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!