Living Here Guide

What to eat, drink and do in NoDa

In NoDa, Charlotte’s arts district, it’s not unusual to find murals, like this one from Nicholas Napoletano, covering the sides of buildings.
In NoDa, Charlotte’s arts district, it’s not unusual to find murals, like this one from Nicholas Napoletano, covering the sides of buildings. akormann@charlotteobserver.com

To know: Named for North Davidson Street, which runs through its center, NoDa is Charlotte’s arts district, filled with artists, musicians and creative people. The eclectic neighborhood is rapidly growing and changing, especially with the LYNX Blue Line light rail set to start running through it in 2018.

To eat: From Cabo Fish Taco’s tasty Baja fare to the better-than-your-grandma-made-it fried chicken at Haberdish, these streets are filled with inventive restaurants. Stop in the cozy Crepe Cellar for its sweet and savory takes on the French treat, and be sure to plan a lunch indulging in one of the city’s best burgers at the picnic table at the casual Brooks’ Sandwich House. Amelie’s French Bakery, though, with its 24/7 schedule and decadent salted caramel brownies, may be NoDa’s most beloved edible option.

To drink: Start the day with fresh-roasted coffee from Smelly Cat Coffeehouse. Then it’s all about the breweries. NoDa Brewing, Birdsong, Free Range, Heist and Salud Cerveceria (and beer shop) all call the greater NoDa area home, and each puts its own twist on local craft beer. If you’re looking for cocktails, Colleen Hughes’ concoctions at Haberdish and Crepe Cellar are sure to please, or you could pull up a stool at the Davidson Street Public House.

To do: Stroll down North Davidson street and pop into the shops and galleries that line both sides, like Ruby’s Gift and Pura Vida Worldly Art. Or spend the afternoon lounging at The Company Store, an old mill house that’s been converted into a gathering place for neighbors and friends. Then catch a live show at the intimate Evening Muse or the iconic Neighborhood Theatre.

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