at that.
    It's been a few weeks since I've been but I can't wait to return to Raleigh.  The menu is diverse and the flavors are fantastic.  Great place for friends to gather and share small plates.

    Mike C. Avatar Mike C.
  • 5 star rating  While visiting friends in Raleigh, we stopped in for a beer, then stayed for dinner. The beer is phenomenal, the ambience is cool and chic and modern, the gracious, the food was heavenly! I couldn't decide what I wanted, so I told our waitress "you pick between the 3". She brought me the sweet soy chicken. Delicious! My boyfriend got the duck. His meal was too big for 1 person, but leftovers are always welcomed!  The chandelier in the back right of the restaurant is unique and beautiful! The staff is nice. If you are new to the area,... Expand

    Stephanie B. Avatar Stephanie B.
  • 5 star rating  Really a great experience unless you're looking to eat healthy. It's wonderful stuff and a nice combination of dim sum style dishes. The whole fish is light and I recommend the bao, and fried rice.

    Sascha S. Avatar Sascha S.
  • 5 star rating  A brewery, restaurant, bookstore and flower shop got together one day...  Sounds silly, but it's a reality here and I'm still amazed that the team behind Bida Manda came up with such a sweet concept.
    The place is absolutely stunning with copious use of marble and incorporation of greenery that come together in perfect harmony.  While the wait can be ridiculous, the expansive bar and expertly crafted beers will keep you thoroughly occupied until your table's ready.
    On that note, I had a chance to taste through a handful of the portfolio and I was very impressed with both the range and... Expand

    Eric F. Avatar Eric F.
  • 5 star rating  Fantastic Dim Sum in downtown Raleigh! My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a sunny Saturday and were very happy with the food, service, and atmosphere. Makes a great lunch or dinner date location.

    Jack S. Avatar Jack S.

↗ 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