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Charlotte Neighborhoods

Get the highlights of Charlotte neighborhoods, from historic picturesque communities to lively Charlotte NC neighborhoods home to great shopping and dining.

Beyond the modern skyline of Charlotte’s Center City, you can stroll through streetcar-era communities where buildings range from vintage factories to grand Southern estates. Or you can admire turn-of-the-century architecture and traditional thoroughfares where boutiques and cafes dot tree-lined streets.

Below get ideas for where to eat, play, shop and stay in each of Charlotte’s eclectic neighborhoods.

Uptown  |  Myers Park  |  Dilworth  |  South End  |  NoDa  |  Plaza-Midwood  |  Elizabeth  |  South Park  University  |  MidtownBallantyne  |  Beyond Charlotte

 

Uptown

Charlotte took root here in 1768, at the crossroads of Trade and Tryon streets. Uptown remains the pulse of the city. It’s pedestrian friendly, so hit the sidewalk and enjoy public art along the way. Uptown is a sports fan’s sanctuary. The NFL Carolina Panthers run the field at Bank of America Stadium, the NBA Charlotte Hornets dominate the court at Time Warner Cable Arena and the AAA Charlotte Knights storm the bases at BB&T Ballpark. Uptown fare spans all styles and price points. Enjoy barbecue and beer at City Smoke, gourmet burgers and whiskey at Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, or handcrafted cocktails and innovative cuisine at 5Church. Performing arts thrive in Uptown. The Blumenthal Performing Arts venues play host to award-winning Broadway shows, Charlotte Symphony concerts, Opera Carolina shows and stunning Charlotte Ballet programs. And don’t leave Uptown without souvenirs and special gifts from The Beehive in Overstreet Mall and Blis in Founders Hall.

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Myers Park

One of Charlotte’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Myers Park is a postcardworthy landscape full of willow oaks, winding streets and stately Colonial Revival homes. The drive along Queens Road West is not to be missed. Home to the 98-acre Freedom Park, Myers Park is an outdoor oasis. Nearby, Charlotte Nature Museum offers a hands-on experience with butterflies, animals and insects. And Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary is a hidden gem among Myers Park homes. For a low-key night of culture, see a show at Theatre Charlotte, an independent movie at Manor Theatre, or sophisticated works of art at SOCO Gallery or Allison Sprock Fine Art. Flavorful cuisine is plentiful here. RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila offers a huge patio and tacos with a twist. Seasonally inspired Stagioni presents Italian classis with a modern take, while bistro-style Lumiere French Kitchen whips up contemporary French cuisine. And Napa on Providence dishes out cuisine inspired by California wine country. For something low-key, order a piping hot pizza pie at Mellow Mushroom.

Three to see:

  • The Mint Museum Randolph, North Carolina’s first art museum, opened in 1936 and is located in what was the original branch of the U.S. Mint.
  • Former home of James B. Duke, The Duke Mansion, built in 1915, is now an inn housing 20 guest rooms and often providing the backdrop for weddings and prominent events.
  • Since 1928, Reid’s Fine Foods has been Charlotte’s go-to for specialty foods. For premium steaks, extensive wines and house-baked breads, Reid’s is hard to beat.

Dilworth

The oldest suburb in Charlotte blends historic charm with modern amenities. Developed in the 1890s, Dilworth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Dilworth afternoon might include shopping along East Boulevard, dining al fresco and wandering down side streets lined with well-appointed bungalows. Pop into Revolution Clothiers & Co. to add sharp sophistication to your wardrobe with a blazer or pair of pumps, or stop by Vestique for the latest trends in fashion. Dilworth is full of extraordinary gifts (or treats for yourself). The Blossom Shop receives fresh flowers daily from worldwide growers; Paper Skyscraper packs a plethora of Charlottecentric items; and Pour Olive stocks artisanal oils and vinegars for culinary buffs. Dilworth’s blocks are peppered with game-watching bars. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar grills up gourmet burgers, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille holds an expansive TV-laden patio and Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill is ideal for chicken wing connoisseurs.

