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A mural honors the Plaza Midwood neighborhood outside of Coaltrane’s.
A mural honors the Plaza Midwood neighborhood outside of Coaltrane’s.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Plaza Midwood

A mural honors the Plaza Midwood neighborhood outside of Coaltrane’s.
A mural honors the Plaza Midwood neighborhood outside of Coaltrane’s.
  • By Kristen Wile
  • Photos by Travis Dove
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Plaza Midwood
Charlotte
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One of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly areas, Plaza Midwood is packed with things to do. Take a walk down The Plaza (actually a street) or Thomas Avenue to see some of the neighborhood’s historical homes, pick up some handmade gifts at a local shop, and grab a bite on a patio or rooftop while watching passersby. The community members of this area are as diverse as its retail landscape. You’ll meet new residents packed into apartment buildings, longtime ones sitting on their porches, young families pushing strollers to breweries and working professionals taking advantage of their off hours.

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Kristen moved to Charlotte from D.C. in 2013. She was born in New York and has finally found a city with a proper climate. The former editor of Charlotte magazine, she started a subscription-based website covering food and drink in the city and enjoys working from home with her two rescue pit bulls and pet tortoise.

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Plaza Midwood

Undercurrent Coffee
Bright windows, sustainable coffee and local ingredients make this neighborhood coffee shop an all-day destination for young professionals with their laptops and a breakfast or lunch stop for everyone else.
Undercurrent Coffee, 2012 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205
CLTCH
Selling a collection of jewelry, men’s and women’s accessories, and gifts, CLTCH (pronounced “clutch”) is also packed with attitude.
CLTCH, 1512 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205
The Thirsty Beaver
Sandwiched between two wings of an apartment building, this small dive bar is a middle finger to the development surrounding it.
The Thirsty Beaver, 1225 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28204
Moxie Mercantile
Craftsmanship is on display at Moxie, a shop where you can find candles, leather goods, barware, jewelry and other gifts.
Moxie Mercantile, 2008 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205
The Diamond Restaurant
When a Greek family opens a late-night diner, you get the Diamond, which has a menu ranging from burgers cooked on a seasoned flat top to gyro platters.
The Diamond Restaurant, 1901 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205
Resident Culture Brewing
Breweries aren’t just for beer lovers anymore. While Resident Culture draws hardcore beer fans, its well-curated wine selection and family-friendly patio draw big crowds.
Resident Culture Brewing, 2101 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205
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Kristen Wile
Kristen moved to Charlotte from D.C. in 2013. She was born in New York and has finally found a city with a proper climate. The former editor of Charlotte magazine, she started a subscription-based website covering food and drink in the city and enjoys working from home with her two rescue pit bulls and pet tortoise.
Travis Dove
Travis is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Charlotte.

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