Living Here Guide

What to eat, drink and do in Myers Park

The Duke Mansion was built in 1915.
The Duke Mansion was built in 1915. The Duke Mansion

John Nolen designed the first street plan for this iconic Charlotte area in 1911 and it’s since become one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. Elegant homes with meticulously-landscaped lawns dot the tree-lined, winding roads of Myers Park. The area is also home to Queen’s University of Charlotte, a small private liberal arts college that began as a college for women in 1857.

Eat

Pasta & Provisions

1528 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-364-2622.

A staple of Italian food and ingredients in this neighborhood and Charlotte overall for 25 years, Pasta & Provisions offers a variety of fresh homemade ravioli (the lobster-filled one is to die for), sheets of raw pasta dough you can use in your own ravioli and focaccia bread, sauces and pestos to complete your Mambo Italiano-themed evening.

Pro-tip: Get the mini cannolis, half of your order dipped in chocolate chips and the other half dipped in pistachio nuts. If you’re serving them at a party and you’re shopping a few hours ahead of time, put them in the freezer so the cannoli shells stay crisp.

Deejai Thai

613 Providence Road, Charlotte. 704-333-7884.

When you just gotta have Pad Thai with shrimp, you gotta go to Deejai Thai. Its exquisite sauce is not too heavy, not too light, served with a generous amount of shrimp and peanuts and a lime to squeeze over the noodles. There aren’t enough good things to say about it.

Pro-tip: If you’re about halfway hungry and bring a pal or significant other, consider splitting the Pad Thai and one of their signature curry dishes to share.

Napa on Providence

110 Perrin Place, Charlotte. 704-900-8535.

Looking for a quick bite in an airy space with a top-notch wine list? Napa on Providence provides a luxe-yet-laid-back atmosphere for those looking to unwind after a wild week.

Pro-tip: Order the P.E.I mussels and an adult beverage from their featured winery.

Drink

Selwyn Pub (2801 Selwyn Ave.) has been Myers Park’s watering hole for years, and though it can sometimes feel like an adult fraternity party, the ample deck with large-screen TVs makes up for it. Reid’s Fine Foods (2823 Selwyn Ave.) specialty food store has beer and wine to go and a full service wine bar. Providence Road Sundries (1522 Providence Road) has been Myers Park’s family-friendly neighborhood hangout since 1933. In the mood for tequila? Get a flight at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila (715 Providence Road).

Shop

Splurge

1033 Providence Road. 704-370-0082.

The name alone invites you to do just that. Look for the perfect wafting tunic and white pants to set off your look the next wine tasting party.

Pro tip: Check out the sales first and then what’s new.

KK Bloom Boutique

2823 Selwyn Ave. 980-240-6911.

Are you still looking for that perfect romper? A plethora of dresses, tops, shoes and scarves are here and a plenty.

Pro tip: Check out their Milan Layering tops. Velor is so in this season it’s practically out.

The Sporting Gent

2848 Selwyn Ave. 704-896-5600.

This store in the historic Colony Shopping Center of Myers Park is considered a “little slice of Southern and sporting heaven.”

Pro tip: Grab a new blue button up in the same place as a Yeti cooler. All sides of yourself can be fulfilled at once.

Play

Manor Theatre (Regal Manor Twin)

609 Providence Road.

First opened in 1947 with seating for 700, Manor Theatre is the place to go for new releases you won’t see in the bigger theatres. There’s an old charm to this theatre that you can’t get in the recliners of other theatres (which we still love, too).

Pro tip: Order two Zap Packs, which include popcorn, gummies and a drink for the perfect amount of snacks.

Briar Creek Greenway

609 Providence Road.

The stream crackling on rocks. The sun gleaming through the wild, natural trees along the paved path. All of these things, plus some plucky wildlife, will recharge your batteries.

Pro tip: Look for super cute river otters. They’ve lived in this greenway since the late 1990s, where they like to eat fish, crayfish and mussels.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Myers Park

1361 Queens Road.

Find some quiet time with a good book at this historic location, which was the first branch the Public Library built in 1956.

Pro tip: Take your homework or “work” work here for uninterrupted time, or take a workshop on a topic you want to learn more about.

Duke Mansion

400 Hermitage Road.

Explore the gardens of the Duke Mansion, a historic landmark built in 1915 that now operates as a boutique hotel, or stop by for one of its many unique events throughout the year.

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