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Things to do in Downtown, Raleigh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Science Museum
“North Carolina’s most visited museum and the largest institution of its kind in the southeast, including a living collection and butterfly garden.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Museum
“The perfect stop downtown for the history buff amongst you. Honestly, there are normally some pretty cool traveling exhibits at this museum on a regular basis. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Museum
“A great place to play or relax and watch an IMAX movie. Our kids love this place!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Named one of the Best New Restaurants in America in 2018 by Food and Wine Magazine. AWESOME!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 44 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A hip little place with great food! Get yourself a nice drink or favorite brew & enjoy”
  • 37 locals recommend
Museum
“Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh is a multimedia contemporary art gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. CAM Raleigh has no permanent collection but offers exhibitions of works by artists with regional, national, and international recognition.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The Red Hat Amphitheater is an amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh Amphitheater books acts through an agreement with Live Nation, and is owned and operated by the City of Raleigh. The Amphitheater’s season currently runs from April through October. (Google)”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Foundation is a fantastic spot for the bourbon and whiskey lover! They also have great cocktails and usually a good selection. And it's underground!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A hidden gem tucked away amidst a neighborhood but packed every weekend with locals. Try to grab a bar seat if the dining room is full. Great for meat-eaters.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“So so fun! A bar with an arcade where you can play pacman or pinball. A citrix cycle bikeshare station is 1-block from this location.”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Named one of the Best New Restaurants in America in 2018 by Food and Wine Magazine. AWESOME!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 44 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A hip little place with great food! Get yourself a nice drink or favorite brew & enjoy”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend

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