The rebellious east side neighborhood balances Uptown’s buttoned-up banker vibe with casual bars and eclectic shops. Here are the 25 best things to do in Plaza Midwood.
Plaza Midwood quick facts:
- The median home price is $530,000 and the average home price is $551,590 — both are up 12.5 percent over the last year, according to MLS data.
- Roughly 4,300 people live in Plaza Midwood.
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(1) Start the day with coffee and quiche at Central Coffee
The quaint corner coffee shop has been a stronghold in the neighborhood for a decade. And the cold brew is like rocket fuel, and the quiche is family gathering worthy.
(2) Or order the avocado toast at Undercurrent Coffee
Fully embrace your inner millennial with a golden milk latte and avocado toast.
(3) Drink an Irish coffee by the fireplace at The Workman’s Friend
The dark, cozy pub has all the Irish staples — Irish coffee, Guinness, Shepard’s pie. If it’s nice out, find a seat on the back patio or in the breezy side bar with open windows overlooking Central Avenue.
(4) Sip drinks on the rooftop at Whiskey Warehouse
Once rooftop weather rolls around, this is where you’ll want to be sipping cocktails (or Mich Ultras) with string lights and skyline views.
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(5) Play ping pong at Thomas Street Tavern
The no-frills bar that never tries too hard is our No. 1 bar in the city. It’s the epitome of a classic neighborhood bar in a hip rapidly evolving neighborhood. At Thomas Street there’s no theme, no gimmicks, no pretentiousness — just an easygoing atmosphere where anyone can have a good time.
(6) Do date night and get the pork belly tacos at Soul Gastrolounge
It’s the most popular menu item at one of the hottest spots in the city for small plates and craft cocktails 10 years running.
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(7) Down a lobsta roll at N.C. Red
This one of the latest concepts from respected restaurateur Bruce Moffett. Go with Nashville hot chicken and a lobsta roll. It’s located in the former iconic Penguin Drive-In.
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(8) Explore international cuisine along Central Avenue
As you head east away from the city you’ll find a dense concentration of global food on the edge of the neighborhood including Abugida (Ethiopian), Pho Hoa (Vietnamese), Dim Sum (Chinese), Three Amigos (Mexican), and Euro Grill (Bosnian).
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(9) For classic American comfort food check out Dish
This longtime neighborhood favorite has been serving Southern food since 2002.
(10) End the night at The Diamond
This retro diner dates back to 1945. You can eat here any time of day really, but the late-night menu (served until 3 a.m.) is a life-saver.
(11) Order a burger and a giant beer from Moo & Brew
Known for its burgers and beer, and that’s exactly what you should get here. And if you’re a UNC fan, post up on the patio with Moo & Brew’s version of a blue cup on game days.
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(12) Order a pancake flight at Snooze
This Denver-based, retro-inspired chain won Charlotteans over immediately. Do the pancake flight with hockey puck-sized hash browns. Or, if you can’t do sweets for breakfast, try the Everything Bacon Sensation (everything spice brioche bun with green goddess cream cheese topped with an over medium cage-free egg, bacon, and citronette dressed arugula for $11.25).
(13) Pretend you’re relaxing on vacation at Bohemian Wine Bar
The laidback, chic design of this place makes it feel like a resort. Split a bottle with your girlfriends (there are 120 to choose from) or opt for a glass of whatever’s on tap.
(14) Go duckpin bowling at Pinhouse
Sometimes it’s nice to have an activity to do while you’re drinking, like duckpin bowling. If you’re not familiar, duckpins are shorter, smaller, and lighter bowling pins that you try to knock down with a ball that’s a little bigger than a softball.
(15) Have dinner at KiKi then head to Tattoo for a nightcap
The owners of Plaza Midwood favorite Soul Gastrolounge recently opened another concept, KiKi, with a small, cocktail lounge inside of it called Tattoo.
(16) Order barbecue from Midwood Smokehouse
This place is one of Charlotte’s favorite barbecue restaurants. You can’t go wrong with a classic barbecue plate.
(17) Tour the neighborhood craft beer scene
(18) Hang out on the patio at Common Market
The market’s original location is buzzing at all hours in the heart of the neighborhood. Residents swing by for breakfast sandwiches in the morning and late-night snack runs. The best move is to buy beer and wine from the bottle shop and kick back on the front patio.
(19) Find the coolest apparel and gifts at local boutiques
Check out Black Sheep Skate Shop and Social Status for the latest sneaker releases. Boris + Natasha for eclectic apparel, CLTCH for unique accessories and kitschy gifts, Moxie Mercantile for fun local gifts, and White Rabbit for LGBTQ books and novelties.
(20) Thrift for budget-friendly goods at Buffalo Exchange
Our much more stylish intern, Chloe, told me this is where she finds the best graphic tees and jean jackets (so in right now).
(21) Treat yourself to a signature dual-top cone at Two Scoops Creamery
It’s the perfect excuse when you can’t pick just one flavor, and Two Scoops’ colorful murals make for a prime Instagram moment (if you’re into that sort of thing).
(22) Redecorate your house with chic decor from Slate
The mid-century modern furniture store is a favorite with every local designer (self-proclaimed and professional) I talk to. Need something a little more unique? Head House of Africa for one-of-a-kind imports.
(23) Drink a PBR at the Thirsty Beaver Saloon
The legendary dive bar stood firm against encroaching development and refused to move. It’s now surrounded by a behemoth of an apartment complex and is something of a Charlotte landmark.
(24) Eat breakfast at Zada Jane’s
This diner’s forte is breakfast served all day. Go with Booker T’s East Side Hasher, with sweet potato hash browns topped with frittata-style eggs, sausage, melted cheddar, and green onions ($8.95).
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(25) Try not to buy everything at Charlotte Collective
Charlotte Collective houses some of the coolest brands in Charlotte — from geo-clad cheese boards by Cosmic Creative to Pretty Honest Candles to size-inclusive, cute clothing at Worthy Figures.