area accolades

The Triangle Area is consistently rated by Money Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Mens' Health Magazine and others as one of the best places in the country to live, work and play. Whether you're looking to start or raise a family, advance your career, retire, or start a business, you can enjoy an exceptional quality of life while achieving your goals. Family friendly, hospitable and economically vibrant, the Triangle has it all!

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The Raleigh-Durham shopping experience, like the town itself, blends small town charm with big city convenience and availability. Downtown, you can leisurely stroll the gift shops, florists, jewelry stores and bakeries. Just a stone’s throw away, you can “super size” your shopping experience at the countless malls in the Raleigh-Durham area. And that’s just the beginning….

Shopping Destinations

The Streets at Southpoint
6910 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 572-8808
Located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Fayetteville Road, this shopping mecca houses approximately 150 stores, a movie theater and 26 restaurants and eateries. Designed as a “hybrid mall,” The Streets at SouthPoint has a traditional enclosed mall area as well as an outdoor pedestrian wing and receives 1 million visitors every month.
Brightleaf Square

905 W Main St,

Durham NC 27701
(919) 682-9229
Brightleaf Square features a unique mix of restaurants and shops in a pair of historic tobacco warehouses in downtown Durham.
Northgate Mall

1058 West Club Boulevard

Durham, NC 27701
(919) 286-4400

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Northgate Mall is a regional shopping mall located off Interstate 85 and Gregson Street (exit 176) in northern Durham featuring anchor stores Macy’s and Sears.

Crabtree Valley Mall

4325 Glenwood Ave

Raleigh, NC 27612 
(919) 787-8993 
With nearly 200 stores to choose from, you’re sure to find what you’ve been looking for at Raleigh’s largest mall. Located on Glenwood Avenue near I-440, “Crabtree” has something for everyone.
Brier Creek Commons

8161 Brier Creek Pkwy 

Raleigh, NC 27617 
(919) 821-2700 
Brier Creek Commons is an open-air shopping center, combining sought-after national retailers with unique specialty shops, entertainment and restaurants. Major tenants include: Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Dick’s Sporting Goods, HomeGoods, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, PETSMART, Ross, Regal Theaters, Target Greatland and T.J. Maxx.
Crossroads Plaza

213 Crossroads Blvd 

Cary, NC 27518 
(919) 233-0185 
With over 70 exciting stores, services and restaurants, there is something for everyone at Crossroads Plaza. This shopping center features convenient parking and covered walkways.
Raleigh Flea Market

1025 Blue Ridge Rd 

Raleigh, NC 27607 
(919) 899-3532 
The Raleigh Flea Market at the Historic State Fairgrounds has been a Triangle tradition since 1971. The fun, family-friendly atmosphere draws tens of thousands of shoppers every weekend. The flea market showcases more than 600 vendors, offering everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing and jewelry.


From The Angus Barn to the Cheesecake Factory, your Raleigh-Durham dining experience is one to be savored. The wide variety of people in the area ensure that there is a great range of food options. From international fare to great American chain restaurants and out of the way bistros – a wide variety of prices and formality are within a short drive. Here are just a few of the options that are available to you.

Dining Destinations

The Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Avenue 

Raleigh, NC 27617 
(919) 787.3505 
 A Raleigh icon, an "All American icon NRN Top 50" Restaurant serving the finest steaks, seafood and fine dining delicacies in the Triangle. Winner of over 200 awards including the prestigious Gold Plate Award and featured on CBS's "48 Hours" with Dan Rather. 

8030 Renaissance Parkway, Suite 890 

Durham, NC 27713 
(919) 572-0070 
Beginning with the first Maggiano’s opening in 1991, this restaurant blends the tradition of family, the celebration of friends and the cuisine of authentic Italy in an atmosphere often said to be reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. In a vibrant atmosphere filled with nostalgic Italian charm, Maggiano’s welcomes you to a warm and unique dining experience. 
Cheesecake Factory

4325 Glenwood Ave. 

Raleigh, NC 27612 
(919) 781-0050 
The Cheesecake Factory menu features more than 200 menu selections made fresh from scratch each day. 
Brasa Steakhouse

8551 Brier Creek Parkway 

Raleigh, NC 27617 
(919) 544-3344 
Brasa steakhouse offers a unique dining experience featuring an authentic Brazilian “Rodizio” style menu with 13 different cuts of meat served unlimited to your table. Our extensive menu, appetizer and salad bar, has something for everyone on your guest list. 
P.F. Chang's

4325 Glenwood Ave., #2089 

Raleigh, NC 27612 
(919) 787-7754 
Each dish on the menu is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. At P.F. Chang’s, you are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. 
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

