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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.

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.

Uptown | Ballantyne | Plaza-Midwood | University | Dilworth | South Park | South End Elizabeth | NoDaMyers Park | Midtown |

 
Uptown

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. 

  • Sip. Take in 360-degree views from Fahrenheit or City Lights Rooftop Bar at Le Méridien Hotel. These hot spots fuse bar fare with vibrant cocktails in a chic al fresco experience.
  • See. The EpiCentre is the heart of night-life, shopping and dining in Uptown. Enjoy a weekend of movies, clubs, restaurants and shops and book a room at Aloft Charlotte Uptown, located on-site.
  • Savor. A fresh take on the hotel restaurant, Stoke Charlotte at Marriott Charlotte City Center features an exciting open-concept kitchen specializing in wood-fired flavors.

Ballantyne

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.

  • Sip. Don your Sunday best for tea time at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Chat with friends over sandwiches, delectable treats and fine tea selections.
  • See. Anchoring the center of town, The Monuments at Ballantyne tell the story of Charlotte. The four pillars represent achievements in finance, transportation, technology and the human spirit.
  • Savor. With a focus on fresh ingredients, the culinary team at Gallery Restaurant curates a menu of new American fare served in a refined setting enhanced by local art.

Plaza Midwood

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.

  • Sip. The Workman’s Friend pours craft beers alongside specialty cocktails in a cozy Irish Pub setting with a back patio.
  • See. Southern charm abounds at The VanLandingham Estate, a historic bungalow popular for weddings and events.
  • Savor. Globally inspired small plates fill the menu of Soul Gastrolounge, best enjoyed on the patio with skyline views. 

University City

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.

Dilworth

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.

  • Sip. Foxcroft Wine Co. pours both rare finds and crowd pleasers in its inviting Dilworth location. In the warm-weather months, grab a seat on the patio overlooking East Boulevard.
  • See. Each September, the Yiasou Greek Festival brings history to life. Authentic food vendors, re-enactors and dancers fill the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral as everyone gets to be Greek for a day.
  • Savor. Easily accessible by way of pedestrian sidewalks, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is a lively gathering place on game day.

South Park

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.

South End

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.

Elizabeth

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.

  • Sip. Learn from Bob Peters, one of Charlotte’s best bartenders, at monthly mixology classes held at Earl’s Grocery.
  • See. Elizabeth is home to Charlotte’s first movie theater, now a live music venue. Catch a local, regional or national act at Visulite Theatre. Past performers include OK Go and Drive-By Truckers.
  • Savor. The Fig Tree Restaurant exudes romance. Date night is enhanced by upscale American fare served in a 1913 restored bungalow.

NoDa

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.

Myers Park

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.

  • Sip. RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila is the place to go for tacos and creative cocktails. While waiting for your meal, select from local beers on draft or a signature custom concoction.
  • See. Mint Museum Randolph continues to inspire with collections from the ancient Americas, Europe and Africa. Make sure you also visit Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary for a peaceful walk.
  • Savor. Get a feel for Charlotte’s culinary scene at Reid’s Fine Foods. This specialty store stocks local produce, deli items and freshly prepared foods, complemented by a full wine bar.

Midtown

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.

  • Sip. Enjoy inventive cocktails with a view at Vivace Charlotte. Toast from the spacious patio or second-story terrace.
  • See. The Sunset at Metropolitan live music series each fall and spring creates the perfect backdrop for dining and dancing in Midtown.
  • Savor. Family-style Italian is the specialty at Mama Ricotta’s Restaurant. Homemade breads, pastas and entrees fill the tables of this mom and pop spot-turned-Charlotte classic.