An insider’s guide to uptown Charlotte’s Overstreet Mall

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Uptown workers stroll through collections to Overstreet Mall.

If you’ve lived here for a while, you likely already know about uptown’s “hidden” mall. But if you just moved here or it’s been a minute since you’ve explored Center City, this one’s for you: We’re about to take you on a tour.

Inspired by the Galleria in Milan and Place Ville-Marie in Montreal, in 1971, city planners proposed that Charlotte create a series of tunnels and indoor shopping plazas through uptown that “brightens the daily lives of workers in the office towers and visitors from everywhere by providing them with an attractive environment of their own, remote from the noise and fumes of the street — a zone of restfulness, but also of elegance and vitality in the heart of the city,” according to the Ponte Travers Wolf Plan proposal. 

A few years later, Overstreet Mall was complete. This weather-proofed, climate-controlled series of tunnels, bridges and walkways wraps 1.5 miles from the Duke Energy Center headquarters building on Stonewall Street to the Hearst Tower on the other side of uptown on Fifth Street. 

Workers can save a lot of time using the mall to run errands, Myers said. So if you have to “pick up something from the pharmacy or those kinds of things, you can do it during the week and don’t have to do it on the weekend when you get home.” 

“It provides a great service for the uptown workers and employees. It’s a great way to grab your lunch and run some errands in addition to all the grab-and-go restaurants,” said Cheryl Myers, chief planning and development officer of Center City Partners.  

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Overstreet Mall

Although originally designed for uptown workers, the variety of restaurants, retail and services in Overstreet Mall can appeal to every Charlottean and provide a weather-proof way to explore uptown. 

You can find a photo guide to navigating the walkways here, and a guide to the highlights in each building in the mall below. Happy strolling.

Three Wells Fargo Center

401 S. Tryon St. 

Restaurants

Jackson’s Java

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Jackson’s Java

Locally owned Jackson’s Java has served speciality coffee drinks uptown since 1994. It has many unique signature latte options, as well as seven flavored drip coffee options that rotate daily.

Shops and services

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Three Wells Fargo Center

Sung’s Sundries

Uptown Chiropractic

Wells Fargo History Museum

The Wells Fargo History Museum has free admission and features exhibits like a stage coach simulator and historic coins from the Charlotte Mint. 

Skywalk: Go up the escalators that will lead you to a rainbow tunnel. Two Wells Fargo Center is on the other side of this tunnel. 

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The rainbow tunnel between Three Wells Fargo Center and Two Wells Fargo Center

Two Wells Fargo Center

301 S. Tryon St. 

Restaurants

Amelies 

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Amelie’s

 In addition to a selection of french pastries and light bistro fare, this Amelie’s location also has a wine bar and selection of craft beer. 

Halfpenny’s 

A little quaint cafe serving up speciality coffee drinks and a selection of breakfast foods, soup, sandwiches and ice cream. 

Johnny Burrito 

This take-out spot for California-style burritos, tacos and nacho salads is an uptown lunch favorite — arrive early to avoid the line. 

Just Fresh 

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Just Fresh

Just Fresh offers up a selection of sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies to the uptown lunch crowd. 

Mimosa Grill

A high-end restaurant serving up global cuisine with a southern twist. 

Subway

Shops and services

Flowers Plus 

Opened in 1986, This local florist offers same-day delivery on a variety of custom floral arrangements. 

JR’s General Store

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JR’s and Halfpenny’s

JR’s has a selection of sundries, snacks, sodas and greeting cards, and it also offers dry cleaning.  

Relaxations Grooming Bar

Relaxations offers barber cuts, natural hair styles, makeup artistry and chair massages. It has a nail bar coming soon, too.  

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The escalators that connect Two Wells Fargo Center with One Wells Fargo Center

Skywalk: Once you enter Two Wells Fargo Center from the rainbow tunnel skywalk, the escalators to your left will take you to One Wells Fargo Center.  The elevators straight ahead across the atrium will lead to a short sidewalk in a parking garage that will connect you to BB&T Center and the rest of Overstreet Mall. 

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The parking garage walkway that connects Two Wells Fargo Center to BB&T Center

One Wells Fargo Center

301 S. College St

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One Wells Fargo Center

Restaurants

Charlotte Coffee Station

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Charlotte Coffee Station

Independent coffee shop Charlotte Coffee Station serves up specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and baked goods from Monday to Friday. 

FUJO Bistro 

FUJO Bistro serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner during the week and dinner on Saturdays. Check out its sushi lunch specials — you can get two rolls for only $10.50.

Smoothie King

Shops and services

Childress Klein YMCA

This uptown branch of the YMCA features amenities such as an adults-only lap pool, a variety of fitness classes, towel service and an in-house cafe with fresh and healthy lunch and breakfast options. 

