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Durham town, North Carolina NC


Durham is a humble town with some great coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Even though it doesn't look very spiffy, it has a cheerful look to it and some great historic architecture here and there. This is a youthful town with an abundance of hangout spots, probably because Duke University is nearby. 
The main downtown area is at City Center, at Main St and E. Chapel Hill St, where many working people walk over to get lunch on weekdays. Check out Toast Italian Sandwiches (closed Sundays) and its happy outdoor tables where you can feel the breeze and watch people walk by. Come early as there are only four outdoor tables. Across the street is The Cupcake Bar, Pizzeria Toro, and Ninth Street Bakery. Beyu Caffe is a jazz club, next door. City Center has every type of restaurant you could want: Indian, Thai (with a bangkok twist), British, and Irish. Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas, Ponysaurus Brewery (nice lawn) and Bull City Burger and Brewery (great back patio) are here. As you drive down E. Chapel Hill Street you will see some great historic architecture. Go to the top of The Durham Hotel for a cool rooftop bar with food and drinks, and great views at sunset. 
Walk north from City Center seven minutes to Durham Central Park where there's a playground and animal sculptures for kids to climb. Walk another five minutes north and you'll come to another great area:
At night, Rigsbee Ave and Geer Street comes alive with strung lights and students sitting at picnic tables outside Full Steam Brewery and Motorco Bar. Full Steam Brewery has a fun night of belly dancing performances the last Tuesday of every other month (e.g. July 31, 2018). This area is a 13 minute walk north of City Center. Another Cocoa Cinnamon coffee shop is here, on Geer Street, with picnic tables outside and fans to cool you, plus a nice yellow interior. Geer Street Beer Garden is here too, and Blue Note Grill has blues bands sometimes. 
Twelve minutes walk west from City Center, along Main Street, is Brightleaf Square. Located at 905 W. Main Street, it has brick buildings and lights strung in between. Try the coffee shop, Kaffeinate. 
Some of the cool places in Durham are just in random spots. For a magical recessed patio with plants, decorations and fountains, and delicious baked goods, visit Guglhupf Bakery and Cafe, though you need to come on a weekday because it's crowded on weekends. You can order in the bakery to the right and eat at the cafe tables, or order food from the cafe straight ahead and then they bring it to your table.
For a hip coffee shop with a gorgeous interior and cute outdoor seating, check out Cocoa Cinnamon, at 2627 Hillsborough Rd, which has the delicious baked goods from Guglhufp! There are two other Cocoa Cinnamon coffee shops (one mentioned below). 
Counter Culture Coffee is near East End Park (bouncies, splash park, and playground).
Li Ming's Global Market, in a plain shopping plaza close to Chapel Hill, has an awesome selection of Asian and International foods.
Bean Traders and Baby Scratch Bakery are some other spots to try, off the beaten path.
In the 9th Street area, next to Duke's east campus is One World Market, a cute shop with items from around the world. Outsiders is an art gallery in a sweet house. Cosmic Cantina and Mad Hatter Cafe and Bakeshop are in this area. 
American Tobacco Campus, next to DPAC and the Durham Bulls Stadium, has restaurants, fountains, and atmosphere at night.
After drinking and eating, head over for a walk at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, or a stroll around Duke University campus, checking out their amazing chapel. Or if it's hot or cold outside, visit the Nasher Museum of Art, which is open late till 9pm on Thursday nights.


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Looking toward Beyu Caffe.
Looking toward Beyu Caffe.
Seating outside Toast.
Seating outside Toast.
Guglhupf Cafe has lovely outdoor seating.
Guglhupf Cafe has lovely outdoor seating.
Lush plants and fountain outside Guglhupf cafe.
Lush plants and fountain outside Guglhupf cafe.
Sitting outside Toast, in City Center.
Sitting outside Toast, in City Center.
Letters Bookshop in the City Center area.
Letters Bookshop in the City Center area.


City Center is one of the main areas in Durham, located at Main Street and E. Chapel Hill Street. Park along the road and pay with credit card at the meters.
Geer Street and Rigsbee Ave (a 13 minute walk north of City Center) is a main area at night, for the bar scene. Park along the road or in a parking lot- some are free/allowed after 5pm.
Durham is spread out over many areas, so check each eatery for its address as there is not one main area to go to.

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Last Updated Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:46:09 GMT