Gloomy grey skies or bone-numbing freezing precipitation can make even the most positive person seek a reprieve from the outdoors. In Charlotte, the perfect pick-me-up for both body and soul is Amelie’s French Bakery in NoDa. Not only do they serve delightful pastries, they also offer yummy soups, salads, sandwiches, and tartines.

MainDiningRoomAmelieby Sara Kendall

Good food brings people back – and Amelie’s food is certainly worth a return trip, but the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere makes it a place where you can easily be tempted to spend a good chunk of your day. You will find people holding business meetings or some individuals are camped out with their laptops working or surfing the internet. There is a stack of newspapers on a table in the front lobby in case you want to enjoy a good read, the old-fashioned way.

Counter at Amelie's by Sara Kendall

Amelie’s is a shabby chic Parisian styled café. Not all the chairs and tables match, but a Parisian theme pulls it all together. It is filled with numerous nooks of comfy chairs and sofas making it a favorite hangout among Charlotteans. It is open 24 hours a day for all 365 days of the year, so no need to worry if they are open, because they always are. Find your way to NoDa, Charlotte’s historic arts and entertainment district just two miles from Uptown Charlotte, you will surely thank me for sending you to Amelie’s.

Warm up with a cup of hot green tea.

Green Tea at Amelie by Sara Kendall

 Try a bowl of pumpkin bisque. I enjoyed every spoonful of whipped goodness.

Pumpkin bisque at Amelie's by Sara Kendall

 Browsing the pastry cases is visually stimulating for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Browsing the pastry case by Sara Kendall

Our choice was a classic French éclair with a signature A for Amelie’s.

Eclair at Amelie's by Sara Kendall

Come on over and stay as long as you want. On several occasions, I have seen people napping. Like I said, it’s a very relaxed atmosphere and no one is ever in a rush to leave. If you come, you will find out why and I bet you will stay awhile.


    • Sara Kendall Reply

      Thanks, Bill! You would be the one to know if I got it right.

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