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Great College Town Feel

Franklin Street and downtown had the ideal ‘college downtown’ atmosphere. Restaurants everywhere... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Pleasant, Lively College Town

We have been visiting Chapel Hill for many years. It's a classic college town - and the downtown... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Sarasota, Florida
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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.
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Reviewed 14 January 2019

Always fun to walk up and down Franklin. People, food, shops all add to the ambiance. I still miss the days when the cats cradle was on franklin though. Regardless, there’s always something going on.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

Franklin Street and downtown had the ideal ‘college downtown’ atmosphere. Restaurants everywhere, many with a pub like feel. Tar Heel logos and Carolina blue are abundant.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

Everything is withing walking distance. Lots of restaurants and shops. Very safe area. I cant wait to go back.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

Downtown Chapel Hill has an interesting mix of college geared establishments but also has many excellent restaurants.It is fun to mingle with the students and learn their views of life. The shops are diversified so that you can get whatever you want from sportswear to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lefty117
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Chapel Hill must be amongst the most boring, middle of the road places in the US … even the centre feels more like a sub-urb. There are some restaurants and cafés but nothing really exciting. I guess it is a nice and quiet place to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

The southern kind ways was the most impressive part to my vacation. Everywhere I went the locals were genuinely caring and kind.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank idayne
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We have been visiting Chapel Hill for many years. It's a classic college town - and the downtown area, with its mix of restaurants and shops, makes for a delightful wander. Its restaurant offerings invite more than wandering - they offer really interesting food in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Cool hangout with lots of options for dining and libations. There is probably arts and cultural things as well but who cares about that crap.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Q2839ZCjamesm
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Nice place right location. It's convenient to shopping and the things you want to see as a tourist. Food is basic with some Carolina twists. Had an excellent beer selection, especially a few local brews. Great service. Will go back when we are in the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 788beaur
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is the home of the UNC Tar Heels and the flagship campus of the State university system. Stop here first, and stroll around the beautiful campus, being careful to avoid parking in any of the reserved lots. It has more of a small-town feel...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank c5mjb
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21 July 2018|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
Best if you park a block or two off the street...Friday and Sat.are nuts with college kids.