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The historic and geographic soul of a vibrant, diverse, and creative Southern city, Downtown Durham is home to several landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places and is alive with food, arts, culture, and dozens of events throughout the year, and offers something new with every visit.

Downtown is comprised of seven unique districts, each with its own personality. They are easily explored by foot or by a free ride on the Bull City Connector, a bus route connecting downtown and Duke University.

Named the South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, Durham also continues to rack up dining accolades. Downtown serves as a hot spot for unique, local restaurants.

Discover Downtown Durham

Dining & Drinks

  • Beyu Caffe
  • The Blue Note Grill
  • The Bullpen
  • Bull City Burger & Brewery
  • Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub
  • Counting House
  • Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
  • Dashi
  • Littler
  • Loaf
  • Luna Rotisserie Empanadas
  • M Kokko & M Sushi
  • Mateo Bar de Tapas
  • NanaSteak
  • Neomonde Mediterranean
  • Ninth Street Bakery
  • The Parlour
  • The Patio
  • Pompieri Pizza
  • The Restaurant at The Durham
  • Rue Cler
  • Saladelia Café
  • Taberna Tapas
  • Toast
  • Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
  • Viceroy


  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Aloft Durham
  • Blooming Garden Inn
  • Durham Marriott City Center
  • The Durham Hotel
  • Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast
  • Old North Durham Inn
  • Residence Inn
  • Unscripted Hotel


  • 106 Main
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • Accordian Club
  • Alley Twenty Six
  • American Tobacco Campus
  • Augmentality Labs
  • Arcana
  • Bull City Ciderworks
  • Carolina Theatre
  • Durham Bulls Ballpark
  • Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
  • Durham Fruit and Produce Company
  • Hi-Wire Brewing
  • Honeygirl Meadery
  • Kingfisher
  • NC Escape
  • The Oak House
  • The Pinhook
  • Pour Taproom

Shopping & Services

  • 5 Points Gallery
  • Area Modern Home
  • Bulldega Urban Market
  • Bullseye Bicycle
  • Carolina Soul Records
  • Chet Miller
  • Dolly’s Vintage
  • Durham Arts Place
  • Durham Bulls Ballpark Corner Store
  • Empower Dance Studio
  • Exotique
  • Gavin Christianson Bridal
  • Gurley’s Pharmacy
  • Letters Bookshop
  • Main Street Pharmacy
  • Peters Design Works
  • Rock’s Bar & Hair Shop
  • Seven Stars Cycle
  • Vert & Vogue
  • Ward Furniture
  • The Zen Succulent

Transit & Parking

Downtown parking options include street, lot, and garage parking. Look for the P symbol on the map for lots and garages in each downtown district. Visit for detailed parking information.

GoDurham is a bus service that runs through the heart of Downtown Durham. Visit for more information.

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