Things to do

Neighborhood Explorer: Midtown

Whether it’s making a trip to Trader Joe’s or exploring the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Midtown is always bustling with shoppers, bikers and walkers any day of the week.

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Home to the first enclosed shopping mall in the Southeast and just blocks from Uptown is the Midtown neighborhood. When it comes to this area, it’s as central as you can get if you’re looking to explore other Queen City neighborhoods like Uptown, Plaza Midwood or Dilworth.

Photo courtesy of Pisces Sushi

Eat & Drink

Start your morning off by visiting the Kings Drive Farmers Market to pick up some local produce. Fuel up on a cappuccino at Waterbean Coffee or order a stack of pancakes at the Original Pancake House. If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, a stop at local institution Mama Ricotta’s is a must. Order the lasagna or penne alla vodka. If you’re craving pizza, Pizzeria Omaggio is a great choice. Look out for their seasonal pizzas too. For an upscale night out, check out Dressler’s, a family owned restaurant focusing on distinctive dinner offerings like ribeye, halibut and rack of lamb. Other notable hot spots in the area include Pisces Sushi, Hickory Tavern and Frutta Bowls.

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Play

Ever wanted to take a dance class? Whether you’re a skilled professional or wanting to get out of your comfort zone, Midtown Ballroom is the way to go. As Charlotte’s premier ballroom dance studio, you can practice techniques like the salsa, ballroom, the swing and the hustle. If you’re in the mood to shop, head to CRIV, a trendy women’s boutique, or pop in to Midtown Terrace, a mixed-use development featuring tenants like Sculpt House, Ultra Nail Bar and Don’s Tennis.

36th & Holt Townhomes. Photo courtesy of Shea Urban

Live

Within just a few miles of Midtown are a combination of thriving townhomes to begin your next chapter. Towns on Central in Plaza Midwood and 36th & Holt in NoDa offer 3-story townhomes with 2-car attached garages, modern features – all within walking distance to bars, restaurants, parks and the CATS bus line and LYNX light rail station. Prices range from the high $300’s to $500’s. Open houses are held every weekend at both locations. Look out for Shea Urban’s newest community opening in Plaza Midwood this summer: Synergy at Midwood. For more details, visit sheaurban.com.