The Yogi's Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina

Check out our community-curated collection of places to practice, consume, be outdoors, and more, YOGANONYMOUS-style. We asked, you answered. Take in the Charlotte picks below and see more of our yogi city guides here.


Historic and picturesque, Charlotte, North Carolina is a town that looks as if it came straight from a storybook.

But don’t let the gentle vibe mislead you; this vibrant city is bursting with innovative restaurants and a vivid art scene. With so much dedication to good food, good art, and good workouts, it’s a top choice for a Wanderlust 108.

It’s easy to spend weeks in Charlotte and still not get everything done (there’s just so much to do!), but this list is an excellent start. Whether you’re looking for the city’s best acai bowl, to stroll the gardens, or work up a healthy sweat, there’s plenty of Southern flavor to go around.  

Where to Eat

Luna’s Living Room 
2000 South Blvd., (704) 333-0008
If you’re into raw food or vegan fare, this is the spot to be. Luna stemmed from Juliana Luna’s dream of sharing healthy food with her local community. Prices are decent for the quality of the meals, and the joint is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Locals love the raw pad thai, the Lunasagna, and the homemade (and super healthy!) chocolate smoothies with ingredients like maca and spirulina.

Halycon Flavors From the Earth 
500 South Tryon St., (704) 910-0865
Ideal for the environmentally-conscious foodie, Halycon’s menu utilizes ingredients from artisanal farms, dairies, and wineries all within the North Carolina area. This farm-to-table restaurant offers everything from hand-pulled mozzarella to braised bison to veggie-loaded flatbreads. It’s a bit pricier than most joints, so reserve for a special occasion or a Saturday night treat. 

Rico’s Acai
510 S. College St., (704) 579-5683
Food trucks aren’t simply reserved for Portland and Austin. Rico’s Acai Truck is a crowd favorite, offering huge servings of superfood madness. The ample bowls come filled with acai puree, various fruits, and the option to top with a variety of seeds, granola, fruits, or almond butter. It's open daily and doesn't travel, so there’s no truck-chasing necessary.

Where to Sweat

Okra 
1912 Commonwealth Ave., (704) 266-1443
This unique yoga studio offers more than your typical plethora of classes. Post-Savasana, visitors can indulge in Reiki and massages or relax in studio’s on-site coffee and tea bar. In addition, the schedule is full of diverse offerings, including everything from deep-stretching classes to Ashtanga to Tantra Vinyasa. 

Yoga One
1318 Central Ave. D2, (704) 332-9911
Yoga One is a favorite of both out-of-towners and Charlotte locals. The studio is tranquil and welcoming, with friendly instructors who strive to make yoga approachable and detoxifying. There are also $5 drop-in sessions, including a Karma Yoga class that donates Yoga One’s charity of the month. Some of the classes are heated, so if you choose to sign up for one of the hot sessions, be sure to hydrate and bring a towel.  

Check out the YOGANONYMOUS studio directory to find more great places to practice.

Epic Way to Spend a Saturday 

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, (704) 391-3900
The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a nature junkie’s Disneyworld. The park offers all sorts of outdoor adventures, including whitewater rafting, rodeo rafting, zip lines, a ropes course, rock climbing, and kayaking. If you need time to refuel, grab a beer or some lunch at the center’s on-site cafe. An added bonus? The place loves friendly dogs, so your beloved pooch doesn’t need to get left behind.

Favorite Outdoor Hang 

Romare Bearden Garden
300 S Church St., (980) 314-1002
Beautiful day or night, Romare Bearden Garden is an oasis of North Carolina greenery. With rock waterfalls, interactive musical instruments, a childhood muse plaza, two gardens, and breathtaking views of the Charlotte skyline, the 5.4-acre park offers something for everyone. It's also home to one of this year’s Wanderlust 108s, so be sure to stop by for a day of mindful, outdoor activity. 

Community Picks

We reached out to our social media tribe to uncover the best local not-to-miss happenings and hot spots from the folks who know best. Here's what our yogi-fam has to say about Charlotte.

Pure Pizza
1911 Central Ave., (980) 430-1701
We asked Charlotte locals for some of their favorite restaurants, and many responded with a resounding "PURE PIZZA!" This isn’t surprising, as Pure Pizza focuses on creating sustainable pies using farm fresh ingredients. They’re also big on giving back, and provide micro-funds to developing countries to increase agricultural production, create entrepreneurial independence, and increase household incomes. Oh, and vegan or gluten-free? You’ve got options. 

7th Street Public Market
224 E. 7th St., (704) 230-4346
If you want to sample the various Charlotte taste treats but you’re short on time, pay a visit to the 7th Street Public Market. This market offers artisanal food products and on-site vendors, making it an ideal stop for lunch, snacks, coffee, or shopping. Open seven days a week and offering free 90-minute parking, it’s also super easy to visit. 

The Diamond Restaurant 
1901 Commonwealth Ave., (704) 375-8959
A historic gem, The Diamond has been operating since 1945, and consistently serving up some of Charlotte’s finest Southern fare. It’s also open until 4 a.m., making it an ideal spot for midnight munchies. 

Boris & Natasha
1214 Thomas Ave., (704) 375-0079
There’s something for everyone at Boris & Natasha, which likely explains why its a crowd favorite. Whether you’re looking for discounted designer brands or tribal print headscarves, this consignment shop offers up a treasure chest of fabulous merchandise. 

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. 
2224 Hawkins St., (980) 585-1728        
Wild ales and organic beers? Kombucha on tap? And $5 Saturday yoga? Say no more, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. is the place to be. This Charlotte favorite is a great place to unwind, offering a laid-back environment with a plethora of refreshing (alcoholic and otherwise) beverages. 

Thanks to our community for providing these awesome suggestions. Have more? Share in the comments below or email us at write@yoganonymous.com.

This guide was curated by Amanda Kohr