City Guides for a day or two in Raleigh brought to you by Team PofR.
Amanda is a textile student at NC State who enjoys being outside, wandering around new places, and traveling any distance to see live music.
Start your day with a coffee from Cup a Joe on Hillsborough street, it’s causal and there is always interesting music playing. Next, I recommend heading over to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Before heading in to view the amazing exhibits, take advantage of the numerous walking trails at the Museum Park that will transport you to being surrounded by nature and art, all in a memorable way. Once you are ready for lunch, ten minutes away from NCMA is my absolute favorite pizza shop in all of NC, Pizzeria Faulisi, the Amat pizza is what I go crazy for!
For the rest of the day I recommend dedicating time to wandering around downtown Raleigh. The following are a few local spots you should check out: Sorry State Records, Father & Son Antiques, Holder Goods, Port of Raleigh, and CAM Raleigh. Also, if you are reading this and squirrel watching is your thing, or if you just enjoy green spaces amongst tall buildings, make a stop by Nash Square and sit for a while. Once ready for dinner, there are more than numerous places for a fantastic meal but Brewery Bhavana would be my number one recommendation, be sure to make a reservation a few days out! After dinner, pick between seeing a film at the Rialto Theater or a show at The Pour House - both local spots providing a welcoming environment to enjoy the arts. For the nights stay, check out the Guest House, Raleigh’s new boutique hotel.
Day 2 / Half Day :
Begin your day with indulging the best croissant in town at Boulted Bread and be sure to grab a baguette to snack on latter. Make a stop by the State Farmers Market and then head on over to Lake Johnson, it’s only a 10 minute drive from downtown Raleigh and has numerous trails to walk and explore. Another favorite outdoor spot of mine is the JC Raulston Arboretum, a nationally acclaimed garden and green space. Bring a blanket with a book and spend some time being still. For lunch, tacos are always a good idea, so I would recommend either Armadillo Grill or bartaco!
Thank you, Amanda!