Meet Charlotte’s Shopping Suburb, SouthPark.
Located about six miles south of Uptown Charlotte lies the large residential and commercial area of SouthPark. The highly sought-after neighborhood is centered around the popular SouthPark Mall, from which it shares its name. SouthPark’s vibrant upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment scene paired with a mix of old and new homes on large properties make the area attractive for young and old residents alike.
The area, now known for one of the largest shopping malls in the state, was once part of a 3,000-acre dairy farm owned by former North Carolina Governor Cameron Morrison. The property contained the family’s impressive home, Morrocroft Manor, a 14,000 square foot Tudor Revival built in the 1920’s. The home still sits on its original site, but it is no longer owned by the Morrison family.
Today the neighborhood is filled with outdoor plazas, high-end condos, business parks, tree-lined roads, and houses fit for a variety of lifestyles, creating a polished yet inviting spot for Charlotte residents.
Things to do in SouthPark
Being the shopping, dining and entertainment hub that it is, SouthPark has something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a list of our favorite place to go and things to do in SouthPark!
Places to Shop in SouthPark
Home to many luxury retailers, SouthPark Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the state. It contains over 145 stores, including department stores such as the Belk flagship store, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s, as well as upscale stores like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, David Yurman, Tiffany & Co., and Armani. The mall also features an array of dining experiences, from casual pizza joint California Pizza Kitchen to exotic Spanish restaurant Bulla Gastrobar.
An outdoor shopping plaza full of specialty boutiques, trendy restaurants, brick walking spaces, park benches and flower-surrounded fountains, Phillips Place radiates a certain special charm. Head over to Luna for a unique assortment of designer clothes and accessories, or Orivs for sporting equipment and lifestyle products. Or make your way to Palm Restaurant for a Nova Scotia lobster. Wherever you’re headed, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time here.
Places to Eat in SouthPark
1. Cafe Monte
A visit to Cafe Monte is a must for anyone that appreciates French cuisine. This bakery and bistro prepares classic French favorites served each day, including fresh pastries, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, meats, quiches and crepes.
Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen will satisfy all Charlotte meat-lovers. This restaurant prides itself on its commitment to sourcing quality ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. Stop by for smoked and spiced wings, a brisket burger, or a roasted chicken pizza. Whatever you get, you won’t regret it.
A regular spot holder on many Charlotte “Best Of” lists for years, this bistro-style restaurant is the embodiment of upscale American cuisine. Barrington’s intimate atmosphere paired with its commitment to detail in its dishes creates the perfect experience for a date night or dinner party.
If you’re looking for authentic Tex-Mex dining, look no further than Paco’s Tacos and Tequila. From the wood-fired grilled fajitas to the shakedown shrimp tacos, each dish was created under the expert guidance of James Beard award-winning Tex-Mex culinary expert and cookbook author Rob Walsh. Visit Paco’s for a flavor-packed experience you won’t forget.
Places to Drink in SouthPark
Corkbuzz is not a place to be missed by wine enthusiasts. This wine-centric restaurant features a large selection of wines from classical to unique, and a menu built to perfectly pair with it. If you’re hoping for more than just a typical wine night out, attend one of Corkbuzz’s educational or interactive classes and events.
If you’re looking for a place with a diverse selection of wine from every major wine-producing region in the world, look no further than Foxcroft Wine Co. This wine store, wine bar and full-service kitchen offers an eclectic selection of wines by the glass, as well as a selection of bottles sold at normal retail prices. Stop in for a glass, a bottle, or one of their signature dishes and you’ll be sure to leave satisfied.
3. Mugs Coffee
Mugs Coffee is a proud server of North Carolina sourced goods. From their coffee beans to their pastries, just about everything is from local vendors. This independently owned coffee shop serves great coffee in a relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect place have small meetings, get together with friends, or just a hangout spot for you to sit and enjoy yourself.
As a neighborhood with so much to do, it’s no wonder why SouthPark is such a popular place for Charlotte residents.
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