I've been totally blown away by all the support for the #confettiheartswall here in CLT since completing it in December (read the behind the scenes of the mural here). I scroll through the hashtag multiple times a week and love looking at the different photos everyone is taking! One of my biggest joys in life is when I succeed at brightening someone’s day. And getting to do that through art is just the coolest thing ever. So thank you, thank you to everyone who has been visiting this.
Today I thought I'd share a guide for all my favorite nearby things for anyone visiting from out of town (or new to CLT). The mural is located in CLT's Southend neighborhood, which is booming with tons of amazing restaurants, coffee shops, etc. all within walking distance.
A GUIDE TO VISITING THE CONFETTI HEARTS WALL IN CHARLOTTE NC:
BUT FIRST, COFFEE
- Not Just Coffee at Atherton Mill: this popular local coffee shop is about one block from the mural and right next to Anthropologie and Free People. My go to is the Vanilla Sugar Latte.
- Central Coffee Co: a couple blocks down from the mural. I frequently pick up a black coffee when I'm nearby!
BEST NEARBY WORKOUTS
- First Wind Cycle: this is located right next to the mural and I love their half cycle / half barre or circuit classes!
- Walk on Rail Trail : not only can you get all your steps in on rail trail, but there are other local art attractions on the way like the chalkboard, the magic carpet murals, and exclamation point.
- Superica: the only wrong decision you can make here is forgoing the queso.
- Leroy Fox: go here for french toast, chicken waffles, and all your other favorite brunch staples.
- Clean Juice: go to this juice bar if you're looking for a smoothie or acai bowl (my favorite is the berry one).
- Luna's Living Kitchen: this popular, organic and plant based restaurant is the place to go for things like acai bowls, avocado toast, or a salad (my go to is the arugula harvest).
- Sunflour Baking Company: alright y'all...this is probably about a 10 minute walk or so from the mural, but it is my all time FAVORITE sandwich place in all of CLT. If it's on the early side, get one of the egg sandwiches with the cheddar biscuit. If it's closer to lunch, get the TAB sandwich on rosemary bread (I seriously get this about once a week). If you just want a snack, pick up the morning glory muffin and/or the banana chocolate chip muffin. I also am obsessed with the chocolate chip tiramisu if you want something really sweet......can you tell I'm in love with this place? It gets crowded though so be prepared to wait!
AFTERNOON SHOPPING & OTHER FUN THINGS
- Atherton Mill (one block up from the mural by Not Just Coffee) has Anthropologie, Free People, Warby Parker, and more. There is also a Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
- Girl Tribe Co. (on the way to Central Coffee and Clean Juice) has tons of cute clothing, accessories, and gifts. Bonus: it's owned by two of the coolest women I know!
- The Candle Bar: these make your own candle classes are SO fun if you're visiting with a friend/large group.
- Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Pepperbox Donuts: bonus points if you manage to get a photo of your treat in front of the mural.
- Brewery hopping: start at Sycamore Brewing because it's closest to the mural and then follow it by getting on rail trail and heading on either:
- Barcelona Wine Bar for the best ever spanish tapas. I went with a group of friends and we split a bunch of different things, the most memorable being the bacon wrapped dates, brussel sprouts, and hanger steak. Also, if you're thinking you want wine, go ahead and get a wine flight because the pours (at least when we went) were generous.
- Hawkers for Asian street food inspired small plates.
- O-ku for sushi.
- Superica or Sabor for mexican: Superica is more upscale and right next to the mural. Sabor is about a 6 block walk and more of a fast casual situation. Both are equally beloved!
I hope this helps if you're visiting from out of town (or just new to the area). Be sure to use the hashtag #confettiHEARTSwall if you visit :)