Carolyn’s Favorite Places to visit in Durham

Carolyn
Carolyn’s Favorite Places to visit in Durham

Food scene

One of the best coffee shops in Durham! Dave (owner) started small and grew his local business. The atmosphere is contagious. You would not want to leave!
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Bean Traders
105 West North Carolina 54
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One of the best coffee shops in Durham! Dave (owner) started small and grew his local business. The atmosphere is contagious. You would not want to leave!
BEST Italian restaurant in Durham! Recommend making a reservations a few days in advance. Leave your cell phones in the car. The atmosphere is about connecting with your family and friends!
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Mothers & Sons Trattoria
107 W Chapel Hill St
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BEST Italian restaurant in Durham! Recommend making a reservations a few days in advance. Leave your cell phones in the car. The atmosphere is about connecting with your family and friends!
Pizza lovers!! Neopolitian style pizza. It’s worth the wait! Communal style and cool atmosphere.
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Pizzeria Toro
105 East Chapel Hill Street
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Pizza lovers!! Neopolitian style pizza. It’s worth the wait! Communal style and cool atmosphere.
Walk upstairs to eat great pizza! Eggplant fries, chicken wings, and anything else you can think of! Next door to Pinhook where you can have a drink or listen to music.
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Pie Pushers
117 W Main St
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Walk upstairs to eat great pizza! Eggplant fries, chicken wings, and anything else you can think of! Next door to Pinhook where you can have a drink or listen to music.
Eclectic. Great coffee. Great brick and mortar story. Community feel. Great people of all ages. Music is good-keeps you motivated.
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Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood
2013 Chapel Hill Rd
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Eclectic. Great coffee. Great brick and mortar story. Community feel. Great people of all ages. Music is good-keeps you motivated.
Just go! A bakery designed to make you want more. Great food for lunch too! Inside and Outside is exploratory.
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Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
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Just go! A bakery designed to make you want more. Great food for lunch too! Inside and Outside is exploratory.
Want a southern touch to food and coffee. This is the place! Located in downtown durham, you can get you belly full and enjoy the view of durham downtown. Take a cup of coffee to go!
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Beyú Caffè
341 West Main Street
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Want a southern touch to food and coffee. This is the place! Located in downtown durham, you can get you belly full and enjoy the view of durham downtown. Take a cup of coffee to go!
You have to go! Drinks and food are delicious! Sit in the bar area and grab a table in the restaurant. (Reservations required for the restaurant). ORDER THE ALLEY BURGER! or the BANG BANG CAULIFLOWER!
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Alley Twenty Six
320 E Chapel Hill St
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You have to go! Drinks and food are delicious! Sit in the bar area and grab a table in the restaurant. (Reservations required for the restaurant). ORDER THE ALLEY BURGER! or the BANG BANG CAULIFLOWER!
If you want ice cream, there is no other place to be! I get the chocolate or vegan chocolate. Homemade! So many flavors. Free samples so choose everything and go sit by the DURHAM BULL to enjoy!
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The Parlour
117 Market Street
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If you want ice cream, there is no other place to be! I get the chocolate or vegan chocolate. Homemade! So many flavors. Free samples so choose everything and go sit by the DURHAM BULL to enjoy!
I eat everything here. The vegetarian paella is my favorite but please add meat to yours if you like. Drinks, wine and cocktails are delicious. Nice wood and atmosphere is inviting.
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Taberna Tapas
325 West Main Street
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I eat everything here. The vegetarian paella is my favorite but please add meat to yours if you like. Drinks, wine and cocktails are delicious. Nice wood and atmosphere is inviting.
Local farm and distilling company. If you are a bourbon drinker or curious about this kind of stuff, then this is a great inexpensive way to gain some knowledge and have a drink.
Mystic Farm & Distilling Company
1212 North Mineral Springs Road
Local farm and distilling company. If you are a bourbon drinker or curious about this kind of stuff, then this is a great inexpensive way to gain some knowledge and have a drink.
On Sundays, they have the best brunch ever! Buffet style. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat lover, there is something here for everyone. any day of the week is good to eat here for lunch and dinner. The garlic fries are amazing--I cant stop eating them!
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Geer Street Garden
644 Foster Street
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On Sundays, they have the best brunch ever! Buffet style. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat lover, there is something here for everyone. any day of the week is good to eat here for lunch and dinner. The garlic fries are amazing--I cant stop eating them!

