Around Town

Stress-relieving tricks for parking uptown during the day

When I worked in South End, I used to avoid parking uptown as much as possible during the day. I’d ride the light rail in for work events or coffee meetings, or I’d even park my car at my gym on East Morehead and walk in (shhh…).

But sometimes you don’t have that option and need to take your car.

Sure, some businesses like 7th Street Public Market and Pearl Dentistry validate their customers’ parking, and some rare places like the McColl Center and Harris Teeter have free lots/decks for visitors.

But what about the rest?

Once you give up on packed parallel metered spots in the middle of the city, you could pick a parking deck, which is both creepy (in my humble opinion) and more expensive than I’d prefer (garages like the BB&T Center can cost up to $6 an hour with a daily max of $20). Surface lots can get pricey too, like this $13 lot at the old Goodyear building on Stonewall Street.

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Forget the stress. Forget the parking fee that costs more than your cup of coffee. Here are some parking options for venturing uptown by car:

Meters that are often open

– S Brevard Street between E MLK Jr Boulevard and E Third Street

Between the Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame. Within easy walking distance of Carolina Ale House and Panera.

Side note: Rates for meters are 25 cents for every 15 minutes. Cheap.


– S Church Street, between W Hill and W Stonewall Streets

Within easy walking distance of Enso, Just Fresh, Mellow Mushroom, Romare Bearden Park, Latta Arcade.


– W Sixth Street, between N Poplar and N Church Streets

Within easy walking distance of Discovery Place, Dandelion Market, Basil Thai Cuisine, 5Church, Cowbell

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– Third Street, between S Caldwell and S Davidson Streets

Within easy walking distance of Fahrenheit.


– Wilkes Place, between W Fifth and W Trade Streets 

Within easy walking distance of Little Village Grill, Pub at Gateway, Crave Dessert Bar.


Free parallel spots

– 2-hour parking at Sixth Street between N Church and N Poplar Streets (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Within easy walking distance of Dandelion Market, Basil Thai Cuisine, 5Church, Discovery Place, Cowbell

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– Dilworth

I have absolutely witnessed people parking in the residential area off of Euclid Avenue for the sake of walking uptown. Sometimes you just can’t beat free parking.


See you uptown. And tell me what free parking we’re all missing out on. Tweet C5.

Photos: Katie Toussaint