Downtown Raleigh, N.C., is where historic neighborhoods, world-class museums, Southern diners, outdoor green spaces, performing arts venues, local shops, breweries and underground cocktail spots all work together to create one incredible cultural hotspot.
It’s where you can tour a chocolate factory, play classic arcade games, park your bike outside a bicycle-themed brewery, indulge in a plate of whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue, pick up a pair of locally hand-crafted denim jeans and visit a contemporary art museum—all within in a 100-step radius.
Some of the state’s most visited attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Marbles Kids Museum and North Carolina Museum of History), plus a host of critically acclaimed restaurants on a national level (Poole’s Diner, Raleigh Beer Garden and more) call the center of the city home.
New in downtown Raleigh! Sip n' Stroll Downtown social district
Launched Aug. 15, 2022, visitors to downtown Raleigh can drink beer, wine or cocktails as they walk through a defined area of downtown Raleigh, seven days a week from 11am-10pm! See the district boundaries and participating businesses (and their level of participation) here!
Downtown Raleigh has seen a surge of growth in recent years thanks to a slew of artists, entrepreneurs, creative class innovators, restaurateurs, business leaders and other passionate minds that had a vision for downtown that would make it a special place to visit—a place where people from all walks of life, backgrounds and futures would come together to share enriching experiences. That’s why you’ll find murals on the sides of buildings and posters at business entrances that read, “Are All Welcome Raleigh, N.C.” and “Welcome to Raleigh, Y’all.”
It’s all easily accessible, too—downtown streets are easy to navigate by walking, cycling (using Cardinal Bikeshare) or catching a short rideshare service or taxi ride.
Crawford and Son and Jolie
Scott Crawford's talent and vision have helped to shape and further Raleigh, N.C.'s growing, award-winning food scene. His restaurant, Crawford and Son, serves straightforward, honest food that ranges from the familiar to the unexpected. And his French bistro, Jolie, features...