Gourmet & Specialty Foods
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.