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Things to do in Orange County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Beautiful gem of a State Park. Walking trails, some short and more trafficked, some narrow and quiet. River with rapids, wading areas, and a few picnic areas. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Highly recommended during the summer months to sit at a picnic table and eat dinner with a friend or family.”
  • 70 locals recommend
University
“Enjoy the beautiful scenery on campus. While there check out the Old Well and/or catch a football game at Kenan Stadium. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is one of my favorite restaurants. I am always amazed with the flavor, quality, and price of the food. Outstanding selection of foods. Everything tastes delicious and fresh. The staff are always friendly as well. A must try for anyone traveling to Chapel Hill. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Love the back bar here. Tasty cocktails and delicious Asian fusion. Chef is a James Beard award winner. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Music Venue
“This place is a local legend. So many amazing musical performers have come through here. Great place to catch a show and their Back Room also features smaller acts. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. Oh, and Delicious. And on Tuesdays, they offer many of their menu items for a deep, deep discount. Faves are cashew crusted chicken with mashed potatoes and pan seared salmon. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Local favorite brewery and conveniently located next to UNC. The 2nd floor balcony is heated and has great views down Franklin St.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
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“Known by locals as "Carrboro's Living room". Great coffee! One of the only farm to cup coffee shops anywhere.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Art Museum
“FREE local art museum located on the edge of UNC's campus. Great space with great art! Great for a sunny or rainy day getaway. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Al’s has the best and most unique burgers on Franklin. Juicy, delicious, and great flavors. Friendly and fast service. A real gem in Chapel Hill. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Caffee Driade is an award-winning, independently-owned espresso bar, Wine bar, and Teahouse. Tucked in among the trees on East Franklin St this hidden gem is a must go place when visiting Chapel Hill. Thoughtfully sourced beer & wine, fresh juice, and a delicious selections of baked goods. There is also live music on the weekend. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Indian food served with love from Vimala, the community- builder and renowned chef. Reasonable prices, seasonal menu, and good vibes.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Don’t miss it if you’re visiting in the right season. Fun to browse, taste, and people watch.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Garden
“The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a botanical garden operated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The primary goal of the Garden is to research, catalog, and promote the native plant species of North Carolina”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Our very own brewery. Big Mon IPA is a favorite, and they always have interesting sours on rotation. No food, but you can bring your own!”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“This is one of my favorite restaurants. I am always amazed with the flavor, quality, and price of the food. Outstanding selection of foods. Everything tastes delicious and fresh. The staff are always friendly as well. A must try for anyone traveling to Chapel Hill. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Love the back bar here. Tasty cocktails and delicious Asian fusion. Chef is a James Beard award winner. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. Oh, and Delicious. And on Tuesdays, they offer many of their menu items for a deep, deep discount. Faves are cashew crusted chicken with mashed potatoes and pan seared salmon. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Brewery
“Local favorite brewery and conveniently located next to UNC. The 2nd floor balcony is heated and has great views down Franklin St.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Al’s has the best and most unique burgers on Franklin. Juicy, delicious, and great flavors. Friendly and fast service. A real gem in Chapel Hill. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bakery
“Indian food served with love from Vimala, the community- builder and renowned chef. Reasonable prices, seasonal menu, and good vibes.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“The scones here are a whole meal. They also have lunch and dinner but I only come to fuel a hike on the nearby Bolín Creek Trail.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A nice place for Southern Comfort cuisine in a nice atmosphere - try the outdoor seating. They have excellent cocktails too. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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