Tour the beloved, historic arts neighborhood in Charlotte with us, from where to stay, to everything you should eat, see, and do.
NoDa, named for the main strip of the neighborhood, is just a few minutes north of the city center.
Known as Charlotte’s arts and entertainment district, NoDa (short for North Davidson) boasts some of the city’s best food, most eclectic galleries and popular music venues that host local and big-name acts.
The area of the city was formerly an area of textile manufacturing and mill workers’, and so in addition to the historic mill houses, you will also find plenty of more modern nods to the style.
Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen
A perfect, unique fusion of Cajun, Southern, and also Lowcountry offerings.
501 E 36th St | boudreauxsnoda.com
An innovative Italian restaurant in NoDa, known for both its artful platings and also for its refined, fresh flavors.
3116 N Davidson St |everandalo.com
Brook’s Sandwich House
Established in 1973, this burger and hot dog joint has been family-owned and operated for almost 50 years. Worth the visit because it’s also an iconic Charlotte destination.
2710 N Brevard St | brookssandwichhouse.com
The Goodyear House
The Goodyear House serves Southern fare plus boasts a beautiful, expansive outdoor area.
3032 N Davidson St | thegoodyearhousecharlotte.com
A casual, neighborhood hangout that blends a bottle shop, bar, and laidback eatery. It’s this type of spot that distinguishes this arts neighborhood in Charlotte.
3306-C N Davidson St | saludcerveceria.com
NoDa Company Store
Ample outdoor seating plus lots of local food and drink.
3221 Yadkin Ave | thecompanystorenoda.com
Great Wagon Road Distillery
The Distillery caters to a variety of tastes and additionally offers award-winning malt whiskey, vodka, and poitín.
610 Anderson St | gwrdistillery.com
The Exchange at 36th
This market meets bar/coffee shop concept is a great spot to post up and hang out.
451 36th St | theexchangeat36th.com
A craft beer haven accompanied by some excellent bar bites.
3120 N Davidson St | growlerspourhouse.com
NoDa’s first brewpub opened in 2012 and continues serving craft beers and elevated bar food. Likiwise, you’ll find craft cocktails day in and day out.
2909 N Davidson St | heistbrewery.com
This cozy, no-menu cocktail bar promises to make you a drink suited to your exact specifications.
424 E 36th St Unit 2 | idlewild.com
Hattie’s Tap & Tavern
Hattie’s is a staple for a relaxed hangout. The inside and outside are both dog friendly. And in addition to beverages and snacks, there’s karaoke every Thursday 9pm-1am. Plus, have fun with a claw machine, pool table, darts, and board games.
2918 The Plaza| hattiesclt.com
The Dog Bar
The Dog Bar is a fun spot for fur parents and non-fur parents alike. Expect a lively atmosphere, lots of cute dogs, plus an extensive beer, wine, and liquor list. There are also occasional live music performances.
3307 N Davidson St. | dogbarcharlotte.net
Tour NoDa’s Murals
There’s a lot of stunning street art in NoDa, and it’s always fun on a nice day to grab a cup of coffee (we love Smelly Cat) and wander around to see art like the Bloom mural. Plus, you can check out a full map of NoDa public art here, or our list of Charlotte’s best murals below.
Catch a Show
The Evening Muse and Neighborhood Theatre are both frequently serving up a diverse mix of local, regional, and national acts. Likewise, The Muse is a bit more intimate and Neighborhood Theatre can accommodate 1000 guests.
Pop in to a Gallery
It’s not the the arts neighborhood in Charlotte for no reason: There are a ton of great art shops and galleries scattered throughout NoDa. Pop into Pura Vida Worldly Art for art and gifts, or swing by the twice (1st and 3rd Friday) monthly gallery crawl. Additionally, visit Charlotte Art League, featuring over 50 small businesses.
The Dunhill is in Uptown, not NoDa, but is our favorite nearby hotel for easy access to the arts neighborhood in Charlotte. Opened in 1929, today’s version of the hotel is a thoughtful evolution of the original.
NoDa Zen Retreat
This cute Airbnb provides easy walking distance to all that makes NoDa great, with a stylish setting of its own.
Looking for a unique and quirky stay conveniently situated in the heart of Charlotte’s art district? Named after a 300-year-old tree that stretches over the property, this serene 3 story guest house exudes tranquility and natural beauty. At Groot’s Oasis in NoDa, enjoy floating in your own private pool tucked away into an enlivened secret garden backyard.
Bungalow in Villa Heights
Similarly, if you’re looking for another great short term rental option, this bungalow lets you live like a local.