I agree with Barrie’s suggestions, but a few VIP’s (very important places) were left off of the list:
Amelie’s…only the most insanely decadent bakery cum 24/7 awesome Charlotte hangout (NODA-that’s North of Davidson for you non-Charlotte folks)
Dean & Deluca…sure, its a NYC transplant, but there’s NO BETTER PEOPLE-WATCHING in town than the Southpark location, which recently unveiled a massive renovation, replete with top notch wine bar.
Pasta and Provisions…homemade pasta, check. All things Italian, check. Impromptu dinner party, this is your place (in Myers Park).
Cottage Chic…lovely one-of-a-kind shop in Dilworth that ALWAYS has something I want. From home to apparel to accessories, a must shop!
Hidden Gem…McGill Rose Garden in NODA; over 1000 varieties of roses and herbs, and I swear, even born and raised Charlotteans don’t know about it!
In our Charlotte Summer in the South guide we tapped interior designer Barrie Benson for tips on the best shopping spots in Charlotte. If it’s a great deal you are after, Barrie recommends going to Hong Kong Vintage & Recycled on Central Avenue for chic accessories and breezy sundresses.
To splurge on lust-worthy designer pieces such SUNO dresses, Nina Ricci skirts, and Lizzie Fortunato baubles, hit up Capitol Charlotte run by the ever-stylish Laura Vinroot Poole (find Laura’s Southern style essentials here).
Find more of Barrie’s picks, including where to stock up on summer wines, where to go on a Sunday drive, and what flavor Italian ice to try at Atherton’s Market—in our Charlotte Summer in the South guide.