Eat, drink, shop, play, explore and enjoy the Richmond Region from one end to the other
There’s no better way to really get to know a place than to experience it like the locals do. And our RVA locals proudly hail from some of Virginia’s most charming, vibrant and historic neighborhoods. From mom and pop shops to buzzworthy craft breweries, challenging mountain bike trails and glorious gardens, family friendly attractions and refreshing river sports, the Richmond Region offers plenty to keep you busy. Stay fueled along the way at some of the hottest restaurants and the coolest bars on the east coast.
There's a piece of Ashland Americana for everyone with local art galleries, live music venues, fresh food at the farmer's market, wine tastings, our historic train station, and the Ashland Museum. Or, if you'd rather, drop in for some legendary southern hospitality after a long day at Kings Dominion, cruising the hundreds of miles of bike paths connected to the town or between day trips to the dozens of beaches, historical sites and attractions within a short drive.
Walk a mile of style in Carytown. With bookstores, candy shops, record shops and bike shops, there's no shortage of shopping in Richmond's busiest boutique corridor. There's also the aforementioned style with Carytown being the flagship home to internationally renowned Need Supply Co. and hip boutiques for every sensibility. Once you've shopped till you've almost dropped, sit down for dinner at any one of the restaurants that line this quaint and totally Instagrammable street.
Church Hill's Libby Hill Park overlook gave Richmond its name. One of the most historic areas in Richmond, home to St. John's Church where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, these days Church Hill features some of Richmond's most well-known restaurants. You could easily spend an entire day walking from restaurant to restaurant and filling up on some of the best treats Richmond has to offer, all on beautifully appointed sidewalks with Little Free Libraries! See if you can find the Fairy Village while you're there!watch the video
Looking for big city life in an accessible, southern package? Downtown Richmond is where it's at. Downtown is home to galleries and street art, don't miss First Fridays every month, boutique hotels and fine dining. You'll be able to find a few breweries too. Want to connect with nature? Brown's Island connects to downtown and is your gateway to the James River Park system. The Greater Richmond Convention center hosts exciting conventions. The Grace Street restaurant corridor has some of the best restaurants in all of Richmond and the VCU Institute of Contemporary Art opened in 2016!
The fan is the beating heart of Richmond City. With gorgeous architecture, bustling boulevards and museums and restaurants, it's the place to see and be seen. The fan features coffee roasters and coffee shops, old school barbershops and Cuban restaurants, basement bars serving sandwiches to die for and restaurants that push the tables and chairs away at night to become some of the best places to dance the night away. The Fan's got live music too at a number of venues and is home to one of the best independent radio stations in the country in WRIR (tune into 97.3 while you're in town to hear the spirit of Richmond on your car radio!)
Called the Harlem of the South, Jackson Ward is home to Maggie L. Walker, teacher, bank president, businesswoman and pioneer. You can visit her house and tour the neighborhood that gave the nation Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Celebrate gross out art rock band at GWARBar, the band formed in Jackson Ward. Tour the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and eat at farm-to-table restaurants in this historic neighborhood.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the gem of Lakeside, and the Richmond region. While the garden is a star, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Lakeside from a classic burger shack like Roy's Big Burger and antique shops and curiosity stores (Lakeside has a magic shop!) And, being that it's Richmond, there is a brewery of course. Stop by Final Gravity after an afternoon at the garden and before you grab a tasty burger at Roy's!
Pocahontas State Park
Deep in the heart of a thick forest, Pocahontas State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping and family-friendly nature programs. The park is one of Virginia’s more popular state parks and its largest with 7,950 acres. Swift Creek Lake and Beaver Lake give visitors a chance for excellent wildlife viewing and fishing. The park offers five miles of hiking trails around Beaver Lake, a five mile bicycle trail and a trail accessible for persons with disabilities. In addition, numerous trails accessible to hikers and bicyclists wind through the surrounding woodlands. There are also approximately 10 miles of bridle trails. The park also has several single-track mountain bike trails ranging from easy to expert levels and the new Bell Built flow track and downhill!
Scotts Addition is the brewing district of Richmond. Home to the Veil, Ardent, Hardywood, Blue Bee Cider, Buskey Cider, Isley and Strangeways, new breweries are opening every day! Once a manufacturing zone, DIYers have taken over the neighborhood and converted factories into hip lofts and opened restaurants that draw folks from all over the region and country to eat after they've sipped a few of the locally brewed beers and ciders.
A shaded, cobblestone street welcomes you to Shockoe Bottom. Shockoe is home to food, fashion and fun. Ledbury has staked out their flagship store in Schockoe Bottom and is spreading their commitment to quality men's clothing around the country. Shockoe Atelier makes jeans in the bottom and sells their goods at fine retailers all over the country. Cary Street lights up on the weekend and 17th Street Farmer's Market is home to festival and food events during the spring and summer.
Want to shop? Short Pump is where you want to be. Short Pump Towne Center features brands you know and love, including LL Bean. Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to find REI. Foodies will love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Hit a concert at Innsbrook After Hours in the summer months featuring national touring acts in a fun, outdoor setting.
“On the Avenues” of Libbie, Grove & Patterson in Richmond’s Near West End, WesthamptonRVA is a quaint, chic neighborhood, conveniently located just minutes from downtown, Short Pump, the north and south sides. Bring the dog, grab the stroller and check out specialty shops, restaurants, bakeries, salons and more. Hot boutiques with cool stuff. Tastemaker home decor. Small-batch wines. Hand-crafted coffees & chocolates. Distinctive jewelry. Gourmet fare and casual feasts at top-notch restaurants. It’s all here.