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Brightleaf Square

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Address: 905 West Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Phone Number: 919 682 9229

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A small charming place to relax

It's a cute little square with restaurants with patios and some shops, converted from a tobaco storage house. Nice atmosphere. We went for patio dinner on the day they had a free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2016
MI1004
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Ottawa, Canada
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winnipeg
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a great little area in Durham, Brightleaf side of the street is fun and lively, but the Peabody side is quirky and novel. Make sure you get to Parker and Otis, this is one of the quirkiest little general store I have seen in a long time, with a coffee bar, small restaurant, groceries and wine store this... More 

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Berkeley, California
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You find these kinds of developments in most cities now - what's odd about this place is that there's very little inside the pretty brick buildings. Few shops, a few reataurants, that's it (including no people). Yes, it felt like the surface of the sun outside so no surprises in the absence of Square life outside...no reason for that absence... More 

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Swansboro, North Carolina
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice collection of shops and cafes for a stroll and a bite to eat.Well done restoration of what looks like old warehouses. Interesting architecture! Doesn't take very long to see unless you stay to eat.

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Thank Dennis B
North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for lots of shops and things going on you're going to be disappointed. There are just a few restaurants and smaller shops in a nicely restored area. We spent about 10 minutes there - I wasn't displeased with my visit, but felt we'd seen all we wanted to in that time. Easy walk back to downtown or,... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is a really cool place to browse & buy one of a kind things you don't see in any strip mall. They even have performances in the courtyard.

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Thank Mike D
Valparaiso, Indiana
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Most of the stores were not open when i went. The big one across the street was great. The square was really nice for walking around but was mostly restaurants and art galleries. So just not what I was looking for. The place is very nicely restored and would be a great for an evening of dinning out side.

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Thank MadDogTraveler
Minneapolis, MN USA
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

If you're downtown and looking for things to do, it's definitely worth visiting. They've done a nice job of re-purposing a couple of large buildings into an outdoor mall. We were expecting more, but are not sorry we visited.

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Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

It's a cute little square with restaurants with patios and some shops, converted from a tobaco storage house. Nice atmosphere. We went for patio dinner on the day they had a free jazz concert in the square and was a wonderful dinner date night with great live music.

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Thank MI1004
Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The shops are a bit on the artsy side, but there are fun places to browse through, and a few decent places to eat. A few of the restaurants have changed recently, and nothing has really gelled there in the few years I've been in the area, other than Satisfactions and El Rodeo, which are icons.

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Thank Smythe R
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We came and visited Brightleaf Square because of all the amazing reviews, but there's actually not much to see here other than a handful of shops and restaurants. There wasn't anything interesting going on and you could walk through the square in thirty seconds.

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