Checking out one of Charlotte’s (not so hidden) gems
If you’ve lived in Charlotte long enough, you’ve likely heard of Amelie’s at some point or another. The French bakery and cafe has been a Queen City staple since its opening in 2008. Growing in popularity every year, the bakery now has three locations in the Charlotte area, setting up shop in the NoDa neighborhood, Southpark, and Carmel Commons. They’ve also opened up a location in Rock Hill, SC too! Seems like everyone’s wanting to get their hands on these tasty treats.
Photos courtesy of Amélie's French Bakery & Café
We decided to check out Amelies’ newest location in NoDa at 136 E. 36th street. Beyond it feeling like a step into a bakery in France, this store is huge, beautifully decorated, and intentionally vibrant. Here, it is easy to let your eyes roam from artwork to artwork, the stores calculated, but laid back approach is inviting. It makes you feel comfortable to linger around well after you’ve finished your coffee and pastry. Even standing in line to order desserts, I couldn’t help but feel like this location in particular is more than just a bakery, it’s an experience. One that just so happens to sell delicious baked goods.
Lavender Lemon Entremet
Though Amelie’s menu is filled with tasty treats, we went for the Lavender Lemon Entremet this particular afternoon. This entremet has two layers, both of which have a distinct flavor: a sweet and bitter lemon sponge taste and set lemon curd, paired with lavender undertones, all on top of a cake-like bottom. This dessert is sweet, savory, and highly unique as I’ve never had anything like it. That’s the beauty of Amelies. Its ability to peak your interest with familiar names or tastes, while still introducing you to a completely new pastry.
This experience was 5 out of 5 tulips. I encourage you to check out Amelies NoDa with your friend, partner, or just yourself. The vibes, art, and pastries. Tell them Charlotte PinC sent you!