Sightseeing

One of the many colleges people rave about. My son graduated from here so I agree! Walk around this campus and Visit the Duke chapel. Take a few pictures.
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One of the many colleges people rave about. My son graduated from here so I agree! Walk around this campus and Visit the Duke chapel. Take a few pictures.
One of the historically black colleges and universities. View old homes, new and old buildings of NCCU.
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
One of the historically black colleges and universities. View old homes, new and old buildings of NCCU.
Check out a movie or two! This architecture of this building is worth seeing and a lot of history here and untold stories. They still serve popcorn!
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The Carolina Theatre
309 West Morgan Street
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Check out a movie or two! This architecture of this building is worth seeing and a lot of history here and untold stories. They still serve popcorn!
Awe-inspiring! You can walk through this garden and escape the cares of the world. But don’t forget to bring your phone or professional camera! Take pictures galor! Every plant, flower and tree is strategically placed and have you going back home to plant something in your yard.
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St
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Awe-inspiring! You can walk through this garden and escape the cares of the world. But don’t forget to bring your phone or professional camera! Take pictures galor! Every plant, flower and tree is strategically placed and have you going back home to plant something in your yard.

My favorite places for Live Music

Like music! Find a good show here. Drinks and food are at your disposal. Eat in or outside—either way, the vibe is cool and you meet all types of people. Love this place for a night out. Just be yourself.
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Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
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Like music! Find a good show here. Drinks and food are at your disposal. Eat in or outside—either way, the vibe is cool and you meet all types of people. Love this place for a night out. Just be yourself.
More great live shows. Check it out while you are here. Great artists from all over the world. In the heart of the Lakewood historic district.
Rhythms Live Music Hall
2020 Chapel Hill Road
More great live shows. Check it out while you are here. Great artists from all over the world. In the heart of the Lakewood historic district.

Shopping for clothes

Shopping required here! Or need that last minute dress, pants, shirt or whatever.
Southpoint Mall
6810 Fayetteville Road
Shopping required here! Or need that last minute dress, pants, shirt or whatever.
Bonjour! Socially conscious Downtown durham boutique for women, independent designers. High end boutique that grabs every woman attention! I normally go home thinking about the clothes I tried on. The next day, I go back and buy it! So, try on clothes and support this local boutique!
Vert & Vogue
353 West Main Street
Bonjour! Socially conscious Downtown durham boutique for women, independent designers. High end boutique that grabs every woman attention! I normally go home thinking about the clothes I tried on. The next day, I go back and buy it! So, try on clothes and support this local boutique!
Need a laugh? A gift? This is the place! They have the coolest funny socks EVER—it’s the stuff that you want to say but can’t say! This store has everything so stop by! Ninth street area had been Durham’s local favorites since I’ve been here.
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Vaguely Reminiscent
728 9th Street
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Need a laugh? A gift? This is the place! They have the coolest funny socks EVER—it’s the stuff that you want to say but can’t say! This store has everything so stop by! Ninth street area had been Durham’s local favorites since I’ve been here.

Barbershop

Need a cut? The Renaissance barbershop is there for you! Book your appointment online.
The professionalism of every barber in this diversified boutique barbershop tends to amaze me. Make an appointment on line. Timothy McIntosh, jr. (managing partner) is skilled and knowledgeable about all types of hair. Couldn’t ask for a better person to care for you hair and give you a Renaissance experience you will never forget! You can walk across to Southpoint mall to complete the look.
The Renaissance Barbershop
7001 Fayetteville Rd
The professionalism of every barber in this diversified boutique barbershop tends to amaze me. Make an appointment on line. Timothy McIntosh, jr. (managing partner) is skilled and knowledgeable about all types of hair. Couldn’t ask for a better person to care for you hair and give you a Renaissance experience you will never forget! You can walk across to Southpoint mall to complete the look.

Grocery stores

One of my favorites for some groceries. Friendly service. Never too much of a wait unless it is a snow storm!
Harris Teeter
One of my favorites for some groceries. Friendly service. Never too much of a wait unless it is a snow storm!
If you don’t come here, you’re missing out! Local fruits and vegetables. Organic and non organic. Coffee. Beer. Great wine selection. Hot bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Salad bar.
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Whole Foods Market
621 Broad Street
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If you don’t come here, you’re missing out! Local fruits and vegetables. Organic and non organic. Coffee. Beer. Great wine selection. Hot bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Salad bar.

Fun Activities

Just have fun here! Play arcade games, listen to music, have a cocktail, eat pizza...do whatever makes you happy!
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Boxcar Bar & Arcade
621 Foster St
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Just have fun here! Play arcade games, listen to music, have a cocktail, eat pizza...do whatever makes you happy!
If you can, go to a Duke game! I used to attend them all the time and it is nothing like being in the atmosphere of a community spirit.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
115 Whitford Drive
If you can, go to a Duke game! I used to attend them all the time and it is nothing like being in the atmosphere of a community spirit.
I go here for all my vinyl records! I can stay here all day with no apologies. if you like beer, grab one while searching through thousands of records. If you do not drink beer, don't worry, you can still search through thousands of records. While searching, they play some of the coolest music and makes you come back from more!
Hunky Dory
718 9th Street
I go here for all my vinyl records! I can stay here all day with no apologies. if you like beer, grab one while searching through thousands of records. If you do not drink beer, don't worry, you can still search through thousands of records. While searching, they play some of the coolest music and makes you come back from more!