Fayetteville’s the kind of town you can explore any way you like. Looking for some history and adventure? We’ve got that. A romantic weekend away? We can help. Culinary surprises? Come hungry. But what if you want to slow it down, take a minute to appreciate this place like the locals, settle in and simply be in Fayetteville? Well, we’ve got that covered too.


Appease Your Appetite

All this walking will work up a hunger, and our restaurant scene dishes up plenty to satisfy. You can keep your meals on the Southern side of the table with barbecue from pulled pork to smoked brisket, sandwiches, and more from Fowler’s Southern Gourmet; go for upscale Soul Food at Heart and Soul Soul Food and Lounge.

Dress it up a little in the evening for steak and chops at Chris’ Steak and Seafood House, a fresh spin on familiar favorites at Scrub Oaks Contemporary American Pub, or stop by Pierro’s Italian Bistro for some rustic Italian classics.

Food in Fayetteville can transport you far from the rolling hills of North Carolina. Pharaoh’s Village takes you to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and Sawadee Thai & Chinese Restaurant serves the flavors of the Far East. And that just scratches the surface; our International Cuisine Trail will take you on a tasty trip while you’re in town and introduce you to some unexpected cuisine.

One last note on food: you can earn culinary cred with the kids and grandkids by heading to Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom and their restaurant, Napkins, for a pint and an unforgettable smashburger.

Fowlers-Southern-Gourmet-2Napkins Restaurant

Stop and Shop

As you make your way through downtown, keep an eye open for a pair of antiquing hotspots: The Cotton Exchange and the Livery and The Shops at 123 Hay Street. Their selections vary as antique, and vintage dealers keep their booths and shops brimming with finds, curiosities, art, jewelry, and other tempting objects.

At Turner Lane, you’ll find contemporary gifts and goods, making it a great place to find a hostess, housewarming, or just-because gift. A Bit of Carolina carries gifts and goodies as well as snacks, sauces, foodstuffs, and gift baskets; everything here is from North Carolina, and there’s a fair amount of Fayetteville goodies on hand.

LeClair’s General Store, a short drive from downtown along Hay Street, carries a curated array of vintage and antique goods, art, wine, craft beer (including local and regional breweries), and more. And if something catches your eye but you pass on it, LeClair’s Etsy shop has you covered.

A Bit of Carolina


We have plenty of options regarding places to call home for a few days. From well-known hotels to their hip, next-gen brands to a handful of lovely B&Bs, you’ll find the ideal place to rest your head. You’ll find a place where the two of you can relax, where your canine companion will be welcome, or a suite where you can spread out and enjoy your getaway.

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