In the Neighborhood: Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

Franklin Street Chapel Hill

Running through the heart of Chapel Hill, you will find a street that is filled with culture, entertainment, food, and fun for all ages. Franklin Street has been a hub of the city since the University of North Carolina was established in the 1790s, when the street consisted of little more than a few homes, stores, and public buildings. Today, Franklin Street is a great place to find food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family, and our real estate agents have all of the details on Chapel Hill's favorite street.  

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Food, Fun, History & Entertainment on Franklin Street

The Franklin Street dates back to those humble beginnings in the 1790s when the street was named for Benjamin Franklin. Over the years, more businesses, attractions, and public facilities have been added to the area, but the historic charm of Franklin Street has always remained. Businesses on Franklin Street serve students at the University of North Carolina, as well as residents from throughout the city.

Fantastic Food for Every Taste

The city of Chapel Hill wants Franklin Street to keep its unique, local feel and encourages small businesses to lay down roots in the area, rather than big chains. That leads to a fantastic collection of local restaurants, which have been serving the city for decades. Grab a breakfast you'll never forget at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, savor a tasty frozen treat at the Yogurt Pump, or enjoy a hot, delicious cup of coffee at the Carolina Coffee Shop. Whatever you crave, you'll find it on Franklin Street.

Family Fun at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Did you know that Franklin Street is home to one of the first training facilities for NASA astronauts? The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is one of Franklin Street's biggest attractions, with programs for kids, teens, adults, families, and everyone in between. Immerse yourself in the history of spaceflight, or take in one of the many dazzling shows that the planetarium has to offer.

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Explore the History of Chapel Hill

Whether you're visiting a business, restaurant, cultural destination, or performance venue on Franklin Street, you'll be exploring the history of Chapel Hill first-hand. Many of local businesses on Franklin Street are family-owned and have been here for generations. Historic buildings from throughout Chapel Hill's history still stand, and there are unique stories to be discovered all along Franklin Street. The University of North Carolina is also a huge part of Franklin Street history, with both students and the university itself supporting many cultural initiatives in the area.

Franklin Street Varsity Theatre

Entertainment, Art, and Culture on Franklin Street

Do you love exploring the arts and culture scene of your home city? Then there's no doubt that Franklin Street is the place to be. Enjoy a unique spin on art at the Gypsy Hill Tattoo and Art Gallery or explore unique exhibits from local artists at Light Art + Design. The Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street has been a local landmark for more than 50 years, with both new and classic movies on the big screen. You can combine art and live performances at Current Artspace + Studio, which offers shows that truly get the audience involved. The art galleries along Franklin Street do a great job of supporting local artists, while also showcasing the work of talented artists from across the world.

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