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 city in the state, Charlotte is a unique blend of urban diversity and a small-town friendly vibe that's hard to find anywhere else.
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 the central hub of the city. It's 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 most of Charlotte's main sports arenas). The Second and Fourth Wards are largely residential, but beautiful and close enough to the action in Uptown.
South End is one of the hippest Charlotte neighborhoods, known for its 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 train ride from Uptown, making it perfect for people who love staying busy but don't want to live in the middle of everything. If you live in South End, don't miss the Gallery Crawl on 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 full of arts and culture– and quickly becoming one of the most popular Charlotte neighborhoods among young, hip people. If you're interested in live music, locally owned eateries, craft beers, and other funky attractions, 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. The most popular attraction, though, is the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The Greenway is a picturesque city park that includes biking and walking paths, and lovely green areas– a slice of nature in the middle of an urban area.
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, 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 its highly diverse population. 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.