2010 Renaissance Park Place 

Cary, NC 27513 
(919) 677-0033 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Cary, North Carolina recently relocated from the South Hills Mall in Cary to the Arboretum at Weston. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, an important business meeting or a private party for six to 300 guests, Ruth’s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. 
Four Square Restaurant

2701 Chapel Hill Road

Durham, NC 27707 
(919) 401-9877 
Bon Appétit calls Four Square "exciting" and remarks, "the plates going back to the kitchen were licked clean." Four Square is owned and operated by executive chef Shane Ingram and his wife, former pastry chef Elizabeth Woodhouse. 
Guglhupf Café & Restaurant

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard 

Durham, NC 27707 
(919) 401-2600 
Featured in Cooking Light and on the Food Network, this innovative restaurant features an upscale menu exploring German cuisine with an inventive approach using local, seasonal ingredients. 

recreation & entertainment

There’s plenty to do in the Raleigh-Durham area! Stroll the streets of downtown Raleigh and see the many entertainment venues or take a hike at one of the many centrally located parks in the area. There’s something for everyone here! 

Recreation & Entertainment Destinations

Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

3801 Rock Quarry Rd 

 Raleigh, NC 27610 
(919) 831-6400 
There have been many great performers at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre since opening in 1991. They include Aerosmith, the Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band, Usher, The Who and many more. It’s a safe bet that Walnut Creek Amphitheatre will provide outstanding concerts year in and year out. 
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway 

Cary, NC 27518 
(919) 462-2025 
Built in 2001, Booth Amphitheatre is unlike any other venue in the area. Designed by architect William Rawn Associates of Boston, the park has been described as truly magnificent. Located among 14 acres of stately hardwoods and pines and artfully situated beside Symphony Lake, the Amphitheatre blends well with its natural setting. Booth Amphitheatre boasts the capacity for 7,000 people, so patrons can enjoy a seat on the spacious lawn or specially designed Crescent Deck. 
Meymandi Concert Hall

2 E South St 

Raleigh, NC 27601 
(919) 996-8700 
The North Carolina Symphony calls this extraordinary, 1700-seat venue home. And it’s easy to see why. Its 65-ft ceiling, unique shoebox shape, narrow sides, shallow balconies and lack of proscenium all work together to deliver the warmest, clearest and most immersive sound experience possible. National and international artists and performers now speak of this hall’s remarkable acoustics. 
PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Rd 

 Raleigh, NC 27607 
(919) 861-2300 
Raleigh’s PNC Arena is home to the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes and NC State University Men’s Basketball. On an annual basis, PNC Arena welcomes over 1.5 million guests and plays host to more than 150 events including major concert tours and family shows. 
Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St 

Durham, NC 27701 
(919) 680-2787 
Specifically designed to present the biggest shows on tour, DPAC puts you close to the stage and allows you to experience live performances in an entirely new way. 
Raleigh Convention Center

500 South Salisbury Street 

Raleigh, NC 27601 
(919) 996-8500 
Since opening in September 2008, the new Raleigh Convention Center has been an outstanding resource for groups from 50 to 5000. The dedicated staff is there to make sure each visitor’s needs — whether as an attendee, planner or exhibitor — are met. 
North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Rd 

Raleigh, NC 27607 
(919) 839-6262 
One of the leading art museums in the South, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) recently completed a major, three-year expansion that places it in the front ranks of museums nationwide. The NCMA offers a permanent collection spanning more than 5,000 years, a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs, an amphitheater for outdoor performances and the nation’s largest museum park—164 acres of trails and parkland containing major works of art. 
Marbles Kids Museum

201 E Hargett St 

Raleigh, NC 27601 
(919) 834-4040 
Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. With five galleries and two outdoor escapes, there is no shortage of activity for kids from birth to age 12 and their families. The campus also features the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum. This 267-seat giant-screen experience is the only 3D-capable IMAX theatre in North Carolina. 
Pullen Park

520 Ashe Ave 

Raleigh, NC 27606 
(919) 996-6468 
Founded in 1887, this 66-acre landmark is situated between Western Boulevard, Hillsborough Street, Ashe Avenue and North Carolina State University. It is first public park in North Carolina, the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the US and 16th oldest in the world. 
Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave 

 Raleigh, NC 27617 
(919) 571-4170 
Located between downtown Raleigh and RDU Airport, this green oasis of features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees, more than 32 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camp sites and lots more for nature lovers. 
North Carolina Symphony

3700 Glenwood Avenue #130 

Raleigh, NC 27612 
(919) 733-2750 
Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored part of North Carolina's cultural life. Its 175 performances annually are received with enthusiasm throughout the state, in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings.