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A Day at Gibson Mill: A Guide to Food, Fun, and Family

Eat Shop Drink Explore at Gibson Mill
Contributor: Jamie Richardson


Concord’s Gibson Mill is a unique destination that offers a blend of food, drinks, shopping, and family-friendly activities in a reimagined space that has been around since 1899. We’ve pulled together just some of the ways you can spend a perfect day at this exciting venue.

Gibson Mill Market food hall

Gibson Mill Directory

Photo credits: Gibson Mill Market Facebook

Start your day off right with a visit to Kunu Coffee Co. in The Market. Known for its locally roasted coffee, Kunu Coffee Co. offers a variety of delicious brews to kickstart your morning. Pair your coffee with a freshly baked treat from Cara’s Cookie Co. – their cookies are not only delicious but also support the local nonprofit Cara’s Purpose.

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Display of cookies from Cara's Cookie Co

Photo credit: Cara’s Cookie Company Facebook

After breakfast, explore the incredible The Depot Antique Mall. As the largest antique mall in the South, The Depot features over 600 vendors in the 88,000-square-foot space. A hotspot for antique enthusiasts, it’s been honored with Charlotte Magazine’s 2024 BOB Award for “Best Antique Treasure Trove” in Shopping. Don’t forget to refuel at The Depot Deli for a quick snack between finds!

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The Depot Antique Mall at Gibson Mill

Photo Credit: The Depot at Gibson Mill Facebook

When hunger strikes, The Market offers a ton of options. Johnny Roger’s BBQ is a fantastic choice for barbecue lovers, serving up mouth-watering burgers and BBQ dishes. If you’re in the mood for something different, try Taco Street for some delicious street tacos, or visit Livy’s Neapolitan Pizza for a slice of oven-baked pizza goodness. If Caribbean food is your jam, Mi Isla offers a delicious menu featuring mofongo, ceviche, and carne frita.

Livy's Pizza

Photo credit: Gibson Mill Market Instagram

Spend the afternoon diving into some family-friendly fun. Head over to Luck Factory Games, a board game café located on the ground floor of The Market. With over 1,000 games available, you and your kids can enjoy hours of gameplay. Grab a soda or a snack from their menu to keep your energy up while you play.

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Luck Factory Games

Photo Credit: Luck Factory Games Facebook

For car enthusiasts, AutoBarn Classic Cars is a must-visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday, AutoBarn showcases a stunning selection of vintage cars. Whether you’re looking to buy, store, or just admire, AutoBarn is an automotive haven.

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Photo credit: AutoBarn Classic Cars Facebook

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Churn Buddies. This ice cream shop offers a variety of treats, including sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and cakes. It’s the perfect spot for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

For a refreshing break, head over to one of Gibson Mill’s breweries. High Branch Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery offering a selection of locally brewed beers. Or check out Cabarrus Brewing Company, one of Concord’s first full-scale craft breweries. They frequently host events like live music, open mic nights, and food truck Fridays, making it a lively spot to relax and unwind.

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High Branch's bar and indoor seating area

Photo credit: High Branch Brewing Co Facebook

For dinner, you have several excellent options at Gibson Mill. Gianni’s Trattoria, now located here, offers classic Italian cuisine in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. Alternatively, Barcos has a comfortable neighborhood setting with fresh, flavor-filled dishes complemented by a selection of wines, craft beers, and boat-inspired cocktails.

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Barcos Seafood at Gibson Mill Market

Photo credit: Barcos – Concord NC Facebook

Cap off your day with some evening fun. The Valcarol Missions Escape Room & The Game Show Live offers an immersive experience where you can work together to solve puzzles and complete missions or compete on your favorite classic game shows. It’s an exciting activity for families and groups of friends. If you’re looking for something a bit different, try your hand at axe throwing at Iron Axe Society Concord’s first indoor axe-throwing range.

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Game Show experience at Gibson Mill

Man and woman at Iron Axe Society within Gibson Mill

Photo credit: Iron Axe Society Instagram

If you’re visiting Gibson Mill without the little ones, consider exploring The Market Bar for some expertly crafted cocktails. The Market Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a sophisticated drink in a relaxed setting.

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The Market Bar at Gibson Mill Market

Photo credit: The Market Bar Facebook

Finally, if you’re looking to give back, Lifeline Charlotte offers volunteer opportunities to help fight food insecurity both locally and globally. It’s a meaningful way to spend your time and make a difference in the community.

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Lifeline Charlotte is located within Gibson Mill

Photo credit: Lifeline Charlotte Center Facebook

Gibson Mill is a diverse and dynamic destination that promises a memorable day for everyone. From delicious food and refreshing drinks to engaging activities and unique shopping experiences, there’s no shortage of things to do. Plan your visit today and discover all that Gibson Mill has to offer!


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