Downtown Durham is the historic and geographic soul of a vibrant, diverse, and creative southern city. Home to several landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places and alive with food, arts, culture, and dozens of events throughout the year, it's an area that offers something new with every visit.
Downtown is comprised of seven unique districts, each with its own personality. They are easily explored by foot or by a free ride on the Bull City Connector, a bus route connecting downtown and Duke University.
Named the South's Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, Durham also continues to rack up dining accolades. Downtown serves as a hot spot for unique, local restaurants – find complete listings in the restaurants section, and check out the Celebrated Cuisine page to see those restaurants that have received praise from regional or national media.
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The City Center District is what one would expect from a city experiencing a full-on renaissance. Restaurants, bars, galleries, local shops, and more make the area exciting, day or night. Much of the architecture is original and ensures that Durham retains its historic character.
City Center is a compact district that feels like a small town's downtown that grew up, with the mix of unique local culture and commercial enterprise that makes Durham special.
The former American Tobacco manufacturing plant has been reborn into the American Tobacco District, anchored by one million square feet of multi-use space, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
It's a district marked by world-class entertainment,high-end professional offices and lofts, a busy dining scene, a community green, and a manmade river, all surrounded by Durham's famed reuse architecture. And don't miss the iconic American Tobacco water tower!
Brightleaf Square became a premier destination when turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses were adapted into retail, dining, and office spaces. The result is two distinctive brick buildings that create an anchor point for many surrounding businesses. Collectively, the area is a bustling retail center during the day and a lively nightlife spot after the sun goes down.
Adjacent to the Brightleaf District is the Warehouse District, primarily a residential area crafted from old tobacco warehouses. It's dominated by the West Village apartment community and the former Liggett & Myers tobacco buildings that have been converted into shops, restaurants, offices, and apartments.
Central Park is home to the Durham Farmers' Market and many other community events throughout the year. It also boasts a 10,000-square-foot skate park, several art studios, and great lawns to relax upon.
The northern side of the Central Park District, also known as the DIY District, marks the northern edge of downtown. There you will find a hotbed of live music, bars, and restaurants, as well as a local theater. This is also a common spot for many of Durham's food trucks to park and serve, with rotating cuisines that add to the area's diverse offerings.
Golden Belt is a fully restored textile mill repurposed to house art space, studios, offices, retail, lofts, and dining. It is the largest allhistoric, LEED Gold-certified campus in the Southeast and home to more than 30 artists' studios and ROOM 100, a central art gallery. The seven-acre campus is situated in an up-and-coming neighborhood full of restored homes.
The Golden Belt neighborhood borders the Government Services District, which is home to most city and county offices and a growing selction of restaurants and bars.