Walking Tour Of Charlotte’s NoDa District

Walking Tour Of Charlotte’s NoDa District
NoDa has long been considered Charlotte’s Art District, but it’s also known for one-of-a-kind shops and fabulous restaurants and bars. The name is derived from its location, North Davidson Street. It represents the northernmost edge of Charlotte’s boundaries. Twice a month, on the first and third Friday nights, check out the NoDa Crawl – art and food and bars! The neighborhood consists of two main areas; you’ll start off at the shops at 2424 North Davidson Street and end half a mile down the road on North Davidson.
Yarnhouse
2424 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 335-8531
www.yarnhouseknits.com

This gorgeous yarn shop is a must see for anyone who loves color, texture and fiber. It carries a generous selection of yarns, needles and notions. In addition, you can find knit and crocheted items to purchase, books and other creative items. It’s a store that celebrates creativity and there are always people enjoying the shop, ready to help fellow yarn users. Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., join the knitting circle (yes, fans of other fiber arts are welcome to join in the group). If you don’t yet knit/crochet, Yarnhouse offers top-notch classes and plenty of assistance.

Amelie’s French Bakery
2424 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-1781
www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com

On the corner of the strip of shops sits Amelie’s French Bakery, one of Charlotte’s most celebrated shops. The flagship store carries a selection of gorgeous pastries and desserts showcased in the glass cases in the front of the shop. You can also choose from delicious soups, sandwiches, tartines, quiche and even salads. Amelie’s serves coffee and espresso roasted by Magnolia Coffee. The shop itself is stunning, with a massive chandelier created from kitchen utensils and artwork on every wall. Find a place to hunker down, enjoy the free wi-fi and dive into the tasty treats.

Sunshine Daydreams
3225 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-4367
www.sunshinedaydreams.com

From Amelie’s, you can either walk along North Davidson Street or move your car, depending on the strength of your legs and the weather. Half a mile away is Sunshine Daydreams, a store carrying local, handmade goods, tie-dye and hemp wear, incense, scented oils and band t-shirts including the Grateful Dead, Phish and the String Cheese Incident. The shop specializes in jam band items and hippie goods and there’s always great music playing and something new to find on the shelves.

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Pura Vida Worldly Art
3202 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 335-8587
www.puravidaart.com

Cross Davidson Street and walk past the Firehouse. You’ll find a building housing several exciting businesses. Your next stop is the fabulous, eclectic Pura Vida Worldly Art. The store is stocked with American Folk Art alongside Asian signing bowls and prayer flags that are alongside Mexican wrestler masks. The Art Gallery displays local artists and provides a wide range of options for your home. The focus is on handmade, sustainable, beautiful objects.

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub
3116 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC  28205
(704) 910-6543
www.crepecellar.com

Continue along North Davidson and you’ll have a number of dining options, many of which are excellent. On this trip, you’ll end your journey at the Crepe Cellar which is a fusion of European cuisine and American neighborhood pub food. In this casual but intimate setting, you can enjoy the crispy, cheesy French bread pizzas and fabulous entrees. Both the savory and sweet crepes are known throughout the city. Make sure to save room for the nutella banana crepe for dessert along with the perfect French Press coffee. It’s the perfect end to a great afternoon.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.