Top things to do in Raleigh

Top Choice Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

Expanded in 2010 with the completion of the stunning, glass-and-steel West Building, this superb museum stands 6 miles west of downtown. Ranging far and wide, from ancient Egypt to modern Africa, its permanent colle…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Raleigh

Trophy Brewing & Pizza

Trophy Brewing have two other locations in Raleigh, a brewery taproom and a classier downtown pub, but their original space, with six taps and a small but delectable craft-pizza menu, remains the best. The gorgeous …
Top Choice Bakery in Raleigh

La Farm Bakery

This much-loved French bakery is hard to find, halfway to Chapel Hill and inconspicuous even once you spot the right strip mall. Its breads and pastries are truly out of this world, though – whether you grab a class…
Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of History

For a comprehensive, evenhanded and engaging look at the story of North Carolina, immerse yourself in the state history museum. Starting with a 3000-year-old dugout canoe, it continues through to the Civil Rights er…
Laotian in Raleigh

Bida Manda

The food at this artfully decorated establishment – one of very few Laotian restaurants in the US – looks as gorgeous as the space itself. Enhanced with Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese flavors, it tastes wonderful too.…
Clothing in Raleigh

Lumina Clothing Co

Raleigh born and bred, this hip, mostly men’s clothing boutique made a name for itself by dishing out its own shirt designs in half sizes. Along with their own stuff, including denim and pants, the fiercely curated …
Southern US in Raleigh

Beasley's Chicken & Honey

You’ll need to loosen your belt after a meal at this crispy venture from James Beard Award–winning chef Ashley Christensen. Inside her airy downtown canteen, fried chicken is the star – on a biscuit, with waffles, i…
Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Whale skeletons hang from the ceiling. Butterflies flutter past your shoulder. Emerald tree boas make you shiver. And be warned: if you arrive after 10am on a school day, swarms of elementary-school children rampage…
Cocktail Bar in Raleigh

Green Light

The Green Light is a bar within a bar, an intimate cocktail lounge hidden within the larger and less interesting Architect bar in downtown Raleigh. An intriguing, speakeasy-like experience, it’s behind the bookcase …
Juice Bar in Raleigh

Raleigh Raw

This funky little 100% raw and organic cold-pressed juice bar takes its blended brews seriously, mixing up fruit and vegetables from kale to coconut, and setting out to improve liver function, blood circulation and …