Durham is a historical haven, a sanctuary for the spectacular, and a rough-cut gem waiting to be unearthed. Durham’s been a destination on the move for more than 150 years. Perhaps it’s time you discovered it too.
Maybe you’ve heard about our celebrated food scene, top-notch universities or buzzing startup culture. There’s just something about this place. It transcends categories. Durham has something intangible, inspiring and absolutely alluring.
Before our sidewalks were lined with award-winning eateries, they were traversed by our first generation of industrious entrepreneurs. Seeds of equality and justice were planted here long ago, and they have blossomed into a colorful community where murals tell our proud story of inclusivity. We are where inspiration is found, where all are welcome and where the wild, wonderful, bold and beautiful come together in unexpected ways.
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Keeping you Warm: Durham's Best Coffee Spots
Durham's boldness is brewed fresh at these gems, and all are approved and raved about by locals.
You're probably wondering how we made this list, and we don't blame you. With so many places both tucked away and on main strips in Durham's most populated streets, we polled locals on social media to suggest favorites to add to the list of the best coffee shops to enjoy year-round.
From the Streets at Southpoint to the Brightleaf and Ninth Street District, funky merchandise and unexpected treasures abound.
Galleries, antique, and specialty gift stores aren't limited here — you can find dozens of distinctive shops and boutiques sprinkled in neighborhoods and shopping centers throughout Durham. Find your new, favorite wares tucked inside of refurbished warehouses, co-owned community spaces, and historic bungalows.