Best Raleigh Rooftops—as Picked by Raleigh Magazine

Alfresco “soup” of the day? Tequila sunset. … Swap Netflix for sunsets and rise above the grounding BS via more rooftops, less worries (problems always look smaller from up here, obv)—NTM elevated vibes and views worth getting “high” for. To celebrate prime Raleigh rooftop season, we asked our staff and contribs for their fave heightened POV. Alexa, play “Golden Hour.”

Highgarden—especially with that botanical G&T tree
—Gina Stephens, Publisher, @ginasdawgs

“If you listen to our podcast you know I’m gonna pick two. For dining, Jolie, corner table please–best sunset views on deck in town against a DTR backdrop; for drinks, The Willard serves up skyline views for days”

—Melissa Howsam, Editor-in-Chief, @mahowsam

Highgarden, gotta love the view surrounded by beautiful greenery🌱”

—Liz Comella, Creative Director,

The Willard! The DTR views are immaculate, and the drinks are always on point.”

 —Lauren Kruchten, Associate Editor, @laurenn_nicol

“I love the Taverna Agora rooftop because it makes me feel like I’ve traveled to a Mediterranean oasis!”

—Anna Beth Adcock, Editorial Assistant, @_annabethadcock

The Willard—the view, great staff and the signature G&T!”

—Debby Serena, Account Executive

Taverna Agora—I love the rooftop—takes me to a Mediterranean oasis with all the lush greenery. I love going there and sharing the mezze items on the menu!”

—Tina Dahir, Account Executive, @tinalovesraleigh

The Willard! The fireplace at sunset is a vibe.”

—Sean Junqueira, Contributing Photographer, @seanjunqueira

Young Hearts rooftop—it feels cozy and secluded, but in the heart of downtown”

 —Susan Holt, Contributing Photographer, Susan Holt Photography, @susanholtphoto

Jolie’s Le Rooftop is one of my favorite perches in the city for its romantic vibe. French fare by candlelight and gorgeous city views are without a doubt the keys to my heart!”

—Kelsie Barton, Contributing Writer, @kelsie_barton

The Dillon is top-notch for a warm but breezy morning yoga class!”—Chelsea Sutton, Contributing Writer, @chelsearsutton

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