Three to see:

  • Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” 300 East serves up eclectic American cuisine in a hip, historic home.
  • For creative leisure, Wine & Design offers painting classes that let guests bring their own libations and leave with their own masterpieces.
  • The Morehead Inn, built in 1917, is known throughout the region for its elegance and hospitality. The bed-and-breakfast is perfect for private getaways, weddings, rehearsal dinners and meetings.

South End

In the mid-1800s, miners flocked to South End for the gold rush. Today, young professionals and entrepreneurs flourish. For work and play, the LYNX Blue Line light rail makes Uptown trips convenient. Galleries, studios and design firms dot South End. A gallery crawl takes place the first Friday of each month. You can become your own artist when you design over wine at Studio Cellar. Southern comfort food reigns supreme. Mac’s Speed Shop is known for its macaroni and cheese and barbecue pulled pork, while Sullivan’s Steakhouse plates mouthwatering filets, ribeye and more in a sophisticated dining room. Weekend brunch at Nan and Byron’s includes a buffet, bloody marys and mimosas. South End’s beer scene is thriving. Sycamore Brewing and the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery always have unique brews and exciting events on tap. Lenny Boy Brewing Co. is known for craft beer and kombucha, Red Clay Ciderworks is the city’s first cidery and Great Wagon Road Distilling Company is the city’s first distillery. The Beer Growler and Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop are great spots to stop for a drink or fill up one to take home.

Three to see:

  • To release a little energy, test your shot at Slate Charlotte’s billiards or test your agility at Inner Peaks Climbing Center.
  • Exit Strategy challenges friends, family or co-workers to solve fun puzzles, find clues and collaborate in an effort to unlock the door to a room within 60 minutes.
  • At Atherton Mill, stock up on seasonings at Savory Spice Shop, learn new culinary tricks at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen and shop stylish accessories at Anthropologie.

NoDa

If it’s funky, hip, artsy and cool, you’ll find it in NoDa, North Davidson Street’s community moniker. What started as a mill village in the early 1900s has seen both decline and incredible revival. Ruby’s Gift spotlights local artwork, jewelry and home goods. Pura Vida Worldly Art carries handmade, fair trade and environmentally friendly products from across the globe. Meanwhile, David French sells his beloved local landmark paintings out of his NoDa studio. Neighboring restaurants on the main strip suit all tastes. You’ll find craft beer, raw oysters and homemade sausages at Growlers Pourhouse, sweet and savory crepes and handcrafted cocktails at Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, and tacos, burritos and margaritas at Cabo Fish Taco. The craft beer movement overflows in NoDa. NoDa Brewing Company’s craft brews are award-winning. Heist Brewery’s Belgian brews partner perfectly with creative small plates. Birdsong Brewing Co.’s jalapeño-infused pale ale is a thing of beauty. And you can’t miss Free Range Brewing; it has an antique tractor parked out front. Tour the breweries in good company as you pedal through town with Trolley Pub.

Three to see:

  • Amélie’s French Bakery is a must on any Charlotte trip. It’s open 24 hours, so drop in anytime for macarons, salted caramel brownies and steamy coffee.
  • Bring your pooch to The Dog Bar, a dog-friendly, off-leash haven for you and your best friend. If you’re looking for live music, NoDa is your best bet.
  • Squeeze into The Evening Muse for an intimate listening room experience or groove to a larger show at Neighborhood Theatre."

