Traveling to tidy your thoughts is a great form of self-care. This series: how to be a tourist in your own city duals as a travel checklist for both local & out-of-state readers for each respective city. I document: 1) cultural experiences, 2) local food scene, 3) accommodations, & 4) unique activities that promote self-care and emotional wellness. See the recap below on how to tour: Charlotte, North Carolina.
I went to North Carolina. I did some things. Here’s what you should do if you have 48 hours in the city of Charlotte.
but first- skincare.
Amelie’s Bakery| 2424 N Davidson Street
This location is the one that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By far the best pastry I’ve had in YEARS. Super college kid study vibe, interesting musings, comfortable eclectic chairs. Perfect for journaling and taking quiet moments for yourself.
STOKE| 100 West Trade Street
Stoke is actually located inside the Marriott hotel in the city center of Charlotte which is great because not only is there valet parking, but dining at Stoke validates said parking for an easy drop in and roll out meal
Living Kitchen| 2000 South Boulevard #300
Think green. Super awesome vibe to this place. Clean food and fresh pressed tonics. I grabbed a cortado flat with hemp milk and sat and edited a few photos. In an industrial area, plenty of parking and shopping is nearby.
Futo Buta| 222 E Bland Street
Living in the south sure has its perks, but solid ramen is unfortunately not one of them. Grab a bowl of piping hot ramen (delicious) and savory bao to round out the night. I dined alone here at the bar after the last day of my business trip and wish I had gone earlier to repeat my fire and ice ramen.
An artsy neighborhood north of Uptown (The name is short for the street it’s on — North Davidson Street).
Fahrenheit| 222 S Caldwell Street
Of course I had to go where the city line is. I grabbed a lavender infused gin cocktail and took in the sights of Queen City from the top of Fahrenheit which is actually connected to a Hilton hotel. Ample seating outside and a fire pit to keep you warm if you venture out during the colder days. I will tell you that didn’t stop any of us. Pro tip: try to get there during sunset. IG envy photos will surely take place.
Soul Gastro Lounge| 1500 Central Avenue
SGL is one of those yelp places everyone boasts, so you go but you don’t really know what to expect. Well let me share: strong drinks, live DJ vibe, and solid food. They don’t take reservations, and do get busy- so while it’s perfect for a midweek trip, watch the crowds during the weekend.
Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop| 1320 S Church Street Suite #100
Craft is a super awesome brewery. Low lights for intimate conversation, no televisions, and light music. I didn’t stay to experience, but did taste test a few brew before grabbing a few growlers to go (nice souviners huh?). Nice local vibe and local beer selections. If you can make it- go.
7th Street Public Market| 224 E 7th Street
Not Just Coffee| 224 E 7th Street
NJC is located in the 7th Street Public Market which is this indoor plex, of shops and eateries. Pictured you’ll see the barista creating my iced matcha latte- perfect. I sat, read the local paper and then trekked on with my photo journey of this great city.
4th Ward Park| 301 N Poplar Street
Get a feel of Charlotte’s past by taking the historic Fourth Ward walking tour. The historic Fourth Ward neighborhood artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses. This collection of quaint and charming meets urban contemporary offers a residential experience that has made Fourth Ward a premier uptown community.
Paper Sky Scraper| 330 East Boulevard
The most adorable independent book/craft/thingy store? You can find anything here from unique gifts, to handmade skincare, or recycled stationary. I ended up staying here a lot longer than I thought, which allowed me to have a few mindful moments.
South Park Mall| 4400 Sharon Road
Mega mall- everything fro. Kiehls, to Louis V. South park is a high end mall that you’ll definitely need to leave breadcrumbs to find your way back out.
Magnolia Emporium| 307 Lincoln St, Charlotte, NC 28203
Vintage upcycle is the name of the game for this adorable Charlotte find.
Freedom Park| 1900 East Boulevard
Freedom Park is a 98-acre park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Located at 1900 East Boulevard, between Charlotte’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, the park is centered on a 7-acre lake.
I was fortunate enough this trip to have my lodging covered, as I traveled to Charlotte on a business trip! However I did make a micro-list of places I would stay on my next visit that are pretty on par with my traveling comforts and wellness away from home:
- The Iveys
- The Westin Charlotte
- Kimpton Tryon Park
- The Dunhill Hotel
- The Omni Charlotte
I only had 48 hours to spend in Queen city, so I made a list of places and eateries for my next visit. This way, I waste no time! Check out my bookamarks below.
- Merchant and Trade
- Cabo Fish Taco
- Rock Salt
- The Yolk
- Aix en Provence
- Cow Fish
- The Fig Tree
- Good Food On Montfort
- Halcyon Flavors From The Earth
- Fern, Flavors From The Garden
- Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe
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