SOCIABLE, SMART, ENERGETIC
Welcome to Charlotte, where the city’s downtown area is actually known as “Uptown,” a striking symbol of the New South where traditional industry blends with innovation and creativity. As you zoom in on the iconic Charlotte skyline to the city’s center at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, you’ll find a bustling metropolis divided into four wards.
In the mornings here in the heart of Uptown, bankers and businessmen make their way to work alongside the city’s creatives, coders and more. In the evening, upscale cocktail bars and rooftop patios fill up steadily with both locals and visitors, buzzing with an energy not unlike that of the city streets below.
Moving to the Queen City?
Begin your day with breakfast at Coco and the Director, a trendy Uptown spot known for its locally roasted coffee, freshly baked pastries and daily rotating sandwich selection.
Next, go history hunting with a self-guided walking tour of notable Charlottean landmarks: the city’s namesake Queen Charlotte sculpture (at the corner of N. College Street and E. 5th Street), the Four Corners Statues representing Transportation, Commerce, Industry and The Future (at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets) and the mosaic mirrored Firebirdinstallation (outside of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art).
Things to do
Since you’ve already arrived at the Levine Center for the Arts, it’s time for a little museum hopping. You can purchase a $20 pass to gain 48-hour access to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Mint Museum.
Once you’re finished, walk back up Tryon St. to the 7th Street Public Market, where you can decide whether you’re in the mood for sushi, pizza, crepes, salads, grilled cheese sandwiches or any of the other culinary offerings available from a dozen different on-site vendors.
EXPLORE MORE OF UPTOWN
If you’re not planning to get tickets to a Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium, a Hornets game at Spectrum Center or a Knights game at BB&T Stadium, then it’s time to make your way to the Epicentre. Imagine an outdoor mall where nearly every store is actually a restaurant, bar, movie theater, bowling alley or other entertainment venue.
If you’re looking for a more low-key place to end your evening, consider Alexander Michael’s, a quintessential Charlotte restaurant in Fourth Ward. The cozy 32-year-old tavern is beloved by locals.