Come enjoy North Carolina's Oldest Restaurant. Join us for coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, we take pride in providing friendly and classic Carolina hospitality, creating the best neighborhood nook on Franklin Street to meet, eat, and drink
Like the Old Well, the Bell Tower, and Carolina football and basketball, Carolina Coffee Shop is another UNC tradition. An institution for more than 85 years and the oldest original restaurant in Chapel Hill, the Carolina Coffee Shop is a popular Franklin street breakfast, lunch and dinner destination as well as a thriving late night bar scene, Located next to the UNC campus, we're a favorite gathering spot with students, alumnae and locals.
While we've made many updates and improvements over the years to our menu and our facilities, we have preserved the rich heritage and atmosphere that our patrons have grown to love. The ageless brick walls and wooden booths give our Franklin Street restaurant its unique charm and feel. The wainscoting, counter and back bar are remnants of its early days as a soda shop. Before becoming a restaurant,the building housed a student post office. There is a lot of history at Carolina Coffee Shop - stop by and experience it for yourself.