How to Spend a Short Weekend in Charlotte, NC

Whether you're in town on an extended layover or visiting the Queen City on a quick work or family overnight, we've got your itinerary covered from where to stay, eat, and play! Did we mention that everything on the list is BLACK-OWNED?


Where to Stay: Hyatt House Center City

A stay at this hotel means you'll be centrally located to everything uptown (and a short walk or LYNX ride from every spot on this list). The Hyatt, owned by RLJ Lodging Trust, is one of few black-owned hotels in the city- and it's absolutely beautiful. Being located in the heart of uptown means each room at this hotel has a view of the city you'll enjoy. The hotel's attention to detail and Charlotte-inspired art in each guestroom will make you feel right at the home in the Queen City.


Hyatt House Center City, CLT Black Owned


What to Eat: Breakfast Famous Toastery Uptown

Famous Toastery is known for it's ability to serve both hearty and healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Open for morning and early afternoon eats, this restaurant is short, scenic (12-minute) walk from Hyatt House Center City. Enjoy favorites like their avacado omelette, shrimp n' grits, or blueberry flapjacks. On the bar menu, they have seasonal specialties like their Apple Cider Mimosa, mimosa flights, and other cocktails.


Famous Toastery, CLT Black Owned


What to Eat: Lunch CLT Rollie

CLT Rollie is one of the city's favorite delivery-only food options. They're the local experts in handmade, specialty eggrolls. After a long day of exploring the city, call CLT Rollie and they'll deliver an order full of their delicious rolls right to your hotel room door. Try out of some of their most popular rolls like the macaroni and cheese, shrimp curry, or steak and cheese. They pair each roll with a specialty dipping sauce that won't disappoint you.


CLT Rollie, CLT Black Owned


What to Eat: Dinner Mert's Heart & Soul

After a long day exploring Charlotte, Mert's Heart and Soul is a must try during a short stay! As featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives they are providing some of the best Southern cuisine. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner some of their signature dishes include their famous salmon cakes, southern fried chicken , shrimp and grits, and BBQ beef ribs. Be sure to pair your meal with some scrumptious sides such as potato salad, yams, cabbage, green beans, and cornbread. This is a Charlotte staple that you don't want to miss out on!


Mert's Heart and Soul, CLT Black Owned


Where to Play: Shopping at Five13 Studio

Five 13 Studio is a woman's clothing boutique located in Charlotte's Centro Railyard, a new area of Southend. Providing trendy and fashion-forward pieces, their boutique would be a great addition to your of places to visit during any short stay. You'll always find a great outfit and a great sale here. If you aren't able to stop by in-person, you can also shop online and have them ship your new look to you!


Five 13 Studio, CLT Black Owned

Where to Play: Tour the City with Charlotte NC Tours

There's no better way to explore the Queen City than going on an official tour with Charlotte NC Full-Service Tours! From ghosts and history to food and culture, they have it all and are ready to share it with you. Offering Segway, bike, walking, and customized tours, these pros will show you the city AND a good time!


Charlotte NC Tours

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