Surf City, NC is the cutest little beach town EVER. Kyle and I want to move this way so bad, and every time we come, we find more things to do and we find even more love for this place! This past week we stayed on the beach with his family and we explored as far as our hearts desired, and it was nice because we were never more than a block from the beach. 😉


Gallagher’s is a little restaurant tucked away in a strip mall on the island. The food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I’m a fried pickle fanatic and I’m not crazy about fried pickle spears but my GOD. They were SO good! Kyle said his burger was the best burger he had ever had. And their sweet chili wings were on point. 

Shaka Tacos

This spot is definitely a must try for the vibes alone. You walk up the deck and order at a window and then find your seat outside. The restaurant is owned and operated by surfers and instructors at the Surf City Surf School. (It’s the same building) The people are so nice, the menu is so simple, and the food is so good. Each taco is a few bucks and you order as many as you want. They offer rice or chips as sides and they have a small beer selection as well!

Beach Bunny Ice Cream

This place was really cool because inside, not only is it an ice cream shop, but it’s an arcade, a mini movie theater, and a great place to hang out! And their servings are kind of intense… My ice cream melted faster than I could eat it.

Island Delights

This place is very 50’s inspired and completely adorable and old school. They serve grill food and ice cream – it’s a small, quaint little spot with really good ice cream!

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

If you’re familiar with Duck Donuts, this place is sort of like that. They are hot hand dipped donuts with a ton of different yummy combinations! Their name was so unique I had to google it:
“Fractured Prune® Doughnuts is named after the spunky Prunella Shriek, known as “Fractured Prunella” for the broken bones she suffered competing in traditionally men’s sports even into her 70s. Fractured Prune® Doughnuts celebrates her legacy with a doughnut as individual as the person ordering it!”
Bad ass, right?

Pizzerias (Max’s)

Max’s is an incredibly popular pizza joint on the island, so popular that locals don’t even pay attention to the competition. We ran up there to put in a to go order and not only were they packed and left us parking in the grass, but we waited over an hour for our pizza! (It was worth it)

Sandbar Arcade

Bar up top, arcade on the bottom? We didn’t get to check this out for ourselves, but it’s on the list.

Surf City Pier

One of my favorite things to do is take pictures of the ocean from the top of the pier. I love the perspective, and piers are just good for a walk, photos, or fishing. Whatever floats your boat!


This is an obvious one, but I had to mention it! You can’t go to one of the best beach towns in North Carolina and not get on the beach.


Surf City offers some awesome shopping opportunities, one of my favorites being the Topsail Island Trading Company. They have THE BEST FUDGE EVER and the cutest trinkets!

Paddle boards and kayaks in the Inter Coastal Waterway

If the ocean seems a little too overwhelming, the waterway is a great way to get on your board or in your kayak for some exercise or for some paddle fun. We took them out one afternoon and had a great time paddling around the marshier parts of the waterway.

Snow Factory

You know the Thai ice cream rolling videos you always see on Facebook and you feel like they’re only for people in bigger cities? Well we have one in Surf City!! I think it’s new, but it was really fun to watch and more fun to eat.

Have I mentioned, I CAN’T WAIT TO MOVE HERE???

xo, K


    • Kaleigh Reply

      I totally don’t blame you! I grew up all along the east coast and I always thought west was best! 😉 There are some really cute east coast beach towns though, definitely give it a look! Some of my faves are Surf City (of course) Islamorada & Anna Maria Island FL, and Charleston SC!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      That’s awesome! My boyfriend is a big surf-guy too. He actually used to live in this area, which is why we love to go back so much! And thanks for sharing your link!! xo

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