5 Things to Do Outside Raleigh This Month

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The Market at
Three Little Birds

Local, local, local—this charming family-owned retail spot in downtown Clayton is a must-shop for finding something new, neat and North Carolina-made. Local merch is on full display (national brands are on offer as well) via a range of home goods (from furniture and decor to gourmet kitchen items and beyond), plus apparel, handmade goods, fun foods (jalapeno pepper spread and candy unicorn popcorn!) and tons of gift options. We dare you to not walk away with a unique piece or the perfect gift. threelittlebirdsnc.com.


Rofhiwa Book Cafe

This Black- and queer-owned bookstore and cafe just opened in
east Durham. Together, founders Bev Tumi Mahkubele and Naledia Yaziyo created Rofhiwa (which translates to “we are given”) as a safe space for people to learn, process and have conversations about its curated collection of diverse Black literature and the Black experience. Check out the new spot, dive into a book, spark conversation over a cup of coffee—and join the open dialogue. rofhiwabooks.com



LuLuBangBang’s elevated Pan-Asian street food and Tiki drinks satisfy the craving of traveling to some place new and experiencing different cuisines. The cool, modern space features two private rooms, a gorgeous outdoor patio and a spacious edgy main dining area—each which makes noshing on chef/partner William D’Auvray’s eclectic dishes all the more delightful. Choose from char-grilled meats, pad thai (and other wok-prepared faves), soups and tasty apps (scallion pancakes, please). Wash it down with an array of tropical-inspired cocktails, wine, beer or mocktails for the perfect pairing. lulubangbangnc.com


Bar Virgile

An air of sophistication can be found in all things at this famed Durham bar and restaurant, from the interior decor and vibe to the food and drinks. Cozy up in a leather banquette or take in can’t-beat Bull City views from the patio with crafted cocktails and seasonal small and large plates created with quality local ingredients (think vegetable risotto, linguini Bolognese and pork chop al pastor). Bar Virgile boasts one of the largest liquor selections in the Triangle and rotates its beer and wine offerings often to keep you coming back. barvirgile.com


Venable Bistro

Located in the historic Carr Mill, Venable Bistro serves up delectable global comfort food every day of the week. Chef-owner Andrew Moore, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, incorporates local ingredients into each menu item and draws inspiration from his past cooking experiences in Italy, as well as from French, Asian and Mexican cuisine. Seasonal faves include the panko-crusted fried chicken, Korean pork BBQ bahn mi and vegetable tamales. For an unparalleled dining experience, take in a meal and a craft cocktail in Venable’s industrial open-air space. venablebistro.com

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