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The best Raleigh-Durham shopping is on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street, Durham’s Streets at Southpoint, and Raleigh’s Cameron Village.
On Chapel Hill’s main strip, shop for a sports jacket at Julian’s, where UNC basketball coach Roy Williams buys his ties. So you may not be a Tarheels fan, but you know it’s a great place when an NCAA basketball coach buys his accessories there. If you are looking to spruce up your closet with fan gear, venture into one of the three universities’ bookstores-Duke University, NC State and UNC are all within spitting distance (almost) of each other. At Durham’s Streets at Southpoint, top-tier chain stores beckon, from Anthropologie to a Crate & Barrel furniture store, you’re bound to find what you’ve been looking for. And at Raleigh’s Cameron Village, sweet boutiques such as Beanie+Cecil, Uniquities, and Scout & Molly’s trot out fashion labels like Trina Turk, Milly and Diane Von Furstenburg.
For the best Raleigh-Durham shopping, try these spots:
1. The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. Shops here include Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware and Nordstrom, among many others. Restaurants include Champs, The Cheesecake Factory, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and California Pizza Kitchen. Southpoint boasts the area’s only IMAX theater.
2. Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. For nearly 40 years, this has been the place to find everything you need, with over 220 select places to choose from. Stores include Apple, H&M, Macy’s and many more. Restaurants include Kanki Japanese Steakhouse, Brio Tuscan Grille, McCormick & Schmick’s and several more.
3. Cameron Village in Raleigh. Cameron Village was designed around the needs of its customers. Unlike today's cookie-cutter malls, the tree-lined walks, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and cafés welcome people to an experience that reflects a simpler time. Cameron Village was, is and always will be a real village, where people find extraordinary treasures.
4. University Mall in Chapel Hill. At University Mall, experience shopping in a more personable, more relaxed way — just the way it should be in a place as special as Chapel Hill. Wander the intimate and convenient setting. Visit with an eclectic mix of locally owned boutiques. Chat with the local owners. The highlight is browsing through A Southern Season, a 60,000-square-foot specialty foods market.
5. Tanger Outlets in Mebane. This outlet mall features stores such as Coach, Banana Republic and Saks Fifth Avenue.
We highly recommend two shopping centers in Raleigh: North Hills and Cameron Village. Both areas offer a variety of small, locally owned boutiques and restaurants that are a refreshing change from the chain-heavy malls in the area. They are both pedestrian-friendly, outdoor centers that feature fashion-forward clothing retailers, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.