Posted in: Shopping Posted on: Nov 24th, 2015

A Savvy-Shoppers Guide to Raleigh Malls, Stores, and Boutiques

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Lake Johnson Mews is conveniently located between Raleigh and Cary, so the local shopping opportunities are seemingly endless. There are tons of shopping malls, specialty boutiques that you can’t find anywhere else, shopping centers, grocery stores, and more that can help you find whatever you’re looking for. If you’re new to living in Raleigh, NC, take a look at this list of shopping destinations in the region.

Malls and Outlets

Raleigh is home to three shopping malls that boast the highest concentration of department stores in the region. Cary Towne Center has four department stores, including Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and JCPenney, as well as more than 130 shops and restaurants. Crabtree Valley Mall offers a premier shopping experience, with more than 220 low and high end shops. There are also dozens of eateries and sit-down restaurants, and valet parking is also available. Triangle Town Center & Commons is a fantastic shopping destination, as it’s home to North Carolina’s only Saks Fifth Avenue store, as well as more than 175 shops, department stores, and restaurants.

The nearest outlet malls are about 40 minutes away. Tanger Outlets are in Mebane and the Carolina Premium Outlets are in Smithfield. Nearby shopping centers include Plantation Point Shopping Center, Pleasant Valley Promenade, and Beaver Creek Crossings.


There are several smaller shopping districts within Raleigh, including City Market, a historic shopping district with art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The shopping area is as picturesque as it gets, with cobblestone streets lit by lamps that will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time. Cameron Village is a six-block, outdoor shopping district with more than 100 shops, including quite a few chain boutiques and restaurants, and several unique and locally owned businesses.

Raleigh women’s boutiques include Gigi’s Boutique, U-Neak Boutique, Vestique and Dress, to name a few. Raleigh is also home to a few great men’s shops, including Lumina, Nowell’s, and Liles Clothing Studio. You can also check out The Art of Style and Revolver Consignment Boutique for men’s and women’s clothing.

Pick up some new music at Schoolkids Records or The Record Krate. Shop for jewelry at Join Venture Jewelry. For antiques, check out Antiek Louis, Father & Son Antiques, and For Old Times Sake Antiques. Consider Accipter and Going Local NC your go-to gift shopping destinations. The boutiques are packed with some of the most unique finds, including artwork, jewelry, and more. Going Local NC features handmade artwork and other items made by artists from all over North Carolina.

Grocery and Drug Stores:

Grocery shop at Lowes Foods, Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, or Whole Foods Market, all of which are located in nearby Cary. Support local business at one of Raleigh’s many farmers’ markets, including the State Farmers’ Market and the Midtown Farmers’ Market. Nearby pharmacies include CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy.