Gourmet & Spe­cialty Foods

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BAR CO­COA—

This sweets lounge can be found in an equally sweet lo­ca­tion, in the posh lobby of the Ritz-Carl­ton up­town. Fea­tur­ing pas­tries, con­fec­tions, French-style mac­arons, gelato, cup­cakes and by-the-slice pies, it’s the goto spot for a sug­ary treat. Pas­try classes avail­able. Open M-Th 7 am-10 pm, F 7 am-mid­night, Sa-Su 8 am-mid­night. www.bar­co­coachar­lotte.com. 201 E. Trade St., 704.972.4397. Map 1 E5

CRAFT TAST­ING ROOM & GROWLER SHOP—

This South End re­tail shop puts a pre­mium on craft beer; in fact, its 36 taps are de­voted to lo­cal brew­eries as well as re­gional and spe­cial-edi­tion beers. Cus­tomers can sam­ple and take home a growler or two. As far as suste­nence, it’s eat-in (there’s a menu) in the tap­room or take-to-go, and in­cludes ar­ti­san cheeses from lo­cal farms, cured meats, olives, sea­sonal an­tipasto and other pre­pared foods. www.craft­growler­shop.com. 1320 S. Church St., Char­lotte, NC, 980.207.3716. Map 2 B6

PASTA & PRO­VI­SIONS—

Here, you’ll find plenty of sim­ple, de­lec­ta­ble in­gre­di­ents for your next culi­nary ven­ture, in­clud­ing freshly grated moz­zarella and blocks of salty Parme­san, fresh pasta cut to or­der, house-made ravi­oli (stuffed with un­ex­pected fill­ings in­clud­ing lob­ster and sweet potato), freshly baked fo­cac­cia, as well as aisles full of wine, oils, spreads and spices. Open M-F 9 am-8 pm, Sa 9 am-7 pm, Su noon-6 pm. www.pastapro­vi­sions.com. 1528 Prov­i­dence Road, 704.364.2622. Map 1 C6; 4700 Park Road, 980.938.6433.

REID’S FINE FOODS—

It may come as a sur­prise that this long­time gourmet gro­cer also of­fers great wines and a qual­ity bar menu. Don’t miss half-off wines by the glass on Wed­nes­day nights, and fill up while your at it—the potato-truf­fle flat­bread is a must-try! Store open M-Sa 9 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm; bar hours vary by lo­ca­tion. www.reids.com. 2823 Sel­wyn Ave., 704.377.1312. Map 1 C6; 4331 Bar­clay Downs Drive, 704.377.7686.

7TH STREET PUB­LIC MAR­KET—

Lo­cated around the cor­ner from the Levine Mu­seum, this is a tucked-away spot that lo­cals don’t want tourists to find. A pre­mium cof­fee bar, au­then­tic crepes or­dered and eaten on the spot, and a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of made-in-NC goods are part of the fun. Open M-Th 7 am-7 pm, F 7 am-8 pm, Sa 8:30 am-8 pm, Su 8:30 am-5 pm. www.7thstreet­pub­lic­mar­ket.com. 224 E. 7th St., 704.230.4346.

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