Your Guide to 7th Street Public Market
You guide to enjoying the city’s family-friendly indoor dining and retail space conveniently located in Uptown.
by DeAnna Taylor Dec 16, 2020
No matter the season, or what the weather outside may be, Charlotte’s 7th Street Public Market is a great place to explore. The indoor shopping hall is perfect for everyone, no matter your interests or taste buds. In addition to the retailers within the market, there are also several activities that you and your family can enjoy in the immediate surrounding area.
Simply park the car in the building’s attached garage which has entrances on 6th and 7th Street. Parking is complimentary for the first 90-minutes. It is also easily accessible using the Lynx Light Rail Blue Line. Just get off at 7th Street Station and you’ll be steps away from the entrance.
If you aren’t comfortable eating indoors just yet, you can always get your food to-go, and make the short walk over to First Ward Park. The public park has amazing views of the skyline, as well as equipment for the kiddos to play on, too.
Looking to try something new? Here’s how you can spend a day checking out Charlotte’s 7th Street Market area.
Start out by grabbing your favorite espresso drink, or hot tea from Not Just Coffee. You’ll want a little pick-me-up for the day ahead. For breakfast, stop by Rico’s Acai for delicious yet filling acai bowls or the Viva Raw stand for a cold-pressed juice. Across the hall, James Beard nominated Chef Greg Collier has you covered on the heartier breakfasts options at Uptown Yolk. A fan favorite is the pecan waffle with chicken wings.
After breakfast, step outside to see “The Writer’s Desk,” a sculpture on 7th St. just outside of ImaginOn, which pays homage to longtime Charlotte Observer publisher Rolfe Neil. If you have the children with you, pop into ImaginOn for story time, or some interactive literary fun.
Walk back to the market to grab some lunch. Pick up a T-Rex pizza or a hot Italian sandwich from Pure Pizza. They also have gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. Still full from breakfast and only want a light snack? Stop by It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Korn for a bag of unique sweet or savory kettle corn flavors like jelly donut or fried chicken. Be sure to try her fruit-infused water, it’s super refreshing. You could also try a Nutella banana crepe from Hazelnuts Creperie.
If it’s a nice day, take your lunch over to the park and have an impromptu picnic. Don’t forget your blanket or chairs. During the summer, you may be lucky enough to catch the park’s free ‘Live Summer Music Series,’ too.
Once you’ve enjoyed your lunch and admired First Ward Park’s fountain, head back into 7th Street Public Market to support some of the retailers that call the market home. From Charlotte-themed apparel and items crafted by regional artisans at CLT Find, to Orrman’s Cheese Shop’s speciality cheeses and international fine wines from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe— you won’t go home empty handed. You can even find sustainable home and beauty products from the ladies at Good Earth Essentials.
Before you close out your day, order your dinner to take home— most vendors close up around 5 pm. Momo Station is the latest vendor to join the market, and they offer an assortment of Asian fusion dishes including Momo Dumplings and Asian tacos. For the Italian food enthusiasts, Zia Pia Imports and Italian Kitchen has you covered with bowls of spaghetti and meatballs and . While you wait for your order to go, sit down for a craft beer at Tank’s Tap, but only if you’re 21 and up of course.