We kicked off our “How to spend a perfect day” series with a perfect day in NoDa, followed by Dilworth, SouthPark, Plaza Midwood, Ballantyne and Elizabeth. This occasional series will serve as a user’s guide to different parts of the city, telling you what you should do, see, eat and drink in Charlotte’s most interesting neighborhoods.
As a Queens University senior, I’ve probably driven up and down Selwyn Avenue about a thousand times in the past four years. The short, yet often busy avenue is a hotspot for many commuting through Charlotte.
But there’s more to Selwyn than commuters and Booty Loop bikers. Read on to learn how to make the most of your day on Selwyn Avenue:
(1) Start your day off with a stroll through the Queens University of Charlotte campus. With art, food spots and plenty of welcoming outdoor spaces to just sit and enjoy the weather, there’s more than meets the eye for this small school nestled in a big city. Check out this guide for a few spots to enjoy around campus.
(2) Stop for breakfast at littleSpoon Eatery. Designed to be the “neighborhood break(feast) and lunch spot,” you can’t go wrong with any option from the seasonal farm-to-table brunch menu.
Looking for something savory? I recommend the avocado toast on sourdough bread with radish, grapefruit, jalapeno, with greens. Or if you’re craving something sweet, try the cinnamon toast brulée on brioche bread with cinnamon sugar and cinnamon butter.
Late morning/Early afternoon:
(3) After filling up on a farm-fresh meal from littleSpoon, walk on over to the tiny shopping strip in the next lot and explore what they have to offer. Here are a few of my favorites:
Traveling Chic Boutique: This casual-chic shop is a great place to find those unique boutique pieces that are that magical combination of stylish and affordable. Traveling Chic also rotates their merchandise regularly, so I love popping in to see all of the new clothing and accessories.
The Sporting Gent: Specializing in men’s goods, this neighborhood shop is a local retail “clubhouse” for men’s clothing, gear and items for all sorts of occasions, from wedding weekends to hunting trips. Click here for some of their popular gift store items.
Woo Skincare + Cosmetics: Here, you’ll find a wide selection of beauty and skincare products, ranging from niche brands to well-known lines. If you’re in need of a bit of pampering, you could also schedule a spa treatment or specialty skin services.
Paper Twist: Calling all stationery and paper-lovers: this is your place. Come for personalized gift ideas for your loved ones, but stay for the seasonal unique merchandise that is perfect for any occasion.
(4) Grab lunch from Reid’s Fine Foods, the ultimate neighborhood deli/wine bar/market rolled into one. Whether you’re looking to grab something on the go or to dine in with a meal from the deli, Reid’s hits the spot. I recommend the Chicken Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula, pesto aioli, and balsamic glaze on a toasted baguette.
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(5) Take a walk (or ride a bike) around the Booty Loop. This 2.85-mile route is a popular spot for walkers, joggers and bikers catching a workout or looking to admire the scenery of the Myers Park Neighborhood.
(6) To cool off, stop by Clean Juice to grab a smoothie, organic juice or light food option afterwards. This is a nice spot to chill and relax while recharging with a healthy and energy-boosting snack. (Side note: the berry acai bowl is my FAVORITE.)
(7) Sorry, fellas, this one’s for the ladies: stop by Blo Blow Dry Bar and treat yourself to a blowout for just $45. Just have a seat in the luxurious white chairs, and get ready for Blo’s stylists to leave you looking fabulous before your night out on Selwyn Avenue.
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(8) Since you started your day with a meal with littleSpoon, enjoy your last meal in the same space with Comida. The two-in-one restaurant serves the delicious, high-end Mexican cuisine of Comida’s menu at night, so enjoy the authentic, traditional flavors of their small plates and main dishes. And you won’t regret getting that extra guacamole or salsa.
(9) Conclude your night at Selwyn Avenue Pub — a longtime casual hotspot for many in the Myers Park neighborhood. Enjoy a drink, pub grub or sliders while catching a game on the well-known giant outdoor patio televisions.
What are your favorite things to do on Selwyn Avenue? Let us know in the comments.