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Cameron Village, Raleigh

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Cameron Village was the first planned community to be developed in Raleigh, North Carolina. Development was started in 1947 when J.W. York and R.A Bryan bought 158 acres (0.64 km2) of undeveloped land two miles west of downtown Raleigh, near the North Carolina State University campus. The "village" was to consist of a shopping center, apartments, and single family homes.HistoryThe shopping center opened in 1949, and quickly became the premier shopping area in Raleigh. It is also considered the first shopping center to be built between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The shopping center is an open-air shopping mall, but unlike a strip mall, the stores are divided into blocks with some on two levels. Several parking decks were built in the 1960s, although most of these were removed in later renovations, to give a more open feel.Cameron Village grew quickly, and by 1950 the community had 65 stores, a movie theater, more than 600 homes and apartments, and over 100 business/professional offices. Downtown Raleigh, which had been the primary shopping location in the Raleigh area, started to see a decline in business as consumers gravitated toward the convenient parking of Cameron Village.The Occidental Life Insurance Company Building was added to Cameron Village in 1956. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
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  • What a wonderful cafeteria to enjoy. Most cafeterias have the reputation of a senior dining destination. This one has freshly cooked and well seasoned entrees with a wide variety to choose from. The a...  more »
  • Great shops in an easy location with lots of restaurant choices. Well kept and flowers were beautiful. Nice wide sidewalks made it a great place to park and just walk around.  more »
  • It looks like most of the 5 star reviews are about specific stores rather than the shopping village as a whole. As a shopping area, it's nothing special; not particularly quaint or pleasant. I was loo...  more »
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  • Cameron Village is always a nice little plaza to stroll around and browse the eclectic shops. It's got a clean outdoor atmosphere with some outstanding restaurants for all types of desires. Except a good seafood place. Raleigh lacks good seafood. But I digress. Stop in at the Flying Biscuit for a delicious meal. Check out Penzys for spices for your own home cooking, or even pick up some groceries from Whole Foods or Harris Teeter. It makes for a great Sunday morning stop.
  • Cameron Village is a nice plaza to walk around in and browse the stores. It's well maintained, has lots of shops and restaurants, and is in a good location. Parking isn't the best. Shops here seem to be "higher-end" not for the frugal, budget-minded individual, but it is nice!
  • One of the oldest shopping centers in the southeast, Cameron Village continues to reinvent itself. Some establishments have been in the same location over 40 years. The Baskin-Robbins for one, and such continuity is somehow comforting. This center has also benefited from the revitalization of the downtown Raleigh area and several new apartment and condo communities in the neighborhood.
  • I have grown up here near Cameron Village. Seen so many changes. There are many things about the Village that I love. Gorgeous shop fronts. But the parking can be a nightmare. Many of the shops have absolutely nothing I need. But I'm glad to see business there. I love the library. Nice to have a grocery store so close by, but can be more inconvenient due to such high volume of business.
  • The original strip mall of Raleigh, NC. Don't let the age fool you, this shopping center is clean and renovated. Local shops are intermingled with large national chains. Really nice mix of upscale and budget options for eating. Retail stores tend to be on the more expensive boutique end of the price spectrum. Worst part is finding parking.

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Where to stay in Raleigh

Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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