Carolina's Finest Main Street or Downtown - Carolina Country

Finest Main Street or Downtown

Downtown New Bern

By Leah Chester-Davis | 800-437-5767

Our readers have a special fondness for Downtown New Bern, voted best "Main Street or Downtown" in our annual Carolina's Finest contest!

Quaint, charming, beautiful, historic, vibrant, creative, friendly and walkable are just a few of the ways our readers describe New Bern, their favorite downtown. “We’ve spent over 300 years preparing for your visit,” proclaims its visitors bureau. From Tryon Palace, the state’s first capitol, to the birthplace of Pepsi Cola, to a downtown packed with unique shops, restaurants, and a popular farmers market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Set along the Trent and Neuse Rivers, the riverfront adds to the inviting ambience.

What is not to LOVE about downtown New Bern! Tons of local restaurants and fun little shops, live music, waterfront walking, lots of Southern charm.

—Heather Buck of New Bern

About the Author

Carolina Country Contributing Editor Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business, Chester-Davis Communications (, specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.

Comments (1)

  • Thank you for acknowledging Historic New Bern. I serve as an historic interpreter at Tryon Palace, and it is always a pleasure to welcome visitors into our city, even in these challenging times. The you tube video was quite inspiring!

    Joseph Anderson |
    December 03, 2020 |

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