Durham

Hip Durham is a haven for history buffs and a hot spot for foodies.

Welcome to Durham

Trendsetters welcome

Hip Durham is a haven for history buffs, a hot spot for foodies, and an opportunity for entrepreneurs. Situated 25 miles northwest of Raleigh, Durham is nestled against the Duke Forest. This mid-sized city is home to a diverse population, from college students to young professionals, growing families to empty nesters. Durham is dotted with single-family dwellings with polished front lawns and copses of crepe myrtles and cherry trees. If you’re dreaming of a white picket fence with all the conveniences of urban living, you’ll find it in Durham. 

What to Love

  • Trendy shopping
  • Academic atmosphere
  • Diverse community
  • Unique eateries

People & Lifestyle 

Trendy Durham draws a young crowd. With a population of nearly 290,000, this city is still small enough to know your neighbors by name and see familiar faces around town. Duke University attracts brilliant thinkers, and the university is a staple in the Research Triangle around Raleigh—in fact, North Carolina Central University was the nation’s first public liberal arts institution.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Durham’s restaurant scene is remarkable, bringing a little taste of everything to the table. Start your tour of Durham cuisine at Nana's Restaurant. This upscale eatery serves elegantly-plated New American dishes with a flair for fine dining. For a taste of Paris right here in Durham, make a reservation at Rue Cler Restaurant, where you can enjoy rich duck confit and escargot. M Sushi was the Research Triangle’s first sushi restaurant, and it remains the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine in Durham. Fresh, high-quality seafood is served in an industrial-style dining room downtown. If you’re craving tapas, try Mateo Bar de Tapas, or step into Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe, and Biergarten for seasonal German fares alfresco. 

Swing by the Shops at Erwin Mill to pick up groceries from Whole Foods, grab a cup of coffee and a homemade pastry from the Mad Hatter Cafe & Bakeshop, and peruse paperbacks at The Regulator Bookstore

Things to Do

Sports fans will love living in Durham. In addition to Duke’s roster of nationally-ranked athletic teams, Durham is also home to Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Triple-A baseball team the Durham Bulls play here as well as the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Central Eagles baseball teams. 

Durham hosts 47 annual festivals, so there is always something exciting happening. The Festival for the Eno is a celebration of North Carolina’s Indigenous people, the Bull Durham Blues Festival commemorates jazz musicians, and the World Beer Festival is a toast to global craft beers. The Bull City Food & Beer Experience is an annual food festival that pairs 30 restaurants with 30 breweries for an all-day celebration of local cuisine, beer, and live music. 

The Durham Performing Arts Center is the local hub for all things music, comedy, and theatre. With over 200 performances per year, there is always something exciting to look forward to, whether it’s a Broadway production of your favorite musical, a children’s concert, or a comedy act that’s perfect for date night.

Luscious parks offer plenty of opportunities to get outside. Play eighteen holes at Croasdaile Country Club or take a stroll through the beautifully-manicured 55 acres of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Schools

A great education is a doorway to a bright future, and Durham’s education facilities are some of the nation’s highest ranking. A few of Durham’s esteemed academic facilities include: 

  • Durham School of the Arts, 6-12
  • Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, K-12
  • Voyager Academy, K-12 
  • Maureen Joy Charter School, K-8

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