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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.”
  • 193 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A visit to Charlottesville isn't complete without a stop at the Downtown Mall, one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation. Ours contains a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafés) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street. Ice skate, enjoy a movie or play, or simply relax under magnificent oak trees along the red-bricked mall. Convenient parking in nearby garages makes a visit easy for guests of all ages.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Leader in the craft beer movement in the area. They are a farm brewery that grows their own hops. Martha's favorite is Dark Hollow Falls! ”
  • 97 locals recommend
University
“A walk a round the historic and vibrant campus is a great experience with plenty of shops and restaurants close by.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Vineyard
“In the summer they have Starry Nights events with a live band and you can bring a picnic!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Winery
“Try their Crose! They have polo matches on Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Farm
“Located next to Monticello and Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain Orchard is family-owned and operated. The mountaintop location affords spectacular views of Charlottesville, the Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is so much more than an apple orchard! ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Hip tapas restaurant with outstanding food as well as a world-class Spanish wine collection and wonderful cocktails. No reservations but worth the wait. Eating at the bar is even more fun.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“An absolute local's favorite. The line is usually pretty long but it goes by quickly and it's cheap...but SO good!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Winery
“You will absolutely love everything about Pippin Hill. The views, ambiance, food and drinks are some of our absolute favorites. It’s a short drive and worth A sunset visit. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Café
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“French breakfast heaven 😍 there is always a wait but you can get a coffee and pastry from the counter while you wait - it’s worth it!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Quaint setting on the Historic Downtown Mal in Charlottesville. Intimate space, yummy eats and drinks.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Food
“It is a bit of a drive (35 mins) from here, but lovely tastings and great service. If into history, there is a "ruin" of Gov. Barbour's home which was designed by Jefferson that is worth a stroll and a look. If you go there, you are not far from another Frog Jump favorite, the Gordonsville BBQ. Just sayin.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“One of the largest shopping areas- includes some great restaurants, lovely boutiques as well as grocery and ABC store”
  • 19 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“The back bar at Tavola (accessed via an alley way to the left of the entrance) is a true Cville gem. Tasty food items are available and cheaper than the dine-in menu. Cocktails are A+++. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Locally sourced farm to table restaurant set in the Belmont subdivision in downtown Charlottesville.”
  • 50 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Leader in the craft beer movement in the area. They are a farm brewery that grows their own hops. Martha's favorite is Dark Hollow Falls! ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Hip tapas restaurant with outstanding food as well as a world-class Spanish wine collection and wonderful cocktails. No reservations but worth the wait. Eating at the bar is even more fun.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
“An absolute local's favorite. The line is usually pretty long but it goes by quickly and it's cheap...but SO good!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Quaint setting on the Historic Downtown Mal in Charlottesville. Intimate space, yummy eats and drinks.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“The back bar at Tavola (accessed via an alley way to the left of the entrance) is a true Cville gem. Tasty food items are available and cheaper than the dine-in menu. Cocktails are A+++. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Locally sourced farm to table restaurant set in the Belmont subdivision in downtown Charlottesville.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
“The C&O is a must go if you like a very historic place. It is very unique and memorable. You can choose from 6 different dining rooms ranging from casual walk-ins to upscale and special. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Cinema
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend

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