Top Places to Visit in the Cargo District in Wilmington


Some of my favorite places to eat, shop, and play in Wilmington's Cargo District — one of the newest destinations in the heart of Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Cargo District began as a living-working community in the heart of Wilmington but has expanded beyond that into a destination point for shopping, dining, and exploring too. 

Stacked container boxes make up this trendy spot and house modern living spaces and dozens of small businesses. 

Here are just a few of my picks and go-to places within Wilmington Cargo District you should check out:

Cheese Smith:

It’s the food truck American Dream — the Cheese Smith food truck was so popular the family opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Cargo District this month. These fancy grilled cheeses have such a following, they have been featured on Cooking Channel’s, “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

A grilled cheese coming off the griddle at Cheese Smith.
A grilled cheese coming off the griddle at Cheese Smith. (Instagram)

The Plant Outpost:

I wrote about some of my favorite places to get indoor plants here, including The Plant Outpost. This is a plant shop with heart and soul and funk.

The Plant Outpost located in The Cargo District Wilmington

Half United:

I love a one-for-one businesses model and at Half United, proceeds go to feeding hungry children. Gorgeous hand-crafted accessories and jewelry, leather bags, clothing, and makeup from this world-class boutique. 

New Town Roastery: 

Every community needs a coffee shop and in this community, I go to New Town Roastery. They even have a drive-thru!


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Mess Hall:

Perfect burgers and tots, all within walking distance at The Outpost. 

A cheeseburger from the Mess Hall in Wilmington, NC
A burger from Mess Hall (Instagram)

Queen Street Barbershop: 

I recently shared interesting ways to incorporate self-care and that goes for men too. Check out this one-of-a-kind barbershop.

Entryway of the Queen Street Barbershop in ILM
Queen Street Barbershop (Instagram)

Alcove Beer Garden:

Just like a coffee shop, no community is complete without a bottle shop. I love the relaxed vibe of Alcove, where I can grab a burger at Mess Hall next door. 

End of Days Distillery located in Wilmington, NC
End of Days Distillery (Instagram)

End of Days Distillery:

The local watering hole – and if I’m being honest – one of my new favorite events spaces. End of Days Distillery is making some award-winning spirits including rum, gin, and vodka, and more importantly some craft cocktails at their bar so we can all drink them. 

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