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Things to do in Winston-Salem

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Old Salem is a historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina that was originally settled by the Moravian community in 1753. This small city features a living history museum that interprets the restored Moravian community.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cinema
“A/perture is located on Trade Street in the heart of downtown and is an independent theatre showing both mainstream and lesser known films, as well as special events and vintage movies. In addition to the usual snacks and drinks, you can have a glass of wine and some gourmet chocolate as you watch! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Fresh (on-site) roasted coffee, beverages and baked goods. They also have a full kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“A wonderful downtown brewery that is known for its unique flavors such as a chocolate ale. I am not much of a beer drinker however this place is open late nights and has lots of options. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Southern, homemade food from local farms using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Try the Tomato Pie!! Reservations highly recommended, as it is a small restaurant. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Museum
“Great family museum geared towards younger kids. Older kids (middle school & up) I would say would go through pretty quickly and want to leave.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Mary's is THE brunch institution in Winston-Salem. Mary herself is an institution :). She's semi-retired, but if you're lucky, you'll get to meet her during your visit (if so, tell her I sent you). Mary's has everything from standard eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to exotic specials, such as a vegan tamale in banana leaf topped with, black beans, scrambled eggs, Hatch chile sauce, pico de Gallo, queso fresco, and vegan cilantro lime hollandaise (a recent special). The service is friendly and fun. Tons of great art on the walls! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Camino has a couple of great locations downtown, and offers wonderful coffee drinks, pastries, light lunch options (such as quiche) as well as wine and cocktails for after hours. A great stop following a movie or show downtown. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Tacos in Winston Salem. Be sure to order their margaritas! Great beer selection too.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“One of my favorite running trails- It's about 7 miles around the beautiful lake. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Wiseman Brewing is a local favorite, just north the the heart of Downtown, and next door to the Ramkat, a premier location for live music. Wiseman is always packed on the weekends, with outdoor seating, food trucks, games, and live music. Friendly and fun! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Historic Old Salem is the rich history of Winston Salem and the Moravians who settled there. There's so much to see and do in this area and it is so picturesque. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Old Salem is a smaller version of Williamsburg. Beautiful area with restaurants, and museum learning. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great Irish Bar! Outdoor seating, excellent servers and bartenders. This is where I go for a Ruben, Pub Chips and a Smithwicks!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is the place to see and be seen. Great for charcuterie and a bottle of wine. Occasional live music. I like this place.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fun, downtown restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Many agree this is one of the best pizza places around. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Coffee Shop
“Fresh (on-site) roasted coffee, beverages and baked goods. They also have a full kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“A wonderful downtown brewery that is known for its unique flavors such as a chocolate ale. I am not much of a beer drinker however this place is open late nights and has lots of options. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Southern, homemade food from local farms using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Try the Tomato Pie!! Reservations highly recommended, as it is a small restaurant. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mary's is THE brunch institution in Winston-Salem. Mary herself is an institution :). She's semi-retired, but if you're lucky, you'll get to meet her during your visit (if so, tell her I sent you). Mary's has everything from standard eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to exotic specials, such as a vegan tamale in banana leaf topped with, black beans, scrambled eggs, Hatch chile sauce, pico de Gallo, queso fresco, and vegan cilantro lime hollandaise (a recent special). The service is friendly and fun. Tons of great art on the walls! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Tacos in Winston Salem. Be sure to order their margaritas! Great beer selection too.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Irish Bar! Outdoor seating, excellent servers and bartenders. This is where I go for a Ruben, Pub Chips and a Smithwicks!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“This is the place to see and be seen. Great for charcuterie and a bottle of wine. Occasional live music. I like this place.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fun, downtown restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Many agree this is one of the best pizza places around. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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