Chapel Hill is a multicultural university town that is home to UNC-Chapel Hill and a resident population of 59,000. 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.
Franklin Street is the main street in downtown Chapel Hill and is considered the center of social life for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the town of Chapel Hill. Named after Benjamin Franklin, it is home to numerous coffee shops, restaurants, museums, bookshops, music stores and bars.
Chapel Hill was, in fact, created to serve the University. When the University Of North Carolina Board Of Trustees chose the area around New Hope Chapel as the site for the first State University in 1793, they also named a committee to lay out a town adjacent to the site. Present day reminders of Chapel Hill's history are cherished by its citizens and admired by its visitors; quiet winding streets, wooded home sites, stone walls, and small shops surrounding the University add to the charm, mystique, and "small-town" atmosphere.
In Chapel Hill a profusion of gastronomic delights await you! It’s a pleasant burden for those of who are blessed to live here to have so many culinary opportunities on a daily basis, and we are happy to be able to share this burden with you for a while. So many choices, so little time! Bon appetit.
Originally opened as an 800-square-foot coffee roastery back in 1975, Southern Season has become a huge gourmet specialty-foods emporium. At 60,000 square feet, it’s one of the largest stores of its kind in the nation. The flagship Chapel Hill store is divided into ten distinct areas; candy; coffees and tea; wine; gourmet groceries; housewares; gifts; cheese; bakery; take-out and catering ; and Weathervane.
Southern Village is located south of town and is five minutes from UNC-Chapel Hill. This neighborhood was established in 1994 and has all the components of what is today called “New Urbanism.”
Market Street, which is within walking distance to all parts of the neighborhood, has a variety of entertainment, food and shops.
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