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Charlotte City - An All-Inclusive Guide

Updated: Aug 7, 2023




What to Explore and Where to Party


The city of Charlotte in North Carolina is popularly known as a major financial hub in the United States.


But it isn’t all business. This city is also known for its rich history, modern facilities, great music, and food.


Named in honor of the German Princess Charlotte, yet widely considered as Britain’s first queen of African descent, the city has several nicknames including the Queen City and The Hornet’s Nest. It played a big role in America’s history during the American Civil War and was the epicenter of the United States' first gold rush.


In this guide, you’ll learn many such facts about this city. And if you’re planning a trip to Queen City, then this will be your ultimate guide to exploring top attractions, restaurants, neighborhoods, bars, shopping complexes, and other local favorites.


This guide is also designed in honor of an upcoming festival we are hosting called “Queen City Weekend” which is focused on bringing more attention to the city and all the nice things it has to offer. Register for your spots at http://www.qcweekend.com/


Where to stay in Charlotte?

The city has a wide range of accommodation options depending on your preference and budget. Some of our top picks for hotels in Charlotte include:

  • Grand Bohemian Hotel

  • The Ivey's Hotel

  • The Westin

  • Hyatt House City Center

  • The Hilton Uptown

  • Hyatt Place Downtown

  • Kimpton Tryon Park

  • JW Marriott

  • Marriott City Center

Main Neighborhoods to Explore



NoDa


North Davidson or NoDa is a popular arts district in Charlotte. It serves as a center for arts featuring an eclectic and playful community atmosphere. You’ll find many musical events, restaurants, and art galleries in this neighborhood.

Uptown

Plaza Midwood

South End

South Park


 

Visit Museums to Enjoy Art & Culture

The Queen City has a rich history, from being the epicenter of the United States' first gold rush to NASCAR running its first Strictly Stock car race here. The museums in the city proudly display everything including music, art, history, and science.


Levine Museum of the New South


Location: Uptown This is a history museum that exhibits life after the American Civil War. The permanent exhibit here is called "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South".

Harvey B Gant African American Museum

The Mint Museum

Bletcher Museum of Modern Art


 

Fun Activities To Do In Charlotte

Charlotte has something for everyone. From day tours to outdoor activities you’ll have plenty of options to spend your time and enjoy in the Queen City. Our top recommendations are:


Boozy Games

Drinks and games are a great way to socialize. Head to Queen Park Social for casual bites, creative drinks, and games including bowling, shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Skee Ball, Pop-A-Shot, etc. If you’re a fan of the traditional arcade games with food and drinks, you should visit the Lucky's Bar & Arcade.


Another popular place for boozy games is the Pins Mechanical Bar. This bar is known for its massive venue full of interactive games, musical entertain-ment, and cocktails.

Laughter Therapy

Carowinds Amusement Park

The National White Water Center

Watch a Sports Game

Freedom Park

Camp North End

Treehouse Vineyards

Lake Norman


 

Grab A Drink at The Best Bars and Lounges

Tired of exploring the city? Head to a bar to catch a break and relax. Although you’ll find many spots that serve up cold beers and refreshing cocktails in Charlotte, our best recommendations are:



15th Street Social

Location: NoDa

This is a vintage theme bar that’ll take you back to the '70s. Here you can enjoy the retro vibes while sipping on delicious drinks and snacks.


Slate

Broken Promises

Royal Tot

Bocao

Cloud

Upscale Bars

If you want to take things up a notch, try our favorite upscale bars in Charlotte:


Fahrenheit

Location: Uptown

Situated on a 21st-floor space with a patio and fire pits, Fahrenheit serves Asian-accented New American plates. This food is made using only the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

PARA

Novelty House

Buho Bar


 

Brighten Your Nightlife in the Best Clubs

Queen City is known for its lively nightlife. If you’re looking to spend an unforgettable evening, head over to these top Charlotte spots:



Lost & Found

Location: South-End

This is a bar and lounge where you can grab a cold pint or a martini, watch sports, enjoy live music, and meet some amazing people.

Tequila House

Explict

Safaree Lounge

Oakroom


 

Hookah Bars to Puff The Night Away

Fan of Hookah? The following hookah bars in Charlotte serve the smoothest and most flavourful hookahs in the world.


Infused

The Infused bar is known to infuse premium liquors with fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs to create unimaginable flavors. You can drop by to enjoy their specialty drinks and smoke some hookah.

Barreled at the Lift

Firehouse

Crave Dessert & Hookah Bar


 

Where to Eat in Charlotte?

Whether you’re looking for a healthy option, authentic Southern taste, or a fine dining experience, you’ll find plenty of options in Charlotte.





We’ve shortlisted and arranged the top places to eat in Charlotte according to their food specialty below:


American

  • Good Food on Montforts

  • Supperland

  • Coatrans Chargrill

Brunch

Cuban

Korean

Mediterranean

BBQ

Caribbean

Indian

New Orleans/Cajun

Mixed/Fusion

Mexican

Pizza/Italian

Soulfood

Thai

Peruvian

Seafood

Sushi

Upscale Restaurants

If you’re looking to splurge for a fine dining experience, then these 5 restaurants will be totally worth your money:


Our Recommendations

  • The Fig Tree

  • Bardo

  • Kindred

  • Halycon

  • Moa Korean BBQ & Bar

 

Where to Shop in Charlotte?

If shopping is on your travel list, you’ll certainly enjoy the malls in Charlotte. The city is filled with high-end retail districts, neighborhood boutiques, malls, antique stores, etc.





Malls in Charlotte

Some of the must-visit malls in Charlotte are:

Concord Mills

Concord Mills is a single-floor oval building that brings together more than 200 stores, restaurants, and various other entertainment options. This mall is also the largest single-site tourist attraction in North Carolina.

South Park Mall

Atherton Mill and Market

Phillips Place

Shoppes at University Place


Shopping Complexes in Charlotte

Our top 4 recommendations for shopping complexes

  • Hickory Furniture Mall

  • Stonecrest at Piper Glen

  • Ballantyne Village

  • The Metropolitan


 

Start Exploring Charlotte!

Charlotte is the city you’ll fall in love with… It has everything from museums,

unique culinary experiences, music, breweries, shopping complexes, sports, and various outdoor adventures that you can enjoy alone or with your friends and family.


We have included most of these in this urban Charlotte guide.If you wish to know more about Queen City, then sign up for our festival “Queen City Weekend” which is focused on bringing more attention to the city and all the nice things it has to offer.


Check us out at www.qcweekend.com




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