About Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh, N.C., is where historic neighborhoods, world-class museums, Southern diners, outdoor green spaces, performing arts venues, local shops, breweries and underground cocktail spots all work together to create one incredible cultural hotspot. Here's how to plan a safe and activity-packed visit right now!

Food and Drink in Raleigh

Raleigh’s food scene? It’s booming, thanks to tasty endeavors from a community that’s passionate about good eats and drinks. The restaurant scene is constantly evolving, too, redefining and re-imagining both Southern cooking and global flavors. From food trucks to sushi spots, craft breweries and chocolate shops, there is so much waiting to be discovered on your next visit!

For big venues with big options, America's food hall trend is alive and well in Raleigh. Both Morgan Street Food Hall and Transfer Co. Food Hall—offering bagels, burritos, burgers, beer and more—sit just a few blocks from the North Carolina State Capitol on opposite sides of downtown.

Outdoors in Raleigh

The outdoors are still great! That statement rings true in the Raleigh area's parks, greenways, lakes, favorite hammock spots and other outdoor spaces have been a welcome escape from homes, office buildings, cars and crowds.

Long known as a “city in a park,” Raleigh, N.C., continues to impress visitors with its lush environment and many offerings for outdoor recreation—more than 10,000 acres of parkland offer up kayaking gems, biking routes, running trails and wide open spaces to explore.