The quaint shopping area called City Market was built in 1915 and is only three blocks east of the main street in downtown Raleigh (Fayetteville St), so it's convenient to Raleigh's new convention center and hotels, and the city's landmark attractions. City Market is undergoing a renaissance, and its cobblestone streets offer an Old World ambience that's different from anything else you'll find in the Capital City's downtown. Big Ed's restaurant is the anchor restaurant. It's a large, casual place with friendly waitresses serving up good ol' down-home Southern cooking. Expect a line of loyal customers outside, especially on Saturday mornings -- breakfasts are a specialty-- when there's also a live band usually playing. Lining the side of City Market are several art galleries and art shops, everything from the wonderful Visual Art Exchange which showcases changing artworks from local artists, to the American Indian Company and even a Tibetan shop... all great places for excellent-quality souvenirs. For more dining options, especially for lunch or dinner, check out Vic's Italian Restaurant, or Woody's, a popular sports bar with tasty bar food and drinks.  On The corner is Rum Runners, a Dueling Piano Bar and Dance club.  They do a all request Rock and Roll Piano Show and can play anything to "Sweet Caroline" to "Sweet Home Alabama."