Best Food & Flea Markets In Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte attracts tourists from all over the country, and many natives migrated after being taken by the city’s eclectic Southern charm. The neighborhoods of the city are a vibrant patchwork of individual communities that cobble together at local flea and food markets. Open-air farmers’ stands and indoor antique fleas are massively popular in North Carolina‘s largest city, and are an excellent way to spend a day on the town, on the cheap. So dust off your haggling skills and discover the best food and flea markets in Charlotte.
Aerial Market View / Courtesy of Vintage Charlotte
Emerging from concept stages in the blogger-sphere as a pop-up market is Vintage Charlotte in Plaza Midwood. This extensive market takes over an old warehouse starting in July and hosts clothing, food, art, antique, and jewelry vendors from surrounding areas. Everything from hand-made trinkets, antique typewriters, and vintage threads are available for bargain prices at the ‘VTG CLT.’ Admission is free from 11:00AM – 6:00 PM and features over 80 vintage and artisan vendors. A beer garden is sponsored by Sycamore Brewing, and all food is sourced from local vendors.
Near the Uptown area is the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, a sprawling food and craft market that promotes organic farm-to-table practices. Carts are piled high with fresh produce and counters stocked with fresh meat products, cheeses, baked goods, and preserves. There are also craft vendors selling artisan soaps and pre-prepared flower arrangements alongside loose stems. The market is in an airy warehouse setting open year-round from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, so get there early to get to beat the rush and snag the freshest food.
The Metrolina Vintage & Antique Show is one of the most elaborate flea markets in Charlotte. This venue features a wide array of antiques and collectibles, including old-fashioned home furnishings, vintage publications, jewelry, flatware, and artwork. Early edition comic books and antique toys/board games are also for sale at bargain prices, and potted plants and farm stands are outside in the open-air section of the market.
In the heart of Uptown is the 7th Street Public Market, an indoor collection of local vendors that offer farm stand shopping and table seating at restaurants or coffee shops. The market promotes local and regional farmers, craftsmen, and culinary entrepreneurs, selling everything from craft beer to beauty products. Vendors like ‘Small Keys’ are eco-friendly, right down to the recycled packaging and naturally extracted oils and perfumes. Peruse the produce, nibble the sweets at ‘Cloud 9 Confectionery,’ or sit down to a hot cup of coffee or tea at ‘Not Just Coffee.’ Check the market website for special events, cooking demonstrations, and tastings.
Food Truck Fridays is a locals’ favorite weekend spot to socialize while sampling an array of local cuisines. There are myriad choices in over ten trucks that offer everything from tacos in the ‘Tin Kitchen’ or lobster and white cheddar mac and cheese in ‘Papi Queso.’ If Carolina flavor is what you’re after, then BBQ trucks abound, as well as creamy ice cream from the local ‘Sticks and Cones.’ This is the last stop on the famous SouthEnd Gallery Crawl, so crowds are to be expected, but the food is so fresh that it’s well-worth the wait. Bring friends and family to enjoy one of the best events in Charlotte.