Whether you’re doing some last-minute holiday shopping or you want to spend the Christmas money and gift cards you received, you’ll find some of the best shopping in Raleigh, NC. From local small boutiques and big-name department stores to outlet stores designed to thrill the bargain hunter, shopping in Raleigh, NC is divine. There are hundreds of shops less than 20 minutes from the iconic StateView Hotel, so a stay here puts you close to many of the most popular stores in Raleigh and a short drive from the best places to shop.
Knowing where to go for the best shopping in Raleigh can be overwhelming, so we created this guide to give you an overview of options. Here are some of Raleigh’s best shopping malls, outlets, boutiques, and charming Downtown shops.
Boutiques in Raleigh, NC
Shoppers on the hunt for local boutiques in Raleigh will delight in the sheer number of options in this capital city. Here are a few places to start:
Rita’s of Raleigh
Located in Brennan Station, Rita’s of Raleigh prides itself on its carefully curated selection of women’s apparel, glassware, candles, and other goodies. Enjoy a personalized experience at Rita’s as well as complimentary gift wrapping.
Lloyd & Lady Boutiques
For several boutique merchants under one roof, stop by Lloyd & Lady Boutiques off Six Forks Road. Discover local designers offering the latest in furniture, home décor, gifts, ladies apparel, custom floral, interior design, accessories, and jewelry.
Edge of Urge
If you’re searching for a trendy local women’s clothing store that also offers unique gifts, shoes, and cool natural beauty products, visit Edge of Urge in Downtown Raleigh, less than five miles from the StateView Hotel.
Malls in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh has been North Carolina’s premier shopping destination for generations. Raleigh’s shopping malls, known for their scope, impressive catalog of stores, and mouth-watering food courts, top the list of the city’s best places to shop when you want access to well-known national and international brands, as well as local specialty shops.
CRABTREE VALLEY MALL
A quick 15-minute drive from your room at The StateView Hotel gets you to Crabtree Valley Mall. The shopping staple of Raleigh, Crabtree is an all-indoor, two-story mall, which makes it a great choice for days when the weather is less than perfect. Crabtree Valley Mall has more than 220 stores and restaurants, but here are a few of the highlights:
This clothing store outfits the entire family at affordable prices and with cute, trendy designs. Find fun accessories and home accents at Old Navy as well.
A popular women’s clothing store, LOFT creates seasonal apparel lines for women whose style goal is to look and feel confident. Find sizes and cuts for women of all sizes.
H&M offers on-trend clothing, swimwear, and accessories for women, babies and kids, men, and the home.
Find cute clothing designed for the young adult set at reasonable prices at Forever 21. This national brand offers everything from footwear to basic apparel to trendy outerwear.
The Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio offers elite makeup and skincare products as well as custom, personalized service. Merle Norman is locally owned and operated.
The North Face
From backpacks to polar fleece to hiking boots and camping gear, The North Face carries everything for the outdoors enthusiast. Shop here to prepare for adventures near and far.
This popular chain specializes in classic styles and chic lines. Banana Republic offers apparel, accessories, and shoes for women and men.
This youth brand features progressive trends in apparel, footwear, and accessories. Find the latest looks in swimwear and loungewear for young adults at PacSun.
One of Crabtree’s anchor department stores, Macy’s in Raleigh is two levels of all the things shoppers love about this name. Enjoy hours browsing apparel for the family, cosmetics and perfumes, home goods, and couture.
Founded in North Carolina in 1888, Belk department stores offer a complete selection of clothing for women, children, and men as well as home décor, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, and shoes. The Belk in Crabtree features preferred brands on two levels for a prime shopping experience.
If you want to shop but avoid large crowds, Crabtree Curbside allows you to buy from select retailers online and pick up your purchases in designated curbside zones. Safe and convenient, Crabtree Curbside offers a contact-free Raleigh shopping experience.
TRIANGLE TOWN CENTER
With more than 150 shops and restaurants, Triangle Town Center is another well-visited Raleigh shopping mall. Just a little more than 12 miles away from The StateView Hotel, it’s a short ride from our door to one of the most popular places to shop in Raleigh.
This department store chain is known for appliances, tires, and reliable tools, but shoppers can also find great deals on clothing and home goods at Sears.
This longtime lingerie retailer also offers pajamas, beauty products, and their signature line of PINK loungewear.
For the latest sneaker drops and best athletic shoe brands, visit Foot Locker at Triangle Town Center.
The anchor department store for Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, Dillard’s features clothing, shoes, and accessories for the family as well as beauty products and home goods.
Shop for on-trend, classic American youth style at this national chain. Find casual apparel, accessories, and loungewear for guys and girls.
This local ethnic hair shop offers loc maintenance and natural braiding. Services include cornrows, box braiding, loc washes and retwists, and more.
Forged in Fantasy
A distinctive local specialty store, Forged in Fantasy offers swords, knives, fantasy collectibles, and handmade pieces by local craftspeople.
This specialty home goods shop focuses on world cultures and sustainable textiles. Find inspired, unique rugs, accents, décor, and art at NOA Living.
If you’re shopping with kids during your Raleigh visit, stop by KidzLot for a fun-filled experience designed for them. Discover the latest toy trends as well as beloved classics from your own childhood.
