I have officially been living in Charlotte, NC (The Queen City) for three and a half years. Charlotte is the first place that has felt like “home,” and I don’t plan on going anywhere soon. I’ve lived in many states, cities, and places across the country, and Charlotte is by far my favorite. That’s saying a lot considering I once lived in Hawaii. 
Charlotte is growing unbelievably fast, and there are new restaurants, gyms, coffee shops, and fun events popping up constantly. I wanted to make a list with some of my favorite spots and places just in case you need some suggestions if you’re visiting, or even if you live here! I love to try new places all the time, and I will update this page as much as possible. I get asked at least once a day about Charlotte. A lot of my readers pass through, end up moving here, or want to plan a visit. I hope this list helps you plan your Charlotte adventures.

I’m always up for new experiences too, so please feel free to comment below with your Charlotte suggestions. I will also be including some of my favorite social media accounts because they always have great Charlotte suggestions.

It’s only fitting that I start with coffee shops because I spend 50% of my weekends at them. Here are some amazing spots for coffee that I love visiting.
I feel so blessed to be living in a city with so many beautiful trails. I still have a lot to try out. The Charlotte trails are incredibly gorgeous! My friends and I love spending our time walking, running, and biking them. We usually grab coffee and walk for miles.




  • Elaine

    Hi Taralynn!
    I currently live a little bit outside of Charlotte, but I’m looking to move there once I graduate. I’m also a runner and will be living alone, so I was wondering if you have any pointers on areas of Charlotte that would be a good place to live for safety and that would also have good/safe running routes?

    Thanks for all this info!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Elaine!

      It all depends on where you will be working. I think traffic kind of plays a role in picking the right neighborhood. Luckily we have safe running routes all over Charlotte, so you won’t have a hard time finding somewhere to run. I think Southend is super safe and very popular right now. GREAT for young professionals. Dilworth and Southpark are also great options!

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  • Kelsey

    WOW seeing all this makes me wanna move here it looks so amazing

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  • Amber O.

    Hi Taralynn!

    Thank you so much for creating this post! I know it has been a lot of work to put together. It’s perfect though! I’m visiting in May to see if my husband and I want to relocate (he works for Chipotle and they are opening a ton of new stores there!) I’m from Colorado so I know it will be a huge change but I’m really excited. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and it will be great to experience some of the coffee and views. So thanks again! 🙂

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  • Brittany

    Hey Tara!

    I love this page! It’s such a wonderfully comprehensive guide to Charlotte. One quick suggestion – I know you’ve blogged about several of these places before. Is it possible to attach a link to the pictures so that we can easily read about your experience of the place?


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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Brittany.

      That’s a great idea, and I will eventually get around to that for sure. You can always type the restaurant into my search box if you need it right away 🙂 xo

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