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Quiet when the students have left

I visited Chapel Hill a week after graduation and the whole place was very quiet. The last 4 places... read more

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Lovely huge modern murals painted on random buildings

I enjoyed spotting several murals painted on random buildings in the downtown. Several times, I... read more

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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 yesterday

I visited Chapel Hill a week after graduation and the whole place was very quiet. The last 4 places I visited in the USA were New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego so this downtown is completely different. If you are in the area...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed spotting several murals painted on random buildings in the downtown. Several times, I tried to pull my car over to photograph these attractive murals. I believe one of them is near the PNC Bank on North Columbia Street between East Rosemary Street and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 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 December 23, 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 December 4, 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 November 7, 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
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Reviewed November 6, 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 October 5, 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
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Reviewed October 2, 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 August 30, 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
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July 21, 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.