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The obvious answer to this question is SouthPark mall. Located in the upscale SouthPark neighborhood, it's the largest mall in the Carolinas. In addition to anchor stores like Belk, Dilliards, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus, you'll find more than 150 smaller shops. Yes, there are the typical chains—Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, and Apple to name a few—but recent years have also seen the addition of more upscale shops including Tiffany & Co, Hermes, St. John, and Louis Vuitton. Plus, H&M and Versace both have planned openings in the next year.
Don't miss the area around the mall either. At Specialty Shops on the Park across the street Bedside Manor offers envy-inducing home furnishings, while Paper Twist is one of the city's top stationery shops. A few blocks away you'll find Capitol, a sleek shop offering haute fashions from designers you won't find anywhere else in the Southeast. And just down the street at Phillips Place some of the town's chicest women's looks can be found at Luna, while Taylor Richards & Conger is a must for any man seeking stylish suits.
However, Charlotte's best shopping is spread throughout its small neighborhoods across the city. Look for a fashionable strip on Dilworth's East Boulevard including the charming Cottage Chic, Coral women's boutique, and Laura James Jewelry shop. Or take a stroll through Plaza Midwood where you'll find high end fashion at Boris & Natasha just down the street from some of the city's funkiest antique spots like 1510 and its best vintage clothing store, Hong Kong Vintage.
So hit SouthPark, but soaking in the city's style scene is best done from its neighborhood sidestreets and sidewalks.
SouthPark is the shopping Mecca of Charlotte. Here you'll find everything from luxury showrooms (read: Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Hermes, Tiffany & Co.) to large retail chains (Macy's, Williams Sonoma, The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, lululemon). SouthPark Mall itself is the anchor of the shopping scene here but plan to explore the outskirts of the mall where local boutiques and jewelers have also set up shop. Storefronts such as Capitol (where the decor by famed interior designer Barrie Benson is just as impressive as the couture designer apparel and accessories inside); Bedside Manor (where you'll find luxury bed and bath linens among other home decor); and Paper Twist (where you'll scoop up luxury paper goods by Crane & Co. and accesories by Jonathan Adler) are definitely worth visiting while in town.