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Wondering where to hang out in Charlotte on a perfect Saturday? Enter South End, one of Charlotte’s most bustling areas. With so much to do in the area, here’s how to spend a great day in South End.

Sweets come first

Grab a cup of coffee at home and start your day at the Shops at The Winnifred at BW Sweets Express. A doughnut or handful of macaroons is considered a balanced breakfast, right? We think so! The micro-location of BW Sweets Bakery offers cupcakes, muffins, macaroons and other treats.

Pick up a new outfit or two

Next, head to Five13 Studio to check out the latest trends in women’s clothing. The boutique carries a little something for each style and offers extended sizes to accommodate every figure. A visit to Five13 is a guaranteed way to outfit inspiration that’s in season and in style as the inventory changes frequently. The team there is also really great at helping style or make suggestions for shoppers.

Delight your home with a new fragrance

Photo: Inside Brown Sugar Collab, QCity Metro

After you’ve found a new outfit, or several, walk a few doors down to The Brown Sugar Collab. The shop is a one-stop shop for all things home fragrance, beauty, and woman-owned. The store sells products created by woman-owned-business like candles, greeting cards, beauty products, and accessories. Purchase a candle or two, like Hoodie Weather by White Island, and other home essentials before going to the next stop.

Lunch on the patio

Photo: Outdoor lounge area at 1501 South Mint, QCity Metro

Now that you’ve updated your closet and purchased something special for your home and beauty needs, you might be a bit hungry. A great place for lunch in South End  is 1501 South Mint, an indoor-outdoor bar that serves beer on tap, cocktails and hookah, and offers weekend brunch. 1501 South Mint also offers bottle service if you’re looking for a “VIP” experience.

Get the photo-op Instagram will love

Once you’ve filled to the brim with 1501 South Mint’s famed shrimp and grits or other brunch specialties, a hunt for some of the South End’s coolest murals is a fun activity to do. Murals like From Charlotte With Love and Stronger Together are two South End photo-op staples that’ll brighten up any social media feed. To take your casual mural-gazing to the next level, consider going on a walking art tour with South End Interactive.

A sweet finale

Photo: Ice cream at Two Scoops Creamery, QCity Metro

After you’ve toured the mural scene and gotten enough selfies to share with the official South End Instagram account, wind down with another sweet treat. South End is home to a really great ice cream shop: Two Scoops Creamery, where Cookie Monster is undeniably the greatest flavor. If you’re up for it, give them a try!

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