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The Chronicle’s guide to 9th Street

With a new school year underway, you’ve probably settled into your routine of student life. The Chronicle has you covered if you would like to explore some of Ninth Street—located only a few blocks from East Campus—and venture into the Bull City.

Visit the restaurants and coffee shops

If you want a break from the campus cuisine (or want to save some food points), there are a lot of options to explore off-campus. Here’s a bit of what Ninth Street has to offer in the way of food.

In the mood for chicken? If so, Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken is the place to be. A “healthier alternative” to fast food, Alpaca is known for its natural wood charcoal-cooked Peruvian “Pollo a la Brasa” style rotisserie chicken, made-to-order, and Latin-inspired sides. 

Pincho Loco is a great place to visit if you want to satisfy a sweet tooth! Here, ice cream and popsicles with native Latino flavors are sold, and both dairy and non-dairy options are available for customers. 

Perhaps you’ve grown tired of the usual study spots in Perkins and Rubenstein and would like to try somewhere different. Look no further than the Triangle Coffee House, which offers many varieties of organic coffee as well as a welcoming environment in which to study and relax.

Shop, but maybe not ‘til you drop

Ninth Street also offers a lot of places to run shopping errands.

Can’t find any book selections on campus to your liking or needs? There’s no need to make the trek to Barnes & Noble! Instead, head to the Regulator Bookstore, an independent bookstore that buys and sells a variety of new and used books. The bookstore also offers students a 10% discount on most titles.

Maybe you want to buy some sunflowers for a friend. If so, visit the locally-owned Ninth Street Flowers which sources flowers from the Triangle and California, Ecuador and Holland. They offer a large selection of flowers to choose from for many events and occasions, so there’s something for all customers.

And, of course, no Ninth Street shopping list is complete without Harris Teeter at the Shops at Erwin Mill. While not a local business, Harris Teeter is a great place to do your typical grocery shopping, especially if there’s a drink or a snack that you can’t find at stores on-campus. And if you sign up for a VIC card, you can receive a helpful discount.

For a complete list of Ninth Street businesses and destinations as of 2019, you can visit Discover Ninth Street’s website


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