With Moogfest just a day away, we thought we’d offer you the Style of Sound Top 10 guide to Durham – essential reading if you’ve never visited Durham before.
At the moment, the weather in Durham isn’t looking particularly sun-drenched for the week, so this guide will be even more handy in shepherding you to Durham’s dry spots in between Moogfest workshops and performances.
Evan & I are hanging out at the coolest little coffee shop before going to see more apartments, and y’all. We are just having the best time here in Durham. This city is everything I never knew I needed, and it’s even better being here with @evanedwards1210! Ps: gluten free, dairy free goat’s milk chocolate??? UH, OKAY. YEAH. LOVE IT. #cocoacinnamon #durhamnc #sweetdays
Word has it that Cocoa Cinnamon has some of the best coffee in Durham matched by impeccable friendly service. Housed in industrial-chic surroundings, Cocoa Cinnamon has two locations, but we’ll be frequent the location on the Moogfest festival site. The cafe stays open late in case you’re in need of an evening caffeine fix.
If you’re looking for good old southern fried cooking then you need not look any further than Dame’s Chicken & Waffles. Their specialty is in their name and The Carolina Cockerel is a personal favourite featuring three chicken wings, a blueberry waffle, and their signature peach & apricot shmear. Upon entering Dame’s, one thing that becomes immediately apparent is the owner’s love of jazz.
Fullsteam is one of Durham’s premiere brewery and taverns inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. The brewery has at least 20 beers on tap at any one time, offering plenty of variety which showcases their dedication to the art of ‘Distinctly Southern Beer’. Our favourite beer of theirs is something called Coffee for Closers, a unique blend made from Ashburne Mild Malt, Chocolate Wheat, Carapils, Caramel 60, Flaked Oats, Roasted Barley, and Black Malt.
Location: Pizzeria Toro|105 E Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701 United States Venison Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pizza Photo Taken By: @therealskinny_b Edited By:@therealskinny_b #goodtimes #goodeats #food #foodporn #thefoodspotter #thefoodtour #foodie #pizza #oven #fired #venison #foodstagram #foodpics #downtown #bullcity #durham #nc #PizzeriaToro #supportlocalbusiness #nccu #unc #chapelhill #duke
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If you’re looking for comfort food during your Moogfest visit then you probably need to visit Pizzeria Toro which is an Italian inspired, wood fired pizzeria located in downtown Durham. The upscale pizzeria offers freshly made red and white pizzas starting at just $14. Don’t have an appetite? Then head over to their bar where you can enjoy a customised drink and nibbles.
If you’re with a big group of people and can’t decide where to go, we’ve got one word for you – diner. Scratch that. Make that two words – Elmo’s Diner. Elmo’s offers traditional diner fare at great prices which is sure to be group pleasing. Their coffee is extraordinarily good which is something of a surprise for a diner. Word has it that they get their beans locally from Counter Culture Coffee.
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If you’re looking for a moment of calm in between Moogfest synthesiser sets we suggest checking out the Nasher Museum. We’re quite keen to see A Material Legacy, an exhibition that explores two distinct legacies: one of contemporary artists’ innovative use of materials, the other of philanthropy and collecting. The museum has a great cafe which has some nice options for vegetarians and their shop offers an excellent range of art-inspired items, perfect if you’re looking to bring a gift home.
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Alley 26 is a sophisticated cocktail & wine bar serving up a simple menu of charcuterie & small plates in sophisticated environs. They offer proper cocktails starting at $11 and the bar staff is open to making all manner of experimental cocktails which are tasty to say the least. Open nightly until 2am, add Alley 26 to your list if you’re looking for a swanky night cap with your friends.
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For us, a big bowl of steaming ramen has the ability to magically erase a hangover from the night before. There are couple things which make ramen the ideal hangover food. First, the soothing warm broth will cost your stomach with goodness, making it easier to keep things down. Secondly, ramen has lots of water and salt, two components which can help rebalance the fluids in your body. So where to go to get your hangover bowl? Head over to Dashi ramen which is open from 11:30am until 2am (just for Moogfest).
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast on the go, then you’ll probably want to head over to Scratch, a Durham establishment which offers a wide selection of breakfast goodies and proper coffee. We hear that Scratch makes a good ol’ new fashioned pie, so if that’s your thing, make sure to taste one for us and let us know what you think.
Who wants a big lemur hug from Eleanor? Actually, we’re a “hands-off” facility, which helps promote lemur-lemur interactions rather than lemur-human interactions. It’s one reason scientists can collect such high quality research data here at the DLC. But that doesn’t mean a lemur’s natural curiosity doesn’t take over when the paparazzi show up! 📷David Haring
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If you’ve decided to stay in Durham post-Moogfest we suggest booking a visit to The Duke Lemur Center which is an 85-acre sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates. It is the largest sanctuary for prosimian primates in the world and whilst there, you’ll observe at least 10 different species of lemurs. Just make sure to book a reservation in advance as all visits are guided and spaces fill up quick.