Local’s Guide to North Person Street, Raleigh (eat, drink, shop)

Keeping in line with the growth in most areas of Raleigh, the North Person Street area has come on in leaps and bounds and is now one of our favorite streets in downtown Raleigh to hangout and get something to eat, drink, and shop.

the road
North Person Street

Here you can find unique and locally owned businesses including breweries, bars, bottle shops, a bakery and coffee shop, a pizza joint, bookstore, wine store, one of the best fine dining restaurants in downtown Raleigh, and visit one of the most historic places in North Carolina!

And all of this within a few hundred feet of each other so you can park your car and not have to move it. 

Where is North Person Street Raleigh? 

North Person Street Raleigh NC
See the red location pin just north of downtown

Positioned in the northern end of downtown Raleigh, it’s conveniently located adjacent to the historic neighborhoods of Oakwood and Mordecai, two of our favorite Raleigh neighborhoods, and just 1.2 miles from the state Capital building.

And with nearby residential developments such as Blount Street Commons and Elan City Center Apartments this little slice of downtown Raleigh has a real neighborhood feel and is bursting with creative community spirit. 

A street sign sitting on the side of a road

Below is our local’s guide on the best things to do in the North Person Street area including where to eat, drink, and shop!

Eat & Drink

Standard Beer + Food

STandard Beer + Food, Raleigh
Cool brewery inside and outside

Raleigh has no shortage of cool breweries to taste some local craft brews, and Standard Beer + Food has shot up near the top of our list of favorite local breweries.

Located in the same complex as Yellow Dog Bread Company and Two Roosters Ice Cream off N Person Street, this hip and contemporary brewery offers 10 beers on tap plus cider and wine. 

Standard Beer + Food, Raleigh
Good Beer & cider

At the time of publishing (December 2020) their kitchen is currently closed due to Covid but they do have visiting local food trucks so keep an eye on their website.

We love the look of their smart yet casual interior, and with ample outside seating in their beer garden area and family-friendly atmosphere, I can definitely see this brewery becoming one of our regulars and a fun place to go out with family and/or friends!

If you’re looking for a new neighborhood hangout spot, put Standard Beer + Food on your list of Raleigh breweries to check out next. My beer pick is the Standard Hoppy Blonde.

Oakwood Pizza Box

Oakwood pizza box

When you do research for the best pizzas in Raleigh, Oakwood Pizza Box regularly appears at the top of the lists.

Locals in the know and re-locators from New York recommend their pizza over any other in Raleigh, and it’s so good, they say, that their pepperoni pizza is like Grimaldi’s of Brooklyn, NY. 

This is real New York-style pizza and a pizza joint run by a New York native.

A simple menu with three basic pizza pies; cheese, square, white, each 18″ in diameter, and you can build on those with extra ingredients at $2 each. Or, you can order just a slice of pizza heaven. And they have gluten free bases!

A slice of pizza
Gluten free square pizza

It’s a small pizza joint but with a cozy atmosphere featuring some booths, high-top tables, a checkered-tile floor, and a counter/bar serving coffee and beers.

Popular items: The homemade sauce. Their sausage. Their combo special: 18″ pizza + 6 pack of beer. 

Pelagic Beer & Wine

A group of people in front of a brick building
Such a cool neighborhood bar and bottle shop

You won’t run out of neat places to grab a drink in the Person Street Raleigh area and Pelagic Beer & Wine is a super cool craft retail beer store and tasting room popular with the locals in the Mordecai/Oakwood community! 

Founded in 2015 by local North Carolinians, they offer an extensive selection of craft beer, wine and cider to take home or enjoy in their tasting room, and we love their community spirit as they only sell beer from independent craft breweries in our state and region!

Pelagic Bottle Shop, Raleigh
Great drinks and vibes

We loved our recent hangout here, chatting with Ryan the bar tender and a few of the local customers and this would definitely be our local if we lived on Oakwood or Mordecai.

Pelagic were voted to have the “Best Retail Beer Selection in Wake County” in the local Indy Week’s 2018 Best of the Triangle competition and currently have 8 beers on tap plus beer and wine in the cooler, and kegs for sale!

Pelagic Bottle Shop, Raleigh
There’s a drink here for everyone

Go check out their selection, sample one whilst sitting in their cute outdoor space on Pace St (mere steps from Person Street) or the cozy seating area indoors. 

