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Uniquely Durham Districts

Part of what makes Durham special are several districts spread throughout the community, each with its own distinct feel and unique shopping opportunities. In Downtown Durham, the Brightleaf District is a shopping and dining destination built around two restored tobacco warehouses, while the nearby Golden Belt District is filled with artists and galleries, housed in a former hosiery factory. Other distinct shopping areas include the Ninth Street District, a college enclave complete with unique shops and restaurants along a quaint street, as well as the Rockwood District, lined with antique stores and acclaimed restaurants.

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Brightleaf District

  • Gregson St at Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-9229
  • Downtown Area

The Brightleaf Square District is anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in the west end of Downtown Durham, the district also includes a …

Golden Belt

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Once a textile mill that made pouches for Bull Durham tobacco, the Golden Belt has been transformed into a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, studios, event spaces, and more. The …

Ninth Street Shopping District

  • 2 blocks west of Duke's East Campus between Club Blvd and Main St
  • Durham, NC 27702
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Situated between Duke’s East and West Campuses, the Ninth Street district is a slice of Durham with a college feel. It features unique and independent stores selling books, clothes, memorabilia, …

Rockwood District

  • 2695 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Named after a nearby residential neighborhood, this district is known for its notable restaurants, antique and collectable stores, and transportation services.


Durham Spotlight
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604