Rich in culture and history, Charlotte offers continuous surprises to visitors — shimmering with nightlife, culture, parks, shopping, dining, and entertainment. She’s a sports town, a college town, and a hometown. Modern and old-fashioned, urban and natural, conventional and quirky, and most importantly, full of Southern charm.
Charlotte continues to grow by leaps and bounds, but flourishing hasn’t stripped Charlotte of the Southern charm and hospitality that make it so hard to leave. Beyond its banking prowess, the Queen City boasts exclusive indoor and outdoor must-sees, culinary trailblazers, home teams that will win you over, and an overflowing craft beer and cocktail scene. Charlotte’s what’s now and what’s next. Come find out why.
Charlotte is one of the culinary capitals of the Southeast. (Named one of the 26 Hottest Food Cities in the U.S. by Zagat.) Its passionate people are rewriting the classic cookbook with forward-thinking creations inspired by Southern tradition. With a unique mix of young, inventive chefs and well-established restaurateurs, this culinary destination is full of local artisans and hidden gastronomic gems. If you’re looking for something more traditional, Charlotte barbecue joints will satisfy your craving for stellar ’cue – from those serving up whole hog to pork shoulder, burnt ends to brisket and smoked wings with a few racks of ribs in between. Charlotte’s wide array of classic southern soul food and exotic cuisine are proof of the city’s allegiance to its roots.
The Charlotte Convention Center has a Starbucks for those who need some high-octane fuel, plus its own convenient dining opportunities for convention goers. The Delish Food Court features Buon Cibo, Einstein Bros Bagels and Bojangles Chicken ’N Biscuits. Stop in to Einstein Bros Bagels for breakfast and enjoy one of their famous bagels or indulge in a breakfast sandwich; lunch features hot and cold sandwiches and other tasty treats. Buon Cibo is a great pit stop if you’re craving Italian fare, pizza and paninis with pasta salad top the menu. Bojangles is famous for its chicken and biscuits, but also offers breakfast sandwiches and a variety of Southern lunch options.
Check out the list below for a sampling of the different foods Charlotte has to offer:
In the Convention Center
Bojangles Chicken ’N Biscuits
Buon Cibo (Italian)
Einstein Bros Bagels
Bleu Barn Bistro
Carolina Ale House
Duckworth’s Grill and Tap
Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub
Lebowski’s Grill & Pub
Murphy’s Kitchen & Tap
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Southern Comfort Food
The King’s Kitchen
Mert’s Heart and Soul
Nellie’s Southern Kitchen
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
Amelie’s French Bakery
Salsarita’s Mexican Grill
Hasaki Grill & Sushi
Sea Level NC
Luna’s Living Kitchen
Looking for Barbecue? See our listing of the best ’cue joints in Charlotte. https://www.afca.com/afca/Article/AFCA2018BBQ
Charlotte is a premier shopping destination in the Southeast, featuring luxury stores, locally owned boutiques and many of the state’s only large-scale retailers. Charlotte Premium Outlets and Concord Mills are the places to go for great deals on luxury brands, while SouthPark Mall boasts exclusive retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Tory Burch and Lululemon. Plus, the neighborhood circuits are home to eclectic stores.
Are you a history buff? Head Uptown and follow the self-guided Charlotte Liberty Walk. The trail includes 18 points that played a significant role in the city’s American Revolutionary War history. Stand where British troops camped in 1780 and see a statue of the city’s namesake, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The plane involved in one of the most famous landings in aircraft history, the Miracle on the Hudson, now resides at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. See that Airbus A320-214 as well as helicopters, military aircraft and a replica of the Wright Flyer at this mecca of aviation history.
Looking for adventure? The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the ideal destination. Pile into a raft and paddle your way through the rapids. Show your strength on the climbing wall and overcome your fear of heights on a ropes course and zip line challenge.
Enjoy cultural spots?The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a captivating experience, from its enchanting Firebird sculpture out front to its engaging exhibitions inside. Stop by Amélie’s French Bakery and try a cup of locally-roasted coffee, a scratch-made soup or a top-selling salted caramel brownie as you admire the whimsical design and art work in any of the locations’ interiors..
Racing rev your engine? Check out our post dedicated to the city’s racing highlights. https://www.afca.com/afca/Article/AFCA2018Racing
Want a cerebral location? Discovery Place is a destination that opens the eyes of early explorers and reinvigorates the imaginations of the more experienced. The McMillan Greenhouse at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens demonstrates the biodiversity found on our planet. See tropical orchids in brilliant colors, primitive plants surrounding a dinosaur sculpture and Venus flytraps waiting for snacks.
To learn more about Charlotte, visit charlottesgotalot.com