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Guidebook for Durham

Elissa

Guidebook for Durham

Food Scene
This is the closest local bar (about a mile from my place), and also has a pretty decent menu (beyond just barfood)! Fabulous outdoor seating in warmer weather.
City Beverage
4810 Hope Valley Road
This is the closest local bar (about a mile from my place), and also has a pretty decent menu (beyond just barfood)! Fabulous outdoor seating in warmer weather.
This is also a pretty tasty restaurant/bar within about a mile of my place. Great menu, typically buy one get one free sushi.
Shiki Sushi
207 North Carolina 54
This is also a pretty tasty restaurant/bar within about a mile of my place. Great menu, typically buy one get one free sushi.
This is an excellent little taqueria that is very close to my place (1 mile-ish)! Inexpensive, fresh salsa bar (delicious variety!), and a local favorite. Good for fast, quick, delicious food.
Chubby's Tacos
4711 Hope Valley Road
This is an excellent little taqueria that is very close to my place (1 mile-ish)! Inexpensive, fresh salsa bar (delicious variety!), and a local favorite. Good for fast, quick, delicious food.
Great local brewery/burger joint, serving only locally sourced, in-season items. Great community atmosphere as well!
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Bull City Burger and Brewery
107 East Parrish Street
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Great local brewery/burger joint, serving only locally sourced, in-season items. Great community atmosphere as well!
This is one of my favorite brunch/lunch joints (also serve a decadent dinner). German bakery attached. Indoor/outdoor seating with a European feel! Fresh flowers & artisans on Saturday mornings.
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Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
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This is one of my favorite brunch/lunch joints (also serve a decadent dinner). German bakery attached. Indoor/outdoor seating with a European feel! Fresh flowers & artisans on Saturday mornings.
Great for brunch/lunch anyday, dinner is more upscale. Delicious French food & wine, great atmosphere!
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Rue Cler
401 East Chapel Hill Street
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Great for brunch/lunch anyday, dinner is more upscale. Delicious French food & wine, great atmosphere!
Good cafe, delicious (authentic) Cuban food, decent prices. Also nice to hang out/drink coffee/brunch. Dominoes tournaments some evenings, sometimes live music!
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Old Havana Sandwich Shop and Cafe
310 East Main Street
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Good cafe, delicious (authentic) Cuban food, decent prices. Also nice to hang out/drink coffee/brunch. Dominoes tournaments some evenings, sometimes live music!
Great restaurant/bar with indoor/outdoor seating. DELICIOUS, reasonably priced menu. Great cocktails.
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Geer Street Garden
644 Foster Street
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Great restaurant/bar with indoor/outdoor seating. DELICIOUS, reasonably priced menu. Great cocktails.
Nice for small plates, sandwiches, brunch/lunch! In the middle of downtown, nextdoor to Whiskey!
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Toast
345 West Main Street
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Nice for small plates, sandwiches, brunch/lunch! In the middle of downtown, nextdoor to Whiskey!
Breakfast/Brunch restaurant, typical diner-style. Very close to RTP.
Brigs at the Park Restaurant
4900 North Carolina 55
Breakfast/Brunch restaurant, typical diner-style. Very close to RTP.
Another typical breakfast/brunch/lunch diner-style restaurant. Has a Greek influence!
Benetis Restaurant
5410 North Carolina 55
Another typical breakfast/brunch/lunch diner-style restaurant. Has a Greek influence!
Closest local coffee shop to my place. Also has a location downtown on 9th Street.
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Bean Traders
105 West North Carolina 54
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Closest local coffee shop to my place. Also has a location downtown on 9th Street.
If you're into upscale local foods, this is a pretty great place. Right nextdoor to the Durham Farmer's Market (in Durham Central Park).
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Piedmont Restaurant
401 Foster St
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If you're into upscale local foods, this is a pretty great place. Right nextdoor to the Durham Farmer's Market (in Durham Central Park).
One of my favorite local south Indian restaurants! Vimala's has a constantly changing menu, based on locally-sourced, in-season ingredients, and has a great community/social-justice vibe!
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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
431 West Franklin Street
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One of my favorite local south Indian restaurants! Vimala's has a constantly changing menu, based on locally-sourced, in-season ingredients, and has a great community/social-justice vibe!
Deliciousness beyond deliciousness. You can't go wrong if you'd looking for quick, decently priced, authentic med food!
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Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering
410 West Franklin Street
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Deliciousness beyond deliciousness. You can't go wrong if you'd looking for quick, decently priced, authentic med food!
This is a new, delicious tapas bar in downtown Durham! I would highly recommend it, but if you're going on a weekend, make sure you have a reservation!
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Mateo Bar de Tapas
109 West Chapel Hill Street
