The Square, Charlotte’s famous intersection at Tryon Street and Trade Street was the site, where Native American trading routes crossed for thousands of years and where the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was supposedly signed on May 20, 1775. Today, the buzzing intersection is home to two important artworks. The Sculptures on The Square by Raymond Kaskey depicting the forces that shaped Charlotte into the city we know today, and Il Grande Disco - The Grand Disc by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
The Bank of America Corporate Center is with 871 feet (265 meters) Charlotte’s tallest building. Its impressive lobby features a three-panel secular fresco by Bob Long, a world-renowned fresco artist, who painted the fresco using 15th century techniques.
The Historic First Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in the city of Charlotte with a remarkable 200-year history. The old bell from 1826 and the Pulpit Bible of 1853 are on display in the foyer between the sanctuary and the chapel. The Fellowship Hall features The Good Samaritan Fresco by world-renowned fresco artist Ben Long.
The Old Settlers’ Cemetery is the final resting place of several of Charlotte’s founding families from the late 1700s. Among them are Thomas Polk, who helped establish Mecklenburg County in 1762, as well as Major General George Graham, who was part of the Patriot Militia during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) that held off the advancing British army at The Square in 1780. The fierce Battle of Charlotte, which was later nicknamed “The Battle of the Hornets”, led to the occupation of Charlotte by the British. It ended after only 16 days, when the British left the “Hornets’ Nest”, after they did not receive much cooperation from the defiant Charlotteans.
Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte with many theaters and museums nearby, The Capital Grille is a high-end restaurant serving outstanding seafood and exceptional dry-aged steaks complemented by a well-stocked wine cellar of old world and new world vintages.
The Capital Grille is open daily for dinner and Monday to Friday for lunch. Reservations are recommended.
Luce Ristorante & Bar is located at the base of the Hearst Tower and serves flavorful refined Northern Italian cuisine in an elegant Venetian-inspired setting.
Luce Ristorante & Bar is open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Monday to Friday for lunch. Reservations are recommended.
The Discovery Place Science in the heart of uptown Charlotte fascinates visitors of all ages through hands-on science experiments, engaging exhibitions of nature’s many habitats and stunning IMAX Dome films.
The Discovery Place Science is open daily.
The charming 716-seat McGlohon Theater is located at Spirit Square and operated by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Residing in the former First Baptist Church from 1909, the space not only impresses with its fabulous acoustic but also with its unique atmosphere. The subtle light emanating from the stained glass church windows in the rear of the theater, gives the venue a warm and inviting ambience.
Located at Spirit Square, the intimate 182-seat Duke Energy Theater is a Black-Box venue, operated by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Duke Energy Theater features plays, music as well as dance performances.
Duchworth’s Grill & Taphouse at Spirit Square is a popular sports bar, featuring an extensive beer selection of 150 beers, of which many are on tap, and countless TV-screens hanging on their walls and from their ceilings.
Romantically situated in a dimly lit basement with original brick walls and exposed ceiling joints from 1912, The Cellar at Duckworth’s serves high-end American cuisine in a classy prohibition-era ambience. In addition to hard-to-find beers from their vintage-inspired beer cellar, their bar offers an eclectic selection of meticulously crafted cocktails.
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is open daily for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
The TransAmerica Square is considered a pioneering example of the integration of urban design and architecture. It also features a stunning fresco by Ben Long titled Continuum. The fresco is located in the dome of a rotunda, which is part of an open-air public archway to the courtyard behind the building.
Covering the early days of the Wells Fargo and Company and of Wachovia in the late 1800s, the Wells Fargo History Museum also features a replica of the company’s famous Stagecoach.
The Fig Tree Restaurant in Charlotte’s scenic Elizabeth neighborhood, minutes from Uptown, serves high-end classical country European cuisine with French and Italian influences in the homey atmosphere of a charming craftsman-style historic bungalow from 1913. Their seasonally changing menu is crafted to pair with their widely acclaimed extensive international wine-list.
The Fig Tree Restaurant is open daily for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Cajun Queen, located in a 100-year old home in Charlotte’s historic Elizabeth neighborhood, serves New Orleans favorites, such as étouffée and crawfish as well as Creole and “blackened” dishes, in a laid-back New Orleans atmosphere with live jazz music in the evenings.
Cajun Queen is open daily for dinner and for brunch on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.
Patrons with a craving for tasty artisanal burgers and hand-cut fries may want to check out Bang Bang Burgers in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood, minutes from Uptown. Their upscale burgers use a special blend of quality meats, making them juicy, flavorful and “finger-licking” yummy.
Bang Bang Burgers is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Considered a long-term favorite in Charlotte, Carpe Diem, located in the Elizabeth neighborhood minutes from Uptown, serves delicious New American cuisine incorporating flavors from many cultures in their eclectic lineup of small plates and entrées, including some often-requested “nostalgic” dishes from the restaurant’s early days.
Carpe Diem is open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Reservations are recommended.
Customshop is a welcoming neighborhood trattoria along Elizabeth Avenue minutes from Uptown, serving “handcrafted” new-world cuisine, inspired by classic old-world dishes from France, Italy and Spain. Their menu of small plates, fresh pasta, entrées as well as cheese and charcuterie is designed to be paired with their selection of wines “by-the-glass” or with wines from their diverse wine-list of old-world and new-world names.
Customshop is open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Amid several great restaurants, the Visulite Theatre on Elizabeth Avenue minutes from Uptown is an intimate live music venue with a relaxed vibe, hosting a wide variety of local and nationally recognized artists.
Viva Chicken on Elizabeth Avenue minutes from Uptown is a popular local lunch spot, serving tender and juicy rotisserie chicken, which they marinate for 24 hours in their signature Peruvian spice mix, before it is cooked over charcoal in an original oven from Lima, Peru. They also offer salads and sandwiches including several vegetarian options.
Viva Chicken is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Freedom Park is located just 3 miles (4.8 km) south of uptown Charlotte between the Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods. The 98-acre park features a lake, paved walkways, many benches to take a rest and an amphitheater offering free films and musical performances during the summer months.
The park also connects to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which makes it an ideal starting point if you want to walk towards uptown Charlotte.
SouthPark Mall is a great destination for upscale shopping. Many well known luxury brands like Apple, MontBlanc, Burberry, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Frontgate, Cole Haan, St John, Hermès, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch and Lilly Pulitzer maintain a store at SouthPark Mall.
The unique outdoor amphitheater of Symphony Park at SouthPark is the charming venue of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, who performs a concert every Sunday in June. On Fridays in August you can watch a movie as part of the program Movies Under the Stars in SouthPark. Admission to the movie is free.
Featuring a large variety of rhododendrons and local plants, the Botanical Gardens at UNC is a little known gem in Charlotte. Although located right on campus the Garden seems to be an oasis of tranquility among the hectic university life. Also part of the Garden is the McMillen Greenhouse with its six themed collections, including prehistoric vegetation, carnivorous plants and beautiful orchids.