NORTH HILLS MALL
Another amazing shopping experience awaits at North Hills, located in Midtown Raleigh. North Hills is less than a 20-minute drive down I-440 from StateView. North Hills offers shopping, dining, living, and more with over 140 businesses on-site. Here are a few top recommendations for your trip to North Hills:
Alara + Zane
This children’s store sells clothing and toys but offers its patrons so much more. A+Z has created a space where families can not only find quality clothing and products for their children but also experience a safe environment for kids to play, parents to learn, and communities to grow. And there is a giant slide in the middle of the store!
This is the best shop in Raleigh to find supersoft bamboo products, including clothing, bedding, towels, and accessories. Bamboo is an eco-friendly resource that also naturally repels bacteria, allergens, and dust mites. Besides being softer than cotton, bamboo is thermoregulating. It will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cariloha is locally owned and operated and provides a wide array of bamboo products at affordable prices.
This ladies’ boutique offers designer brands and luxury clothing. Shoppers will find everything from cozy cashmere and cardigans to designer denim and dresses. Marta’s is locally owned and vows to create a one-of-a-kind experience for each customer.
Cameron Village Shops
On days when the weather is crisp, cool, and clear, shoppers love a trip to Cameron Village, just 3.5 miles from The StateView Hotel. Not only does Cameron Village feature Raleigh’s best-known upscale specialty shops, but it also has roots in Raleigh, NC. Cameron Village opened in 1949 with three stores, one restaurant, and a big future. At that time, it was the only shopping center between Washington D.C. and Atlanta.
Today, Cameron Village also features apartments and business offices. And you’ll find a Fresh Market and Mattress Firm there, because everyone needs food and bedding. But you’ll also find plenty of stores unique to Raleigh that any shopper would love to browse:
Cheshire Cat Antique Gallery
This one-of-a-kind antique mall at Cameron Village includes 20,000 square feet of vintage finds, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, art, and so much more. More than 100 dealers have booths in the Cheshire Cat, providing shoppers endless hours of happy browsing.
Bassett Custom Shop
High-quality, handmade furniture built to last is hard to come by these days. So, if you’re shopping for design-to-delivery custom furniture, stop by Bassett Custom Shop at Cameron Village.
Opulence of Southern Pines & DUXIANA
For the finest bed linens and access to the exclusive DUXIANA line of Swedish beds, visit Opulence of Southern Pines. This luxury linen retailer offers Sferra, Yves Delorme, Anichini, Frette, Abyss & Habidecor, Nest, Lafco, and Santa Maria Novella, so you can sleep in the very best.
Outlets in Raleigh, NC
Shopping in Raleigh, NC, is about the thrill of the hunt. For shoppers seeking Raleigh’s outlet stores, you won’t be disappointed. Find rack value offshoots of many brand-name stores in Raleigh’s shopping centers.
Located in Crabtree Valley Mall, Macy’s Backstage offers the retail giant’s brands at marked-down prices.
Express Factory Outlet
When you’re shopping at Triangle Town Center, nab bargains on trendy styles at Express Factory Outlet. Find reduced prices on men’s and women’s Express clothing.
Mill Outlet Village
This is Raleigh’s oldest and best-known fabric retailer. Mill Outlet Village delights anyone who crafts, sews, or designs their own clothes.
Downtown Raleigh Shopping
Shopping in Downtown Raleigh, NC, is an unforgettable experience. You’ll find a store creating custom T-shirts and koozies. Another features handmade cards and home décor. There is even a shop with locally made jeans. It’s a short 12-minute drive to the middle of Downtown Raleigh from the StateView Hotel.
The ZEN Succulent
This green and glamorous shop features a huge selection of succulents, mini to mammoth. The Zen Succulent also holds workshops, like their popular DIY terrarium class.
Raleigh Denim Workshop
The Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory creates one-of-a-kind jeans that are truly works of art. Using locally sourced products, co-founders Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko, along with a team of master jean-smiths, use vintage textile machines to design what they hope will be your new favorite pair of jeans.
Revolver Consignment Boutique
For the best vintage apparel and designer bags at the best price, stop by Revolver Consignment Boutique. Revolver strives to provide only the highest-quality items but at affordable prices.
Fitness enthusiasts will love Runologie. This specialty shop not only sells fashionable and functional running shoes and workout apparel but also offers training programs and group run events. Runologie wants to motivate people at all levels of fitness to get outside and exercise—and look great doing it.
Designed for Joy
Designed for Joy, a mission-based Raleigh shop, has transformed selling purses into supporting people. DFJ supports women in difficult situations by providing transitional living-wage jobs. The beautiful accessories and purses sold in the store and online are designed and created by the women DFJ employs.
The Record Krate
Shoppers seeking new and used vinyl will find wide-ranging genres at The Record Krate. Browse rock, funk, classic country, ’90s, jazz, and more. The Record Krate also sells movies, CDs, cassettes, old-school video games, and turntables plus unique vintage tees and stickers.
No matter what you’re looking for — the perfect gift for that special someone or a great outfit for a night on the town — shopping in Raleigh, NC, will not disappoint. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up while shopping, consult our list of the best coffee shops in and around Raleigh, NC.
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