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A Weekend in Chapel Hill: 10 Great Hot Spots

 Where to go and what to do in Chapel Hill,  North Carolina.

By Ellie Jesse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1. Top of The Hill is located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. A great place to grab a bite to eat and watch the game. At night, Top of the Hill is a popular bar for UNC students. Wednesday’s are particularly fun to play trivia, hosted by the one and only, Dave Bell, at the Back Bar!


2. He’s Not Here is known for their giant Blue Cup. UNC students come here to enjoy both outdoor and indoor hang out spots. With a Carolina blue sky and warm weather, you can expect live music on the patio. He’s Not Here is particularly popular for Karaoke on Sunday nights!

3. The Carolina Inn is a historic hotel located in the center of campus within walking distance to restaurants and shops on Franklin Street. The Carolina Inn, also known as “The University’s Living Room,” provides beautiful accomodations for Chapel Hill visitors. During the summer, The Carolina Inn hosts Friday’s on the Front Porch, where students, families and Inn guests enjoy bluegrass music, food and drinks.

4. Fab’rik Clothing Boutique is located in the newly built East 54 shopping center just minutes from campus. Fab’rik is stocked with the latest designer trends that won’t break the bank. All items are under $100 with the exception of designer jeans. Fab’rik’s stylists will help you pick out the perfect outfit for any occasion. My favorite stylist, Courtney, helped me pick out these fab looks!


5. Alexander Julian’s is a Chapel Hill classic. Alexander Julian, a Chapel Hill native and world-renowned fashion designer, fills his store with true southern style. Famous local guests include Roy Williams, among others, in search of that perfect pastel blue tie.

6. Sugarland is a North Carolina based bakery with a shop located right on Franklin Street. Sugarland sells original desserts that can be paired with any number of cocktails. Cocktails and cupcakes: the perfect combination!

7. The Dean Dome and Carolina Basketball Museum is a must-see for those visiting Chapel Hill. The museum features artifacts, photos, and other historical memorabilia through the years of Carolina basketball. The Dean Dome rafters are home to the jersey’s of Michael Jordan, Antwan Jamison, Phil Ford, Tyler Hansbrough and more. Carolina Athletics, particularly basketball, holds a special place in many Tar Heel’s hearts.

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8. The Open Eye Café, located in Carrboro, just minutes from downtown Chapel Hill, is a mixture between funky and cozy. This is a popular spot to grab a cup of coffee and study on the weekend.

9. Acme Food and Beverage Co., also located in Carrboro, is the perfect combination of fresh, local and organic foods with a southern twist. Acme is great for brunch on the weekends. My favorite dish is the deluxe eggs benedict, which comes with two poached eggs, ham and friend green tomatoes, drizzled with hollandaise sauce.

10. Cat’s Cradle is the ultimate Chapel Hill music venue. Newly renovated, Cat’s Cradle attracts bands of every genre. With a capacity of 750 people, bands such as Nirvana, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Corey Smith and Joan Baez have rocked out to crowds of UNC students.

Ellie Jesse

U of Nth Carolina-Chapel Hill | 2 stories

Ellie Jesse is a senior public relations major at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ellie is an operations intern at 2U Inc. where she works with the MPA@UNC program - UNC's master of public administration online. Follow her on Twitter: @EllieH_Jesse

2 responses to “A Weekend in Chapel Hill: 10 Great Hot Spots”

  1. brian says:

    Cats cradle is in carrboro not chapel hill

    • collegetourist says:

      Thanks Brian, you’re right, Cat’s Cradle is in Carrboro, a mile from Chapel Hill. Are you a student? Why not submit your own blog about Carrboro to our site. We’d love to hear from you.

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