Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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28 Charlotte City Guide 2018 B locks from Uptown, the Midtown neighborhood gushes with its own urban identity. At its core, the ultramodern Metropolitan buzzes with shoppers browsing fashion boutiques and stores like West Elm, Marshalls and Target. e retail mecca is the fourth incarnation of the space, which started in 1959 as ahead-of-its-time Charlottetown Mall. e first enclosed shopping mall in the Southeast, it touted department stores, luxe decor and a million-dollar twin theater—North Carolina's first. Over the years, the once-booming space couldn't compete with new malls sprouting up around the city, and attempts at reinventions were unsuccessful. But in the mid-2000s, developers landed on the right combination: a multiple-story mixed-use oasis of offices, condos, posh restaurants and retailers— many with breathtaking skyline views. Midtown Park, bike lanes and the Kings Drive Farmers Market add even more appeal to this not-quite- suburban respite. WHILE YOU'RE THERE • Pick a patio seat at Vivace or Dressler's Restaurant, where you can enjoy creative cuisine and plenty of people-watching. • Update your wardrobe at the Metropolitan's lineup of local boutiques—CRIV, SILVERFLY and Lipp Boutique. • Try not to fill up on the out-of-this-world garlic knots before you order an entree at Mama Ricotta's Restaurant. • At Midtown Ballroom, ditch your tired dance moves in favor of group or private foxtrot, salsa and tango lessons. • Wind through Little Sugar Creek Greenway's Trail of History, an urban path peppered with statues of famous figures who shaped the Queen City's past. 1 Vivace 2 Little Sugar Creek Greenway 3 Midtown Ballroom MIDTOWN sophisticated, modern, bustling PHOTO 1 BY CLEAR SKY IMAGES; PHOTO 2 BY TIM ROBISON; PHOTO 3 BY KYO H NAM 1 3 2

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