Welcome to Durham
A city known for its healthcare industry and vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere
Durham is a vibrant community with various neighborhoods and plenty of activities to keep residents entertained. In recent years, it has been referred to as one of the best places to live in the South, as stated in the New York Times. The community is home to Duke University
and has a population of more than 300,000 residents.
The dynamic community of Durham has a variety of opportunities for its residents. It has beautifully restored tobacco warehouses with shops and restaurants, college basketball, and a variety of outdoor activities and landmarks. Durham is the “City of Medicine,” with world-class research hospitals and medical schools; the “Silicon Valley of the East,” a hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs and a vibrant downtown of trendy and upscale bars and restaurants.
What to Love
- Dynamic professional and personal opportunities
- Exceptional food scene
- Small-town vibes with big-city amenities
- Active downtown with entertainment and shopping
- Research Triangle Park
- Duke University
Durham has the southern charm of a small town, with the amenities of a big city. It’s a place where you can get away from the noise but still be close enough to the center of things and enjoy the exciting opportunities a big city offers. In Durham, you can get the best of both worlds: a quiet neighborhood close to a vibrant downtown full of art, music, and culture.
Dining and Shopping
The Southern hospitality of Durham residents is just a tiny part of what makes this city so special. The food scene in Durham is unlike any other; you can find everything from international culinary traditions to the best Southern comfort food. Vin Rouge
is a classic French restaurant with an upscale atmosphere and extensive wine list. Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
serves comfort food pairings with extra toppings to satisfy any craving. Mateo Bar de Tapas
is a southern-style tapas in a chic setting. They serve refined, Spanish-inspired dishes with a Southern inflection.
is popular for residents looking for a flavorful scoop of ice cream. Its handmade ice cream has become a favorite for locals and those visiting the town. Cocoa Cinnamon Coffee
is a favorite destination for coffee enthusiasts. Located in Old North Durham, this shop features an appealing, undeniably inviting ambiance.
For a great slice of pizza, head over to Pompieri Pizza
. Diners indulge in Neapolitan-style pizza baked in traditional wood-fired ovens. Ponysaurus Brewing
is a superb venue for a fun evening out when the evening rolls around.
is next to the Durham Performing Arts Center and has a beautiful eating area with natural light and tables inlaid with real tobacco leaves. Fullsteam Brewery
is an industrial-style brewery serving craft brews. M Sushi
serves amazing fresh sushi prepared daily. Streets at Southpoint
is the area’s shopping mall with a variety of stores such as Apple, Crate & Barrel, Barnes and Nobles, and Macy’s, as well as good dining options.
Things to Do
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
is a 10,000-seat stadium and home to the Durham Bulls, a Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, Duke Blue Devils, and North Carolina Central Eagles baseball teams.
The Nasher Museum of Art
is on the Duke University campus and provides tours, exhibits, talks, and classes. Cameron Indoor Stadium
is also on Duke’s campus and serves primarily as a sporting venue where residents can view various basketball and volleyball games. Sarah P. Duke Gardens
, on Duke’s campus, contains five miles of walking pathways surrounded by lush gardens and greenery. Residents also like to stop by the Durham Bull, a downtown bronze sculpture n.
American Tobacco Campus
is a historic tobacco campus, with multiple venues including tech hubs, office suites and on-site events such as concerts and food truck rodeos. There are also delicious restaurants and boutique shops.
For fans of the great outdoors, the nearby Eno River State Park
is an oasis that spans the outer edges of the city. The park is home to streams, many trails, and remarkable foliage in autumn. At the annual Festival for the Eno
, or “Enofest'' event-goers look forward to live music, crafts, and good food all surrounded by the natural beauty of the park
Durham Public Schools
is the eighth largest system in North Carolina, serving more than 32,000 students in and around Durham. A few schools include:
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