Durham City Guide

Last weekend, Adam and I took a quick little getaway down to Durham, North Carolina - sans baby. It turned out to be a very meaningful trip with just the two of us, and though it was shorter than we had hoped, we made the most out of our 24 hours. Adam grew up in the area so I very much looked forward to him showing me his old roots. Turns out, the area has changed dramatically since he was in high school and the only restaurant he even recognized was his old local Bojangles. Needless to say, I took the reigns on planning our adventures, which in no way was going to involve drive-thru fast food ;)

We got a room for the night at The Durham, a new-ish Southern mod hotel located downtown and convenient to practically everywhere on our list. Every bed is topped with handmade blankets from local denim company, Raleigh Denim Workshop and the rooms are stocked with local goodies from Big Spoon Roasters, Legendary Sunshine, and Burt's Bees - who knew they were based in Durham?!

Legendary Sunshine

Here's how we spent our time:


Coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon. Brunched with egg salad sandwiches at Parker & Otis. The best homemade ice cream sandwiches from Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop. Ramen at Dashi - highly recommend the grilled edamame!

We missed out on Dame's Chicken and Waffles and The Parlour ice cream - both were high up on the list.


Parker & Otis (part restaurant/part shop - most incredible gift shop I think I've ever shopped. Everything from paper goods, to books, to children's toys, and literally everything in between.) The same owners also own Tiny, specialty kid's shop, and Chet Miller, more gifts and home decor. Dolly's Vintage for fun, kitschy things and Vert & Vogue for high end men and women's goods.


Museum at 21C. Rooftop at The Durham hotel. Duke Gardens. Krzyzewskiville (it's no wonder Adam lived and breathed basketball growing up down there... so. much. basketball.folks.) Farmer's Market on Saturday's.

We sat up at the bar at Dashi and indulged in the most amazingly rich Ramen and grilled edamame. So, so tasty!

We loved the vibe at The Durham. The rooftop bar was a total dreamboat.