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
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
This small dive bar sandwiched between two wings of an apartment building is a middle finger to the development surrounding it.
The Thirsty Beaver, 1225 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28204
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
Grab a seat on the patio and slurp down some raw oysters, savor a lobster roll, or crunch on hot or mild fried chicken in this New England-meets-New South spot.
N.C. Red, 1205 Thomas 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