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Durham's Most Romantic Spots Got us Fallin’ in Love

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. Discover these ridiculously romantic spots in Durham for you and your boo.

Whether you're last-minute preparing for Valentine's Day, brainstorming your next romantic date, or even thinking about where to propose, we are excited to celebrate love in all the right Bull City places. We asked our Instagram followers to tell us their most romantic spots in Durham to help set the mood and provide the perfect backdrop. Here’s what they came up with:

Durham Central Park

Walk hand in hand through Durham Central Park with your loved one to enjoy green space right in the heart of downtown. Together, take in the gardens, murals, and sculptures, or roll out a picnic blanket. There's always something fun to do whether it's watching a dance class under the pavilion or enjoying all the skaters doing tricks at the skatepark.

Eno River State Park

Make some memories and get some fresh air at Eno River State Park with your love by your side. Hang out with your sweetheart on the hanging bridge and explore the gorgeous scenery for an adventurous date.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

With numerous secluded spots and beautiful scenery, love is always in the Sarah P. Duke Garden air (especially come springtime when the cherry blossoms bloom). We hope the gardens open soon so you can put your tu-lips together once and flor-al and surround yourselves with sweet-smelling flowers, birds, and flowing fountains.

Corcoran Street Parking Garage

You will drive each other crazy on this American Tobacco Campus parking deck overlooking the city. It's a good place to pose for the perfect picture with Old Bull and to get your smooch on. Some of our followers got engaged here, so take notes.

American Tobacco Campus

Take your boo on a walk through American Tobacco Campus. Cozy benches and local shops dot the walkway with numerous secluded spots to snuggle up by the river. We know it's a romantic spot because one of our followers got married here! Planning on bringing a photographer with you to capture the moment? Be sure to read these guidelines first.

Rue Cler

Your hearts will go on as you enjoy a taste of Paris together at Rue Cler, a Parisian bistro serving braised lamb, baguettes, and charcuterie paired with an extensive wine list.


Celebrate your rare love at NanaSteak in a lively, warm, and welcoming atmosphere full of natural light. Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the bar or sit at table and enjoy that superb downtown Durham view.

Photo credit: Hillary Honeck @hillhoneckphoto

Bar Virgile

Whisk your date off of their feet over spiced salmon, deviled eggs, and classic cocktails in a cozy and sophisticated environment. Bar Virgile offers a wide variety of whiskey, gin, rum, and agave, and you and your sweetheart can sit at the bar and take in their elaborate drink-making process. During COVID-19, Bar Virgile has even made dining in a parking lot romantic with a cozy set up complete with heaters and black-and-white movies playing on a projector in the background.

Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

Connect with your cutie at Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar, a newly-opened Southern American restaurant serving small plates, beverages, and desserts in downtown Durham. Apparently, the corner bar seating is where the magic happens.

Vin Rouge

Vin Rouge had us at merlot. The heated garden, the beautiful scenery, and the French cuisine will make you and your date think you’ve gone to France for the evening.

Taqueria La Vaquita

If you take your date to La Vaquita, they will be udderly impressed. Devour a platillos tradicionales and then take a couples' selfie with the iconic cow on top of the building. Homemade Mexican food is indeed the way to some people's hearts.

Unscripted Durham Hotel

Wine and dine your sweetheart with drinks and spice and everything nice, and then stay the evening in a room with a view overlooking CCB Plaza awash in mid-century design. With spacious indoor seating and romantic private igloos overlooking downtown Durham, Unscripted Hotel has it all.

The Durham Hotel

They will always love you if you treat your special someone to a perfect night out at The Durham Hotel. Start with drinks and sunset views on The Roof at The Durham Hotel, followed by dinner in the corner booth in the glass-walled dining room.

These are unusual times and most of these romantic places have limited hours or modified offerings right now. If you do venture out, please check websites for updated information first and practice the 3W's. (Wear a mask. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands.)