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B.Good

Three words: fast food zoodles. (Also: eggplant “meatballs”.) B.Good’...

Three words: fast food zoodles. (Also: eggplant “meatballs”.) B.Good’s got one of the better grab-and-go salad and bowl menus in Charlotte’s Uptown.

400 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Bonsai Fusion

Poke bowls, sushi burritos, and other fish-forward dishes served up quickly...

Poke bowls, sushi burritos, and other fish-forward dishes served up quickly at this 7th Street Public Market stall.

225 E. 6th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Clean Juice

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about e...

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about everything served up is certified organic (and if there’s an ingredient that isn’t, they list it on a board). The “I run on Jesus and juice” tee is not a joke, FYI.

1616 Camden Rd., Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Clean Juice

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about e...

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about everything served up is certified organic (and if there’s an ingredient that isn’t, they list it on a board). The “I run on Jesus and juice” tee is not a joke, FYI.

9335 Center Lake Dr., Suite 160
Charlotte, NC 28216

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Clean Juice

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about e...

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about everything served up is certified organic (and if there’s an ingredient that isn’t, they list it on a board). The “I run on Jesus and juice” tee is not a joke, FYI.

4833 Berewick Town Center Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28278

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Clean Juice

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about e...

From the acai bowls to the avocado toasts to the matcha shots, just about everything served up is certified organic (and if there’s an ingredient that isn’t, they list it on a board). The “I run on Jesus and juice” tee is not a joke, FYI.

7918 Rea Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28277

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Cyclebar

The best spin studio option if you’re staying in Uptown—the boutique ch...

The best spin studio option if you’re staying in Uptown—the boutique chain’s Charlotte space (one of two in the city—the second is much further afield) is just beyond the 277 roadway circling the city center.

339 South Kings Dr. Charlotte, NC 28204

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Fern, Flavors from the Garden

Comfort food gets an all-veggie, mostly vegan makeover. Pro tip: At lunch y...

Comfort food gets an all-veggie, mostly vegan makeover. Pro tip: At lunch you can add the Curry Burger Patty to any salad for an extra protein boost.

1419 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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First Wind Cycling & Fitness

Not the hardest workout in Charlotte, but definitely the friendliest. Expec...

Not the hardest workout in Charlotte, but definitely the friendliest. Expect to have the entire class know your name by the end of your mash-up class (with spin-barre, spin-circuit, and spin-boxing among the options).

1930 Camden Rd. #120
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Fityoulous

Make this your first stop if you forgot to pack your leggings—the brands ...

Make this your first stop if you forgot to pack your leggings—the brands stocked at this recently opened South End boutique (think Koral, Beloforte, and Vimmia) are ones you’ll still want to wear when you go home.

1300 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Flywheel Sports

If the thought of being off the TorqBoard for extended periods of time give...

If the thought of being off the TorqBoard for extended periods of time gives you heart palpitations, book a bike at Charlotte’s Flywheel. Be warned: It’s a (four-wheel) ride from Uptown.

2907 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Green Brothers Juice Company

Maca, spirulina, e3 Brain On, and other wellness all-star ingredients round...

Maca, spirulina, e3 Brain On, and other wellness all-star ingredients round-out their menu of smoothies, shots, and cold-pressed juices. Just be warned: It’s hard to find the storefront (which it shares with another juice spot) in this bleak office building food court.

101 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28280

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Gumbo Goods

Crunchy? Yes, but it’s a good option if you’ve forgotten to pack your (...

Crunchy? Yes, but it’s a good option if you’ve forgotten to pack your (natural) toothpaste or shampoo, with a decent assortment of non-toxic personal care products. Plus, you can pick up a stick of locally made “Coyote” deodorant just because.

1916 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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Healthy Home Market

If you need to stock your Airbnb with organic berries, gluten-free granola,...

If you need to stock your Airbnb with organic berries, gluten-free granola, and almond milk, try this local natural food store.

