Davidson, North Carolina is located on Lake Norman with a vibrant downtown area that’s full of shops and historic buildings. This destination is perfect for both summer family vacations and romantic getaways. Learn more about all the best things to do in Downtown Davidson and where to stay when you visit here.
Dining, Drinks, and Entertainment
Rated #7 in best new restaurants by Bon Appetit in 2015, this family-owned restaurant has seasonal menus with recipes inspired by their experience working in fine dining restaurants worldwide. They make their food with ingredients supplied by local farmers, and milk bread served with every meal is a local favorite.
Offers healthy smoothies and coffee in the morning hours and in the evening, beer and wine, served along with music provided by local artists on the Summit Coffee Stage.
They serve salads, soups, sandwiches and their menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. Pickled Peach uses locally grown food items in their menu. Patio seating is available in the back of the restaurant. Desserts include cakes and cookies.
The Soda Shop
Like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, they have a wide variety of menu items available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our Town Cinemas Café & Taphouse
This theater offers four screens along with table seating to enjoy their menu of pizza, hamburgers, wine, beer and more.
Davidson Beverage Company
Davidson Beverage maintains over 300 selections of craft beer that patrons may enjoy in the bar or on the patio.
Main Street Books
This quaint little bookstore offers new and used books of all genres. Their calendar of events includes book signings by various authors, story time, and book club meetings.
South Main Sweet Shop
An old-fashioned candy store which sells retro candy sold in bins by the pound as well as uniquely flavored truffles, gifts, and gift baskets.
Wooden Stone Gallery
Uniquely designed crafts made of glass, pottery, metal, and wood. All items are handmade in North America, and several are one of a kind.
Davidson Farmers’ Market
Open year-round on Saturday mornings, this market offers much more than fresh fruits and vegetables. Dozens of vendors sell beef, pork, fresh eggs, honey, fresh seafood, donuts, as well as handmade soaps, perfume oils, bath/body products, various gift items, and more. Their event calendar includes live music from local artists.
Concerts on the Green
Family-friendly concerts held every 1st and 3rd Sunday from April through September, rain or shine. The schedule is available online and the music ranges from gospel to jazz to the top hits of various decades. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
A small area downtown designed by local architects for reading, relaxing, or socializing.
Ghost Walk of Davidson
Led by guide Ginny Grzech, this two-hour excursion includes some creepy tales as well as a bit of history of the town. Affordable and informative, tours are available at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, except in October, when they run from Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Where to stay
Throughout downtown Davidson, you’ll find a variety of hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from. Davidson Village Inn is a great option if you’re looking for close proximity to both downtown and Lake Norman. They even offer packages to bundle a hotel stay and tickets to local attractions.