The Best of Everything to do in Charlotte (Modified from reddit r/charlotte)

Personal weekly shrine:

Brooks Sandwich House in Noda. Cash only.

Places to Eat/Drink:

  1. Optimist hall (bars and food options)
  2. Food Trucks Friday Night in the South End


  1. Sweet Lews BBQ (Poor location and atmosphere, take to go)
  2. Mac’s Speed Shop (BBQ, highly recommended)
  3. Lancaster’s BBQ (Cool, informal BBQ)
  4. Midwood Smokehouse
  5. Bar-bq king (Curbside service, order “dipped fried chicken”)


  1. Seoul Food Meat Company (Korean BBQ, downhill since COVID, order soy garlic and spicy bbq wings)
  2. Soul Gastrolounge (small plates, sushi, drinks)
  3. Let’s Meat (Korean BBQ)
  4. Musashi (Japanese/sushi)
  5. Cowfish (sushi/burger bar)
  6. Mr. Tokyo (all-you-can-eat sushi)
  7. O-Ku (Sushi and other dishes)
  8. Idlewild for a cocktail
  9. Hobbyist for coffee
  10. Charlotte Beer Garden (Most beers, multiple floors, good view)


  1. Pinky’s Westside Grill (Burgers)
  2. Cookout (Fast Food)
  3. Big Daddy’s (Burgers)
  4. Local Loaf (Chicken Sandwich)
  5. Jack Beagles
  6. Brooks Sandwich House (Burgers)


  1. 131 Main Street (Fancy)
  2. Bentley’s on 27 (Fancy fancy)
  3. Fahrenheit (Rooftop restaurant and bar)
  4. Bardo (American small plates)
  5. Dunavant (Fancy, best steak)
  6. Barrington’s (Fancy)
  7. Kindred (Fancy, kinda far I think)


  1. Amelie’s French Bakery
  2. Nova’s Bakery


  1. The Cellar at Ducksworth (Speakeasy type vibe)
  2. Supperland (Steakhouse with others, old church)
  3. Haberdish (Southern comfort)
  4. Cabo Fish Taco
  5. Graham Street Pub (Rooftop restaurant/bar)
  6. Kid Cashew (Mediterranean, outdoorsy, chill)


  1. Poppy’s (Bagels)
  2. Famous Toastery
  3. Metro Diner
  4. Eddie’s Place (NOLA)
  5. Snooze


  1. Inizio (Pizza, wood fired)
  2. Salud (Overall the best? and good beer)
  3. Intermezzo (Pizza and restaurant)
  4. Due Amici (Best for NY style)
  5. Luigi’s
  6. Portofino’s
  7. Brooklyn South Pizzeria

Places to Visit:

General Things to do page

  1. The White Water Center
  2. Inner Peaks (Indoor Rock Climbing)


  1. Little Sugar Creek Greenway (Scenic walkway)
  2. Francis Beatty Park (Walking)
  3. Parks and Rec Page
  4. 25 Top Hiking Trails
  5. Hanging Rock State Park
  6. Crowder’s Mountain State Park (Hike)
  7. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
  8. Latta Plantation.
  9. Jetton Park (Cornelius) is a nice way to see Lake Norman.
  10. South Mountains State Park
  11. Linville Gorge
  12. Morrow Mountain State Park
  13. If you want to learn how to ruin a perfectly good hike, consider taking up disc golf. Charlotte’s courses are second to none and range from beginner to pro levels.


  1. Mint Museum (Art and Design, free on Wednesday)
  2. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  3. Discovery Place Science (Museum type)


  1. Carowinds (Amusement Park, particularly around halloween)
  2. Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

Outside Charlotte

  1. Reed Gold Mine (Old mines and it’s free)
  2. Biltmore Estates (Asheville)
  3. Day Trip to Davidson
  4. New River (Oldest river in North America)
  5. Charleston
  6. Savannah
  7. Richmond
  8. Outer Banks
  9. NC Zoo in Asheboro


  1. AvidXchange Music Factory (2 venues with bars and restaurants, buy tickets)
  • Neighborhood Theatre
  • Visualite
  • Snug Harbo

Nature Exhibit

  1. UNC Botanical Gardens
  2. Lazy 5 Ranch (Kind of a Zoo)
  3. Carolina Raptor Center (Probably better than it seems)


  1. The Comedy Zone (Comedy Club)
  2. Charlotte Comedy Theater

Walk Around Town

  1. Charlotte Farmers Market (By airport, weekends)
  2. Greek Festival (Sept. 8-11)
  3. Camp North End (Old car factory turned food/shops/art…music on fridays)
  4. Explore Freedom park area (South Charlotte – Myers Park area). There is an adjacent, nice greenway that’ll take you north to uptown or south to Park Road Shopping Center (good lunch spots here)