I went to Raleigh for a long weekend and LOVED it! I’ve been to Raleigh before, but never hit the food scene quite like I did this past weekend. We basically hopped from restaurant to coffee shop to restaurant all weekend long. Get ready guys.
1. Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona is a restaurant and wine bar serving tapas style dishes with Spanish, Mediterranean, and South American influences.
I was so excited to try Barcelona in Raleigh because it’s one of my D.C. favorites! The Barcelona in Raleigh has a fun, industrial vibe. The service was great there as well. I only tried the desserts but lemme tell ya, the flourless chocolate cake and stuffed crepes were heavenly.
2. Mofu Shoppe
Mofu Shoppe has a unique history with an even cooler location! The restaurant is located in an old car dealership and has a hip, industrial vibe with big garage doors as windows. The food is a must eat while in Raleigh!
The menu has both small plates and large plates. I got the Flounder tacos and they were literally life changing. We also had a really good server which enhanced the whole experience!
3. Mateo Bar de Tapas
Mateo is a Spanish tapas restaurant located in downtown Durham. I really loved the atmosphere and the food was great. The downside of our experience at this restaurant was that our server was very arrogant. Since I live in D.C. I’m used to this tbh (when u know u know), but it really took away from our overall experience here.
4. Whiskey Kitchen
Whiskey Kitchen is a barroom and Southern style restaurant. Another restaurant with an industrial vibe which I loooove (if you couldn’t tell by now).
It has a huge indoor/outdoor space and the food was amazing. Highly recommend for dinner or as a spot to hangout and grab drinks!
5. Seoul 116
Seoul 116 is a modern Korean restaurant and bar. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone in the mood for Korean style food!
6. Plates Neighborhood Kitchen
We went to Plates for brunch and it did not disappoint! It was very busy when we got there so I would definitely recommend making a reservation if you’re going for brunch.
The restaurant has a farm-to-table vibe and they locally source a lot of their ingredients! The food was great and came out super quick (before I could finish my first mimosa to be exact – but hey I’m not complaining). I got the pearl sugar blueberry waffles with lemon zest cream cheese – I don’t even need to explain how amazing these were.
7. Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
Walking up to this restaurant definitely made me feel like I was back in Italy! Really into the vibe here. There is a huge outside terrace (pictured above) leading up to the restaurant – setting the mood for your Italian dining experience.
Before coming here I heard mixed reviews about the food – and I’m not sure why! The bruschette was realllly good. It came with four pieces, each with a different spread. If you’re in the mood for dessert, I would definitely recommend the tiramisu (how can you go wrong with a classic, amiright?).
If you love gelato you MUST go here. They carefully place the gelato in the cone to look like a rose (aka the Gelato Flower) and you have the option of getting a macaron on top - which I of course got (life tip: never miss an opportunity to eat macarons).
1. Raleigh Beer Garden
If you are in to beer, you should definitely make a stop here - it has the world’s largest draft beer selection. There are so many options, to view the list of beers here you have to pull up their website on your phone and scroll through all the options (because a paper list would actually be a novel, ya feel me).
2. Watts & Ward
Serving speakeasy vibes with an amazing cocktail menu. If it’s your first time visiting here, don’t forget to bring $1 cash/person for membership dues!
3. The Atlantic Lounge
The Atlantic Lounge is arguably Raleigh’s most exclusive speakeasy. To enter this fun, retro bar you must get the key ($40, before you plan on visiting) and make sure the sign outside the bar says vacancy.
4. The Durham Hotel
Great for laid back, rooftop views of downtown Durham.
1. Sola coffee
A family owned coffee shop with delicious coffee, smoothies, and a great menu.
You know how there are coffee shops where you get coffee then leave and there are coffee shops where you can hangout and spend an afternoon at? With all the outdoor seating and chill environment, this is def the latter.
2. Layered Croissanterie
Honestly, I expected more. The place has a cute aesthetic though.
Where all your boba and Instagram dreams come true. The tea is great and there’s a flower wall upstairs that makes an adorable backdrop.
4. Heirloom Brewshop
Definitely the most trendy spot I grabbed coffee all weekend. Obsessed with the minimal vibes, matcha latte, and lemon cake. It’s definitely worth making a trip to!
To Do (besides eat/drink)
Clearly the focus of the weekend was restaurant hopping, but we did manage to do one thing that didn’t involve food:
1. North Carolina Museum of Art