Shop, Eat & Play

December 14, 2017

When planning a day out shopping, I search for places where I can shop, eat and play with family or friends. As Cumberland County continues to expand and build, we’re seeing more shopping centers pop up everywhere, but two of Fayetteville’s mainstays consistently bring me back. Westwood Shopping Center, conveniently situated across from Cross Creek Mall, offers shoppers 60+ stores where families may choose from an array of restaurants, retail shops and indoor recreation. Located near Downtown Fayetteville, the Historic Haymount District is one of the city’s most charming areas, and the perfect place to plan a date or a girl’s day out. Here’s a small sample of where our visitors can shop, eat and play at each of these fantastic destinations.

Westwood Shopping Center

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shop eat playClean Eatz

Shop . . .

Just one of the reasons locals love this shopping center so much is because it offers two fantastic resale clothing stores. Clothes Mentor sells a wide array of stylish, brand-name clothing, shoes and accessories for women, sizes 0-26. For gently used children’s clothing, toys and more, look no further than Once Upon a Child’s massive inventory.

Eat . . .

There is no shortage of fantastic dining options at Westwood, but two healthy options stand out here. Sushi Court is considered a local favorite for its extensive menu, featuring everything from sushi rolls to hibachi to Bento boxes. Another restaurant I frequent here is Clean Eatz, where the dine-in café offers many healthy-yet-tasty alternatives to “fast food.”

We recently featured another incredible Westwood eatery, Fayetteville Pie Company, on “How Sweet It Is!”.

Play . . .

Families may choose between two indoor recreation sites at Westwood. Defy Fayetteville is our city’s brand-new trampoline park, and 35 trampolines, a ninja obstacle course, a trapeze and a foam pit are a few of its fun features. Monkey Joe’s provides families with an inflatable-filled play center—the perfect spot for kids (ages 2-12) to run off all their energy.

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shop eat playDefy. Fayetteville

Historic Haymount District

shop eat playBetty Kelly's Gift Shop

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Shop . . .

Selling a little bit of everything, Betty Kelly’s Gift Shop is that charming store you visit for a trendy item or perfect gift for the woman in your life. Make sure you also pop into Vibra’s Boutique to check out their fashionable clothing selection, seasonal decor and redesigned antique furniture.

On “Places to Gather with Friends & Family,” we featured another Haymount gem, Leclair’s General Store.

Eat . . .

Hilltop House offers a fine-dining experience for lunch and dinner in a lovely 110-year-old home, and their Southern-influenced brunch on Sundays is famous around here. For a more casual meal, head to Latitude 35 Bar & Grill, where the Caribbean vibes will transport you to the islands and the fish tacos are hard to beat.

Play . . . 

Conveniently located next to Latitude 35, Cape Fear Regional Theatre offers a six-show main-stage season that keeps theater-goers returning again and again for plays like The Best Christmas Pageant (currently playing) and Annie (coming in January). Another Haymount treasure is the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, where visitors may take in exhibits on southern North Carolina, enjoy a tour of the 1897 Poe House, explore Arsenal Park and browse the gift shop.

shop eat playLatitude 35 Bar & Grill

shop eat playMuseum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex - 1897 Poe House

We simply can’t talk about places to shop, eat and play without mentioning two of our visitors’ top-favorite destinations here: Cross Creek Mall and Downtown Fayetteville. The mall features several major department stores, plus dozens of popular clothing stores, eateries and more. As we have shared on multiple blogs, downtown offers visitors fantastic dining options, boutiques and antique stores, art galleries, entertainment, etc. For several ideas on where to shop, eat and play downtown, check out “A 1-Day Tour Itinerary for Fayetteville.”

Are you planning a visit to the greater Fayetteville area? Be sure to consider the many other Shopping and Dining options in Cumberland County. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau also provides a Calendar of Events where visitors may discover the best of our communities’ festivities and happenings.

Photo Credits: @OnceUponaChildFayetteville, @CleanEatzFayettevilleNC, @SushiCourt, @Defy.Fayetteville, @BettyKellysGiftShop, @HilltopHouseRestaurantandCatering, @Latitude35, @MuseumoftheCapeFear

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