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What to Know About NoDa

What to Know About NoDa
January 29, 2015 Cassee Cunningham

nodaIn an effort to help my readers get to know the neighborhoods of Charlotte better, I’m going to start taking an in-depth look at one neighborhood each month.  To kick things off, let’s take a look at NoDa!

If you’re not familiar with NoDa, this area is widely regarded as Charlotte’s Arts District.  While it’s walk score is relatively low because a lot of errands (like going to the grocery store) require a car, this is a VERY walkable neighborhood!  There are a ton of entertainment and dining options within steps of the condos, renovated mill homes and adorable bungalows that fill the area.

Some of my favorite well-established NoDa spots include:

  • Cabo Fish Taco – awesome California-Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere
  • Ruby’s Gifts – great for one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts
  • Smelly Cat Coffee – ethically-sourced coffee in a NoDa-signature quaint and cozy setting
  • Growlers Pourhouse – great craft beer and a menu that’s built around tasting good with beer
  • Crepe Cellar – intimate setting to delve into a delicious menu that’s a combination of European-style cuisine and American pub fare
  • Pura Vida Worldly Art – locally-owned boutique with amazing multicultural art and gifts
  • Neighborhood Theatre – originally built as a movie theatre in 1945, this is one of THE spots to see live music in Charlotte
  • Evening Muse – great spot to see independent music acts from the world over

If you know the area, you probably know and have visited the spots above.  But have you heard about these off-the-beaten-track NoDa businesses?

  • Johnston YMCA – the heart of NODA that provides so much for everyone in the community
  • Heist Brewery – their slogan is “Twisted American Cuisine, Award-Winning Handcrafted Beers”, which pretty much sums it up
  • The Daily Press – a coffee shop that operates in the Evening Muse during the day, serving really awesome coffee
  • Salud – package beer joint that offers all independent beer labels
  • The Bodega – delicious sandwiches and a wide variety of goodies
  • Brooks – located in the heart of NoDa since 1973, they’ve been voted the best hamburger in Charlotte
  • The Rat’s Nest – amazing vintage clothing and furnishings

So tell me… Have I missed any NoDa hot spots, in your opinion?  I’d love to know!  And if you’re in the market for a home in The Arts District, give me a shout and we’ll explore the neighborhood together!