Great Shopping in Durham!
Durham is known as a haven to many types of people. Foodie visitors say they like the restaurants and world-class food trucks, the GLBT crowd likes the accepting nature of the community, those who travel for arts and culture find a wealth of things to do that fit their interests, and retirement-aged folks like the pace, amenities, dining, arts and culture in Durham.
All of those associated community attributes tend to co-exist with great shopping. Durham has shopping options aplenty that are of interest to everyone, and some are especially appealing to folks whose pace is more leisurely, including:
- Super-regional mall The Streets at Southpoint, called "one of the ten best places to spend it all in one place" by USA Today, and boasting a roster of stores that includes some of the country's top retailers of apparel, house wares, jewelry, and more. It is a destination for people all over North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and is located quite conveniently near many lodging and dining options.
- Northgate Mall, one of the last privately owned and operated regional malls in the country – it is clear that the owners are on-site in this very accessible mall. With a wide variety of services and stores from local to national, this mall is a very modern step back in history to when shopping was a family affair: the mall even boasts a full-sized merry-go-round inside. It is a place to make memories between generations.
Downtown Durham and the surrounding area is also a hub for art galleries, great dining, and entertainment. Both the Ninth Street and Brightleaf Districts are chock full of great local and independent stores and have convenient parking and excellent walkability. The Golden Belts Arts Complex is a creative mecca with 40 open artist studios, two galleries, and more.
These districts are all tied together by the fare-free Bull City Connector bus that runs all day with many convenient stops along the route. For visitors, it makes this area of Durham extremely accessible without the encumbrance of automobiles. Check out the Connector online when planning your visit to Durham.