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4 Ways to Spend a Saturday on the SouthPark Loop

You don't need a car for these weekend adventures. 

Spend your Saturday on the SouthPark Loop, a 3 mile urban trail that connects and creates great places in SouthPark (and beyond). 

Snooze A.M. Eatery offers classic breakfast and lunch options on the Loop

Family Friendly Mornings

Loop crosswalks are marked with a distinctive pattern
  1. Start your day with pancake flights, fresh omelettes, and more at Snooze A.M. Eatery in Apex SouthPark.
  2. Find the colorful Loop benches and signs when you're done, and continue your adventure by following the arrow to SouthPark Regional Library.
  3. Sit down for family story time, beginning at 10:15. When you're done, explore the library's makerspace studio and 3D printer, read a free short story from the storytelling machine, and see the events calendar to plan your next outing.
  4. After the Library, walk up Carnegie Blvd. to get your weekend food shopping done at Harris Teeter, or use the Loop crosswalk on Sharon Road to reach Morrison shops, where you can enjoy ice cream from Golden Cow Creamery, boutique shop at local stores like Girl Tribe Co., explore gallery art at Anne Neilson Fine Art, or take a break in the shade at the St. Lloyd's Presbyterian Church community space.
Summit Coffee has a rotating seasonal menu so you never get bored of your weekend coffee treat.

Bikes, Brews, and Bakeries

Access Park Road Park and the X-CLT Trail via the Backlot Trail from the Loop
  1. Start your day at Summit Coffee in Piedmont Town Center, where you can get seasonal coffee and teas. If you prefer boba drinks, stop by Milk Cha-Cha.
  2. Then, go next door for Japanese-inspired sweet treats from Tous Les Jours. If you're driving into the neighborhood, find free parking in the Piedmont Town Center garage. 
  3. From Piedmont Row (between Leo's Italian Social and Del Frisco's), head west on Fairview Road towards Panera, then turn left on Park South Drive.
  4. Turn right on Woodbine Lane and continue straight until you reach the trail. Plus the address 3302 Woodbine Lane into your GPS as a guide, or see our Google Maps route and video guide.
  5. Take the Backlot Trail to Park Road Park, where you can play tennis, enjoy a picnic or bike ride around the pond, or access the X-CLT trail for more ways to explore Charlotte.
  6. After you're done, follow the same route back to Piedmont Town Center, where you can sip on a cold drink or grab legendary wings and more from Duckworth's or Legion Brewing SouthPark, or cross over to Congress Street to find live music at Rhino Market & Deli on Saturday nights and $5 mimosas on Sundays.
iCryo has everything you need to feel your best, whether you're recovering from a hard workout or just need some pep in your step.

Shopping and Self-Care

Diptyque is one of several brands that have recently opened in SouthPark Mall, including Alo Yoga, Aritzia, and more.
  1. Start your self-care day at Apex SouthPark, where you can visit iCryo for hydration, compression, infrared, or cryo therapies.
  2. Afterwards, book a massage or facial at Palestra Boutique Spa, and a mani/pedi at Sassy Nail Bar.
  3. Next door, find authentic Cuban and Peruvian cuisine at Calle Sol. The ceviche is the perfect light lunch option for your self-care day.
  4. After lunch, find the Loop crosswalk in front of Snooze A.M. Eatery, which allows you to follow Carnegie Boulevard across Sharon Road. As you make your way down Carnegie, turn right into the SouthPark Mall parking lot. From there, explore the dozens of retailers that draw millions of visitors to the mall each year. 
  5. Once you've shopped, drop at Suffolk Punch SouthPark or Reid's Fine Foods near the dining pavilion for coffee, cocktails, beers, and food. Or, find comfort in a bowl of ramen from JINYA. Take any of these items to go and picnic in Symphony Park, across from Reid's.
  6. If you want to get a nighttime workout in, check out the boxing-based classes at RockBox Fitness. And since you're already in the area, stop inside House of Nomad for an eclectic mix of homewares. 
The lawn space at The Colony is the perfect spot for a picnic, pre or post-workout stretch, or a place to let your pup run.

Workout and Wind Down

Renaissance Patisserie offers authentic French staples.
  1. Start your adventure at Morrison shops, where you can pick up a new book at Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Put this book in your bag for later.
  2. Cross Colony Road and find the large green space next to The Colony apartments. Get an outdoor stretch in before your workout.
  3. Follow the Loop route down Rexford Road, where you can stop inside Motion Fitness to train like a pro or build your own workout with their state of the art equipment. Cool down with a cold plunge after your workout. 
  4. Once you've cooled down, walk across Rexford Road to the Specialty Shops, where you can grab a coffee, sweet treat, and sit down with your new book at Renaissance Patisserie patio. If you prefer a more filling meal after your sweat session, get tacos from Paco's Tacos, sushi from BrickTop's, or Italian specialties from Toscana
  5. After lunch, you can freshen up with a blowout from The Drybar.

Discover more ways to explore SouthPark, and be sure to tag @theloopclt in your weekend adventures!