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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.
Park
“THE park to visit in Raleigh. It's a forest in the middle of the city with countless trail options. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“We are very close to the Falls Lake State Recreation Area which covers 5,035 acres along the shores of 12,410-acre Falls Lake.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cafe
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“A super cozy and comfy coffee shop in North Raleigh. They have a cute outdoor market every weekend and the best mini-donuts of all time. If you venture this far, make sure you snag that avocado toast.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Awesome brewery. Within walking distance. Roof top bar is worth checking out. Monday night half off wings! Local neighborhood sports bar.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“237-acre preserve with woodlands, lakes & wildlife, plus hiking & mountain biking trails & fishing. (GOOG)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great South American food and atmosphere. Outside tables and hammocks in the waiting area. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Over The Falls has one of the largest menus I've ever seen! What started out as a small sandwich shop, grew into a gorgeous full service restaurant with something for everyone. They have great local brews on tap, as well as some lovely wines and a full bar. Trust me - you'll be glad you went. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Unique French shopping mall and tasty variety of restaurants with a coffee shop.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Italian food with a huge salad bar and lunch and/or dinner buffet. They have the best pizza around!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This is one of my favorite, convenient, hiking trails. This park is HUGE and has a nice lake/picnic spot right in the middle. The hikes can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on your time frame!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Walk along White Street and checkout all the art shops and cafes. The Cotton Company is a great shop for finding hostess gifts and one of a kind trinkets.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This rather famous gallery is just a few miles down the road. Their gift shop sells local one of a kind household goods, artwork, pottery, jewelry. They also sell plants. Check their website for the occasional exhibits and events. Sometimes they have a food truck or two (but call or check their website.) ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Downtown Wake Forest has embraced the "Beer State" culture and has its own brewery. Right in the heart of things on White Street, they have a rotating selection of beer (and some wine for the non-beer drinkers). There's trivia on Wednesday nights, and TVs for watching any sporting events. While there's no food served at the brewery itself, they allow you to order in food from the local establishments and there's often a food truck outside. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best Place for watching the sunset. Drinks and food a little pricier BUT great views & the food is good.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Amazing food...love the cilantro jalapeno hummus. Great place for a quick meal or take to go.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“The town's 117 acre crown jewel park, it features restored farm buildings, a pecan grove, an amphitheater, fishing, and three miles of walking trails. Six Sundays in Spring is our concert series from April til June.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Cafe
“A super cozy and comfy coffee shop in North Raleigh. They have a cute outdoor market every weekend and the best mini-donuts of all time. If you venture this far, make sure you snag that avocado toast.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Awesome brewery. Within walking distance. Roof top bar is worth checking out. Monday night half off wings! Local neighborhood sports bar.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great South American food and atmosphere. Outside tables and hammocks in the waiting area. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Over The Falls has one of the largest menus I've ever seen! What started out as a small sandwich shop, grew into a gorgeous full service restaurant with something for everyone. They have great local brews on tap, as well as some lovely wines and a full bar. Trust me - you'll be glad you went. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Italian food with a huge salad bar and lunch and/or dinner buffet. They have the best pizza around!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Best Place for watching the sunset. Drinks and food a little pricier BUT great views & the food is good.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Amazing food...love the cilantro jalapeno hummus. Great place for a quick meal or take to go.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best burgers and pub style food. Usually crowded so you may want to plan around that. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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