Charlotte Neighborhoods: A Guide
The Southern charm. The friendly people. The lovely weather. The food … such amazing food. These are just a few reasons Charlotte, North Carolina, is an amazing place to live. The largest metropolis in the state, Charlotte is a unique blend of urban diversity and a small-town friendly vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else in the country.
And both the diversity and the small-town vibe are represented perfectly by the many and varied Charlotte neighborhoods. From NoDa to Historic Dilworth, every area in the city has something one of a kind to offer both visitors and locals.
Thinking about moving to this beautiful city? If so, here’s a guide to Charlotte neighborhoods you can use to find the area that suits you best:
Charlotte’s Center City, often called Uptown or the Loop by locals, is what people from other cities in the U.S. would consider it’s downtown area. Why? Because it’s the central hub of the city, where many people work, and where you can find endless eateries, bars, shops, and other things to do. Uptown is broken down into four different wards– the First Ward and the Third Ward are best known for having tons of entertainment and nightlife opportunities (including containing most of Charlotte’s main sports arenas). The Second and Fourth Wards are largely residential, but they’re beautiful, and still close enough to the action in Uptown.
South End is one of the hippest Charlotte neighborhoods, known for its many entertainment offerings, including art galleries, festivals, food trucks, farmers markets and more. The vibrant area has tons of things to do, whether you prefer sipping cocktails or exploring antique stores. Plus, the neighborhood is a short ride on the light rail to Uptown, making it the perfect location for people who love staying busy and finding new attractions all the time. If you live in South End, don’t miss the Gallery Crawl which takes place the first Friday of every month. You can explore the neighborhood’s amazing art scene and eat some of the best food in the city from the area’s food trucks.
NoDa, short for the North Davidson area, is similar to South End in that it’s chock full of arts and culture– and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular Charlotte neighborhoods among young, hip people. If you’re interested in things like live music, locally owned eateries, craft beers, and other funky attractions (and who isn’t?), NoDa is a great destination for you. Love bands? Head to the neighborhood venue The Evening Muse for live music in a wide variety of genres.
Though it’s very close to Uptown, Midtown has tons of its own attractions that continue to draw people– that includes a great deal of shopping and eating options. By and large the most popular attraction of Midtown, though, is the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The Greenway is a picturesque city park that includes biking and walking paths, and lovely green areas– it’s a pretty slice of nature in the urban area.
Another neighborhood known for having a beautiful park is Dilworth– home to Freedom Park. Dilworth is a pretty historic neighborhood in Charlotte, with beautiful old homes and a quieter atmosphere than some of the city’s other popular areas. The neighborhood isn’t solely residential, though: East Boulevard, which runs right through the area, offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, and more, for visitors and locals to enjoy.
Located near Dilworth, Plaza-Midwood (or just Midwood if you’re a Charlotte resident) is known for having one of the most diverse populations of the many Charlotte neighborhoods. This diversity makes Midwood a super funky area, with cool shops, boutiques, and places to eat– especially along Central Avenue. If you’re hungry for Mexican or Asian cuisine, you can’t go wrong checking out some of the local restaurants in this neighborhood.
Myers Park is known for being one of Charlotte’s most beautiful neighborhoods, with scenic tree-canopied residential streets and picturesque homes that bring to mind charming cottages. The neighborhood has some food and shopping offerings, including the local favorite Providence Cafe. The area is highly pedestrian-friendly, and it’s an enjoyable walk to the nearby areas of Freedom Park and Dilworth.
Although SouthPark is one of the furthest Charlotte neighborhoods from Center City, there’s still plenty to do in the area. In fact, SouthPark is its own hub of commercial, residential, and entertainment offerings. The area boasts one of Charlotte’s largest shopping centers, the SouthPark Mall, and it has unlimited dining options, including casual, dive bars and high-end restaurants. There are dozens of Charlotte neighborhoods– far too many to be listed here– each of which has its own unique charm. So, whether you’re looking for quiet and residential or hip and happening, Charlotte has a little something for everyone.