Raleigh Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Raleigh

1 Five Points

Historic Five Points has acquired a bit of a “hipster” reputation in recent years thanks to its eclectic mix of trendy eateries and hole-in-the-wall bars. One of Five Points’ staples is Lily’s, a pizza joint with a huge beer selection and some of most unique pies in the South—all made from local and organic ingredients. Toppings that most would never think to put on a pizza are fair game at Lily’s. Another Five Points favorite is Nofo, which has been going strong since 2001. It’s a market, a cafe and a store housed in what was once an old-school southern grocery store known as the Piggly Wiggly. It pays homage to this fact by featuring decorative pig statues outside. The area is also home to the Rialto, an independent movie theater built in 1942 that’s best known for its Friday night showings of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and for the fact that it serves beer and wine.

2 North Hills

Another of Raleigh’s small, affluent neighborhoods, North Hills is home to huge houses, expensive town homes and a central hub of activity. That hub, aptly named the North Hills Shopping Center, is home to several major retailers and smaller and smaller boutiques, a large-scale movie theater and several restaurants. In the middle of the shopping center is a community plaza, where outdoor events, such as concerts and wine tastings, are held regularly.

3 Downtown

Downtown Raleigh is where all the action is. The downtown area encompasses the city’s four major higher learning establishments: William Peace University, Shaw University, Meredith College and, of course, North Carolina State University. It’s also home to the area people often call “the little New York,” which includes performing arts and nightlife destinations, street vendors, fine dining establishments and shops peddling everything from vintage records to the most chic clothing. It’s hard to find a more perfect or unique mix of college town meets big city atmosphere, and the interesting dynamic ensures that there’s something to suit every person and every taste. On any given night, one can find college kids mingling alongside thirty-something business executives. Plus, there’s always something new, from an eclectic arts festival to a museum or gallery showing, going on during the weekends. [Photo Credit: ShutterStock by American Spirit]

4 Brier Creek

Nestled near the Raleigh Durham International Airport, most people consider Brier Creek to be sort of a “mini-town” of its own. It’s home to some of the Triangle’s most expensive homes, and the shops and restaurants in the area are homage to this fact. Featuring one of the Triangle’s largest and most upscale shopping centers, Brier Creek is also home to a golf and country club. While the residents tend to be middle-aged families with or without kids, pretty much everyone in the Triangle ventures there to do their holiday shopping and check out a music festival or one of the many other events in the area.

5 Moore Square

Moore Square Historic District is located right in the heart of downtown Raleigh and is named for Moore Square, a park erected in 1792. The park is now home to some of Raleigh’s largest outdoor celebrations, including “First Night,” an annual New Year’s Eve celebration that features an “acorn drop” at midnight. Another of the district’s treasures is the Moore Square Farmer’s Market, open from May through November and offering affordably priced produce and other local goodies. This is also a popular destination for bars—including a much-loved dueling piano bar— restaurants and unique shops where visitors can find everything from clothing to local art. The area is also home to several art galleries, which regularly feature openings and special events. [Photo courtesy of City Market.]

6 Cameron Village

Built in 1947 and considered Raleigh’s first planned community, Cameron Village is a charming little area located just a few miles from North Carolina State’s main campus. And, while the names of the shops and restaurants have definitely changed since the 1940s, it is still one of Raleigh’s best entertainment locales. It’s home to The Fresh Market, an upscale, health-focused grocery store and cafe, the Cameron Village Regional Library, several restaurants and clothing boutiques, all of them unique and most featuring local goods, and its latest addition, the world’s first two-story Chick-fil-A.