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Best things to do in Downtown, Raleigh

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Science Museum
“Downtown Raleigh. Amazing museum. Free admission. 15-20 minute drive, or can get bus from Cary train station to downtown Raleigh. ”
73local recommendations
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. ”
32local recommendations
Asian Restaurant
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“Incredible, authentic Asian fusion in a low-lit, somewhat romantic atmosphere. Perfect for a nice night out. Be sure to make a reservation because this place is always booked up!”
60local recommendations
Museum
“Great for kids and parents. Free admission with your BOA card during the weekends. ”
29local recommendations
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
44local recommendations
Bar
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“HOLY MOTHER OF BEER TAPS, BATMAN! Wanna catch them all? Literally? All of them? I'm pretty sure you can find at least a dozen beers here you'll love. This place has 366 individual taps of beer, setting the new world record for most beers on tap last I checked. Oh.. and the food is amazing too! Oh, did I mention... ITS HUGE!? Three floors to explore and a hugeeeee outdoor seating area. Honestly? Just go here. It's one of my favorite places and it will soon be yours too. I could spend an hour describing all my favorites on tap here, but i'll just have you try some yourself. The UNTAPPED beer app is very very handy for sorting through what's best on this beer list, and the barkeeps are very helpful in guiding you to a new brew too. I'd try to stick to lunch and early afternoon. Glenwood Ave is a circus late nights on the weekend, it's really hard to get your UBER to you through all the traffic during late night. ”
32local recommendations
BBQ Joint
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“Upscale Barbeque in Downtown Raleigh. Evreything on the menu is great and very conveniently located. Fairly casual.”
28local recommendations
Contemporary diner with retro charm from an acclaimed chef
“Macaroni is a MUST! Owned by a James Beard award winning chef! Perfect for dinner or weekend brunch but expect a wait! Does not accept reservations. ”
41local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Not your typical fried chicken. Owner just won the highly prestigious National James Beard award in 2019. Highly recommend the chicken and honey.”
34local recommendations
Restaurant
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“A four in one stop! Voted as one of the USA's top 10 new restaurants. A flower shop, restaurant, bookstore, and brewery. This place, while a little on the pricier side, has an incredibly cool vibe to it, great for a date night or special occasion! Their cocktails are on point, great list of wine and local beers, dim sum and dumplings are amazing here, and their pork steam buns are outta this world. ”
33local recommendations
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)”
24local recommendations
Office
“Everything you can want in the downtown life! Food, drinks, grocery, sex, drugs, prostitution, homeless people, polluted air, rude people, nice people, pretty people, ugly people....I'd uber or lfyt, parking is a bitch and a whore.”
22local recommendations
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.”
27local recommendations
Bar
“Another Raleigh hot spot for great house brewed beers! Best for lunch, the space is small and the seating is limited, fills up in the evening quick! Dog friendly outdoor seating and mean flatbread pizza! Brews to try here would be the Cloud Surfer IPA the Trophy Wife IPA, as well as the Trophy Husband Whitbier. For a fruity beer, I quite liked the Mango they had on tap. For the ZA, best strategy is to order smaller pizzas so you can mix and share slices. If you like a little spice, the "Daredevil" ghost pepper salami pizza will get you sniffling, but the "Indoor Kid" with white sauce, provolone, and marinated artichokes is my personal favorite. ”
36local recommendations
Bakery
“Quaint little coffee shop nearby with outdoor seating. Dog friendly. Pastries and seasonal beverages served.”
29local recommendations
Gastropub
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“Food is fantastic! Great drinks and cocktails. Eclectic atmosphere in Mordecai and off the beaten path. You will want to make a reservation.”
29local recommendations