Popular Hangout Areas
Perennial: Small, cozy and Instagram-worthy, Perennial is a great spot for an early morning pour over or an afternoon muddled mint latte. During popping study times, however, Perennial gets packed fast as they have limited seating.
Open Eye Café: Home of the Carrboro Coffee Roasters, this place is large with ample freshly roasted coffee selections. Many studiers pack in here as there are lots of seating and outlets.
Grey Squirrel: This is a cool place to grab a hot coffee with a friend or after a workout. The vibe is minimalist chic, and outlets are numerable. They roast their own beans so you know you are getting a good product. Be sure to order their maple latte with oat milk!
Café Driade: This café can be hard to find, but when you find it you will love it! There is a trail that backs up to this café so it is perfect for a morning hike and a tea. They also have live music and offer support groups for victims of sexual abuse on different days of the week.
TRU: This build-your-own sandwich shop off of Franklin Street is known for its patio space and Margarita Wednesdays. Come here to relax with classmates after a long day of B-school things!
Merritt’s Grill: Famous for its bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches, get a single with avocado and slab sriracha on that sucker. You can actually walk here from the Business school via Purefoy Road.
Cava: This place is like a Mediterranean Chipotle that is stealing the hearts of UNC Kenan-Flagler students.
Neal’s Deli Carrboro: Take a bus down here or ride your bike for a grilled apple-and-sausage biscuit or a pastrami sandwich. The owner runs the Carrboro Farmer’s Market so you know you are getting local and fresh ingredients.
Carrboro Farmer’s Market: Local food vendors sell fresh hot dogs to cider to doughnuts to espresso. Come here early on Saturday morning and go to Sari Sari Sweets for a coffee and sundried tomato and goat cheese rolls. SO tasty! In the spring and summer months, bring $10 to buy a beautiful seasonal bouquet for your dining table.
Acme: This is a great choice for showing your date or your parents the best of the area. Its upscale Southern entrees can run upwards of $30, but on Tuesdays UNC students get $12 entrees with a flash of their IDs!
Bob’s: The go-to dive bar for MBA students, it can fit a lot of people and has an enticing outdoor patio space. For those who prefer cocktails and class, read on.
The Belltree Speakeasy: This quiet, almost-secretive cocktail lounge is where you meet classmates who prefer to not drink pitchers at Bob’s. Belltree has seasonal cocktails prepared by men in suspenders who are passionate about flavor. It is located off of the side of a carwash and can be difficult to find, but once you find it you will always go back for more!
Crunkleton: Similar to the Belltree in cocktail offerings, it is larger and can attract a crowd depending on the night or MBA event. Great for meeting a couple of friends for an Old Fashioned. Be sure to look at the Whiskey/Scotch collection dating back 50+ years!
The Back Bar at Lantern Restaurant: This is my favorite spot to take people. It’s is located down the alley located to the left of Lantern. You feel like you are walking to the wrong place, but if you commit long enough you will see a cute little outdoor space and a black door. Enter the door and be transported to a romantically lit cocktail lounge. Cocktails are seasonal and have an Asian twist.
Weaver Street Market: Need a beer? Fresh curry for dinner? A coffee and some groceries? Weaver Street has it all plus a newly renovated outdoor patio that’s perfect for relaxing and enjoying a moment with friends. They also have live music on Sunday mornings for guests to enjoy.
Chapel Hill Public Library: Perfect for studying, it has tons of tables, free wi-fi and beautiful natural lighting. There is a small coffee shop when you walk in so you will find craft coffee to fuel your studies!
Oasys Café at the Carr Mill Mall: If you like learning more about the drums of Kirtan, alien encounters or sustainable living, the Oasys café is for you! I love going to this shop to read a book or attend an evening workshops. This café is pretty small and very quirky. When you order the hummus and cracker snack, they hand you an entire container of hummus and an entire sleeve of Ritz crackers (and I respect that!!).
UNC’s Main Campus: Believe it or not, many MBA students will never explore the beautiful and historic main campus next door. Take a break from the chaos of your studies and go walk or bike around the greenspaces of the Quad or watch the chipmunks in Coker Arboretum.
Carolina North Forest: A huge network of trails and bike paths exists just a few miles north of the business school. Grab a friend and go on a hike or run together on one of your Friday breaks. Given this place is super close, an Uber ride won’t cost you much either if you happen to be car-less like me!
By Carolyn Kreuzkamp (MBA ’20)