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How to spend 12 hours in Raleigh (part 1)

... and enjoy every second.

City Editor Anne at the NCMA.

City Editor Anne probably goes to the NCMA at least twice a week.

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City Editor Anne here. 👋 Are you looking for ways to explore or show off the City of Oaks? I’ve curated a 12-hour guide to Raleigh featuring some of my favorite local treasures to guide you through what I think makes for a perfect day in Raleigh:

9 a.m.

  • Wake up with a latte from 321 Coffee at Bloc[83] or the State Farmers Market. Pro tip: Ask to meet a roaster (they’ll point out their specialty blends).
  • Satisfy your morning sweet tooth with a pastry from Boulted Bread.

11 a.m.

1 p.m.

  • Dine in or take away a gourmet sandwich from Ladyfingers. Then, explore the eatery’s market featuring dry goods, household necessities, and fine wine.
  • Whiskey Kitchen is another great spot to grab lunch on a beautiful day. Sit on the large outdoor patio.
A concert at Red Hat Amphitheater.

Downtown looks especially beautiful during a concert at Red Hat Amphitheater.

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3 p.m.

5 p.m.

7 p.m.

9 p.m.

  • Flash back to the 1920s at modern speakeasy Watts & Ward.
  • End your night with an espresso martini and s’mores sundae from Bittersweet.

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