Shopping and Restaurants

The Triangle area has a ton of good restaurants, 3 good malls and some good boutique shopping ... but it's not all spread evenly around the area. Durham and Chapel Hill have the best independent restaurants, with Raleigh right behind them, and Cary has every chain restaurant known to man. Chapel Hill and Raleigh have some great boutique shopping, while Durham has very little shopping outside of the mall.

Click on a city below to see shopping venues and my favorite restaurants in each city.

Raleigh

Durham

Cary

Chapel Hill


Raleigh

Malls:

North Hills, Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, Brier Creek Commons (more of an upscale strip mall of box stores)

Non-chain store shopping:

Glenwood South neighborhood, Cameron Village

Restaurants (fancy):

Angus Barn, Second Empire, Poole's Downtown Diner, Globe, Sullivans, Sitti, Mo’s Diner, Café Luna, The Big Easy, Five Star, Bistro 607,The Mint,Red Room (especially for happy hour)

Restaurants (casual):

Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery, South, Global Village Organic Coffee

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Durham

Malls:

Streets at Southpoint (best mall in the Triangle in my opinion!)

Non-chain store shopping:

Brightleaf, 9th Street

Restaurants (fancy): NOTE: Both Bon Appetit and Southern Living have recognized Durham’s fabulous local restaurants

Revolution Nana’s, Watts Grocery, Parizade/Vin Rouge, Piedmont, Rue Cler, Washington Duke Inn, Four SquareDos Perros

Restaurants (casual):

Fishmonger, Fosters, Guglhupf, Mad Hatter, Thai Cafe, Alivia's, Toast, Hummingbird Café, and Nosh

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Cary

Malls:

Cary Towne Center Mall

Restaurants (fancy):

An, Heron’s at Umstead

Restaurants (casual):

La Farm Bakery and Café (my fav), Café Caturra (another fav), Danny’s BBQ, The Brunch Box, Brig’s, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Yuri Japanese

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Chapel Hill

Shopping:

Franklin Street (has more than 300 independent shops and restaurants)

Restaurants (fancy):

Crooks Corner (southern), Elaine's on Franklin, Lantern (Asian), Acme (actually in Carrboro), Bin 54 (steakhouse), Il Palio

Restaurants (casual):

Carrburrito, Weaver Street Market (both in Carrboro), Mama Dips, Carolina Brewery (both in Chapel Hill)

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