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Four must-visit food halls in Charlotte

Food hall in Charlotte

Headed to Charlotte on a quick weekend trip? Have one too many restaurants saved to your dining list? We’ve got you covered. Try out one of the city’s numerous food halls that offer visitors a diverse selection of menus, all in one place. Here are four of our favorites: 

Located in the building that once housed Charlotte’s largest textile mill, Optimist Food boasts more than 25 food stalls, retailers, and restaurants. From coffee to paper goods, gelato, and dumplings, there is something for everyone on your trip. The Hall also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including vintage markets, pop-up bars, and more. 


Getting there:  

  • Located off the Parkwood LYNX Blue Line station. 

  • Ample lot and residential parking available. The first 1.5 hours of parking are free! 


This Uptown establishment affectionately refers to themselves as a “small business incubator.” As a non-profit food hall and retail space, The Market at 7th Street offers diverse food options, including Tanzanian, Himalayan, and artisanal Italian. Take a peek at each vendors’ signage, which will let you know if they are women and/or BIPOC owned, if this is their first location, or if their ingredients are locally sourced. 


Getting there: 

  • Located off the 7th Street LYNX Blue Line station 

  • Park in the 7th Street Station parking garage which has entrances on 6th and 7th Street. The first 2 hours can be validated for anyone who makes a purchase at the Market. 


Opened in 2017, Camp North End lies on 76 acres of land, making it seem like its own small city. Housed on a decommissioned industrial site, Camp North End is under 10 minutes from Uptown, making it the perfect destination to spend an afternoon or evening.  

With tons of indoor and outdoor seating, Camp North End offers visitors a variety of retail vendors, food options, immersive experiences, and creative spaces to get lost in. 


Getting there: 

  • Camp North End has a parking garage (free for first three hours; $4 per every additional hour), surface lots, and street parking options. 

  • While some bus lines go to Camp North End, public transit is not yet widely available.  

  • Bikers can find ample racks near the main entrance. 

Located in the heart of Uptown, Monarch Market is a culinary collective located on the ground level of One Independence Center. From dumplings to seafood to curry, Monarch offers wide-ranging options from their various vendors. Need a little break? Kick back and relax at their covered terrace bar with a tropical drink and apps. 

Getting there: 

  • With its prime location in Uptown, Monarch is easily accessible by foot, bike, or ride share. 

  • Located off the Tryon St. Stop on the LYNX Gold Line. 

  • Visitors can use One Independence Center garage located at 120 N Church St. Be sure to grab a validation ticket after making a purchase at one of the food stalls or bars. 

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While you may come to the “Queen City” to experience the NASCAR Hall of Fame, explore the Mint Museum or enjoy the attractions at Carowinds, it's the food that will keep you coming back.  

Hungry for some delicious eats in Charlotte? Find your flight today:


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