1330 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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Hilliard Studio Method

Don’t let the swarm of blonde blow-outs lining up for class fool you into...

Don’t let the swarm of blonde blow-outs lining up for class fool you into thinking HSM is easy—you’ll be reaching for water before the warm-up is done at this barre-sculpt hybrid. If you're lucky, you'll have Liz or Clary (the mother-daughter duo behind this Charlotte-grown boutique studio) leading your sesh.

516 Fenton Pl.
Charlotte, NC 28207

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HSM Core

The Hilliard’s spin on the Megaformer is what one local triathlete descri...

The Hilliard’s spin on the Megaformer is what one local triathlete described to us as “the hardest class…ever.” Prepare for an hour of muscle shaking—and bring a change of clothes, because you will be drenched after.

601 South Kings Dr. Suite GG
Charlotte, NC 28204

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Iron Butterfly Pilates

Tall ceilings, brick walls, sun-dappled light, indie twang-pop soundtrack...

Tall ceilings, brick walls, sun-dappled light, indie twang-pop soundtrack…you’ll want to Instagram your way through your workout at this South End Pilates spot. Private sessions are an option, but save your cash and go instead with a group class (which is basically semi-private, since each one's capped at five people).

2108 South Blvd.
Atherton Lofts #202
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Kid Cashew

Wellness-obsessed locals make a ressie at this Mediterranean spot when they...

Wellness-obsessed locals make a ressie at this Mediterranean spot when they need a menu that’ll make everyone—and every type of eater—happy. (Consider it business lunch-approved.)

1608 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

This centrally located, just-opened hotel has all of the usual Kimpton amen...

This centrally located, just-opened hotel has all of the usual Kimpton amenities—Gaiam yoga mats in every room, a daily wine happy hour in the lobby—plus a generously sized, natural light-filled gym, free Public bikes, and a sweeping yoga deck with complimentary classes during the warmer months.

303 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

A rotating lineup of kombucha flavors on tap (including Lavenderade, which ...

A rotating lineup of kombucha flavors on tap (including Lavenderade, which is so delicious you'll contemplate taking a growler home with you), low-gluten beer options, and free workout classes nearly every day of the week means there's really no reason to not visit this rustic brewery-taproom hybrid.

3000 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28217

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Living Kitchen

Come hungry, because you’ll want to order everything on the menu at this ...

Come hungry, because you’ll want to order everything on the menu at this sun-dappled, mostly-raw, plant-based restaurant. (And then you’ll still want to grab a bottle of their Chocolate Chaga mylk from the grab-and-go fridge up front on your way out.)

2000 South Blvd. Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Local Loaf

Not only does this 7th Street Public Market stall serve up massive salads, ...

Not only does this 7th Street Public Market stall serve up massive salads, but they serve them up on highly Instagrammable metal lunch trays. Pro tip: Ask nicely and you can swap the meat for fish.

224 East 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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MADabolic Fitness Training

This hardcore interval training studio has hardcore followers who swear by ...

This hardcore interval training studio has hardcore followers who swear by the HIIT-meets-primal movement program. It's also one of the few spots that offers up a 5:30 a.m. class, for those early bird types.

2115 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

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MADabolic Fitness Training

This hardcore interval training studio has hardcore followers who swear by ...

This hardcore interval training studio has hardcore followers who swear by the HIIT-meets-primal movement program. Also, it's one of the few spots that offers up a 5:30 a.m. class, for those early-bird types.

2610 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Mud

Thirty minutes and $50 gets you a serious skin boost at this (quickly expan...

Thirty minutes and $50 gets you a serious skin boost at this (quickly expanding) all-natural facial bar chain. Drop-ins are def welcome—although if you want to time your session to start right after a class at the neighboring Air Aerial Fitness studio, you might want to book an appointment just in case.

532 Gov Morrison St.
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Not Just Coffee

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’l...

