How to Spend 3 Days in Charlotte North Carolina

The first thing I noticed about Charlotte was just how many trees there were growing downtown. You get some skyscrapers, but they’re out there with so many trees. Charlotte, North Carolina, is a vibrant city that blends Southern charm with modern sophistication. In just three days, you can explore the best of what Charlotte has to offer, from its diverse culinary scene to its stylish shopping districts and luxurious hotels.

Whether you’re a foodie, a shopaholic, or simply seeking a memorable getaway, the Queen City promises an unforgettable experience packed into a delightful three-day trip Charlotte itinerary. When it comes to weekend getaways, you can’t beat this amazing city!

We put together our three day itinerary with the idea that you get to check in before dinner and then have a little time before heading out for your flight!

Check In

Breakfast at Milkbread

Milkbread is a local café famous for serving breakfast all day so it was really fun to experience it before checking in at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Originating from Kindred, who introduced their signature milk bread—transformed into delectable donuts—the café is very popular.

Milk bread, a Japanese brioche-style dough, is milk-based, fluffy, and light, offering a better texture compared to traditional donuts. We enjoyed some homemade cinnamon rolls and glazed donuts. There are a bunch of savory options, such as avocado toast, smoked ham toast with gruyere, and a crispy chicken biscuit.

Milkbread also features a gluten-free, vegetarian Morning Bowl topped with labneh yogurt, blueberries, citrus, nut crunch, mint, and local honey which was very nice. We loved the warm Milkbread beignets and a hot dip chicken sandwich. 

Arrival at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

We arrived at the Grand Bohemian Hotel on the Wednesday before our trip and it was the perfect place to stay. One of the best things about the hotel is the on-site amenities, including the Mico Restaurant, The Bohemian Garden private rooftop park and bar, and the Buho bar.

This is a gorgeous hotel in uptown that’s part of the Marriott autograph collection. It’s a colorful upscale hotel that looks like a palace with artwork everywhere. The furnishings are grand, but not sterile like some hotels can be. The rooms are cozy and comfortable, and also full of lovely colors. Everywhere you look there is unique decor, and I especially liked the horse sculpture by reception.

For more details about the hotel and how to book, you can visit this LINK.

Enjoy Craft Cocktails at Búho Bar at the Grand Bohemian 

After checking in, we relaxed the best way by having drinks at Búho Bar which is a cocktail lounge 16 floors above the Charlotte skyline. We tried the La Puesta del Sol, containing Grey Goose Strawberry & Lemongrass Essences Vodka, Blood Orange, Lemon and Honey. They have a gorgeous interior with moody lighting, rich colorful walls, and artwork everywhere. 

You can also opt to sit outside with the rooftop views and lots of bright light for a completely different ambiance.

Unforgettable Vibes at Middle C Jazz

If you’re looking for the premier jazz spot in Charlotte it’s here! Dark and moody with a full bar, you can enjoy a classy night out with 3 or 4 shows a night from some of the top jazz talent from around the world. It’s a New York-style upscale club with live jazz performances from regional and national acts.

Middle C Jazz is one of the best places to see live jazz up close and personal. The venue can seat up to 200 people. Enjoy cocktails, wine, small plates and desserts provided by Dressler’s Improv. Kitchen. Craft cocktails and small plates are served starting at 8:45 pm. 

Musicians playing instruments on stage at a jazz club.

Day 1 in Charlotte NC

Breakfast at Mico Restaurant inside Grand Bohemian

For our first day in Charlotte we went to Mico, a restaurant with a globally inspired, seasonally driven Argentinean menu. Each dish takes you on a culinary adventure, blending diverse cultures and customs for an unparalleled dining experience in Uptown Charlotte. 

I like hotel breakfasts like Mico for weekday breakfasts because it’s really nice upscale dining and most brunch places are only available on weekends. We went there for breakfast and had the delicious smoked salmon terrine as well as churro donuts (which I highly recommend because they were so soft and warm).