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This is a new, delicious tapas bar in downtown Durham! I would highly recommend it, but if you're going on a weekend, make sure you have a reservation!
I've not been to this one yet (since I'm gluten-free!), but this place has gotten pretty rave reviews since it opened!
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Pizzeria Toro
105 East Chapel Hill Street
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I've not been to this one yet (since I'm gluten-free!), but this place has gotten pretty rave reviews since it opened!
Delicious pizza, near the train-tracks in downtown Durham, close to shopping at Brightleaf Square. ALSO, they have a delicious gluten-free pizza crust option! :)
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Peabody Pizza Company
810 West Peabody Street
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Delicious pizza, near the train-tracks in downtown Durham, close to shopping at Brightleaf Square. ALSO, they have a delicious gluten-free pizza crust option! :)
Run by the owner of Nanas, Nanataco is a quick, fresh taco bar with amazing food. Definitely recommended!
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NUVOTACO
2512 University Drive
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Run by the owner of Nanas, Nanataco is a quick, fresh taco bar with amazing food. Definitely recommended!
Many different types of BBQ for the meat lovers, as well as great vegetarian sides! Across from Motorco (great music venue), Fullsteam Brewery, Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer St Garden, etc.
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The Pit Durham
321 West Geer Street
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Many different types of BBQ for the meat lovers, as well as great vegetarian sides! Across from Motorco (great music venue), Fullsteam Brewery, Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer St Garden, etc.
Want some quick, delicious BBQ? this is the place - a little place that is fast, delicious, and ALSO has great veggie options! Just nextdoor to Nanataco.
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The Original Q Shack
2510 University Drive
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Want some quick, delicious BBQ? this is the place - a little place that is fast, delicious, and ALSO has great veggie options! Just nextdoor to Nanataco.
This coffee shop is multi-purposed! There's a fantastic outdoor area for the cafe/coffee/juice bar. Additionally, they've just added a farm-to-fork 4 star restaurant on site!
Straw Valley Food & Drink
5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
This coffee shop is multi-purposed! There's a fantastic outdoor area for the cafe/coffee/juice bar. Additionally, they've just added a farm-to-fork 4 star restaurant on site!
Drinks & Nightlife
Great local bar!
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Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Avenue
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Great local bar!
Local Irish pub, decent bar food as well.
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Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
427 W Main St
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Local Irish pub, decent bar food as well.
Nice wine bar near tobacco warehouses, very close to downtown.
West End Wine Bar of Durham
601 West Main Street
Nice wine bar near tobacco warehouses, very close to downtown.
Great bar, great menu (beyond bar-food, they have a good chef and great specials). John Edwards sightings have happened here on many occasions!
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Federal
914 West Main Street
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Great bar, great menu (beyond bar-food, they have a good chef and great specials). John Edwards sightings have happened here on many occasions!
Sightseeing
The biggest local farmer's market (in Durham, at least!). Year round, reduced hours in the winter.
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Durham Farmers' Market
501 Foster Street
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The biggest local farmer's market (in Durham, at least!). Year round, reduced hours in the winter.
This is a cute little shopping area downtown, with boutiques as well as a bunch of little restaurants/bars clustered near the area.
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Brightleaf Square
905 W Main St
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This is a cute little shopping area downtown, with boutiques as well as a bunch of little restaurants/bars clustered near the area.
for the hikers out there, this is a FABULOUS state park, with great trails and a beautiful river. Totally worth the drive out.
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Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd
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for the hikers out there, this is a FABULOUS state park, with great trails and a beautiful river. Totally worth the drive out.
Another great natural area. You'd have to google it, but I think you can rent kayaks and what not here.
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Poplar Point Campground
558 Poplar Point
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Another great natural area. You'd have to google it, but I think you can rent kayaks and what not here.
Another great hiking location, kind of located between Raleigh and RTP. Lots of entrances, probably best to google it and pick a location.
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William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave
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Another great hiking location, kind of located between Raleigh and RTP. Lots of entrances, probably best to google it and pick a location.
Shopping
I'm not a huge mall fan, but for those who are, this is the place to go.
Arden B
6910 Fayetteville Street
I'm not a huge mall fan, but for those who are, this is the place to go.