Midtown Raleigh

The Midtown Raleigh area includes four different shopping, entertainment and dining districts all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Village District and the Five Points neighborhood—plus plenty of hits in between! Each of the four areas is walkable, giving you access to all the awesome things to do at each.

Village District

Village District has been a Raleigh favorite since 1949, transformed through the years and spanning six city blocks. Locals and visitors have mingled in the shopping area for decades, making it a tradition and a classic spot to dive into local offerings and also national favorite shops and restaurants. For eats, Cantina 18, Flying Biscuit, Village Deli and Rise Biscuits & Donuts are a few highlights. In a shopping mood? Charlotte’s, Tin Roof Teas and The Local Squirrel are good places to start!

Cantina 18 is located in Cameron Village, minutes away from downtown Raleigh. They serve fresh southwest cuisine and a variety of... View More

Tin Roof Teas grew out of the Hinson family’s passion for tea. They are dedicated to bringing the world’s finest teas and... View More


Crabtree Valley

Visitors travel hours to visit Crabtree Valley Mall to shop and dine, with 220 stores, including Michael Kors, Coach, Apple, The North Face, Tommy Bahama, H&M and more. The fun extends even beyond the mall—directly across the street is the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, offering up delicious dining it its Braise restaurant, plus a beautiful terrace to enjoy drinks from the bar and time with friends. The area also offers up plenty of other, walkable hotels, extending options.

Want to get some activity in? Crabtree Valley has quick access to the Capital Area Greenway Trail System’s Crabtree Creek Trail, where you can run, walk or bike through miles of scenic trails—and it connects to the Neuse River Greenway Trail!

Five Points Neighborhood

The intersection of Glenwood Ave., and Fairview and Whitaker Mill Rds., hence the neighborhood’s name, brings together a network of local shops and restaurants, plus a 1942 cinema showing foreign and independent films. Grab a local beer at Nickelpoint Brewing Co., Neuse River Brewing Company or Lonerider at Five Points, then head down to Lilly’s Pizza for a delicious pie or NOFO @ The Pig for Southern dining and an eclectic gift shop to explore. Another must is Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery, with its 1940s nostalgia feel and award-winning desserts. 

Nickelpoint Brewing Co. is a craft brewery located in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh that offers classic, European-style... View More

Lilly's is an Italian eatery offering a large selection of salads, snacks, strombolis, zones, pastas and Gluten-free pies. Pizza... View More


North Hills

North Hills shopping and entertainment district offers up some of the destination’s most beloved events, local shops, delicious food and top-notch hotels, including N.C.’s first AC Hotel and the four-star Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.

North Hills Mall originally opened in 1960 was converted into Raleigh’s first enclosed mall in 1967. Natives remember the mall as a go-to spot for shopping popular stores and for dining and mingling. And it’s come a long way since then, now as a giant, open-air, walkable district offering more than 130 local shops, restaurants, bars, spas, a theater, an outdoor live music venue and more.

Shopping standouts include the area’s hub of author appreciation, Quail Ridge Books, posh men’s clothier Peter Millar, Charlotte’s and Kendra Scott. Hungry? Dip into Another Broken Egg Café, Level7 or Vivace. The list goes on with Yard House, Chuy's and much more.

North Hills has become a prime gathering spot for locals and visitors with awesome events at Midtown Park and The Commons. See the full schedule here as events are posted.

Areas of Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C.

Get to know more of Raleigh and its 11 surrounding towns! Click an area on the map or the links below to explore.

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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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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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One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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