The beltline makes getting to stores, malls, and restaurants easy. There are also a great amount of greenways that connect the city for means of travel or pleasure.
If you are talking about downtown Raleigh, I generally park someplace (road or parking garage) and get around on foot. The shops are centrally located (Glenwood South, Warehouse District, Fayetteville Street, Moore Square). Another thing to keep in mind is that parking downtown is free after 5pm and on weekends!