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’ll see succulents and Scandi-style art, on the speaker you’ll hear Tame Impala and Mac Demarco…. Yup, there’s way more than just coffee at this hyper-cool Charlotte café mini-chain.

224 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Not Just Coffee

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’l...

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’ll see succulents and Scandi-style art, on the speaker you’ll hear Tame Impala and Mac Demarco…. Yup, there’s way more than just coffee at this hyper-cool Charlotte café mini-chain.

222 S. Church St. #100
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Not Just Coffee

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’l...

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’ll see succulents and Scandi-style art, on the speaker you’ll hear Tame Impala and Mac Demarco…. Yup, there’s way more than just coffee at this hyper-cool Charlotte café mini-chain.

2000 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Not Just Coffee

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’l...

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’ll see succulents and Scandi-style art, on the speaker you’ll hear Tame Impala and Mac Demarco…. Yup, there’s way more than just coffee at this hyper-cool Charlotte café mini-chain.

2230 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Not Just Coffee

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’l...

On the menu you’ll find matcha lattes and oat milk, on your table you’ll see succulents and Scandi-style art, on the speaker you’ll hear Tame Impala and Mac Demarco…. Yup, there’s way more than just coffee at this hyper-cool Charlotte café mini-chain.

421 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207

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Okra

Where locals get their flow on. This Plaza Midwood spot offers everything f...

Where locals get their flow on. This Plaza Midwood spot offers everything from Jivamukti to Ashtanga (plus a small assortment of mats are up for grabs—although you can always buy your own next door at their shop, Gumbo Goods). Sign up for the Deep Stretch class if air travel does a number on your bod.

1912 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

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River’s Edge

Don’t bother packing a sandwich if you head to Whitewater Center—you’...

Don’t bother packing a sandwich if you head to Whitewater Center—you’ll find veggie-friendly, double take-worthy options like Jackfruit Sopas and a Kohlrabi Noodle Bowl on the menu.

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC 28214

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Sunflower Baking Company

Vegan cookies for those firmly in the crispy cookie camp. Also: The bakery ...

Vegan cookies for those firmly in the crispy cookie camp. Also: The bakery makes both vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, but not always—and on days they make them they sell out quickly, so call ahead.

2001 E 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

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Sunflower Baking Company

Vegan cookies for those firmly in the crispy cookie camp. Also: The bakery ...

Vegan cookies for those firmly in the crispy cookie camp. Also: The bakery makes both vegan and gluten-free cupcakes, but not always—and on days they make them they sell out quickly, so call ahead.

220 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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The Jam CLT

A pop-up dance class that locals swear by—no Zumba moves in sight, promis...

A pop-up dance class that locals swear by—no Zumba moves in sight, promise. Plus a portion of proceeds from every class is donated to a local middle school band, which is a major feel-good perk.

2700 Dorchester Pl.
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Urban MVMNT

Not impressed by the hotel gym? Drop-in during open hours at this massive (...

Not impressed by the hotel gym? Drop-in during open hours at this massive (and new) South End space. If you're more of a class kid, there are also group boot camp and weightlifting sessions—plus it’s connected to spin studio Ride or Die and coffee spot South End Grind.

255 Clanton Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28217

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US National Whitewater Center

It’s where Olympic-bound athletes train…and mere mortals kayak, rock cl...

It’s where Olympic-bound athletes train…and mere mortals kayak, rock climb, zipline, and mountain bike. Make a day of it or stop by on your way from the airport—it’s just a 15 minute drive.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

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Viva Raw

Expect freshly bottled cold-pressed juices, smoothies, snacks, and even che...

Expect freshly bottled cold-pressed juices, smoothies, snacks, and even cheese (cashew-based, natch) at this stall in 7th Street Public Market. The Limonaria is ridiculously refreshing, but grab a post-workout-worthy Hempfield if you plan on getting sweaty.

224 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

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