This hip and eclectic neighborhood is easy to find using the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line, or it’s just a quick walk or bike ride away from Uptown. Filled with art galleries, shops, furniture stores, music venues, breweries and eateries scattered along the tracks, this vibrant neighborhood is one worth exploring.
Where to Eat
Discover the soul of South End through its delectable food scene. Ride the LYNX Light Rail to Atherton Mill, a former cotton mill, to experience authentic British fare and genuine warmth at Big Ben’s Pub. In the same complex, Luna’s Living Kitchen serves up fresh, local fare specializing in plant-based cuisine and mostly raw items. For a more hands-on experience, practice your cooking skills at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen or head to Savory Spice Shop to spice up your life with more than 400 freshly ground herbs and spices. Join businessmen and bikers alike for some ‘cue at Mac’s Speed Shop or order soulful fried chicken to-go from Price’s Chicken Coop. To tour multiple eateries, hop on Feast Food Tours’ Bars & Bites South End Food Tour. While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Food Truck Friday, a packed and lively Friday night fixture that boasts regular street eats like The Tin Kitchen, Papi Queso and Maki Taco.
Where to Play
Experience the quirky coolness of South End at one of the neighborhood’s breweries, art galleries, music venues and more. Grab a growler at Triple C Brewing Co., step into the unknown at The Unknown Brewing Co. or make a trip to the new location of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, where beer is brewed with passion in the tradition of Queen Charlotte’s native land of Germany. Explore more than a dozen art galleries like Elder Gallery, Lark & Key Gallery, and Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio during the South End Gallery Crawl the first Friday of the month or stop by the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum to learn the history of Charlotte’s streetcar suburbs. Catch some of the best national and international touring acts at intimate live music venues like Tremont Music Hall or Amos’ SouthEnd. For a breath of fresh air and some outdoor adventure, rent a B-cycle bike and ride down the developing Rail Trail along the LYNX Light Rail.
Where to Shop
While South End is home to many boutiques and shops like The Boulevard at South End, Blush Boutique and Shu Salon, it is also becoming the Queen City’s prime design destination and furniture district with more than 100 design and home furnishing businesses that span the design spectrum, from used to new and contemporary to traditional. Furniture favorites like Abode, The Furniture Connector, High Cotton Home Company and more are musts for your interior design needs. While you’re out shopping, take a break at The Common Market, a general store with a modern twist that offers a wide selection of vegan dining options for visitors on-the-go, kitschy gifts and a tremendous wine and beer selection.
Where to Stay
The nearby Westin Charlotte is just on the edge of Uptown near South End with a stop on the LYNX Light Rail line, making it an ideal location for easy access to the popular neighborhood. The 700-room hotel features sophisticated yet calming décor and amazing amenities like the signature Heavenly Bed®, the Westin Workout Fitness Studio and the Ember Grille & Terrace restaurant.