South End Strolls – Health
South End is beloved for its award-winning beer, eclectic cuisine and public art—and for good reason. But it’s also home to recreation spots, restaurants, and businesses that make health and fitness fun and delicious. It is one of Charlotte’s best destinations for a happy and healthy lifestyle—and it’s time you experience this versatile neighborhood and all it has to offer.
To help kick-start your South End wellness journey, here’s a suggested six-stop stroll that showcases some of the best health and fitness opportunities in the area. From yoga to rock climbing, kale to kombucha, this itinerary has something for everyone and is the perfect introduction to the healthier side of Charlotte’s most active neighborhood.
Start your day off right with one of Clean Juice’s delicious offerings—The Beach Bowl acai bowl and The Healthy Heart One smoothie are must-try menu items from this 100% certified organic juice and smoothie bar.
Drop in for a class of hot yoga—emphasis on hot. Beginner? Start with the Topaz or Krystallos classes. Experienced? Try out the especially demanding Bloodstone. And for those looking to really challenge themselves, give Tiger’s Eye a try—this half circuit training, half hot yoga class is the only class of its kind in the world.
Stop 3: Rent a Bike
While we know biking is more rolling than strolling, grabbing a ride on a Charlotte B-cycle is a great way to stay active and explore every corner of the neighborhood. Feel the wind in your hair, admire the amazing public art and enjoy the beautiful North Carolina sunshine.
By now you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Stop by Living Kitchen, an organic plant-based restaurant and local favorite, and try out the Arugula Harvest Salad or Avocado Basil Sandwich, then wash it down one of their delicious cold-pressed juices. This restaurant is as beautiful as it is delicious, so take it all in and don’t forget to snap a picture of the famous green mural on your way out!
Put your athleticism to the test. Give rock climbing a try at Inner Peaks South End. You’ll have the option of bouldering or full-climbing, and the opportunity to try out one of their classes. Bonus—admission also gives you access to their comprehensive fitness center.
Reward yourself for a hard day’s work with an award-winning kombucha, beer, or the legendary “bucha beer.” You’ve earned it!
Interested in experiencing South End in other unique and exciting ways? Keep checking back for more from the South End Stroll series, which will introduce you to a variety of fun and unexpected ways you can enjoy your time in the South End on foot.
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