Charlotte Day Trip: Eat, Drink and Shop in Pineville, NC

End the night at Margaux's Wine, Pizza & Market.

End the night at Margaux’s Wine, Pizza & Market.


Just a 20-minute drive from Uptown is one of the many small town centers near Charlotte. In historic downtown Pineville, you’ll not only find a close-knit community, but also shops, restaurants and more.

If you’re looking for a new way to spend the day, here are 5 things to do in Pineville for under $50 a day:

Start the day with donuts

Location: MJ Donuts, 325 S Polk St, Pineville, NC 28134

This quaint store is minutes from Main Street in downtown Pineville. The sooner you get to MJ Donuts, the better – because when you run out of your favorite donut, that’s it for today. Don’t leave without trying the Boston Creme donut ($2.75). Pro Tip: On a good day, the clerk who takes your order can make a few donut holes for free.

Cost: $2.75 + tax and tip

Start your day with a donut from MJ Donuts in Pineville. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

Go in search of antiques

Location: Christie’s on Main Antiques Mall, 318 Main St, Pineville, NC 28134

This gem, which opened in 2014, has an array of treasures for you to explore. While at Christie’s in the Main Antiques Mall, feast your eyes on window displays as you browse antiques that are over 100 years old. The store is known for its vintage jewelry collection and has many other items such as furniture, tea sets, records and more.

Cost: Free unless something catches your eye.

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Search for treasures at Christie’s on Main in downtown Pineville. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

Have lunch at a local cafe in Pineville

Location: Unwind Tea & Coffee, 333 Main St, Pineville, NC 28134

The name says it all, right? Take a break, relax and unwind in the heart of Pineville while enjoying a sandwich from the midday menu at Unwind Tea & Coffee. At Unwind you can choose coffee, tea and smoothies and breakfast and lunch options. Order the Green Goddess Panini, with avocado, goat cheese, tomato, spinach and homemade pesto ($9.95) and a small Iced Chai Latte ($3.25).

Cost: $13.20 + tax and tip

Have lunch at Unwind Tea & Coffee in downtown Pineville. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

Spend time on ice

Location: Pineville Ice House, 400 Towne Center Blvd, Pineville, NC 28134

Spend the afternoon exercising and having fun at Pineville Ice House. The ice house is home to an rink that is comparable to NHL rinks. There is also a professional shop, a restaurant and bar and much more. Skateboard public admission includes skate rental and skating for the entire session ($15). Be sure to check the calendar to learn more about public skateboarding options and details.

Cost: $15 + tax

Cool off on the ice at Pineville Ice House. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

Eat pizza St. Louis in Pineville

Location: Margaux’s Wine, Pizza & Market, 316 Main St, Pineville, NC 28134

End your day exploring Pineville over pizza in the outdoor seating area of ​​Margaux’s Wine, Pizza & Market. The restaurant opened last year in Pineville and has long been the area’s go-to spot for St. Louis. Other menu options include charcuterie and cheese boards, calzones, salads, sandwiches and more. You can also buy a variety of seasonal items at the market. Order Margaux’s Southern Heat pizza – grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, house cheese mix, red onion and jalapeños. It is served with a side of ranch ($16.50).

Cost: $16.50 + tax and tip

Order Margaux’s Southern Heat – grilled chicken, house cheese blend, buffalo sauce, red onion and jalapenos, served with a side of ranch. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

Total cost of your day in downtown Pineville: $47.45 + tax and tip.

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Ebony Morman is a freelance writer. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, write and develop Charlotte’s youth through her non-profit organization. Follow her on Instagram @chitoclt.

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