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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.
Garden
“A spectacular place to walk, picnic, learn about horticulture, maybe even view a gorgeous outdoor wedding. Very close to Duke Chapel.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“I debated whether to put this in the Fun for Everyone or Fun for Adults Only category, but then I remembered that we took our kid to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory here, and we all had fun. So, this gets filed here. DPAC is the region’s premier spot for Broadway productions, large concerts from well-known artists, impossibly expensive Hamilton performances, etc. If you’re not already here for a DPAC visit, check the schedule and see if there’s anything you’re into.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“I was a little too young to be allowed to watch the famously steamy Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon movie Bull Durham when it came out, but maybe it’s time to put it on the watch list. Check out the team that put minor league ball on the map back in the 80s. I hope they got some new players since then, otherwise the game will be slow…or conversely…over real quick. The newish Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DPAB) is a world-class stadium for Minor League ball. Cheap, easy to get to, and fun for everyone. Check the schedule to see when they’re doing fireworks. Bonus!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“There are three locations of this creative coffee shop and roastery in Durham, but the closest is straight down Geer St. Try one of their creative drinks, including a wide selection of hot chocolates. This is a lovely place to sit and take in the Durham scene. After your coffee, you can stroll around the neighborhood and visit Fullsteam Brewery, browse local goods at The Mothership, or walk to the Durham Farmers’ Market. Pro-Tip: arrive early on Saturday to beat the line. Recommended: The Dr. Durham Latte, or check out the Lakewood location for made-to-order churros!”
  • 77 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Casual bar in the same building as the brewery itself (you can tour during the daytime). Fullsteam often hosts trivia nights and community events and serves small plates, too. Recommended: A wide selection of arcade and board games.”
  • 72 locals recommend
University
“Check out a Duke Sporting event if you have time. The ticket prices are usually really affordable for most of the sports and easy to get. Duke has a prestigious athletic program and their facilities are some of the best in the country.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you are willing to venture a little further, Southpoint is a very popular shopping venue for our area. It blends the traditional mall (like Crabtree) with a street lined shopping experience as well. There are many restaurants, shops, theaters, and even an IMAX. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A popular German breakfast spot, cafe, and bakery, this is a great place to go for brunch. The landscaping and outdoor seating is serene and relaxing. Pro-tip: arrive early on weekends to get parking. You can grab a loaf of bread, pastries, and all sorts of treats from the bakery next door on your way out. Recommended: Shiitake Mushroom Omelette, Cherry & Cheese Danish.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“A beautiful old cinema and concert hall downtown, The Carolina features movies and film festivals as well as touring acts and concerts. Recommended: Retro Film Series, Popcorn with Real Butter!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Cat’s Cradle’s firstborn. A smaller performance room, bigger bar, and lots of outdoor seating make this place a great spot for music, spirits, and snacks on a warm night.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is a forward-thinking, backward-tasting brewery, creating beers that are meant to be savored, appreciated, contemplated, philosophized, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled. The brewery, taproom and outdoor beer garden buzzes with activity in warm weather. Try the Biere de Garde, it’s our favorite. Kids and pets welcome, so daytime visits can skew a bit Romper Room.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you want to treat yourself, go here. An out-of-this-world tapas place, you can have a whole range of experiences from a quick snack and drink to a full-on dinner. Everything is delicious, the space is romantic and transporting, and the servers are friendly and willing to guide you on your tapas journey. They also have an incredible selection of sherry. Recommended: Warm Olives, Fresh Cheese with Pepper Jelly, Artichoke Salad, Patatas Bravas, Pan con Tomate. I could list the entire menu!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Highly Recommended for sightseeing. Parking is right next to the Tobacco Campus and there are places to walk and a beautiful fountain.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Hotel
“A creatively restored mid-century hotel, The Durham is a great spot to take in the city skyline and enjoy a drink. Take the elevator to the top floor and look at Durham from above. The head bartender is one of the best in town and the menu is delicious. You can also get dinner and creative snacks, too. Recommended: Dessert Cocktails”
  • 57 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my absolute favorites, this restaurant never fails to deliver. Delicious wood-fired pizza in a fun, vibrant, not at all stuffy atmosphere. It gets busy, but the wait for a table is never too long. Perfect for when you want a treat, but don’t want to get dressed up. Open 7-days a week for lunch and dinner. Recommended: The Aperol Margarita (so good), Kale Salad, Dumplings, Margherita Pizza, Lemon Pizza… really, all the pizzas.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“ This market is only 10 minutes away in downtown and full of the best produce, crafts, and more. Held every Saturday from 8-12am (10-12am from December - March) this is a great place to go to see Durham in action. ”
  • 52 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Casual bar in the same building as the brewery itself (you can tour during the daytime). Fullsteam often hosts trivia nights and community events and serves small plates, too. Recommended: A wide selection of arcade and board games.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Bakery
“A popular German breakfast spot, cafe, and bakery, this is a great place to go for brunch. The landscaping and outdoor seating is serene and relaxing. Pro-tip: arrive early on weekends to get parking. You can grab a loaf of bread, pastries, and all sorts of treats from the bakery next door on your way out. Recommended: Shiitake Mushroom Omelette, Cherry & Cheese Danish.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to treat yourself, go here. An out-of-this-world tapas place, you can have a whole range of experiences from a quick snack and drink to a full-on dinner. Everything is delicious, the space is romantic and transporting, and the servers are friendly and willing to guide you on your tapas journey. They also have an incredible selection of sherry. Recommended: Warm Olives, Fresh Cheese with Pepper Jelly, Artichoke Salad, Patatas Bravas, Pan con Tomate. I could list the entire menu!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my absolute favorites, this restaurant never fails to deliver. Delicious wood-fired pizza in a fun, vibrant, not at all stuffy atmosphere. It gets busy, but the wait for a table is never too long. Perfect for when you want a treat, but don’t want to get dressed up. Open 7-days a week for lunch and dinner. Recommended: The Aperol Margarita (so good), Kale Salad, Dumplings, Margherita Pizza, Lemon Pizza… really, all the pizzas.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This place is a must see, it's an eatery and a bar that resides in an old gas station. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Café
“A popular breakfast and lunch spot, this is the place to go if you want an amazing donut or breakfast sandwich. Pro-tip: you can skip the line and sit at the bar for immediate service. Recommended: Chana Masala Breakfast Plate, Fried Chicken Biscuit, Lox Plate.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“If you’re craving a burger, this is a popular counter service option that will not disappoint. Burgers -veggie and otherwise-, beer, dogs, and good company. If you don’t feel like trekking downtown, our local-er favorite is Town Hall Burgers over near Southpoint, about 5 minutes away.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Taco Place
“If you want bougie Mexican food, (nuttin’ wrong with that) check out NuvoTaco in the Rockwood Shopping Center. Good margaritas and good classics, plus, you can get some items with specialty meat items from Durham Dirty Meats - that is, if you like specialty meats like tongue, etc. Always busy.”
  • 33 locals recommend

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