Story by Kristina Hendley
Start the morning with breakfast from Hazelnuts Creperie and order The Maple Dream complete with eggs, bacon and maple syrup. Grab your crepe to-go and have breakfast alfresco at Romare Bearden Park, the city’s urban oasis. Feel free to bring Fido because dogs are always welcome. After you rest and digest, rent a Charlotte B-cycle to scope out the city on two wheels.
Next head to lunch at the French Quarter Restaurant, located in Brevard Court. This area is a hidden gem in Uptown Charlotte and part of Latta Arcade, a two-story shopping arcade that was built in 1914. There you’ll find several quaint bars and eclectic eateries. After lunch, get your afternoon sugar rush at Melt-In Your Mouth Cupcakes. If an afternoon of culture is what you’re craving, visit the Mint Museum or Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Tryon Street.
Depending on the season, you’ll find plenty of sporting events in Third Ward. Baseball games at BB&T Ballpark have taken the city by storm. If you’re craving cheap beer, come see the Knights play on Thirsty Thursday. A fan of fireworks? You can see them at every Friday night game throughout the summer, and don’t forget about the Fourth of July SkyShow, one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southeast. More of a football fan? Stop by Draught for the city’s best pregame festivities before you cheer on the Carolina Panthers.
Start your morning off right with an invigorating workout and get your sweat on at Reebok CrossFit. Never tried this popular exercise class? Ease into the workouts with a free introductory session.
Worked up an appetite? Grab a good old-fashioned hamburger or hot dog from Green’s Lunch, a local favorite since 1926.
On Wednesday evenings from May to September, get your live music fix at Party in the Park, a weekly outdoor music concert at Romare Bearden Park.
Lovers of trivia, delicious pizza and cold brews, be sure to make a late-night pit stop at Mellow Mushroom. Nothing beats patio dining on a warm summer night.
This article ran in the June 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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