Hillsborough Street  is a cultural and social artery running through West Raleigh. Hosting thredifferent colleges and a widarray of night life, landmarks and restaurants, Hillsborough Street is a destination for students, fans and families. It is one of the four thoroughfares that radiate out from the State Capitol, the other three being Halifax Street, Fayetteville Street, and New Bern Avenue.

Route Description

Hillsborough Street begins at an overpass of I-40 as a continuation of Cary's East Chatham Street. The three lane road runs parallel to a pair of railroad tracks traveling dueast through a predominantly residential area. At a complex intersection with Western Boulevard, Jones Franklin, and Buck Jones Roads, Hillsborough abruptly turns to the north and crossing under the railroad tracks. The roadway is then joined by NC 54 at theastern terminus of Chapel Hill Road, transitioning to commercial development as it approaches Dorton Arena, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, and I-440. NC 54 ends at the 440 interchange while Hillsborough Street continues east past Meredith College and the north campus of North Carolina State University through a mix of residential and commercial development. Entering Downtown Raleigh at thSaint Mary's School campus, Hillsborough sees a mixture of historic buildings and recently constructed office towers as it approaches its eastern terminus at Salisbury Street.

Restaurants & Bars

A walk down Hillsborough Street will take you right back to your college days, but the variety of restaurants and bars offers a little bit for everyone. Enjoy the game with friends at Mitch's Tavern, East Village or Players Retreat.  

Home-grown burger and hot dog joints like Roast Grill, Snoopy's and Char Grill all got their start in Raleigh and all call Hillsborough Street "home". Fine dining can also be found on Hillsborough as well. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, an award-winning Raleigh institution, is perfect for a special night out. If ethnic cuisine is calling your name, Hillsborough Street even offers tastes from India, Japan, China and Mexico.

Hillsborough Highlights

-East Village

-Gumby's Pizza

-The Keg

-Porter City's Tavern

-Mitch's Tavern

-Players Retreat

-Two Guys Pizza


-Brickhouse Sports Pub

-Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern

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Colleges & Universities

Hillsborough Street is home to North Carolina State University, Meredith College and Campbell University Law School.  The route offers students a variety of dining, entertainment and cultural activities.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is the largest university in North Carolina by enrollment with more than 34,000 students.  The four-year public institution is known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership. Established in 1887 with 72 students, the University is now the home more than 8,000 faculty members.

Meredith College

Meredith College is an all-women private liberal arts college in Raleigh. Meredith has about 2,000 undergraduate students and 300 co-ed graduate students in evening programs.

Campbell University Law School

Campbell Law is the only law school in Raleigh, N.C. with more than 3,400 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina.



NC State Bell Tower

Pullen Park

North Carolina State Fairgrounds


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In 2020, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin work on a project that will depress Blue Ridge Road underneath Beryl Road, the North Carolina Railroad and CSX Tracks, and Hillsborough Street in an effort to improve traffic flow and safety in the area. The project is related to a separate project that will eliminate the last four-lane stretch of I-440 in Raleigh, which will include improvements to the Hillsborough Street interchange.