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a quiet community filled with restored cottages, sprawling front porches and manicured lawns. Shaded sidewalks lead to local eateries and bars. Elizabeth is now connected to Uptown via the CityLYNX Gold Line, a streetcar that runs along Elizabeth Avenue from the Charlotte Transportation Center to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. The neighborhood has an impressive number of eateries given its petite size. The Fig Tree Restaurant is a fine dining landmark located in the 1913 Lucas House. Next door neighbors on Elizabeth Avenue, Passion8, Carpe Diem Restaurant and Caterers and Customshop, offer a trio of creative, high-end dining options. After dinner, grab a local treat from Elizabeth Creamery or Sunflour Bakery. Two revered live music venues are located in Elizabeth. The Double Door Inn, which opened in 1973, has hosted Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Visulite Theatre highlights local, regional and national acts.

Three to see:

  • Creativity is king at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comic book shop. The store puts on the annual Heroes Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center each summer.
  • Independence Park comprises basketball and tennis courts, walking trails and a playground, while its garden showcases sculpted shrubbery and rose bushes.
  • Cheer on the home team while enjoying a skyline view at American Legion Memorial Stadium, home of the Major League Lacrosse Charlotte Hounds.

Plaza-Midwood

Plaza Midwood mixes quirk and whimsy with sophistication, which makes for a vibrant neighborhood with plenty of personality. The restaurants are as eclectic as the people. Fern, Flavors from the Garden serves up black bean burgers and pesto flatbreads, while Dish features downhome chicken and dumplings. Don’t miss handcrafted pies at Pizza Peel or Fuel Pizza (the original location), sushi and cocktails at Soul Gastrolounge or tender NC barbeque at Midwood Smokehouse. Spend an afternoon browsing the unique shops in the area. Explore throwback threads at Buffalo Exchange; vintage wonders at Century Vintage and Clearing House; and the hippest fashion-forward finds at Social Status and Boris+Natasha. Lunchbox Records stocks new and old vinyl also worth a browse. When the weather is nice, Plaza Midwood is a patio-sitting paradise. Play cornhole at Thomas Street Tavern, linger over brunch at Zada Jane’s Corner Café or sip craft beer and cocktails at Pint Central.

Three to see

  • The VanLandingham Estate, a breathtaking 1913 California-style bungalow steeped in Southern charm, is a popular venue for weddings and other celebrations.
  • Part gathering place, part deli, part gift store and part bottle shop, The Common Market is allpurpose and edgy.
  • Take a class or explore the exhibits at The Light Factory, where still photography and film are celebrated.

South Park

Anchored by retail shops, restaurants and offices, South Park is a mix of business and pleasure. Residents can satisfy any need within the same zip code. With luxury retailers that span Neiman Marcus and Hérmes to Burberry and Louis Vuitton, SouthPark Mall is retail nirvana. Stop shopping long enough to enjoy Asian delicacies at Baku, farm-to-table cuisine at Dogwood Southern Table & Bar, inventive tapas at Good Food on Montford or family-style Italian at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Order a round of margaritas and Mexican fare at Paco’ Tacos and Tequila, gourmet burgers at Harper’s Restaurant, spitroasted chicken at Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen, prime rib at Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Southern favorites with Northern influence at Barrington’s Restaurant. Work off your meal bowling strikes and sipping craft beer at 10 Park Lanes. South Park has plenty of hotel options, including DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Charlotte - SouthPark, Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark, Residence Inn Charlotte SouthPark and more, all close to entertainment and shopping.

Three to see:

  • Stroll Piedmont Town Center’s specialty shops for tennis, cigars and home goods. Then feast on French signatures, like bison bourguignon at Georges Brasserie or a tender filet at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.
  • Head to Phillips Place for date night: dinner at WF Kitchen + Bar, a movie at Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10 and drinks at Dean & DeLuca Wine Room.
  • Bring a blanket and picnic to Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series at Symphony Park.

University

Home to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University City makes northeast Charlotte a fastpaced, innovative area. UNC Charlotte is not only a resource for students, but also for the community. Experience a show or concert, tour the botanical gardens, join an intellectual discussion or dive into research. Sports fans can enjoy can enjoy games put on by the Charlotte 49ers NCAA Division 1 athletics program or hit the links on one of the area’s toughest public courses, Highland Creek Golf Club. University City enjoys a wealth of visitors and plenty of hotels to host them. Try Comfort Inn University, Holiday Inn Charlotte University, Hilton Charlotte University Place and more. Edgewater Bar & Grille serves contemporary Southern eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Head to Jason’s Deli for a sandwich or salad or to Hickory Tavern for a pint and gameday viewing.