You can read our interview with owners Amanda and Matt here

Crawford & Son

Crawford & Son, Raleigh
Our date night at Crawford & Son

One of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Raleigh is on Person Street, and after our recent date night here we certainly know why!

The casual and cozy neighborhood restaurant of Crawford & Son serves honest food ranging from the familiar to the unexpected.

Known as one of the best restaurants in Raleigh for outstanding service, ambiance, food presentation, and craft cocktails, we can personally vouch for all of the above – our food, drinks, and the service was amazing!

Crawford & Sons, Raleigh
Potato chowder / Pale rider / Caramalized scallops

Rest assured, when you reserve a table here you can expect talented chef Scott Crawford, a five-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef and his team deliver an ever-changing menu dictated by seasonal, local produce and full of flavor!

My beef short rib and sticky date pudding were superb!

Crawford And Sons, Raleigh, NC
Beef short rib / Pork cheek / Sticky date pudding

Read more about our date night at Crawford and Son.

The Station at Person Street

The Station at Person Street
Former gas station turned bar/restaurant

A corner bar and restaurant that originally served as an Amoco gas station, The Station pays tribute to Raleigh’s rich past as well as present.

This stylish neighborhood hangout is popular with the locals and boasts one of the city’s best outdoor dining and drinking patios with updated American food, beer and cocktails.

We’ve only eaten there once, and the food is good, not amazing, and I tried their Station Burger which was not quite one of the best burgers in Raleigh but would like to go back and sample more items from the menu!

The Station at Person Street
Station Burger

With outdoor and indoor dining areas, it’s a good place to dine as a family or linger over a few locally crafted beers or artisanal cocktails with friends around the wood-burning fire pits in the winter or open air in the summer (they have fans and the patio is mostly shaded). 

Popular items: Station burger, Chicken salad sandwich, Wings, Bahn mi sandwich, Potato wedges.

Yellow Dog Bread Company

Yellow Dog Bread Company, Raleigh
Good coffee and bakery items

For those who want to get their coffee and pastry fix whilst on N Person St, look no further than Yellow Dog Bread Company.

This coffee shop is bright and welcoming and offers a full coffee bar plus bakery items and specializes in handmade artisan breads and southern influenced pastries. 

There’s plenty of parking or bike racks available, and either hang around or get a coffee to go and wander up and down Person Street or through nearby Mordecai Historic Park or our favorite, Historic Oakwood (see down below).

Popular items include their almond croissants, sticky buns and maple bacon scones.

Two Roosters Ice Cream

Two Roosters ice Cream
Two Roosters

Two Roosters was founded by a NC State University alum. Initially roaming the streets of Raleigh in a turquoise 1965 Ford truck, it was such a hit they opened brick-and-mortar locations in 2017.

Located on Person St near Oakwood and Mordecai, their handcrafted ice cream features seasonal and permanent flavors – often inspired by local events and restaurants.

What you can expect:

Unusual creations with quality ingredients. A cute small space, often a life out the door. 

Popular items include: Earl Grey Lemon Cookie Dough, Blackberry Hibiscus. Coffee Bourbon.

Krispy Kreme Raleigh (the second original store)

Krispy Kreme, Raleigh
The second original Krispy Kreme store

In case you don’t know, Krispy Kreme was born and bred in North Carolina, just up the road from Raleigh in Winston-Salem, and the second original store is right here on N Person Street.

And you can’t visit the Person Street neighborhood without popping into Krispy Kreme, just ask my kids who still rate their doughnuts over any other in Raleigh, and there are some good ones!

Krispy Kreme, Raleigh
Pre-Covid times at the Krispy Kreme challenge

We also did the fun Krispy Kreme Challenge Run from NC State to Krispy Kreme to eat 12 doughnuts. Watch all the fun here: 

Person Street Bar

Another local and independent neighborhood bar along the N Person Street corridor is the Person Street Bar.

Located in a former warehouse next door to Yellow Dog Bakery, this stylish bar with black paneled walls and a stained wood bar offers cocktails and craft beers on tap, plus a jukebox and covered patio area. 

Note: Since they serve drinks without serving food, they must have memberships which can be bought for $5 at the door.

Go check out the vibes and listen to some music on their jukebox! 

See & Do

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai Historic Park
Mordecai Historic Park

At the northern end of Person Street Raleigh you’ll find Mordecai Historic Park, once known as the largest plantation in Wake County and home to many interesting pieces of North Carolina history.

Here you can see the Mordecai Historic House, the oldest residence in Raleigh still on its original foundation, and the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President.

an old church
Andrew Johnson House / Chapel

Start your visit at the Visitor Center (a short walk from the parking area which lines Mimosa Street) to get park information then walk around the beautiful colonial style gardens and see well maintained historic buildings, or take a guided tour to see inside the chapel and main house. 

Mordecai Historic Park
Visitor Center

And the quiet Mordecai neighborhood is a lovely neighborhood to take a stroll around as well. 

Explore Historic Oakwood

A house
Beautiful home on Oakwood

Oakwood is a historic district that dates all the way back to the 1800’s that rose after the Civil War. We love this neighborhood and can potentially see us living in this area in the future as it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Raleigh for its historical value and community feel.

Historic Oakwood is home to magnificent oak trees and a combination of restored Grand Victorians built in the 1800s, to modest bungalows of the 1920s, and newly constructed homes giving you a neighborhood feel whilst being only 1 mile north east of downtown Raleigh.

A tree in front of a house
Beautiful historic homes in Oakwood

In addition to their passion for preserving their historic homes, many residents are avid gardeners and their backyards are often hidden gems where homeowners have created beautiful gardens.

This is a popular area to live for professionals working in downtown Raleigh, and for families seeking community.

Grab a coffee from nearby Yellow Dog Bread Co. and then wander around on foot, or drive the streets slowly.

Hot Tip: one of the fun Christmas events in Raleigh each year is the Oakwood candlelight walking tour!

Be sure to check out Historic Oakwood Cemetery which has served as a noble resting place for Raleigh residents for more than a century.

Shop at Edge of Urge

Edge of Urge, Raleigh

Situated in between Two Roosters Ice cream and Standard Beer is the Edge of Urge boutique store for men and women who specialize in handmade and independent designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. One of our favorite local stores in Raleigh.

displays in a store

Unlikely Professionals

A motorcycle on display in a store
Boys, check this place out

Walk across the street and go down the ramp and inside the old bike repair shop to this part dive bar, part retail store that’s a cool concept and the partner store of Edge of Urge!

Unlikely Professionals is a Men’s General Store offering a full selection of clothing, accessories, shoes, and apothecary, plus the full beer and wine bar! 

A display in a store
Saloon bar

Guys, this is not your average retail experience. Go check it out, browse their offerings, and taste a beer or two. They also have a small outdoor patio area for outdoor drinking!

So & So Books

So So Books, Raleigh

If you like supporting small independent local bookstores like we do, pop into So & So who carry a carefully curated selection of the owners favorite titles in all the major genres that you probably won’t find easily elsewhere.

We just bought Matthew McConaughey’s new book, Greenlights, here!

The Centerpiece

outside of a brick building

Check out the friendly and inviting art gallery and workspace, The Centerpiece, which displays fine art from emerging and nationally-recognized artists. 

You can sign up for art workshops, as well as take advantage of superior custom framing and art consulting services.

Oak City Cycling

A sign above a storefront

Looking to buy or rent a bike to explore on two wheels? Oak City Cycling is a local, independent cycling shop focused on service, outreach and community.

With a main focus on steel frame bikes, because steel bikes are strong, lightweight, and durable, plus carbon, aluminum and titanium bikes, these guys sell new and used bikes as well as accessories and components.

They also do custom build, service and repairs.

Raleigh City Farm

dirt field

Right next to Standard Beer + Food is the one acre Raleigh City Farm. Founded in 2011, this nonprofit urban farm is committed to growing sustainable food and connecting the community to sustainable agriculture.

There’s an apiary, two greenhouses, a compost site and various gardens and the opportunity to get your hands dirty through signing up for a workshop, taking a tour, attending a special event, and volunteering to help maintain the farm site.

Cardinal Bike-Share

bicycles parked on the side of a road

If you want to explore the Person Street area including Historic Oakwood and Mordecai on two wheels, Cardinal Bike Share is the local bike-share system in town.

Comprising of 300 bikes across 30 stations located in downtown Raleigh, one of their rental stations is right here at 701 N Person Street.

There you have it, a tempting list of reasons to head to the North Person Street Raleigh area next time you’re looking to shop local and get among a community and neighborhood feel.

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