Charlotte thrives on community. Each neighborhood and suburb is home to local business owners, entrepreneurs, families and students who shape its identity. Around every corner, you’ll find breweries and high-end boutiques, art galleries and food trucks, all working together to create a vibe that’s uniquely Charlotte.
You’ll find the heart of Uptown, a busy urban hub, at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets. On the surrounding streets, a lively mix of businesses, museums and restaurants keep the city rocking. Charlotte pride echoes from Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL Carolina Panthers. Basketball fans back the NBA Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center, and the AAA Charlotte Knights take the field at BB&T Ballpark. Entertainment abounds at the AvidXchange Music Factory. Catch a show at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre or laugh along at The Comedy Zone Charlotte. 8.2.0 has upscale karaoke, a game arcade and a full-service eatery.
A destination all its own, the family-friendly Ballantyne neighborhood offers fun and entertainment at every turn. Ballantyne’s boutique shopping centers are not to be missed. And the spa options are equally amazing. Visit The Spa at Ballantyne for luxurious body treatments. Enjoy date night at Ballantyne Village with dinner at Gusto!, a drink at Blackfinn Ameripub and a film at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 theater. Tee off at The Golf Club at Ballantyne for a first-class playing experience. This public course boasts pristine greens and outstanding service. If your swing needs a tune-up, practice with a lesson at the Dana Rader Golf School before hitting the green.
With a charming historic district, eclectic restaurants and a quirky retail selection, Plaza Midwood is a unique neighborhood
that marches to its own beat. Along Central Avenue, weave in and out of vintage and antique shops. 1510 Antiques has more than 3,500 square feet to explore, Century Vintage sells home accessories and apparel, while Buffalo Exchange is a buying and selling destination for recycled fashion. The heart of the historic district is The Plaza, a tree-lined street dotted with turn-of-the-century bungalows. Families take advantage of the pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and children splash in the sprayground at the 19-acre Veterans Park. Indulge in Bistro La Bon’s weekend brunch buffet, gather at the Diamond Restaurant for classic diner fare, or meet up at The Common Market or Legion Brewing, favorite neighborhood hangouts.
Home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, this neighborhood is abuzz with school and city spirit. Hit the Boardwalk for dinner and drinks. You’ll find great options at Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs, The Wine Vault and Edgewater Bar & Grille. Love Italian food? Try Ciro’s Italian Restaurant or Amalfi’s Pizza ‘n’ Pasta. And don’t miss the fun at Ale’s University, known for having the best deck in town. On campus, cheer on the NCAA Division I Charlotte 49ers. Students and residents alike enjoy speaking events, seminars and access to the University’s vibrant botanical gardens. Embrace the energy at PNC Music Pavilion, an outdoor music venue that regularly hosts big-name acts and headline tours. Answer the call of the wild with a trip to the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve or explore more than 12 miles of greenways. History buffs will enjoy a tour of Historic Rosedale Plantation’s 15-room federal-era home and gardens.
Founded as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, Dilworth exudes historic charm. Tree-lined streets and shaded sidewalks make restaurants and shops easily accessible. Along East Boulevard, pick up gifts at Paper Skyscraper or specialty oils and vinegars from Pour Olive. Don’t forget a treat for yourself from Petal Boutique. Dilworth’s restaurants satisfy every palate. The menu at Babalu Tacos & Tapas is perfect for sharing, while Kid Cashew’s Mediterranean fare and expansive patio both get rave reviews. Sports fans are free to cheer loudly from Bourbon N Burgers (formerly Ed’s Tavern) and Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill.
Work meets play at South Park’s intersection of innovative office spaces, retail and fine dining. At Piedmont Town Center, professionals grab a weekday lunch at Georges Brasserie or browse the seasonal farmers market. For date night, couples flock to Phillips Place for a film, dinner at WP Kitchen + Bar and dessert at Dean & Deluca. South Park is a shopper’s paradise. Anchored by several high-end retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and others, SouthPark Mall boasts more than 150 stores. Have a kid-friendly experience at American Girl or let your imagination soar at The LEGO Store.
Old meets new in growing South End. Once the site of the nation’s first gold rush, South End has reinvented itself into a dining, recreation and entertainment destination. With multiple stops along the LYNX Blue Line light rail, accessing South
End is easy. Riders and pedestrians can enjoy public art along the Rail Trail. Culture overflows with monthly gallery crawls and home-furnishing shops. Bring home a piece of Charlotte’s furniture district with finds from High Cotton Home Company and LaDonna Antiques and Interiors. South End is home to many one-of-a-kind eateries. Futo Buta brings global fare, and Mac’s Speed Shop has barbecue, a North Carolina staple. Look for The Common Market’s new location on South Tryon Street in late 2017.
In Elizabeth, mature oaks create a canopy that connects historic homes, neighborhood eateries and local retailers. Along 7th Street, restaurants also operate as community gathering spots. You’ll see families out for pizza at Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar, experiencing a taste of the bayou at Cajun Queen and lining up for a sweet after-dinner treat at Elizabeth Creamery. Cheer on the Major League Lacrosse Charlotte Hounds from American Legion Memorial Stadium. Or get in on the fun at Independence Park, the city’s first public park, which features athletic courts, trails and a playground for kids.
Once a thriving textile district, NoDa’s eclectic collection of restaurants, galleries and community events fuels the city’s artistic hub. Explore the handiwork of local artisans at the shops and galleries around the neighborhood. While strolling vibrant North Davidson Street, stop into Ruby’s Gift for some Charlotte-sourced home goods and accessories, or browse products from more than 40 countries at Pura Vida Worldly Art. Along NoDa’s main drag, find tastes to suit any craving. On Saturdays, the NoDa Farmers Market sells fresh ingredients for make-at-home culinary creations, while Benny Pennello’s serves up larger-than-life pizza slices. Amélie’s French Bakery satisfies every late night sweet tooth with an assortment of macarons, eclairs and salted caramel brownies.
Rich in traditional charm, Myers Park is one of Charlotte’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Take a tour of The Duke Mansion, a stately bed-and-breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Find family fun at historic Freedom Park, where kids can climb on a 1920s-era steam engine. Along Selwyn Avenue, browse the latest fashions at Monkee’s of Charlotte and KK Bloom, then feast on brunch at Little Spoon Eatery. Other culinary favorites in Myers Park include Napa on Providence and Stagioni. Get outdoors with a walking tour of this grand, old neighborhood and hands-on fun at Discovery Place Nature and check out regional artists at Shain Gallery.
Walk, run or bike through Midtown, a neighborhood with retail and restaurants lining Little Sugar Creek Greenway. With unparalleled skyline views, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway offers a picturesque recreation trail. Snap skyline shots along the Trail of History, where Charlotte’s past and future meet. The Kings Drive Farmers Market is a regular destination for fresh and local produce. The market changes with the seasons. In the fall, pick out the perfect pumpkin, and in the spring, gorgeous, freshly cut floral bouquets. Sunset at Metropolitan is a mixed-use space offering trendy restaurants, high-end condos and specialty shops. Notable tenants include West Elm, Trader Joe’s and Lotus Boutique.