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MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH

June 10, 2021

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
  • 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
  • Hummingbird for brunch or dinner
  • 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 good sandwich/salad
  • Gringo A GoGo for a hip Mexican vibe
  • Whiskey Kitchen for whiskey and outdoor seating
  • City Market Sushi
  • Neuse River Brewing is a hidden gem for great food – off the beaten path
  • Irregardless for some amazing vegan food

MY TOP 5:

  1. St. Roch Fine Oyster Bar for seafood
  2. Wilson’s Eatery – I die for their veggie burger and salads
  3. Wye Hill – delicious shrimp and grits and a nice view of downtown Raleigh
  4. BarTaco for a casual tacos and bites
  5. O-Ku Raleigh for sushi

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 food trucks
  • 10th and Terrance Rooftop at the Marriott
  • Killjoy for fancy cocktails
  • Dram and Draught for a cool vibe
  • Person Street bar for late night antics
  • Watts & Wards for expensive cocktails + a speakeasy vibe
  • Neptunes for late night dancing

THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH, NC

  • Bike around downtown
  • State Farmer’s Market
  • 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 drinknig at Atlantic Gardening Company
  • Drinks and games at Boxcar Barcade
  • Visit NCMA – walk around the grounds and visit the museum
  • 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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