Franklin Street is the centerpiece of Chapel Hill. Adjacent to the the UNC campus, it is populated with many bars, restaurants, and businesses. While a popular destination year round, thousands flock to the area on Halloween and after big Tarheel wins.
Known for its quaint shops and small town feel, walking along Franklin Street takes you back in time. Over the past decade, Franklin Street and the surrounding areas have undergone a developmental transition that began with the opening of The Franklin Hotel in 2007. While many of its landmark shops and eateries remain, new development continues, with the opening of large apartment buildings such as Greenbridge and Shortbread Lofts, and an urban Target store. Throughout, its charm has been maintained, and the area is more vibrant than ever.
Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Franklin Street:
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
If you’ve lived here for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed the line of cars wrapped around Sunrise in the mornings. You haven’t lived til you’ve tried one of their country biscuits.
Top of the Hill
A great place to watch UNC sports, this distillery serves up house-made vodka, gin and whiskey alongside delicious plates, with a view of town that can’t be beat.
This refreshing French-inspired spot combines traditional techniques with modern tastes, providing diners with an unforgettable experience.
For Southern fare done right, look no further than Crook’s Corner. Their menu hits all the right notes, from their classic fish fry to the jalapeno hushpuppies. They serve weekend brunch too!
Al’s Burger Shack
When you’re in the mood for a casual, North Carolina-inspired burger, nothing hits the spot like a Al’s. Whether you prefer classics like lettuce, tomato and onion or opt for their spicy pimento cheese or Cheerwine BBQ sauce, you’ll leave full and looking forward to your next visit.
He’s Not Here
With their ubiquitous Tarheel blue cups and legendary history (a certain basketball player is rumored to be it’s namesake), this bar is a hot spot for UNC students and locals alike, and a great place to start (or end) an evening on Franklin.
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