Fun Things To Do In Charlotte: NoDa

Charlotte's historical art district located on North Davidson Street, or more commonly known as NoDa, is home to some of the best art and entertainment in the city! It's a fun trip to fill your day for tourists and Charlotteans alike.I've only recently discovered NoDa in the past 2 years or so, and my only regret is not going sooner! I had always heard people talking about it, but I never made the trip and visited. When I finally took the plunge I was amazed and a little bit overwhelmed. There's so much to see and do! Every time I go,  I see something new and do something new.
Here are some (but definitely not all) of the fun things that NoDa has to offer!

1. Take artsy pictures

If there's anything that NoDa is really known for, especially with high school and college kids, it's the pictures. There are so many places to take really nice artsy pictures. NoDa is full of paintings and murals. In fact, while my friends and I were walking around, we got to see one of the murals being painted. There used to be this purple wall that was a really popular spot for pictures. Sadly, it was recently painted over with an awful beige color ): but there are still other patches of purple on other buildings.

2. Grab a bite to eat

I'm not a big fan of Mexican food, but my friends and I went to Cabo Fish Taco and it was life changing. I ordered a chicken fajita and it was the best fajita I have ever had in my life. Usually when I order fajitas, the meat comes out on those sizzling plates and to me, that over heats it and burns it and pretty much ruins the whole meal. But this fajita was flavorful and tender and amazing. The service was amazing, as well. My friend and I split an entree and instead of giving each of us half of the meal, she gave both of us a full plate and still let us split the cost. (Warning: If you go on the weekend in the afternoon or the evening there's most likely going to be a wait. It's the perfect time for you do some of the other things on this list!)


Another place I wouldn't expect to love is Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen. The menu was mainly cajun food and I've never been one to shy away from anything cajun, but at a restaurant I'm unfamiliar with, it's hard for me not to stick with my safe, comfortable choice of chicken tenders and fries. But I stepped out of my comfort zone (not by much though) and got a cajun grilled sirloin. My boyfriend got the southern fried shrimp and both dishes were amazing. NoDa also has pizza shops, a crepe restaurant, and a place called Haberdish that I've heard great things about (and it has a beautiful aesthetic).

3. Have a drink

NoDa is home to one of the cutest coffee shops called Smelly Cat. It's a small place with comfortable seating inside and chairs and tables outside if you want to enjoy the day. It sells smoothies, teas, and of course coffees. Also a great place to take pictures (day or night!)!

There's also many many breweries, taverns, bars, and pubs for my 21+ readers, if you ever want to take a load off, relax, eat, and have a drink.

4. Pop over to Popbar

I never thought I would be so happy in a store that only sells popsicles. I can't really pinpoint what's so special about this tiny, hole in the wall shop. It might be that they taste sooooo good or that they look great or that they're a great summer or an amazing combination of the three! It might be that there's a small purple wall beside the store that's perfect for taking pictures. Whatever it is I know I'm not alone when I say that Popbar is one of the best parts of NoDa.

5. Neighborhood Theatre 

I've lived in Charlotte all of my life and I've heard of the Neighborhood Theatre, but I've never been to it, let alone known where it was, before about 2 years ago. It's a quaint little spot, that you wouldn't think to be a place that concerts are held. It looks small on the outside and a little dead during the day, but at night and especially on the weekends, it's the place to be. The Neighborhood Theater has featured big artists, but mainly caters to smaller groups and underground bands. Either way it's a good way to have a good time and discover new music.

6. Shop

NoDa is full of local boutiques and shops. These stores have local made art, jewelry, and clothes for sale. One store even has a wall with posters and advertisements for other things going on in the Charlotte area. The only downside is that during the week these shops close pretty early, usually around 5.

(Extra Fun!-  If you have a Y membership, there's a YMCA right next to NoDa!)

The Charlotte Transportation Center is currently extending the lightrail and NoDa is one of the stops! Even though it won't be finished until early-mid 2018, I'm excited about being able to ride there and not worry about parking. Until then you can park in the local neighborhoods or at the Y.

Know of other fun places to go in Charlotte? Tell me about them in the comments below! 

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