The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Midtown, Raleigh

Jed Johnson

Located just north of Raleigh’s downtown, Midtown, also known as the North Hills, is a mixture of hilly lush forests and superb cultural offerings. Parks, art galleries, and upscale shopping awaits at one of North Carolina’s most upscale locations. Find out the best things to do in Midtown, Raleigh, below.

Crabtree Valley Mall

1. Crabtree Valley Mall

Crabtree Valley Mall

With over 220 stores, including high-end restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s and Brio, the Crabtree Valley Mall is one of North Carolina’s premier shopping destinations. There are many upscale clothing shops to shop around, from Banana Republic to Brooks’ Brothers to J. Crew. With valet parking and luxurious interiors, this mall is a trendy destination for visitors to the Raleigh area.

4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC (919) 787-8993

2. Liles Clothing Studio


Liles Clothing Studio

Lauded as the finest menswear store in North Carolina, Liles Clothing Studio offers tailor-made clothing for men with style and taste. Although it requires a healthy budget for high-end clothing, this boutique partners with designers in New York to provide the best clothing and accessories to men in North Carolina.

4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave #106, Raleigh, NC (919) 510-5556

Lake Shelley Lake Shelley © Bob Is Traveling/Flickr

3. Shelley Lake Sertoma Park


Perfect for dog-walking, running, and biking, Shelley Lake Sertoma Park is a lovely place to spend time outside any time of year. Trails loop just over two miles long around the lake, and because the area is so hilly, the park offers scenic vistas of the surrounding areas.

4. Colony Theater

Movie Theater

Featuring primarily foreign language and independent films, the Colony Theater is your answer to an evening out in Midtown. Offering classic movie nights, wine and beer, and delicious snacking, this theater is cozy and unique. Don’t let the 70s decor scare you away!

5. Artistic Abandon

Artistic Abandon

Known for its wine and painting events, Artistic Abandon offers design and artistic expertise to help customers paint their own masterpieces, even when a bit tipsy. Where else can you paint your own Van Gogh and drink a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with friends? Artistic Abandon is just one example of the artsy cultural activities this vibrant neighborhood has for visitors.

7459 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC (919) 901-7385

Lassiter Mill Lassiter Mill © Wikipedia

6. Lassiter Mill


Lassiter Mill

This historic park, located on Crabtree Creek, has many trails and views of stately Raleigh homes. This is also a great place to spot wildlife such as blue herons and other animals native to North Carolina. Though the old mill — the namesake of the park — is now surrounded by homes, this spot is special during all four seasons.

Lassiter Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC

7. Art Bar

Bar, American

Art Bar is another Raleigh establishment where art and alcohol combine to unleash the creativity of everyone involved. This studio occupies a large Bohemian loft, reminiscent of an artist’s studio in any major American city, but with all the Southern charm that North Carolina can muster. Conjure cocktails at the self-serve bar and create fine art either with or without the help of the very capable instructors.
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