Novant Health Uptown Primary Care

Novant Health Uptown is an adult and pediatric primary care facility.

Overstreet Market

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Overstreet Market

This upscale sundries shop features fresh meals and snacks from local vendors like Pasta and Provisions and Nothing Bundt Cakes alongside an extensive wine and beer selection.  

The Nail Lounge

This grade A salon provides salon services such as regular, gel and acrylic manicures, pedicures and face and body waxing with no appointment necessary.

2001 Cleaners

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2001 Cleaners

This dry cleaner has an automated machine outside of the storefront so customers can pick up their dry cleaned clothes after hours. 

BB&T Center

200 S. College St. 

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Outside Freshii

Restaurants

Chop and Chisel

Chop and Chisel provides pre-prepared grab-and-go meals, kombucha and other healthy treats. 

Dunkin Donuts

Freshii

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Freshii

This Canadian-based chain serves up a health conscious menu of bowls, soups, salads and frozen yogurt. 

Zen Taco

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Zen Taco

Locally owned fast casual restaurant Zen Taco has served Latin and Asian fusion cuisine to Overstreet walkers since 2016. Try a brisket taco with Korean BBQ sauce, or build your own steam buns for a unique uptown lunch experience.

Shops and services

Spectrum Eye Care

Spectrum Eye Care offers basic eye exams for kids and adults and LASIK eye surgery. It also has an optical store with contact lenses, prescription glasses and sunglasses available for purchase.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

The Overstreet Mall Merle Norman Cosmetics shop is both a makeup counter and salon, providing services such as eyebrow waxing, special event makeovers, ear piercing, nail services and hair removal. 

Skywalk: Take a left after Zen Taco through a tunnel that will take you to Charlotte Plaza. Continue walking straight to get to the Bank of America Plaza and the rest of Overstreet Mall. 

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The tunnel that connects One Wells Fargo Center to Charlotte Plaza

Charlotte Plaza

201 S. College St. 

Restaurants

Carolina Ale House

This sports bar is on the bottom floor of Charlotte Plaza and has 20 rotating beers on tap, a menu of entrees and bar bites, and lots of screens to watch the game after work. 

Panera Bread

Showmar’s

Local chain Showmar’s serves up a selection of Greek and American specialties like pita burgers, Greek salads and gyros. This location is one of the few in the area that also serves breakfast starting at 6 a.m.

Starbucks

Shops and services

CLT Find

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Starbucks and CLT Find

This locally based boutique features jewelry, home goods, apparel and more from over 40 Charlotte-based artists and businesses. 

Plaza Cleaners

Plaza Sundries

The Wellington

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The Wellington

This CBD boutique has cannabinol in many forms such as edibles, tinctures and more. It also features beauty products and items for pets. 

Bank of America Plaza

101 S. Tryon St. 

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Bank of America Plaza

Restaurants

Chick-fil-A

Devon & Blakely

Devon & Blakely serves breakfast with a full coffee bar and lunch options like speciality sandwiches, soups, salads, quesadillas and more on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Energy Café featuring Green Brothers Juice

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Energy Cafe

This restaurant features a full selection of juices and smoothies from Green Brothers plus healthy breakfast and lunch options such as sandwiches, salads, grain bowls and more from Energy Cafe. 

Essex Bar & Bistro

Essex is an upscale craft cocktail bar and gastropub right outside the Overstreet Mall entrance at Trade and Tryon.  

Just Fresh

Salsarita’s

Starbucks

McAlister’s Deli

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Fast casual joint Uncle Maddio’s serves up pizzas, calzones, salads and sandwiches with gluten-free and vegan options. 

Which Wich

This budget-friendly sandwich chain offers any of the sandwiches on the menu as a salad, tortilla wrap or lettuce wrap. 

Shops and services

The Beehive Gifts

Beehive Gifts offers a selection of souvenirs and gifts from local artists and artisans and national brands. 

Brownlee Jewelers

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Brownlee Jewelers and New Creations Salon

This family owned jewelry shop has been selling watches and fine jewelry uptown since 1936.  It also offers jewelry and watch repair. 

CC’s Accessories

CC’s is an affordable boutique featuring trendy clothes, jewelry, purses and accessories. 

Charlotte Athletic Club

This upscale fitness center has a gym, group fitness classes, personal trainers, a full basketball court and locker rooms with laundry service, steam rooms and dry saunas. 

Charlotte NC Tours

Charlotte NC Tours offers segway tours around Center City, including a Haunted Segway Tour, A Taste and Glide Tour, Historic Uptown Tour and more. 

New Creations Salon

New Creations offers hair cut and design, color, texturing and hair removal services for men and women. 

Omni Hotel

This four-star hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar, Trade, and a poolside rooftop bar, Coin Bar, which is open to the public after 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and after noon on Sunday. 

