Durham’s Ninth Street is the all-grown-up version of a college town thoroughfare. Situated between Duke University’s East and West campuses, charming Ninth Street is full of locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Along with many tried and true favorites, the area has welcomed, and will continue to welcome, new restaurants, shops, and even residential space in the coming years. Here’s a guide to the Ninth Street district.
Where to Shop
The shops on Ninth street are the perfect mix of contemporary and historic. Start your shopping excursion at The Regulator Bookshop, the oldest independent bookstore in the Triangle. The community-oriented space hosts regular readings and book signings, provides recommended reading lists from staff, and sells thousands of new and used books.
Pick up crafts like hand-painted pottery and decorative wood pieces by North Carolina artists at Zola Craft Gallery (pictured), or support fair trade international artisans at One World Market. Want to bring your dog along? Peruse the extensive vinyl collection at dog-friendly Hunky Dory, then buy a special treat like a beef marrow bone for your pooch at Barnes Supply Company.
For one-of-a-kind vintage and vintage-inspired homewares, browse the carefully curated furniture and décor at Vintage Home South. Finally, bring home quirky souvenirs like a “Dirty D” t-shirt from Cotton Creek, or cross-body clutches and jewelry from Vaguely Reminiscent.
Where to Dine
You can find pretty much anything you’d ever want to eat on Ninth Street. Health-conscious folks will love Happy & Hale, a nourishing, fast-casual neighborhood spot where you can order signature salads, protein bowl smoothies, and all-day breakfast items like avocado toast and acai bowls.
International cuisine reigns supreme on Ninth street, and you can practically dine around the world at swanky places like Juju Asian Tapas + Bar and French bistro Vin Rouge (pictured). On the budget-friendly side, enjoy Chinese and Vietnamese dishes at Banh’s Cuisine, fresh falafel from International Delights, and Mexican tacos at Chubby’s Tacos.
After a night out on the town, find late night eats like chicken nachos and burritos at Cosmic Cantina or spicy buffalo wings and waffle fries at Heavenly Buffaloes. On weekend mornings, be prepared to wait for a table at Elmo’s Diner (it’s worth it), or grab a cup of joe at George’s Java.
Where to Stay
If convenience to Ninth Street attractions is your primary concern, the Hilton Garden Inn Durham is your best bet. Just around the block from the district’s main drag, the hotel offers complimentary wifi, a 24-hour business center, and fitness center with indoor pool.
Travelers seeking a boutique experience will adore The King’s Daughters Inn (pictured), which is less than a mile from Ninth Street’s shopping and dining options. The intimate, 17-room hotel features individually designed luxury rooms, afternoon tea service, and sumptuous amenities like plush bathrobes and all-natural bath products.
ZenFish, a fast-casual Poké restaurant is slated to open this spring, while local favorite Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken will open up their second Durham location on Ninth Street in May.
The North Phase of Ninth Street will develop over the coming months and years to include 10,000 square feet of retail space and 222,006 square feet of residential space, with an internal parking deck. More details will be revealed as they are announced.