Queen City
Claims to Fame

Take a tour of Charlotte’s most popular celebrity hot spots. Diner, Drive-Ins and Drives host, Guy Fieri, has put his seal of approval across the city at Pinky’s Westside Grill, Mert’s Heart and Soul and the historic Bar-B-Q King, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center even made an appearance in the comedy movie “Vacation.”


Shop at SouthPark Mall

Home to North Carolina’s first and only Neiman Marcus, along with high-end luxury retailers like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci, Charlotte’s oldest shopping mall has certainly been in the spotlight. Romantic comedy “Just Go With It” and Showtime thriller “Homeland” have both been filmed at this Queen City landmark.


Lunch at the Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

As one of Charlotte’s most popular restaurants, locals go for the “Burgushi” (a burger-sushi mashup) boxes. Celebrities like NFL player Cam Newton and PGA professional Jordan Spieth have dined at Cowfish over the years.

Bowl a Strike at 10 Park Lanes

A staple in the Charlotte community for over 50 years, this classic bowling alley features a chef-driven restaurant and full-service bar, which has been featured on an episode of Food Network’s “Rebel Eats.”


Photography by Kate Magee
Take a Cooking Class at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen

Enjoy one of the best cooking experiences in the world in Lower South End. Chef Alyssa first rose to fame on the hit Food Network show, “Beat Bobby Flay.” In recent years, her business was voted as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine.

Dance at Avid XChange Music Factory

Dance the night away and listen to popular music artists at this major entertainment district in Charlotte. Catch bands, comedians and national headliners at The Fillmore, The Underground and The Comedy Zone.