StayMobile

StayMobile offers iPhone, iPad and cellphone repair services, as well as a variety of accessories. 

Top Shoe Repair

Top Shoe Repair provides shoe shines and repairs, and also has a replacement key machine. 

Walgreens

Skywalk: Continue walking straight through the hallways until you see the Caribou Coffee on your left and Ivy and Leo on your right.  Then you will have arrived at Founders Hall. 

Founders Hall

100 N. Tryon St. 

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Founders Hall

Restaurants

Aria

Aria is an upscale Tuscan-style grill serving Italian food for lunch during the weekdays and dinner Monday through Saturday. 

Caribou Coffee

Taste

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Taste

Taste is a cafeteria-style canteen featuring a grill, sushi bar, salad bar, baked goods, a coffee bar and more with internationally inspired menus that rotate weekly. 

Shops and services

Bank of America Store and Heritage Center

This gift shop is full of Bank of America branded items like shirts, umbrellas, mugs and more. 

Booth Playhouse

Booth Playhouse is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and hosts a variety of dance, choral and other performing arts events. 

Blis Gift Boutique

Blis features a playful selection of jewelry, paper goods, toys and other gifts from brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Swell and Rifle Paper Company. 

Hendrix Business Systems

Hendrix Business Systems provides office equipment to local businesses in Charlotte.

Ivy & Leo

Women’s clothing boutique Ivy & Leo offers an affordable selection of trendy clothes, shoes and accessories. 

Jos. A. Bank

Jos. A. Bank offers a selection of selections of suits, sweaters and business professional outerwear for men. 

Uptown City Barbers

This barbershop offers men’s haircuts, crewcuts, buzzes and beard trims. Show a student ID for a discount on your cut. 

Uptown Eye Care

Yeager Chiropractic and Wellness Center

This wellness center offers services such as chiropractic, nutritional services and acupuncture. 

Skywalk: On the second floor next to the Blumenthal Performing Arts sign, you will see a sign for Hearst Tower. Go into the hallway next to the sign to get to Hearst Tower. Continue past the Hearst Tower sign to a skywalk leading to the Bank of America Center  

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Bank of America Center

100 N. Tryon St. 

Restaurants

Rooster’s Woodfired Kitchen

Southern American restaurant Rooster’s boasts a seasonal menu featuring entrees like duck breast, and smoked and spiced wings served with sides such as garden peas, fingerling potatoes and fire-roasted beets. Much of the food on the menu is sourced from local farmers. 

Shops and services

My Cleaners and Sundries

Pearl, Dentistry Reimagined

Hearst Tower

214 N. Tryon St. 

Restaurants

Jewell Treats

This bakery uses locally sourced and vegan ingredients to make a selection of cupcakes, cakes and pies. 

Sea Level

Sea Level is an oyster and cocktail bar focusing on offering sustainable and locally sourced seafood from North Carolina farms. 

Showmars

Shops and services

Hearst Tower Newsstand

7 COMMENTS

  1. Couple more tips.

    Walk at brisk pace or get run over, especially during lunch hours as many people need to get to and from quickly.

    Stay off your phone, if you need to use your phone get out of the middle of the aisles.

    Dont stop in the middle of aisle to ponder where you are going, move to the side.

    At Johnny burritos bring cash or the owner will give you five minute speech about how hes losing money to credit card companies.

    • I believe the crossing bridges lock down around 7pm. Most shops close by 6pm M-F.

      The Walgreens closes at 10pm, you just have to enter via BOA plaza.

    • Most of the overstreet walkways stay open much later than 7 pm.. Many of the restaurants are just open breakfast & lunch, but others – like Ale House, Panera, Fujo for example – are open late. Overstreet Market stays open til 6:30 (later than the other sundries shops uptown) and the YMCA is open later as well. … And note to the writer: overstreet walkways are not “tunnels”. But otherwise it was a good article. I’ve been working in/ traveling through Overstreet Mall off & on for over 30 years.

  2. Corrections noted: Twice you mention left turns that are actual right turns going the direction you’re leading folks on this tour. The escalators to One Wells Fargo will be on your right coming out of the rainbow tunnel. Same with the jaunt over to Charlotte Plaza. Feel free to delete this comment once you’ve updated the article.

  3. Overstreet mall is the worst idea as it’s roots are actually from a Chamber visit to Minneapolis where the weather is extremely cold 5 months of the year. Walkways between parking decks and buildings make sense, but the liveliness of a real city is from workers getting out of their buildings and taking to the streets. Just imagine flipping the internal foodie and service options to actual real store front offerings?

    • That’s why we’re now seeing such a big resurgence of street level restaurants and retail in uptown. Overstreet Mall will survive – it serves a practical everyday purpose – but it will no longer define Uptown Charlotte.

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