What You Really Want To Do at Durham’s Brightleaf Square

Historic Brightleaf Square in Durham, window shops, brewery

Images Courtesy Historic Brightleaf Square

Durham’s Brightleaf Square is the perfect place to shop, dine, and more. Originally the two parallel buildings were tobacco warehouses, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over the years, many renovations have happened to Brightleaf Square. The most recent improvements were completed in the Fall of 2004. There is an easy-to-enter interior courtyard that allows visitors to window shop between the buildings. 

One-of-a-kind shops and boutiques can be found at Brightleaf Square. Offering unique items such as:

  • African art
  • Antiques
  • Arts and frame
  • Books
  • Contemporary art glass and pottery
  • Design accessories
  • DIY studio
  • Fashion and designer jewelry
  • Global flavors of oils  
  • Home decor and home goods
  • Leather goods
  • Luxury clothing
  • Premium chocolates
  • Records

Brightleaf Square also offers a great selection of restaurants in Downtown Durham. Places to eat offer:

  • Breweries
  • Burgers
  • Chinese
  • Ice cream
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Margaritas
  • Mexican-style cuisine
  • Sushi bar
  • Thai
  • Wine

Brightleaf Square also features office space in its historic buildings with exposed brick walls, heart pine floors, and historic warehouse feel. Tenants include:

  • Funding and advisory services
  • Medical facilities and medical research
  • Publishing houses
  • Technology services and applied technology

Brightleaf Square hosts special events throughout each year, including:

  • On Second Saturdays, various stores participate by offering unique programs and specials
  • From April through November, Durham Farmers Market provides the freshest local produce
  • A Summer Concert series featuring great entertainment

Located at the corner of Main and Gregson Street in Downtown Durham at 905 W. Main Street. Durham’s Brightleaf Square is fairly close to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. According to the Google map listed below, on average it is a fourteen-minute walk (seven-tenths of a mile) or depending upon which was you drive, it is either fives minutes (1.1 miles) or just three minutes (eight-tenths of a mile). 

Morehead Manor is in the heart of Durham and close to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, and the Carolina Theatre. We welcome you to an enjoyable stay at our historic estate.  

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