There are a lot of reasons that Raleigh natives like me love the Five Points neighborhood. It’s close to the action of downtown but really family friendly, it’s walkable, and has a great eclectic vibe. The neighbors are welcoming, the dogs are top notch, and it is home to some of the best small businesses in town. Whether you’re looking to move to this area, or researching new places to eat and drink, this guide will share all of the best spots in Five Points as well as some local tips!
Five Points was developed in the early 1900s along the trolley line that had become a popular mode of transportation connecting downtown Raleigh to nearby suburbs. The last stop on the line that ran under what is now Glenwood Avenue brought residents to Bloomsbury Park, an amusement park that was home to a carousel (which still operates, now located at Pullen Park), a dance hall, and even a roller coaster.
This wonderful neighborhood spot was originally part of the ‘Hayes Barton Pharmacy & Grill’ built in 1929 and is now famous for its award-winning cakes. Hayes Barton Cafe has kept its nostalgic interior and offers American cuisine for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. (Local tip: the cake slices are huge so order one to share!)
This ‘cozy and eclectic’ coffee spot is located in the heart of Five Points along Glenwood Avenue, just a few doors down from Hayes Barton Pharmacy. They offer delicious coffee beverages and a variety of baked goods. The interior also doubles as an exhibition space for local artists.
Just across the Five Points intersection, you’ll find a small shopping center that is home to several small businesses, including this fabulous bistro. Perfect for date nights and celebration dinners, Bloomsbury Bistro boasts a chef-driven menu focused on fresh, local ingredients.
The long-awaited opening of this wonderful donut shop was the talk of the neighborhood in 2022. Located next to the Norfolk Southern Rail Company, Bright Spot offers incredible donuts & delicious coffee, open Wed-Sun 7am-1pm. (Local tip: you do NOT want to miss out on the sourwood honey donut. Trust me.)
Located in the space formerly occupied by a Piggly Wiggly supermarket, NOFO @ The Pig is now a quirky but fabulous combination eatery & gourmet market. The restaurant offers southern dishes for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch (closed Mondays & Tuesdays). The market has delightful ready-made frozen foods and gifts galore. (Local tip: this is my go-to gift shop in the area.)
For great tacos, delicious island inspired drinks, and the best Five Points peoplewatching, check out Lola’s! They offer dinner service during the week (closed Mondays), and brunch or dinner on the weekends. Online ordering is available on their website, and they’re known for great service and beach vibes.
If you ask neighbors what they love about living in Five Points, many will point to the fabulous breweries that offer great spaces to relax and enjoy a few locally crafted beverages. Several of these spots are featured on the Raleigh Beer Trail – you can earn prizes by visiting local breweries! Sounds like a win-win to me.
This popular spot started as just a brewery, and is now also home to a casual, French inspired restaurant & full bar. Their weekly specials are insanely popular (i.e. get there early) and their outdoor seating is in high demand when the weather is nice.
This location was the second to open for Lynwood, and allowed their business to expand its’ immensely popular brewing operations. Locals flock to LBC on warm sunny weekend afternoons to enjoy a few adult beverages and the food from their (also amazing) sister restaurant, Wilson’s Eatery.
Lonerider opened in Raleigh in 2009, and this location in Five Points is its third “hideout”. They offer a variety of award-winning craft beers, spirits, and seltzers.
Nickelpoint is one of the OG Five Points breweries and offers an indoor taproom space, and outdoor biergarten with foosball, ping pong, and corn hole. Come here to watch a game on their huge projector screen and enjoy delightful local craft brews!
When you’re in the mood for pizza & beer, this place is the spot. It’s a fun-filled atmosphere for kids & adults with its extensive covered outdoor seating area and stage for live music. You can enjoy a drink from the full bar & pizza/wings from the food truck.
Now open in the new East End Market, Raleigh’s first cidery offers a great alternative to beer-focused breweries. The laid-back atmosphere and ample outdoor seating make it a great spot to gather and try out some truly unique drinks.
In a neighborhood as family-friendly as Five Points, having a family photographer with a studio right down the road just makes sense! Whether you’re looking for newborn photography, family photography, or heirloom children’s portraits, I’ve got you covered. My goal is to create bright, soft, and joyful images that you will be excited to display in your home and share with your family for generations to come. I offer studio, in-home, and outdoor sessions by appointment only, and I have easy online booking via my website. Sessions generally book 1-3 months in advance.
The Rialto, Raleigh’s oldest theatre is now temporarily closed, but will hopefully be back and running soon. It originally opened in 1936 as ‘The Colony Theatre’ and went through a renovation in 1983 when the name was changed.
Hayes Barton Animal Hospital has provided high quality veterinary care for the dogs and cats of Five Points since 1987. They offer wellness care, grooming, boarding, and general surgery.
Located right in the heart of Five Points, this new Pilates studio offers private sessions, small group classes, and workshops. Booking is available online through their website.
Barre 3 is a group fitness studio with high-energy classes that incorporate cardio, strength, and mindfulness. Child care is offered during some sessions for an additional fee, and clients can book individual classes or purchase a monthly membership.
Gretchen Quinn is a ceramic artist who creates functional and beautiful pieces that are durable enough for everyday use. She offers custom and wholesale orders, and her pieces are available in her studio/shop or can be shipped within the US.
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Crafty is a neighborhood bar and market that offers an impressive selection of craft beers. They serve beer, wine, and cocktails 7 days a week and are a dog friendly business.
The steel frame for this huge warehouse building was part of the original Raleigh Iron Works which built munitions during World War I and later became the Peden Steel company. The repurposed structure will open in 2023 and be home to new restaurants, breweries, and office spaces. A new apartment building is also under construction and a pedestrian bridge is in the works to cross over Atlantic Ave to Dock 1053.
Roanoke park is a small community playground with play structures, swings, a sand play area, a basketball court, a picnic shelter, a grass volleyball court, and an open field. Parents of young children love coming here to let their kids play while they enjoy coffee & treats from Anisette Sweet Shop nearby. (Local tip: there are no public restrooms, so plan accordingly!)
The freshly renovated Kiwanis Park is a lovely outdoor space for families, dog lovers, and athletes right next to Joyner Elementary School. It offers a community center, large picnic shelter, playground, basketball courts, dog park, baseball field, and soccer field. There are bathrooms and a water fountain open during park hours.
This fun-filled art studio is located right across from Roanoke Park, and offers a variety of art classes as well as dance and yoga for kids of all ages. They also offer birthday parties, summer camps, and open studio sessions.
If you’re considering moving to Five Points, a knowledgeable and trustworthy realtor is essential. AW Realty has top notch service and experience with buying and selling homes in this neighborhood.
Valerie is a Raleigh native who has been photographing the most wonderful babies, children, and families in the area since 2017. Her home studio is located in Five Points. She specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, family photography, and heirloom portraits.