From traditional shopping mall staples like J.C. Penny and Macy’s to upscale shopping options with fine dining nearby, Raleigh and the Triangle area has a lot to offer for local shoppers and visitors.
Crabtree Valley Mall
Raleigh’s first major shopping mall, Crabtree Valley, has managed to keep itself relevant even as the shopping scene in the Triangle brings in new and exciting shops. Conveniently located on Glenwood Avenue, Crabtree is a classic mall with two stories of retail goodness. The mall features classics like Belk and Macy’s, but also specialty stores such as the Art of Shaving and LEGO. Crabtree has several dining options to fuel a day of shopping including Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s and Fleming’s Steakhouse.
For one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, head to Raleigh’s oldest open-air shopping center, Cameron Village. Built in 1949, Cameron Village remains popular and busy. The shopping center caters to a slightly more well-heeled clientele than traditional malls, although more affordable options are being added regularly. Try Tin Roof Teas for some great gift ideas and Palm Avenue for the perfect summer dress. Dining options include Cantina 18, a fresh and innovative spin on Mexican cuisine.
North Hills is one of Raleigh’s biggest and proudest transformations. What used to be a struggling mall anchored by J.C. Penny and visited by very few guests is now an upscale outdoor shopping center complete with boutiques, fine dining and activities. J.C. Penny remains, but not much else from North Hills’ old days. Stop by Midtown Olive Press and pick up a bottle of gourmet olive oil or vinegar before the next dinner party or head to Hayley’s Boutique for trendy women’s wear. The stores at North Hills are similar to those found in Cameron Village – independent stores and boutiques – but the dining options are one step above with Ruth’s Chris, Coquette, and Mura, a Japanese steakhouse.
Triangle Town Center
Located off Capital Boulevard, Triangle Town Center was built in 2002 and filled the shopping void for those who live closer to Wake Forest. Typically less crowded than Crabtree, it houses standard mall stores, as well as some higher-end options like Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton.
Streets at Southpoint
The Streets at Southpoint, located off I-40 in Durham near Chapel Hill, opened in 2002 after much anticipation. The Streets at Southpoint is both an indoor and outdoor mall and has many restaurants and activities. Southpoint is home to North Carolina’s only Nordstrom, its first Apple Store and J Crew. Dining options include Maggiano’s Little Italy and California Pizza Kitchen.