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Downtown Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
+1 919-967-9440
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Take A Walk...Look Around

This main street is about 12-15 NYC blocks long lined with shops and restaurants and bars. It is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Richard S
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Franklin Street is a great walking experience

I love Franklin St./downtown Chapel Hill. You can walk everywhere. The food/restaurant choices... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phyllis S
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The iconic Main Street where Tar Heels live, work, and play. With over 95 cafes, restaurants and bars, of which more than 75% are locally & independently owned, Downtown Chapel Hill is one of the best destinations for dining in the Triangle.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“main street” (21 reviews)
“college town” (34 reviews)
“franklin st” (23 reviews)
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Chapel Hill, NC
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"main street"
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"college town"
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"franklin st"
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"shops and restaurants"
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"unc campus"
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"lots of places to eat"
in 4 reviews
"small town"
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"waffles"
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"game days"
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"west end"
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"within walking distance"
in 4 reviews
"visiting chapel hill"
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"tar heel"
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"parking"
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"students"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This main street is about 12-15 NYC blocks long lined with shops and restaurants and bars. It is full of 20 year olds having a fun time. If you are over 50, do not expect too much. Food is mostly pub food and inexpensive and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Franklin St./downtown Chapel Hill. You can walk everywhere. The food/restaurant choices are endless. Nice shops. Plenty of drinking establishments.

1  Thank Phyllis S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have spent many afternoons and evenings in the stores and bars along Franklin Street. It has a genuine major university atmosphere most of the time. You are guaranteed to see a lot of undergraduates at their best (or worst). It helps to be of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent some time walking and eating here. The mood was lively and there were a host of choices there. Very nice area by a college and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Franklin Street is full of cool shops and restaurants. If you want to experience true Tar Heel culture come here after a very big win and join the crowd, or just come here anytime! Franklin Street is the best!

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

No visit to Chapel Hill and UNC is complete without strolling down Franklin lane. Nostalgic for Carolina alums, but it is also the heart of the university. Stroll there at different times of the day for different vibes!

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

it is a short street with variety of restarurants, and some shops with UNC clothes. Nothing different.

1  Thank koldomunoz
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

As a local for many years, if you are traveling to our cute town, you have to visit Franklin Street. Several shops and places to eat. Check out Crossroads at the Carolina Inn, 411 West for Itlalian, The West End Wine Bar or our fav...Elaine's...More

Thank Emily M
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Well Franklin street catches the spirit of Chapel Hill. I like going for a walk and lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants on Franklin street close to the downtown and the UNC campus. I really don’t like that they cut down many...More

Thank Sreih
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Franklin Street has changed so much over the last 10 or 15 years. They have demolished what use to be University Square. I remember good times of parking there as I was a customer at Sun Trust to avoid paying the meter on Franklin Street....More

Thank b_arnold1976
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