With breweries, design shops, restaurants, and a free hybrid bus, Raleigh's Moore Square area has become a can't-miss destination. Here's what to do the next time you're in the North Carolina capital.
1. Poole's Downtown Diner
James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen has her own downtown Raleigh empire, which includes coffee shop Joule and upscale chicken joint Beasley's. But her best-known restaurant is Poole's Downtown Diner, which serves fresh takes on classic American comfort food using ingredients from North Carolina farms and producers.
2. Raleigh Denim Workshop
North Carolina has long been known for its textile industry. But Raleigh Denim wants to make sure people know that the Tarheel State designs textiles as well as manufacturing them. Its downtown workshop is home to “jeansmiths,” which still uses old-fashioned machines to create custom pairs of jeans. Once you've been measured, visit The Curatory, the workshop's store that celebrates and stocks N.C.-made products.