Discover Charlotte: Poplar Street Cafe & Wine Bar

By: Jessica Moore
IG: @finickylady

Sit Back, Relax, Grab a Coffee and a Pastry

In a gorgeous 1877 home named, The Morrison, is the proud space of Poplar Street Café & Wine Bar. The home has been multiple businesses, but is now a place where people can come relax with a cup of coffee and pastry, wine with friends and even dance! Its character is completely original, refreshed only in minor ways to maintain respect for the time in which it was built. Nestled in the quaint neighborhood of Fourth Ward off 10th and Poplar. Parking is very easy for being located in uptown. Most spots nearby are free two hour parking, any time of day.

Meeting with co-founder Lucia Zapata Griffith, who purchased the home back in 1999, was an absolute pleasure. She has so much passion and charisma and truly supports togetherness and the history of women and education. Her influence on the home and vision behind the restaurant comes from her career in architecture. She made me realize this is much more than a café. She plans to have Saturday evening events, themed in ways like a Spanish Night with tapas & wine pairings. What I look forward to attending is their Brazilian Jazz night! Like their Facebook page at the bottom so you can see the weekly events.

The portrait of Queen Charlotte by ET Andress in the front hallway entrance is the proof Lucia wanted to showcase the home’s soul and appreciation towards the city of Charlotte. Take notice of the crown and you’ll see our beautiful Queen City skyline.

The café has 3 distinct rooms. One is their café ordering area with house-made pastries, paninis, salads, charcuterie, tea, coffee and Italian sodas. Their menu is Peruvian influenced with items like guava fruit pastries and passion fruit mousse.


Through the doorway from the white room, as I call it, is the wine room, complete with an antique stand-alone bar furniture piece. The contrast of the crème cushioned chairs brings out the elegant dark wood around the room. Lastly is their sitting room. Cozy and comfortable for casual conversation or short meetings next to the fireplace.

And to my favorite part of course, the food! Enjoy pics of their cinnamon roll, key lime tart, berry open-faced pastry, and charcuterie plate.

Poplar Street Cafe & Wine Bar
224 West 10th Street
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