Neighborhood Explorer: South End
One of the most booming neighborhoods in the Queen City is South End. The growth and development in this area has certainly changed over the past year with even more retail, dining and development options for visitors and locals to enjoy.
by Sallie Funderburk
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The vibrant community is known for its easy accessibility to other Charlotte neighborhoods and its walkability. Whether by scooter, bike or via the light rail, you’re easily connected to eating at the hottest new restaurant or taking an Instagram shot in front of the area’s newest mural.
Eat & Drink
In this neighborhood, you could be dining on everything from Korean barbecue wings at Seoul Food Meat Company to a hot chicken biscuit from Eight + Sand Kitchen. South End staples include a trip to Common Market, a neighborhood hub serving delicious sandwiches and salads; Mr. K.’s Soft Ice Cream; a no-frills joint serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream since 1967; and ROOTS Café, which serves brunch all day. Don’t forget to also try fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop; rice crispy squares with spicy tuna from Futo Butaand The Dunavant, a $25 steak and bottomless fries concept.
If cocktails are more your speed, try Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails, a sister concept from the owners of Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop; and Link & Pin, an elegant gastropub serving creative cocktails and mimosa flights.
There’s plenty to explore in this area. Start your day by strolling along the 3.5-mile Rail Trail, a public trail that connects communities and neighborhoods together. Observe the Magic Carpet Murals, the giant red Exclamation Point and the Color Forest public art pieces along the way. Then, create your own candle with friends and family at Paddywax Candle Bar.
No matter the time of year, there are always events happening in this neighborhood. Mark your calendar for Front Porch Sundays, a shop-local block party and Small Business Saturday, a holiday event featuring 200 local shops and 70 places to eat and drink throughout the district.
Over the past few months, the South End neighborhood has welcomed new shopping establishments in the Atherton Mill and Design District area. Local stores include 704 Shop, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fit Atelier, and Girl Tribe. National stores include Bonobos, lululemon, Madewell, Marine Layer, Warby Parker and West Elm. A full day dedicated to shopping is highly likely.