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Come Explore Orange County, NC

Orange County, NC is proud to feature some of the best food and drink experiences in the region. Our cuisine has been featured in the New York Times and Bon Appetit magazine dubbed Chapel Hill “America’s Foodiest Small Town”.
Across the county our local chefs take pride in a farm-to-table philosophy. Many of our favorite restaurants only source local,
in-season ingredients to create a truly world-class cuisine that’s firmly rooted in Orange County, NC. And it’s not just our food, we take our drinks very seriously here. Handcrafted cocktails featuring local ingredients (and local spirits!) can be found across the county. We are proud to be home to several great breweries and our bars stock a wide selection of local, regional and specialty beers.
On top of all that, we have an energetic local music scene that’s launched some of the biggest names into stardom. For a couple of small towns, we’re kind of a big deal.

Where to Stay

The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
185 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites
AAA Four Diamond
status since 1997.

Located in the heart of Chapel Hill, this iconic hotel is only a short walk to the restaurants and nightlife on Franklin Street. It’s the perfect home base for the Studio Tour, with easy access to Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. Built in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award since 1997. Enjoy award-winning cuisine and handcrafted cocktails from the Crossroads Chapel Hill.
Be sure to experience the legendary Sunday Brunch!

Where to Eat & Drink

101 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC
Dinner Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-9pm
Sunday brunch 11am – 2pm

Antonia’s, located on historic Churton street in Hillsborough,NC is an upscale Italian eatery offering inspired and traditional fare using fresh and local ingredients.

Caffè Driade
1215-A East Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Mon-Thurs: 7am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 7am-11pm
Sun: 8am-10pm

Caffe Driade is an award-winning, Independently-owned, full-service Espresso bar, Wine Bar & Teahouse. Set back off of East Franklin Street, tucked in among the trees and out under the stars, Caffè Driade is the perfect stop on your Studio Tour experience, offering thoughtfully sourced specialty beer & wine, fresh juices, a delicious selection of baked goods and live music every week.

Crossroads Chapel Hill
211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Mon-Thurs & Sun: 6:30am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 6:30am-10:00pm
Sun breakfast: 6:30am-8:30am
Sunday brunch 9:00am-2:00pm

Dine on authentic Carolina fare and at the award-winning Crossroads Chapel Hill. Using regionally sourced ingredients, Chef Blankenship has crafted a cuisine as diverse as North Carolina’s landscape, instilling Southern soul and Carolina spirit in seasonal menus. Located in the historic Carolina Inn in the heart of Chapel Hill, it’s a great place for a scrumptious meal or sipping on handcrafted cocktails by their cozy fire pits.

Mama Dip’s Kitchen
408 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Mon-Fri: 11:00am-9:00pm
Sat & Sun: 8:00am-9:00pm
Breakfast until 1pm Sat & Sun

Mama Dip’s is more than a Chapel Hill institution, it’s a local legend. Since 1976 the restaurant started by Mildred Cotton Council, known affectionately as “Mama Dip” has been serving up the best country cooking in town. Her time-tested recipes keep the dining room busy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s no secret why – the food will warm your heart and fill your belly.

Open Eye Cafè
101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510
Mon-Sat: 7:00am-11:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-11:00pm

Serving coffee sourced directly from farmers across the globe and roasted steps from where you order it, Open Eye Cafe has been welcoming satisfied customers at “Carrboro’s living room” since 1998. A perfect pit stop on the Studio Tour, Open Eye Cafe serves Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, fine tea, wine, beer and local baked goods. Open daily from early morning to late night.

Vecino Brewing Co.
300 E Main St C,
Carrboro, NC 27510
Tues-Thur: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 2:00pm-12:00am
Sun 2:00pm-10:00pm

Located in the heart of Carrboro, NC, Vecino Brewing Co. is a brewery and restaurant built by neighbors for neighbors. Chef Scott Phillips serves up bright, flavorful and imaginative dishes with a focus on locally-sourced products from lunchtime into the late evening. The taproom features 20 taps of craft beer brewed onsite plus a wide selection of rotating guest beers and ciders from small craft breweries with a focus on North Carolina.

Weaver Street Market
Carrboro: 101 E Weaver Street
Hillsborough: 228 S Churton St
Southern Village: 716 Market St
Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm

With 3 locations: Chapel Hill, Carrboro & Hillsborough, Weaver Street Market is the heart and soul of Orange County, NC. This friendly co-op provides access to local and regional organic produce, natural foods and a truly epic cheese selection. And we haven’t even mentioned the amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner options from the hot bar. Stop by and relax on the patio with a glass of wine or a cold beer and experience the open, friendly community of Weaver Street Market.

Yonder Bar
114 West King Street
Hillsborough, NC
Tues-Sat: 4pm-til
Sun: 3pm-10pm

Yonder serves as Hillsborough’s unofficial living room and art space where folks gather to enjoy craft cocktails, beer, wine, and the arts. Live music and local rotating artist installations make Yonder a comfortable, safe place for friends to gather and relax.

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