Come to quirky and offbeat NoDa, and you’ll be charmed by delicious food, beautiful art galleries and a happy hippie spirit.

Known as the historic arts district of Charlotte, N.C., North Davidson (or NoDa for short) is home to a myriad of breweries, live music venues, restaurants and gift boutiques. It represents a nice change of pace from the Queen City’s business-centric, contemporary atmosphere. Sprawling outside of Charlotte’s bejeweled skyline and flush with old railroad tracks, Noda is a series of beautiful contrasts: vibrant murals splash over brick buildings, twinkle lights mingle with exposed wood beams and an edgy tattoo parlor faces a quaint, local grocery store.

Explore NoDa, and what you find will surely delight you.


Food

Cabo Fish Taco

This fun restaurant serves California-style burritos, salads, and— you guessed it—tacos. The complementary corn salsa is zesty and fresh, and so is the Mexi vibe. If you’re a cheese addict (like me), the queso dip is an absolutely blissfully creamy must. Chips aside, my favorite entree item is the Mahi Mahi tacos served with a side of spicy avocado pasta salad. The tacos are light and flavorful and the pasta is unique and indulgent. In short, the Cabo Fish Taco is a delightfully delicious escape to the West Coast.

Food from Cabo Fish Taco

Food from Cabo Fish Taco

Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

“Smelly cat, smelly cat, whaaaat are they feeding youuu?” A cute café destination for anyone who is a fan of "Friends" or coffee.

A sign outside of Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

A sign outside of Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

Amelie’s French Bakery

If you dream of Paris, then Amelie’s is as French as you can get on this side of the Atlantic. Outfitted with its very own Marie Antoinette hanging from the ceiling, you can come to Amelie’s 24 hours a day for a quick cappuccino or settle into a soft couch and study for hours. But a fair warning: its line can rival Disneyland if you show up on a Friday or Saturday night. Nevertheless, it’s worth the wait. Whether you want bubbling rose lemonade or a decadent chocolate mousse cup, a smile will spread over your face as soon as you touch the treat to your lips.

Some sweets on display at Amelia's French Bakery 

Some sweets on display at Amelia's French Bakery 


Entertainment

Unlike many Charlotte nightclubs, these live music bars allow 18-year-olds in.

The Neighborhood Theatre

Originally built as a cinema in 1945, it has since transformed into a live music venue that hosts up-and-coming local flavors along with national acts.

The Neighborhood Theatre

The Neighborhood Theatre

The Evening Muse

A cozy music bar featuring a variety of independent artists from genres like reggae, americana, indie, folk, jazz and pop.

The Evening Muse

The Evening Muse


Shopping

Ruby’s Gift

It's the perfect place to find locally crafted artisan jewelry, sculptures and paintings.

Ruby's Gift

Ruby's Gift

Pura Vida Worldly Art

There's an eclectic collection of flowing clothes, handmade stuffed animals, spiritual books, adorable cards, local artwork and more.

Pura Vida Worldly Art

Pura Vida Worldly Art

The Rat's Nest

If you're in search of a funky 80s costume or that one Pink Floyd album then look no further than this place, which lies just off the beaten path. 

The Rat's Nest

The Rat's Nest


Street Art

Murals go with NoDa like cream goes with coffee. Whether you stumble on a painting down a side alley or admire the painted brick walls along the main drag, NoDa street art will quite literally brighten your day.