Getting to Know Charlotte's SouthPark Neighborhood

The entrance to Charlotte's SouthPark Mall.
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Charlotte's SouthPark area sits just six miles south of Uptown and is centered around the SouthPark Mall, which opened in 1970. The property that now features one of the largest shopping malls in the state was once a part of a 3,000-acre farm owned by former North Carolina Governor Cameron Morrison.

In addition to the mall, SouthPark is also a residential center and one of the largest business districts in Charlotte and the state of North Carolina, with an estimated 40,000 employees. SouthPark also hosts the Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops series.

How to Get There

There are several ways to get to SouthPark from the Uptown area. The easiest, although not necessarily the shortest way, is to take Providence Road south to Fairview Road and head west right into the heart of SouthPark. You'll see the Phillips Place Shopping Center on the left before you come to Sharon Road. Once you cross Sharon Rd., you'll find the SouthPark Mall on the right and the newly-constructed Piedmont Center just past the mall on the right.

Living in SouthPark

Many of SouthPark's neighborhoods are older, developed in the 1970s and 1980s and are larger properties with established trees and sidewalks. However, there are new estates being built in the area as well as mix-use shopping and residential centers that are trying to attract some of the cities young professionals away from downtown.

Eating and Dining

SouthPark is home to several high-end chains and some of the city's best locally-owned spots:

  • Noble's
    Noble's is one of five restaurants run by Executive Chef Jim Noble featuring "New Southern Cuisine."
    6801 Morrison Blvd
    Charlotte, NC 28211
  • Harper's
    Opened by the Harper's Restaurant Group in 1987, Harper's features basic American fare with pizzazz.
    6518 Fairview Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28210
  • The Palm
    Although a chain, The Palm features good food, a fun atmosphere and great potential for local celebrity sightings.
    6705-B Phillips Place Court
    Charlotte, NC 28210


SouthPark Mall is Charlotte's shopping mecca featuring Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Coach, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and many other upscale boutique shops. But that's not to take away from SouthPark's outside-the-mall shopping. For several years running, Southpark mall has actually been one of the most congested areas in America on Black Friday.

  • Dean & Deluca
    The shop at Phillip's Place features a full meat counter, coffee bar, and bakery. And don't forget the wine bar across the street.
    6903 Phillips Place Court
    Charlotte, NC 28210

Because of SouthPark's presence as a business district, there are several quality hotels surrounding the mall. Most notably, the Doubletree Guest Suites and the Marriott's Park Hotel.