A Guide to Shopping in Charlotte
With so many retail therapy options—from outlet malls to boutiques—Charlotte is shopping central.
Shopping in Charlotte is both a sport and a pastime. The luxury department stores, alfresco spaces, shopping malls, specialty retailers and bargain outlets located throughout the area give you a great shot at finding whatever’s on your wish list (and discovering exciting little gems that aren’t). Check out some of Charlotte’s go-to shopping spots, where you’ll find designer clothing, stylish accessories, home décor and more.
Charlotte’s oldest shopping mall is also one of the region’s largest. Anchored by Nordstrom, Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, stores range from high-end luxury, like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., to American Girl and Crate & Barrel. It’s a must-stop for the fashion-forward.
Just 10 miles north of Uptown, Northlake is a popular destination for those who value style and a big selection. The 150 retailers include H&M, Michael Kors, White House | Black Market, Banana Republic and Apple. A 14-screen AMC Northlake 14 movie theater and a variety of restaurants make it easy to spend several blissful hours here.
This 1.2 million-square-foot mall is located right outside of Charlotte in Pineville, North Carolina, and is anchored by Sears, Belk, JCPenney, Barnes & Noble and Dillard's. Carolina Place Mall is also home to many unique stores, including American Diva, Francesca's, Garage and Build-A-Bear Workshop. This diverse mix of classic stores that everyone loves and off-the-beaten-path stores waiting to be explored creates the ultimate shopping experience.
The mix of traditional retailers and outlet stores makes Concord Mills equal parts tourist attraction and super mall. It’s nearly 1.4 million square feet of retail therapy conveniently located off I-85, just a mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to getting their retail fix, visitors can also take in unique entertainment options, including SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium or The Speedpark at Concord Mills, which offers go-karts, mini golf, monster truck rides and more.
With more than 100 outlet stores, Charlotte Premium Outlets has something for everyone. Retailers include Steve Madden, Coach Outlet, Nike Factory Outlet, Janie and Jack, Cole Haan and more. There are also a variety of restaurants and snack shops that allow you to refuel and get back to shopping.
Nestled among the hustle and bustle of South End, this reinvented mill space has been transformed to include some of the city’s most-coveted shops and restaurants, including Luna’s Living Kitchen, Free People, Anthropologie, Savory Spice Shop, Brideside and Warby Parker. The adjoining market showcases the best of the region’s small, local farmers, chefs and artisans.
This European-style outdoor mall offers high-end boutique apparel, like Copper Penny, Luna and Brooks Brothers, exquisite home furnishing havens, like Restoration Hardware, and upscale and casual dining options, like Dean & DeLuca, Upstream and WP Pizza Kitchen + Bar. The pedestrian-friendly setup makes it a prime place for people-watching.
A tranquil lake setting is the backdrop for the more than 38 clothing, electronic and home retailers that set up shop here. Dine at one of a dozen casual restaurants, including Boardwalk Billy’s, House of Leng and Tijuana Flats, take a paddleboat ride or soak up the music at the annual summer concert series.
The Mart houses nearly 100 galleries, stores and outlets and features approximately 1,000 premier furniture lines in a mix of factory outlets, custom showrooms and private galleries on four levels. Searching for home furnishings, accessories, lighting or artwork? In need of design services? You’ll find them here—and at heavily discounted North Carolina prices, no less!
This mixed-use area near Uptown offers condos, dining, chic boutiques and salons, along with major retailers, like Lipp Boutique, West Elm, Best Buy, Marshalls and Trader Joe’s. During the spring and the fall, catch free Thursday night concerts while you shop. And pull up a seat for fancy eats at Dressler’s Restaurant and Vivace Charlotte.
A variety of appealing retail (think Apricot Lane), dining (check out Basil Thai, Smashburger and Flying Biscuit Café) and the Regal 22 Cinemas movie theater in one location draws crowds to this South Charlotte venue. The Summer Concert series has become a hot ticket for Friday and Saturday night, too.
Varied retailers and great restaurants, like Williams-Sonoma, Talbots, Ivy & Leo, Beside Manor, Bricktop’s, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila and Toscano, anchor this open-air mall nestled right across the street from SouthPark Mall.
Specialty shops and retail chain stores fill this upscale shopping center with clothing shops for men and women, home goods, entertainment, sports and fine dining. Look for Bevello, Vestique, Mud Pie Monograms and Gifts, Handpicked and more for fashionable finds and 131 Main, Chop’t and Hazelnuts Creperie, among many others, for tasty bites.
Charlotteans and visitors alike flock to this three-story South Charlotte shopping and entertainment venue for dining, salon and spa treatments, and to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster in the art house theater. It’s also the perfect place to find that special, distinctive gift. Check out Mellow Mushroom, Gusto! and the Blue Taj for lunch, and pick up goodies at The Cheeky Bean, Nouveaux and GoldKloth Boutique.
Visiting the city’s boutiques by neighborhood is the best way to get in touch with the local vibe. The city’s diverse population is echoed in each of these enclaves. From NoDa to Dilworth, the shops in each are perfect for every kind of personality.
Vintage & Consignment Shops
When it comes to throwback threads and vintage wonders, Charlotte’s got the scene thoroughly covered. From consignment shops to thrift stores, there’s something for everyone—from every bygone era.
Pop over to Park Road, where this self-proclaimed “savviest consignment shop” features brands that include J.Crew, Tory Burch and Lilly Pulitzer.
This trendy, recycled fashion location in Plaza Midwood sells in-season threads that range from current treads to designer, leather and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Housed inside a remodeled Victorian home off Central Avenue, this quippy storefront features art, accessories and clothing finds that are equally memorable and chic.
Another upscale shop—this time with the gents in mind—showcases shirts, sport coats and slacks from favorites, including Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Those in need of essential wardrobe pieces, like a DVF wrap dress or Louis Vuitton carryall, look no further than this East Boulevard boutique tucked away behind 300 East.
Not quite what the name may suggest, this NoDa storefront is the epitome of cool, funky finds, including leather jackets, vintage ringer tees and an assortment of cowboy boots that call adventurous shoppers.
If vintage furniture and homewares is more your speed, spend an afternoon perusing the aisles of this seller’s market at your leisure.