The Best of Raleigh

The Best of Raleigh

Each year a variety of local media companies publish “Best Of…” lists, typically voted on by their readers/users. These lists are the easiest way to jumpstart your Raleigh Onboarding journey.

Check out the following “Best Of…” lists and note things that interest you on your Raleigh Onboarding Planner.

While you’re exploring the lists, notice which publication most matches your personal vibe/interests and sign up or subscribe as a thank you for the information and to receive future lists.


Cary Living Magazine

Best of Western Wake 2022 Annual Diamond Award Winners 

Cary Living Magazine covers life in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville. Its list includes Dining and Entertainment, Professional Services, Health and Beauty; Home Services and Shopping.



Best of the Triangle 2022 

This list from INDY Week deserves the “Most Fun & Unique Award” as selections range from Best Coffee Shop to Best Local Do-Gooder to Best Place to People Watch and everything in between. Categories include Eat & Drink, Shop, Services, Health & Body, Out & About and Local Color.


Midtown Magazine

Best of Raleigh 2023 Annual Diamond Award Winners 

Midtown Magazine covers Raleigh life “from Downtown to Midtown and northward to the 540 outer beltway” though its heart is in the “second downtown” of the Midtown/North Hills area. Its list includes Dining, Professional Services (schools, real estate, builders), Health & Beauty, Services and Shopping.

The News & Observer

Raleigh’s Best 2021

“Raleigh’s Best 2021” is an annual feature of  The News & Observer, Raleigh’s hometown newspaper. Categories include Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Financial, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home, Service and Shopping.


Raleigh Magazine

Raleigh’s Best Bars 2022

“Raleigh’s Best Bars” is an annual feature of Raleigh Magazine, your must-have local source for everything Raleigh. Categories include Best Overall Bar, Best Wine Bar, Best Craft Beer Bar, Best Live Music Bar, Best Bar Food, Best Restaurant Bar, Best Bottle Shop, Best Bartender, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Whiskey Bar, Best Brewery, Best Rooftop Bar, Best Speakeasy, and Best LGBTQ Bar.


Wake Living

Wake Living 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards 

This is a lifestyle publication serving Wake County which includes Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, RTP, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. The list’s categories are Restaurants, Events and Entertainment, Health and Personal Care and Everyday Living.



WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards 2022

This is the Triangle’s #1 channel for news and so much more at wral.com. Their awards categories include: Business, Community, Education, Food and Drink, Home and Finance, Health and Wellness, Professional and Entertainment.