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MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH

Today I am sharing my favorite things to do in Raleigh, from places to go, things to do, and where to eat. I find blog posts like this helpful, especially when you have visitors in town for the weekend and are scrambling for recommendations! We’ve been living together in Raleigh for almost 3 years and as a couple who enjoys good food, pretty views, and strong drinks, here’s our favorite places in and around the city:

PLACES TO EAT IN RALEIGH, NC

  • Torchy’s Tacos for breakfast tacos
  • Optimist Raleigh for creative breakfast sandwiches
  • Raleigh Times for quick breakfast food + coffee (get the vegan bowl)
  • Raleigh Raw for smoothies + acai bowls
  • Transfer Food Hall or Morgan Street Food Hall for several food options in one place – great for lunch!
  • Parkside for brunch
  • Pizza at Oakwood Pizza Box
  • MOFU Shoppe for shared plates
  • Sitti for Lebanese
  • Mulino’s for a romantic outdoor space
  • Good Day Good Night for a quiet date night
  • Rockford for a great sandwich/salad
  • Gringo A GoGo for a hip Mexican vibe
  • Whiskey Kitchen for whiskey and outdoor seating
  • O-Ku Raleigh for a fancy date night
  • City Market Sushi
  • Neuse River Brewing is a hidden gem for great food – off the beaten path

MY TOP 5 DATE-NIGHT RESTAURANTS:

  1. Bida Manda – their crispy rice lettuce wraps and pork belly soup is a must!
  2. Wye Hill – delicious shrimp and grits and a nice view of downtown Raleigh
  3. Death and Taxes – say yes to their beet started and seeded sourdough!
  4. St. Roch Fine Oyster Bar for seafood
  5. Irregardless for some amazing vegan food

MY TOP 3 CASUAL RESTAURANTS:

  1. Wilson’s Eatery – I die for their veggie burger and salads
  2. Wye Hill – delicious shrimp and grits and a nice view of downtown Raleigh
  3. BarTaco for a casual tacos and bites

PLACES TO DRINK IN RALEIGH, NC

  • Cocktails at Will + Co
  • Trophy Brewing for chill vibes and good beer
  • Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard for outdoor games
  • Great outdoor space at Junction West
  • Standard for beers and quick bites
  • Bittersweet for fancy cocktails and dessert
  • 10th and Terrance Rooftop at the Marriott
  • Dram and Draught for a relaxed vibe
  • Person Street bar for late-night antics
  • Watts & Wards for expensive cocktails + a speakeasy vibe

THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH, NC

  • Rent bikes and bike around downtown
  • State Farmer’s Market
  • Walking and shopping at North Hills
  • Grab a bite and sit in Moore Square to enjoy the view of downtown
  • Two Roosters for homemade ice-cream
  • Indoor golfing at Drive Shack
  • Movie at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Plant shopping while drinking at Atlantic Gardening Company
  • Drinks and games at Boxcar Barcade
  • Visit NCMA – walk around the grounds and visit the museum (we got married there! It’s so pretty)
  • Walk or bike along the Greenway
  • Walk around Pullen Park
  • Explore the Warehouse District and visit CAM Raleigh
  • Have a picnic at Dorothea Dix
  • NC Museum of History and it’s *FREE*

I hope this helps you next time you’re looking for something to do here in Raleigh! I also have an entire Instagram highlight dedicated to local restaurants on my Instagram here. And if you’re looking to escape Raleigh, I did A WEEKEND IN BOONE, NC blog post recap here.

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