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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Uptown

Vic the Chili Man makes magic from a mobile grill.
  • By Kristen Wile
  • Photos by Travis Dove
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It wasn’t long ago that Uptown went quiet after business hours. These days, the skyline is rapidly evolving, bringing new office buildings, restaurants, hotels and bars to keep the city of young transplants entertained after 5 p.m. Explore some of the city’s history with museums such as the Mint Museum, Gantt Center or Bechtler; immerse yourself in the nightlife; or take a moment in one of Uptown’s many green spaces and parks. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities, too, from Discovery Place to ImaginOn.

Meet 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.

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Uptown

Romare Bearden Park
Named for Charlotte-born African American artist and sculptor Romare Bearden, this park and its fountains, gardens and paths sprawl around a sculpture by Richard Hunt in honor of Bearden.
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
A glimmering statue made of mirrors and glass marks the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which holds a collection of mid-century pieces. Created by Niki de Saint Phalle, “The Firebird” has become a popular place for selfies, wedding photos and city shots.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Seventh Street Public Market
This small food hall along the light rail is an incubator for up-and-coming restaurants and shops. Enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate; breakfast, lunch or dinner; and pick up some local goods, all in one stop.
Seventh Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28202
BB&T Ballpark
Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ll love the view from a seat on the third base line at Charlotte Knights baseball games. The stadium has a beautiful vista of the skyline.
BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Vic the Chili Man
Charlotte’s most beloved street vendor can be found in Uptown during the warmer months, slinging the best hot dogs in town — but prepare to wait in line.
Vic the Chili Man, South Tryon Street and West Fourth Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Merchant & Trade
The best time to visit this rooftop bar is around happy hour, when it’s not yet packed. Enjoy a craft cocktail by one of Charlotte’s best bartenders while looking out over the city.
Merchant & Trade, 303 S. Church St. Charlotte, N.C. 28202
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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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