Durham, North Carolina is a city that has seen a remarkable transformation in recent years. From a smoky whiskey bar to an upscale restaurant, the city center now attracts students, hospital workers, and employees from nearby government offices. It is also home to the Durham Farmers Market, which has become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. For those looking to explore more of Bull City, two of its most vibrant neighborhoods are Tuscaloosa-Lakewood and Rockwood.
The former was designed and developed in the 1920s and focused on increasing car use, rather than the streetcar system. Meanwhile, the latter is located just outside of downtown Durham and offers entertainment to visitors and locals in a quiet, semi-suburban environment. One of Durham's three locations, Cocoa Cinnamon-Lakewood, is home to Little Waves, its nationally award-winning coffee roaster. It also serves churros in the style found in the hometown of co-owner Areli Barrera de Grodski in Mexico. Another great spot for dinner and drinks is Nana's, which is the perfect place to end the day exploring these two neighborhoods. Durham donated the land that became the city of Durham, and die-hard lovers of Durham history will notice that their new headstone has an incorrect name, date of birth and date of death.
Whether you're visiting Duke or North Carolina Central University, in town for a wedding or vacation, or just looking for a chance to discover more of Bull City for a day, you can't go wrong exploring the historic and dynamic neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa-Lakewood and Rockwood.