Shop Dine & Stay

Refresh and reconnect.

Perfect for working professionals, families, students and individuals or friends seeking diverse food, lodging or shopping experiences, University City has choices for everyone.

Dine

The area offers niche locally owned and operated restaurants, as well as upscale restaurants and lounges with executive chefs. There are quick eats for lunch or dinner on a busy workday, casual and authentic dining settings, some of the best global dishes, southern style seafood, lounges for brunch or fine dining and specialty drinks that have gained national attention. University City dining choices continue to grow and make it possible to try something different every visit.

Shop

Whether you are looking for traditional or unique clothing and products, University City has something you will love. Shoppers seek retail therapy at Concord Mills outlet stores, Northlake Mall, IKEA at Belgate Shopping Center, in addition to 30 other retail shopping centers.

Pop-up vendors who sell specialty and artisan goods can be found at seasonal and annual events like University City Farmers Market. These shops meet your everyday needs to your something-special-gotta-haves.

The area also offers a variety of grocery stores from popular brands like Publix, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Lidl, Walmart and Target, to small locally owned markets like Patel Brothers, Holy Joes Meats & More and Zaytuna Halal Market.

Stay

Come and spend a few days exploring, visiting or doing business. University City hotels offer unique amenities, gorgeous views, in-house or nearby dining and our signature southern hospitality. Short and extended stay hotels are accessible to Center City and South Charlotte by way of public transportation on CATS buses or LYNX light rail, making it convenient for Charlotte visitors.

News

The Red Carpet Dining Experience

Paparazzi CLT Charlotte native, Monetz Watson is opening an all-in-one dining, bar, and nightlife experience in the University City. Paparazzi CLT, located on Pinnacle Drive, will include selfie walls, photo booths, fire pits, 54” TVs showing games, and daiquiri...

We’re Back…with a Vision!

University City Vision Plan – Connecting: People. Places. Nature. The growth and development being realized in University City is nothing short of transformational.  Major investments in transportation and mobility infrastructure, thousands of new rooftops, new...

Starbucks coming to NC 49 at Cross Charlotte Trail

A new building for a Starbucks and other businesses is rising along University City Boulevard within a few feet of the emerging Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). The new building at the main entrance to Town Center Plaza replaces a former O’Charley’s restaurant building....

University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

THE WINE FESTIVAL - OUR MAIN EVENT - WILL OCCUR OVER TWO DAYS FOR SAFE BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCES.  University City Partners is excited to announce the return of University City Wine Fest with a new title sponsor, Crescent Communities, for the fifth annual Wine Fest this...

Royal Wine and Dine Experience

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FEST – DAY 2. ( 6-9 pm April 15 at 10818 Tavernay Pkwy. ) Be treated like royalty during an evening with Chef Lisa Brooks at her beautiful home as she guides you through six courses of culinary delights all paired with wines....

City OKs 6 communities, retail center, water-treatment plant growth

Updated Feb. 18, 2021 Charlotte City Council approved plans for six multifamily housing communities in University City at its January and February zoning meetings. Other approved developments include a single-family community at Hucks and Browne roads; a rental...

University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Partners announces the start of an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market, at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. University City Night Market will support small local businesses, while building and highlighting...

Recent building permits point to more than $125 million in new construction

The construction crane swinging over Vue on University, a new apartment community rising near campus, is a clear sign that University City continues to grow even through the pandemic. In fact, Mecklenburg County has issued building permits for more than $125 million...

Medical center among 9 new developments proposed in University City

A major Novant Health medical center was among 9 proposed developments in University City reviewed or approved by Charlotte City Council at its Sept. 21 rezoning meeting. Altogether, the nine proposals would add nearly 2,000 housing units, 30,000 square feet of retail...

New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

University City Partners announces the opening of University City Farmers Market on Oct. 3 around the lake at The Shoppes at University Place. Shoppers will find fresh local produce, food preparation programs and live entertainment. Open every Saturday in October The...