Visit a Gourmet Market. A short stroll from The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte you’ll find The Market at 7th Street, a gourmet urban foodie destination peddling everything from cheese to chocolate. Start with a cup of pour-over artisan coffee at Not Just Coffee and end at Sweet Crunch for made-to-order waffles.
Go Museum Hopping. Take advantage of Uptown’s high concentration of top-rated museums with the $20 Levine Center for Arts Pass, offering access to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Mint Museum Uptown. You’ll also want to hit Levine Museum of the New South, a mile down the road. Visit The Museum of Illusions, a brilliant collection of perspective-changing rooms, enthralling installations and spellbinding images.
Taste the Freshest Seafood in Charlotte. Just a few blocks away from the hotel, you’ll find Sea Level NC, serving up fresh seafood and Southern favorites, most notably farm-to-fork oysters from North Carolina.
Stroll the Best Boutiques. Charlotte is known for its abundant outlet mall shopping, but for more of a local vibe, hit the boutiques of East Boulevard in the Dilworth neighborhood. The pedestrian-friendly enclave was Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, built circa 1890, and remains a picturesque haven of Queen Anne, colonial revival and Victorian homes. You may find Charlotte-themed gifts at Paper Skyscraper.
Take a Sweet Break. Relax at Bar Cocoa, the gourmet dessert bar in the swanky lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Indulge in cupcakes, chocolates, cookies, house-made pastries, French macarons or gelato.
Dine Like a Charlottean. For a true taste of Charlotte, try Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen, a local establishment now with two locations. The eatery focuses on seasonal, made-from-scratch classics, like Carolina barbecue pork shoulder with slab toast, frites and slaw, made with ingredients from local farmers.
Revel in the Nightlife. Experience Charlotte’s nightlife with a visit to Encore, an entertainment venue in Uptown. Experience modern golf at Puttery, sip a cocktail at sophisticated Novelty House, listen to live music at Middle C Jazz and toast with a view at Fahrenheit.