Three to see:

  • Find affordable, stylish home furnishings at the state’s only IKEA. Try the famous Swedish meatballs at the IKEA restaurant.
  • This area is home to one of four Streetside Classic Cars showrooms nationwide. The elite car dealer specializes in the consignment, purchase and sale of classic and collectible cars.
  • PNC Music Pavilion is an outdoor concert and festival venue, which accommodates nearly 19,000 people, with reserved seating and standing or sitting room availability on the lawn.

Midtown

Boasting one of the best views of the Charlotte skyline, Midtown is a picturesque neighborhood that winds along Little Sugar Creek. One of Midtown’s best assets is the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Its plentiful walking and biking paths lead straight through the neighborhood, from Central Piedmont Community College to Freedom Park in Myers Park. The Metropolitan is a blend of retail, office and condo spaces. Trendy tenants include Trader Joe’s, Marshalls, Staples, Best Buy, West Elm and more. Midtown is a special dinner destination. The Melting Pot, Dressler’s Restaurant, Vivace Charlotte and Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant offer fine fare in comfortable, yet upscale atmospheres.

Three to see:

  • Thompson Park occupies more than 3 acres and contains St. Mary’s Chapel, which dates back to 1892, and the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • The Sunset at Metropolitan series hosts free live music on select Thursdays in the spring and fall at the concert stage beside Hickory Tavern.
  • Kings Drive Farmers Market sells seasonal produce that inspires gourmet dishes. At the holidays, it becomes a Christmas tree lot.

Ballantyne

Located on Charlotte’s Southern border, Ballantyne has become a destination all its own. Whether you crave retail, dining or golf, Ballantyne is a playground. You could easily spend an entire day in Ballantyne Village. During warmer months, explore the homemade, handmade and homegrown goods at the 3H Shoppes. Take in a movie at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium. And dine on tasty salads or the famed brunch at Terrace Café, specialty pizzas at Mellow Mushroom or fine Italian fare at Villa Antonio. Whatever your budget and style, Ballantyne offers lodging to suit your needs. From economical to elegant, the area is home to Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, Courtyard Charlotte Ballantyne and The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. For an extended stay, try Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ballantyne Area or SpringHill Suites Charlotte Ballantyne Area. The Golf Club at Ballantyne provides a luxury golf experience usually reserved for members of private clubs. The public course offers manicured greens, excellent customer service and beautiful surroundings. Next door, North Carolina native and golf legend Dana Rader runs the Dana Rader Golf School, where her curriculum focuses on fundamentals for long-term success.

Three to see:

  • Sample fine, worldly extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars at The Olive Tap. And pick up sampler sets, which make great gifts.
  • Snap a picture at The Monuments at Ballantyne, four towering pieces of public art representing themes that tell the story of Charlotte: transportation, technology, finance and human spirit.
  • From its farm-fresh eggs to burgers filled with North Carolina ingredients and divine steaks and seafood, Gallery Restaurant elevates dining to a one-of-akind experience.

Just a Short Drive

To the north, suburban Birkdale Village is dotted with clothing stores for men, women and children. And within 20 minutes of Charlotte, two major man-made lakes – Lake Norman to the north and Lake Wylie to the south – offer excellent water recreation including fishing, boating and swimming.

To the south, Historic Waxhaw, Pineville and the Metrolina Expo offer shoppers a wealth of antiques and home furnishings.

All around the area, fans of NASCAR will find Charlotte to be a dream. Ninety percent of all NASCAR Sprint Cup teams are headquartered within 50 miles of Charlotte, and gift shops and retail stores abound.