Central North Carolina

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Parker and Otis


    This shop and gourmet sandwich counter offers kitchenware, cookbooks, local produce, and specialty foods, as well as wines, chocolates, teas, coffees, and scads of candy. Breakfast is served until 11 and into the afternoon on weekends. Lunch lasts until 4 pm. Gift baskets can be shipped all over the country. This shop is known for its pimento cheese. Take some to go, or have it spread on a shrimp BLT to enjoy at the tables just outside.

    324 Blackwell St., Bay 4, Durham, North Carolina, 27701, USA
  • 2. 9th Street

    West Metro

    Durham's funky 9th Street is lined with shops and restaurants and has a distinct college-town feel.

    9th St. at Markham Ave., Durham, North Carolina, 27705, USA
  • 3. Furnitureland South

    With more than 1 million square feet of showroom space, this complex, the biggest furniture retailer in the world, makes an IKEA look like a corner store. This goes far beyond an average shopping experience---a visit here could easily take all day. Customers register with the front desk and are given tips by a Furnitureland consultant on how to maximize their time in the sprawling store, which includes innumerable galleries from leading manufacturers and a discount center. Meals and refreshments are available at a Starbucks and a Subway (the largest one in the United States, of course).

    5635 Riverdale Dr., Jamestown, North Carolina, 27282, USA
  • 4. High Point Furniture Sales

    Deep discounts are part of the draw to this furniture store. Don't be put off by the nondescript brick exterior beside the highway—inside, expect more than 150 well-known brands and some pieces offered at below manufacturer-direct prices. The Discount Furniture Warehouse and Furniture Value and Clearance Center, at 2035 Brentwood Street, is only one exit from the main store.

    2000 Baker Rd., High Point, North Carolina, 27260, USA
  • 5. Julian's


    Franklin Street's premier clothier since 1942 is known for outfitting former UNC men's basketball coach Roy Williams when he takes the court. The traditional haberdashery creates unique and custom suits, shirts, ties, and women's clothing.

    135 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514, USA
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  • 6. Piedmont Craftsmen's Shop and Gallery


    Contemporary and traditional works from nearly 400 craftspeople fill this gallery and shop in Winston-Salem's arty hub. The organization has held an annual fair in November since 1963.

    601 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101, USA

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Tues.–Fri. 10:30–5, Sat. 11–4
  • 7. Replacements, Ltd.

    Located between Greensboro and Burlington, this is the world's largest seller of discontinued and active china, crystal, flatware, and collectibles. It stocks more than 12 million pieces in 425,000 patterns. Free tours of the massive warehouse are offered every hour until one hour before closing time.

    1089 Knox. Rd., McLeansville, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27301, USA
  • 8. State Farmers Market

    Southwest Metro

    Open year-round, this 75-acre market is the place to go for locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, and North Carolina crafts. There is also a host of restaurants serving down-home cooking.

    1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh, North Carolina, 27603, USA

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Mon.-Sat. 5 am-6 pm, Sun. 8a to 6p
  • 9. The Streets at Southpoint

    Southeast Metro

    This village-like mall has restaurants, a movie theater, and nearly 150 stores, including Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel.

    6910 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, North Carolina, 27713, USA
  • 10. Theatre Art Galleries

    Solo and group shows rotate through several exhibition spaces at this sculpture and painting gallery, in the same massive IHFC building as the High Point Theatre. The frequent art openings are always open to the public. Closed Saturday--Monday.

    220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point, North Carolina, 27260, USA

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Tues.-Fri. 12-5
  • 11. Videri Chocolate Factory


    Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sweet aroma of chocolate when you step through the doors of this fully operational factory and retail space in the heart of Raleigh’s Warehouse District. You can tour the self-guided factory floor and trace the chocolate-making process from bean to bar. The chocolate counter offers samples of Videri’s high-quality chocolate bars and confections. There’s also a coffee counter where you can grab fresh-roasted coffee and hot chocolate, of course.

    327 W. Davie St., Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601, USA
  • 12. Village District

    Cameron Village

    Raleigh's first shopping center continues to reinvent itself with new upscale boutiques and restaurants. Expect everything from home decor to yoga studios to locally roasted coffee.

    2108 Clark Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605, USA
  • 13. WomanCraft Gifts

    This Carrboro institution is a co-op of about 70 artisans (and not just women) who sell the unique goods they create. All of the artists live within the surrounding counties. Handcrafted pottery, jewelry, textiles, blown glass, paintings, and photography are just a few of the items you’ll find. Co-op members staff the store and love sharing their craft with guests.

    360 E. Main St., Carrboro, North Carolina, 27510, USA
  • 14. Moravian Book & Gift Shop

    Old Salem
    Closed Permanently

    Discover Moravian crafts and heritage at this quaint gift shop in the heart of Old Salem. The collection of home goods includes local pottery, pillows, and gardening tools.

    614 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101, USA
  • 15. Outsiders Art & Collectibles

    Closed Permanently

    This small, quirky gallery is the only place in town to show a mixture of outsider and folk art. Here, you can see work by 99 local and regional artists, mostly untrained and self-taught. The gallery's tiny annex, Outsiders, is downtown, at 721 Broad Street. The main gallery's monthly art receptions, open to the public, are some of the best parties in town.

    718-C Iredell St, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, USA

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Mon.–Sat. 10–6
  • 16. Southern Season

    North Metro
    Closed Permanently

    This specialty food and gift shop stocks everything from classic recipe books to prepared foods, wine, and the latest kitchen gadgets. Many of the foods, such as barbecue sauces, peanuts, and hams, are regional specialties. If you're looking for a unique and delicious North Carolina--made gift, this is where to find it. Custom gift baskets can be sent anywhere in the world.

    201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514, USA

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