Whether you're planning to propose, prepping for date numero uno or you're somewhere in between, Elizabeth has a date option to fit your need. Home to one of the most popular spots to propose (also Oprah's preferred spot in the QC), a booming food scene and one of the most creative concepts in town, there're no shortage of places to go and, bonus, at every price point. Now, you only have to worry about getting that perfect match on Bumble.
Take advantage of a gorgeous day in the Queen City with a walk around Independence Park. This 24-acre urban park is the perfect location for an active couple to run, bike or walk the dog together.
There’s nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day (or during an unseasonably warm winter in Charlotte). When the craving hits, head to Elizabeth Creamery on Elizabeth Ave. This mom-and-pop ice cream shop serves up classics like mint chocolate chip and butter pecan as well as a few surprising options like ginger and green tea.
Drop into Sabor on Hawthorne for quick and delicious Latin American street food. Try their daily food and drink specials, like $4 margarita Fridays and $1 tacos on Tuesdays. Their Supreme Nachos and Carne Asada Fries are perfect for sharing!
Nothing wakes you up (or cures a hangover) better than a latte and breakfast sandwich from Sunflour Bakery. This local gem serves up some of the best breakfast grub in Charlotte. Get there early to snag a warm cheddar biscuit or croissant—these two tend to sell out fast! It can get busy on the weekends, so you may want to take your meal to go.
Show off your creative side at one of the most interesting places in Charlotte, The Spoke Easy is all about niche interests. It’s part bar, part bike shop, part architecture firm and one of the easiest ways to kill a Saturday. Grab a beer and post up at a table or browse some of the gorgeous bikes in the shop. Keep an ear out for upcoming events —the team at The Spoke Easy is always planning a ride or charity event in the city. Plus, you can check out some of the work from Cluck Design Collective, the architecture firm that shares a space with Spoke Easy. Talk about a modern workplace.
Looking for something healthy and filling for lunch? Viva Chicken hits the spot. This Peruvian rotisserie chicken chain cemented its position as a Charlotte fave with its amazing sides (try the fried plantains!) and perfectly spiced quarter, half and whole chickens. It’s a great, cheap meal that’s perfect for a casual lunch date.
The Visulite is one of Charlotte's favorite music venues for a reason. Local and touring bands play here every weekend, and thanks to the design of the theater, you have a great line of sight to the stage from anywhere in the venue. Watch your favorite band play, then head to a bar nearby for a nightcap.
Who says running errands can’t be fun and romantic? This shop on Elizabeth Avenue is filled with interesting artisan foods that make perfect hostess gifts. When you’re done picking up goodies for others, reward yourself for your hard work and generosity by splitting one of their incredible sandwiches and a bottle of wine.
Are you in the mood for a huge slice of pizza? Hawthorne's New York Pizza and Bar has great news for you. This Charlotte institution serves up some of the best pizza in the QC and always has great local beers on tap. If you’re super hungry or with a big group of people, try the Sicilian Pizza. It’s an 18-inch square, thick-cut pizza that’s out of this world. Fun fact for the parents-to-be reading this: legend has it that the buffalo chicken pizza at Hawthorne’s induces labor. Not kidding.
Pretend you’re in The Big Easy for a night at one of Charlotte’s oldest and most beloved restaurants. Cajun Queen on 7th Street serves delightfully flavorful and spicy Cajun food. Cajun Queen is the kind of place you can easily spend your whole night. They bring in live jazz music every day of the week. Choose a table near the music, or head to the upstairs bar for a nightcap to watch and dance.
Celebrating something? Pop a bottle of bubbly and taste some of Chef Annunziata’s latest creations at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen. Formerly known as Passion 8, Luca Modern Italian Kitchen has some of the most creative and delicious Italian food in Charlotte. Split a few of their Italian tapas or go all in on entrees like the Mediterranean sea bass and amazing homemade pasta. Be sure to ask your waiter for a wine pairing recommendation.
Take your date out for a decadent dinner at The Fig Tree in Elizabeth. It's as renowned for the ambiance as it is for amazing meals, like the signature elk chop. Make your reservation in advance!