Moore Square

Moore Square is a time-honored, historic district located in downtown Raleigh, comprised of a one-block radius on all sides of the park/square and of historic City Market. While the park is closed for redevelopment into a 21st-century space, the surrounding district buzzes with life (and nightlife). It is a charming mix of old and new, with cobblestone streets juxtaposed against modern upgrades like the new GoRaleigh Transit Station, a multimillion-dollar renovation that serves more than 15,000 commuters each day.

The district's rapid ascension has been fueled by the construction of high-density residential developments, including the 23-story luxury apartment tower SkyHouse Raleigh, the 223-unit Edison Lofts and The Lincoln apartments. There are more than 500 additional apartments slated to arrive soon, adding to the big-city feel of Moore Square.

A visit to Raleigh is not complete without dining in one of restaurants operated by chef Ashley Christensen, named by the James Beard Foundation in 2014 as Best Chef: Southeast. In the Moore Square district, go to Beasley's Chicken + Honey for extraordinary fried chicken, Southern sides and craft cocktails, or a perhaps you’d prefer the house-made burgers and shakes next door at Chuck’s.
 


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For a metropolitan cocktail bar experience, check out Niall Hanley’s newest venture—the dark, sophisticated underground space at Watts & Ward, located below neighborhood favorite Caffe Luna. Don’t miss Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana from visionary restaurateurs (and brother-and-sister combo) Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, as well as the district’s newest introduction, Royale, serving simple and savory French bistro selections.

Making this district a popular family destination is Marbles Kids Museum, attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year and delivering purposeful play to children and their families. Marbles is also home to one of the world's most immersive movie experiences: the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles boasts N.C.’s only 3D-capable giant screen.

The Moore Square district also has a variety of art galleries, anchored by Raleigh’s Artspace—a 30,000-square-foot, historic building that has 25 dedicated artist studios. Visitors can meet and interact with working artists, take a class or purchase original artwork from individual studios or from the Artspace gift shop. Regular events featured at Moore Square include the Raleigh Arts Festival, Artsplosure, Movies in the Park, the Street Painting Festival and the Moore Square Farmer’s Market.

Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha
Brewery Bhavana

Vansana

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Vanvisa Nolintha

Brewery Bhavana and Bida Manda

Born in Laos, siblings Van and Vanvisa Nolintha founded two thriving businesses in downtown Raleigh. Bida Manda is a Laotian restaurant specializing in the flavors of their childhood, while Brewery Bhavana is a brewery, bookstore, flower shop and dim sum restaurant all in one.

“There is so much passion and commitment to Raleigh, there’s an optimism and hope that’s really contagious.”

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Raleigh, N.C.

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Downtown Raleigh

Historic neighborhoods, museums, Southern diners and global eats, green spaces, performance venues, breweries and nightlife spots work together to create one incredible, cultural hotspot.

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East Raleigh

Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow with historic neighborhoods, two distilleries, family-fun facilities and restaurants serving up delicious, down-home Southern food.

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Midtown Raleigh

Includes four, different shopping, entertainment and dining areas all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood.

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North Raleigh

Home to hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment is easy to find as well as fun, outdoor things to do

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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Apex

Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940.

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Cary

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, the Town of Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Fuquay-Varina

Originally, visitors traveled to the quaint town seeking the healing powers of its mineral spring. Today the town remains a rewarding place for day-trip adventures or weekend getaways.

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Garner

Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Knightdale

Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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Morrisville/RTP

A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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Rolesville

As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Wendell

Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Zebulon

Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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