While Charlotte is a place where there’s always something fun to do, it’s surrounded by a variety of charming towns that have their own aesthetics and pockets of excitement that can be a breath of fresh air for those who live in the city.
One of HGTV’s most charming small-town downtowns in America is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Charlotte in Concord, an area that boasts local businesses, a street art scene, and Moreover. (Cabarrus County is also known for its NASCAR roots, of course. Plus, Concord is the hometown of the Avett Brothers.)
If you want to spend an afternoon enjoying a new neighborhood, here are five things to do in Concord for less than $50 a day:
Cafe in downtown Concord
Location: 8 Union St. S, Concord, NC 28025.
Start your day on the terrace of Press & Porter with a personalized latte. Order a single ($3.50) or splurge for a double ($4.25) Build a Latte. Add vanilla, caramel, coconut, Irish cream or hazelnut syrup ($0.50). The cafe and pourhouse are also open in the evenings and serve local beer, wine, and kombucha.
Cost: $4.75 (or less), plus tax and tip.
Explore downtown Concord on foot
Location: Begin at Union Street North, Concord, NC 28025.
Shop and people watch in downtown Concord. The charming Hallmark movie theater area is a great place to stroll and relax, especially in the warmer months. Known for its walkability, this downtown is home to various shops, restaurants, museums and more. Take a trip down memory lane with a self-guided walking tour of the city’s historic district that highlights the homes of prominent community leaders.
No cost. (Unless something in a store window catches your eye!)
Where to have lunch in Concord
Location: 25 Union Street South, Suite AB, Concord, NC, 28025.
Have lunch at one of the area’s well-known bars, Little Robert’s Place. What started as a bottle shop is now a must-do foodie stop in Concord. Order the famous barbecue chicken quesadilla, whose menu proclaims “it all started”. It’s filled with cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, red onions, diced chicken, and jalapenos. It is served with a side of salsa and sour cream ($10).
Cost: $10 + taxes and tip.
Concord 6km Green Loop
Location: 219 Corban Ave SE, Concord, NC 28025.
Take in incredible nature views (and get out for lunch) on the Carolina Thread Trail. The McEachern Greenway is about a mile walk from Little Robert’s Place. The trail section is about a mile long and is part of the four-mile Downtown Green Loop. Take a photo on one of the wooden paths or take a break on one of the many picnic benches along the way.
Where to dine in Concord
Location: 11 Union Street South, Suite #108, Concord, NC 28025.
End your downtown Concord adventure with dinner and a tropical cocktail at Havana Carolina, a family-run Cuban restaurant and bar. In Havana Carolina, expect to be transported to Cuba (bonus points for not having to get on a plane) because dining out is more than eating, it’s an experience. Its eclectic decor creates a warm ambiance that makes you feel like you are dining in a Cuban home. Order the Cuban Sandwich, which is a classic Cubano with mustard, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles on pressed Cuban bread ($12.50). Order a traditional Cuban mojito ($12 or $6 on Thursdays) because it’s a must.
Cost: $24.50 + taxes and tip.
Total cost of your day in downtown Concord: $39.25 + tax and tip.