It’s no secret that I’m proud of Raleigh and all that the city has to offer. Raleigh has changed so much since I moved here 9 years ago, and about two years ago, I wrote a guide for 36 Hours in Raleigh (original here). I thought it was time to update my list with a few new favorites.
Grab a cup of coffee from Jubala Coffee on Hillsborough St after arriving in Raleigh.
Head down to Paintbase Nails on Tucker Street for a fresh manicure in the prettiest salon before a night out.
Stop and pick up a new outfit from The Flourish Market and shop with a purpose!
Check out Deco for eclectic gifts and Raleigh themed items.
Grab a macaroon from lucettegrace. I would take one of each, but ask for a recommendation.
Snag a happy hour drink from The Haymaker. I love the interiors of this space and they have a great rose.
Head to dinner at Remedy Diner for the best selection of entrees with vegan and vegetarian options. Their buffalo chicken sandwich is a great vegan option!
Have a post-dinner drink at Foundation, a favorite speakeasy in downtown Raleigh.
Be sure to stay at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh. It’s the perfect spot for walking to these spots or catching a cheap Lyft ride (use code MEGHAN518123 for $5 off your first ride).
The next morning, grab breakfast at The Mecca Restaurant. Get the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
Head to the North Carolina Museum of History for the Civil Rights Exhibit which is a photography exhibit. The permanent exhibit of the history of North Carolina is a personal favorite of mine as well.
Then, stop at the North Carolina Musem of Natural Sciences. The permanent exhibit in the Nature Exploration Center is great for information on the various landscapes that North Carolina boasts.
Take a break for lunch at the Station on Person Street. Order the pimiento cheese dip, black bean burger and homemade chips.
After lunch, head over for a cocktail at William & Co. If you have room, get a tamale, too! They are delicious!
Stroll through Historic Oakwood and check out my favorite neighborhood in Raleigh.
Take a tour of Mordecai House, explore Mordecai Park, and take a trolley tour of downtown Raleigh.
For dinner, head down to Poole’s Diner for dinner. It’s my Raleigh MUST. If there is a wait, head down to Port of Raleigh and take a look at her gorgeous shop. Or you can grab a drink from Poole’s bar and enjoy the energy and atmosphere of my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. Order: pimiento cheese for an appetizer, watermelon & feta salad, roasted chicken, and the royale. If it’s on the menu, I’d also recommend the soft shell crab. However, the 4 above make up our quintessential order.
Stop at Chuck’s for a milkshake. My personal favorite is the chocolate peanut butter.
Head to Fox Liquor Bar for cocktails and have the bartenders make you one based off of your preference. You won’t be disappointed.
Finish your night on the Raleigh Times rooftop bar and enjoy the view of downtown Raleigh.
Before heading out, stroll around the North Carolina State Capitol. Grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich from the Morning Times and enjoy at one of the benches in downtown.
Raleigh people: what are your favorite things to do in our city?
I hope you had a great weekend! Be sure to link up with Biana and me here.
Kelsey @ So Much Life says
What a cool city! Honestly, I’ve never put any of the Carolinas on my travel wish list, but after seeing these pics I think I need to! Seems like there are a lot of travel-worthy cities over in that part of the country!!
I cannot wait to go to Raleigh and visit! It’s just finding the time to do so. Looks like it is such a great city!
This is a perfect guide and makes me so homesick for Raleigh!