Chapel Hill

Old Well Azaleas on the UNC Chapel Hill Campus (from visitchapelhill.org)

Old Well Azaleas on the UNC Chapel Hill Campus (from visitchapelhill.org)

Chapel Hill, NC

This multicultural town is well-known as the home of one of the oldest public universities in the country– University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill! “Hailed as ‘America’s Foodiest Small Town’ by Bon Appetit Magazine, Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming a hot spot for pop American cuisine. It’s a trend-setting playground full of sights, sounds and tastes that make it the kind of place that authors, musicians, and artists call home.” Population 60,998


THINGS TO DO IN CHAPEL HILL

  • Franklin Street
    THE place to be in downtown– home to almost 100 shops, restaurants and bars. You may have seen this famous street swarmed after Tarheels National Championship win! Keep an eye out for many murals around this area as well.
  • Ackland Art Museum
    “The Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 19,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on
    paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, and North Carolina pottery.”
  • The Carolina Basketball Museum
    Of course, basketball is a staple for many native Carolinians. This tribute “museum features artifacts, videos, photos, statistical and historical panels that highlight the history of the Carolina Basketball program. The museum experience begins with a presentation and includes video tributes to Dean Smith, Roy Williams and the Carolina Family, Tyler Hansbrough, Michael Jordan and every aspect of the history of UNC Basketball.”
  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
    One of the oldest and largest planetariums in the US, Morehead has been integral in the training of many NASA astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins of Apollo 11! Planetarium shows vary to educate scientists of all ages.

PARKS & PLACES TO PLAY

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden
    North Carolina is home to an amazingly rich flora, including many plant species found nowhere else in the world. […]Today, [they] cultivate more than 1,100 acres of garden and conservation areas, safeguard rare and endangered plant species from extinction, and educate new generations of plant lovers and environmental citizens.”
  • Parks & Recreation
    “The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains over 730 acres of public spaces. Our beautiful parks system, recreational facilities, athletic playing fields, greenway and trails system, open green spaces and outdoor plazas provide a perfect opportunity for our citizens to come and play together!” Check out more information on their website at https://www.townofchapelhill.org/government/departments-services/parks-and-recreation/parks
  • Coker Arboretum
    “Serene walking paths take you past wildflowers and trees in this 5-acre gem on the UNC campus. Rest on one of several open lawns, or take a seat on a shady bench. Coker Arboretum changes with the seasons. From spring blooms to summer greenery, fall color to winter grace, there’s always something to see.”
  • Brumley Nature Preserve
    A 613-acre nature preserve with four miles of streams and 20 acres of wetlands. Visit for beautiful hikes, plentiful wildlife, fishing, yoga, mountain bike skill training and more!

DINING: MUST-TRY LOCAL FAVORITES

  • Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
    “Food & Wine magazine once described the biscuits at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen as some of the best in the country, and the line of cars that snakes around the tiny building out onto Franklin Street most mornings might just be proof of that fact.” Using their grandmother’s recipes, this drive through restaurant may offer barbeque, chicken and tuna sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, but the biscuits are the true must-have!
  • Jujube
    “Jujube’s cuisine is rooted in the flavors of China and Vietnam, distilled and whimsically refined with western sensibilities.” Despite the modest appearance, the food is out of this world! Check out this asian fusion restaurant’s flavor-filled menu asap.
  • Bin 54
    An upscale steakhouse with highest quality ingredients, impeccable service, great cocktails, pleasing atmosphere and the best truffle mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted! One of Chapel Hill’s hidden gems
  • Acme Food & Beverage Co
    Acme “is focused on the food and time-honored techniques of the country south where he grew up, and the robust flavors that grow out of that deeply American tradition. And the menu changes often. On any given night, there may be fried chicken and soft shell crabs, char-grilled Carolina ribeye and oysters on the half shell, pecan pie and slow-churned peach ice cream. And always pickles and cornbread and smoked whole-hog pork.” Don’t forget their extensive drink menu!
  • Hawthorne & Wood
    Ever-changing seasonal menus with everything from sophisticated creations to classic burger and fries coiled with a creative cocktail menu and well-curated wine list… What’s not to love at this chart topping restaurant?!
  • Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
    “Serving locally-sourced food, beer and spirits made from scratch, Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery has long been recognized as the social crossroads of Chapel Hill.” Affectionately called TOPOs by its many fans, this restaurant showcases American and Southern favorites with a kick, plus all the drinks you’ll need!
  • Mama Dip’s Kitchen
    If you’re looking for good old fashioned Southern cooking, this is the spot. “Mama Dip’s Kitchen is a full service traditional southern restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner since 1976. Three generations operate the restaurant since Mildred Council’s passing in 2018.”
  • Fearrington Village
    This quaint collection of shops, restaurants, a soothing spa and a classy inn is near Chapel Hill in Pittsboro. The Roost serves up delicious wood fired seasonal pizzas, the Belted Goat is a casual wine and dining spot, and the Fearrington House is an upscale fine dining experience with an exceptional wine and cocktail list. Visit the surrounding farms and their belted cows, goats and even chickens!

For more information on Chapel Hill, check out Visit Chapel Hill, NC, the city tourism website

Sketched Map from https://www.visitchapelhill.org/

Sketched Map from https://www.visitchapelhill.org/