A streetcar suburb best explored on foot


One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Dilworth plays up its cute factor with block parties and festivals along centuries-old streets.

Beloved for its charming bungalows bordered by white picket fences, picturesque Dilworth was Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, which explains why a large portion of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1890s, entrepreneur Edward Dilworth Latta purchased hundreds of acres of property and dubbed it Dilworth in honor of his grandmother. Latta purchased a streetcar line, converted it to electric power and began selling lots at the end of the route, which extended to Uptown. Today, block parties, yard sales and festivals pop up in this pedestrian-friendly enclave, seated just minutes from Center City and blocks from South End. Although year-round run clubs, fall pumpkin patches and Christmas tree lots give compact Dilworth its cozy-yet-spirited vibe, much of its character draws on its historical qualities.

By Day

Stroll down boutique-filled East Boulevard for your fill of shopping in Dilworth. Score cheeky knickknacks at Paper Skyscraper, find trendy trinkets at Handpicked, and reinvent your wardrobe with stylish kicks and apparel at Revolution Clothiers & Co. Pop into Vestique and McKenzie Claire to find fashionable frocks and handbags, and scoop up handmade collectibles and art at 32 Flavors Boutique. Chow down on the mammoth Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids and a side of sweet potato fries at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, or fill up on sandwiches at breakfast/lunch mainstay The Mayobird, home to Food Network-famous chicken salad.

By Night

Looking for a more refined night out? Sip on a wide array of pours and small plates at cozy wine bars like Dilworth Tasting Room or Foxcroft Wine Co. Dine at Southern-inspired culinary havens like The Packhouse or The Summit Room, which are both concepts from The Mayobird’s owner. Known for its lengthy beer, wine and cocktail menu, The Summit Room is a dinner-only spot that delivers thoughtfully reinvented regional dishes—BLT deviled eggs, pimento cheese gnocchi, lamb ribs slathered with Dr Pepper barbecue—on a spacious terrace.


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