With the holidays approaching, we asked our readers where they take out-of-town guests to get them acquainted with Raleigh.
Keep this list in your back pocket all season long to keep your guests well-fed and entertained their whole trip to the City of Oaks.
Share a taste of Raleigh
For an upscale experience, take your loved ones to Stanbury for non-traditional American fare, Cortez for a Mexican-inspired meal, or the new Ajja for Mediterranean-style food with a twist.
For a sit-down meal with a more casual ambience, our readers recommend Wye Hill for a stunning downtown view + brews and Whiskey Kitchen for inventive Southern cooking.
If you’re guests aren’t from the area and you really want to impress them with some NC-style barbecue, our readers recommend Longleaf Swine and Lawrence BBQ. Keep the casual vibes going at one of the area’s many food halls with something to please everyone.
Explore, shop, and learn about Raleigh
Our readers suggested walking through Umstead State Park, the local greenways, JC Raulston Arboretum, Pullen Park, and the Raleigh Rose Garden for an outdoor stroll, weather permitting.
Take your guests on a shopping spree at Village District, the State Farmers Market, or one of the many pop-up events happening every weekend around town. Keep up to date with these using our events calendar.
Show your guests Raleigh art + culture with a visit to the NC Museum of Art — mentioned by almost half of our readers — enjoy a concert or show at one of Raleigh’s live music venues, or show off our blossoming beer scene with a local brewery tour.
Do you have more out-of-towner suggestions? Submit them to us.