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Top Choice Plantation in Durham

Historic Stagville Plantation

Exceptional in prioritizing the 1000 or so ‘enslaved persons’ who worked here above the families that claimed their ownership, Stagville Plantation ranks among North Carolina’s most important historic sites. What su…
Top Choice Tapas in Durham

Mateo

A poster child for Durham’s remarkable comeback, this James Beard–nominated ‘bar de tapas’ is downtown’s culinary anchor. Many dishes come with a Southern bent, and particular revelations include the pan com tomate …
Top Choice Zoo in Durham

Duke Lemur Center

The secret is out – Durham’s coolest attraction has to be this research and conservation center, home to the largest collection of lemurs outside their native Madagascar. No one could fail to melt at the sight of th…
Top Choice Coffee in Durham

Cocoa Cinnamon

If a local says you must order a hot chocolate at Cocoa Cinnamon, ask them to be more specific. This former service station, on downtown's northern fringes, offers so many cocoas (along with teas and single-source c…
Top Choice Chicken in Durham

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

While they can’t claim to have invented chicken and waffles – it’s been a ‘thing’ for a couple of centuries – Dame’s has raised the ultimate comfort food to a fine art. Their relocation to these larger premises shou…
Basketball in Durham

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Fans of the Duke University Blue Devils worship inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, which opened in 1940 and is perhaps the nicest basketball arena on the planet. When there’s no scheduled event, you can step inside duri…
Japanese in Durham

Dashi

The downstairs half of this cool, friendly, split-level Japanese joint serves sizable bowls of ramen noodles in various broths, with added ingredients such as pulled pork or catfish. Upstairs, and open in the evenin…
Brewery in Durham

Fullsteam Brewery

Calling itself a 'plow-to-pint' brewery, Fullsteam has gained national attention for pushing the boundaries of beer with wild, Southernized concoctions. Going out of its way to support local farmers, neighborhood fo…
Gallery in Durham

Nasher Museum of Art

Set amid the Duke University campus woods, this impressive futuristic cube displays art from around the world and across the ages. Only a small portion of the university's collection is on show at any one time, but …
Bakery in Durham

Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe

We like this superior German-style bakery and cafe for lunch, when skirt-steak sandwiches with blue cheese, homemade bratwurst on sub rolls and vegan mushroom salads bring an upbeat crowd to the sunny patio. Add a G…