I love to travel, but I think there’s something to be said for taking the time to be a tourist in your own city. I love where we live, and there are so many fantastic restaurants and fun things to see and do. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite spots in Durham:
Places to Eat:
Mateo: This cozy tapas restaurant is perfect for date night. It truly reminds me of being back in Spain—the food is fantastic and it’s always loud and crazy. Be sure to make a reservation!
Gonza: There are a ton of really good Mexican places in Durham, so it was hard to pick a favorite. Gonza never disappoints. The vibe is sort of dark and weird (which is actually pretty fun), and everything I’ve ever had there was wonderful. Best thing on the menu? Nachos with steak. YUM.
Rue Cler: This is my favorite brunch spot in Durham. Really cozy, french vibe with a yummy croque monsieur and the most amazing beignets. If I can ever drag Bryan out of bed early enough to make it to brunch on a Saturday, this is where we go.
Geer Street Garden: This is one of our favorite casual, outdoor places to eat. Order “The Pile” and thank me later. After dinner, you can walk over to Fullsteam Brewery for a drink and games!
Things to Do:
Chapel Hill: One of the best things about Durham is that it’s right next door to my absolute favorite place in the world—Chapel Hill. I love spending the day in Chapel Hill walking around campus, exploring Franklin Street, and visiting the basketball museum. If you happen to be there on a day the Heels are playing, get tickets to the game….doesn’t matter what sport!
Durham Bulls: One of our favorite spring and summer activities is taking in a Durham Bulls game. The games are always a ton of fun, there’s a great community atmosphere, and you’ll have a view of the gorgeous Durham skyline as the sun sets over the city. Bonus: They have a sweet fireworks show on Friday and Saturday nights!
DPAC: One of the best things about this area is the emphasis on the arts and culture. There are always great shows and concerts happening, and DPAC is a great place to catch a really high quality production (it is where I first fell in love with Wicked). We’ve also seen some great shows at the Carolina Theatre.
Don’t forget to set aside some time to just explore downtown Durham. We love walking around the 21c Hotel (which houses an awesome modern art museum), playing games at West End, and finishing the day with a drink on the rooftop of the Durham Hotel.