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Hidden Gems in Durham, North Carolina

Our team shares their favorite, must-visit spots in DURM

Dreaming of travel? We are too. When you are ready to travel, 21c will be ready for you and we know just the place to visit… no surprise to us, Durham made Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021 list. We’ve known for a long time that this city is special and if you haven’t experienced Bull City for yourself, 2021 may just be the perfect year to do it. Ready to hit the road? We asked our team of experts to share some of their favorite must-visit places in and around our city. Add these hidden gems to your itinerary and experience DURM like a local!

Kotuku Surf Club

In search of a local spot with good drinks and outdoor activities? We know just the place. Head to Kotuku Surf Club where they have a “sneaky good whisky selection and outdoor bocce ball courts.” – Terrance

King’s Sandwich Shop


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For a quick bite to eat, stop by King’s Sandwich Shop. This walk-up establishment has been serving up some of Durham’s best hot dogs, burgers, fries and shakes since 1942. “The food is amazing and reminds me of earlier times like eating hot dogs at the ballpark.” – Vernadell

Pie Pushers

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Right across the street from 21c you can find “Durham style” thin crust pizza topped with a funky assortment of seasonal ingredients.  Pie Pushers started as a popular local food truck before making the move to a brick-and-mortar store right in the middle of downtown. “I try to visit on Wing Wednesdays, when you can get an order of their awesome buffalo wings for just five bucks. It’s the best deal downtown.” – Joel

Pro-tip: The dining room is temporarily closed so they’re offering easy contactless takeout instead.

Beyu Caffe

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In need of a caffeine fix? Head to one of the best coffee spots in downtown Durham, Beyu Caffe. “They have the best Mexican Latte I’ve ever had. Also, their sliders are delicious.” – Rob

Arcana Bar and Lounge

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Experience Durham like a local and step off the beaten path with a visit to Arcana Durham Underground Bar & Lounge, a place for artists, live performances, theater, dance, intimate conversation, and unwinding. Tucked away, this cozy, basement-chic underground bar “features fantastic cocktails and a very unique atmosphere. A good place to go if you are looking to escape for a little while.” – Savannah

CONVIVIO Wine Bar and Restaurant

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Experience unique wine selections and Italian farm-to-table dining at CONVIVIO Wine Bar and Restaurant. With a made-to-order menu centered around locally sourced ingredients, this cozy bar is a great place to gather with friends and watch the city bustle by. “They’ve got some of the best service and wine selections in town! My go-to is lasagna or any dish with truffles, which are specially ordered from Italy.” – John

Find yourself needing more time to explore? Head to our offers page to see current offers.