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Things to do in Downtown, Richmond

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.
Museum
“Once upon a mid-night dreary ... Before you go, pick up a copy of Silverman's biography of Edgar Allan Poe ( or read the first few pages of the beside copy in our studio). You won't put it down and you won't miss the Poe Museum. In fair weather, don't miss the Poe Museum's weekly ":Unhappy Hour" on Thursdays for drinks in their ancient, eerily enchanting boxwood courtyard. The Poe museum collection is housed in the oldest residential property in Richmond, a charm of great gray stones, mortar, and slate. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Consistently ranked as one of the best Bakeries in America, and with good reason. Local grains are house ground & baked in wood ovens to make bread & pastry in an airy, rustic space.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Great food and excellent cocktails. Acclaimed New Southern fare in a homey, country-chic space with craft cocktails & Virginia wines.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Park
“15 min walk. Great view of the river. The view that named the city. Poe's pub is located at the bottom of the hill!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious! Small, quaint bakery serving a rotating menu of New Zealand–style pies with sweet & savory fillings. Usually sold out by late afternoon.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Brewery
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“One of the first local breweries in Richmond. Great views of the city and wonderful food. Beer menu includes long time favorites and seasonal brews. Wine, cider and other selections are also available. Often has live music on the weekends.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Music Venue
“This place is most known for their live music scene. Many groups, bands, artists perform their concerts at the National.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“During summertime, they always have different kinds of festivals for food and music and it's always a great experience. You always have a choice of many different food trucks and brews. It's usually cheap to get tickets to whatever is going on as well.”
  • 34 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Upscale dining. Seasonal dishes with global flair & craft cocktails served in a cozy space with a hip, mellow vibe. Recommend getting a reservation.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Diner
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“Great brunch spot - popular with locals so often a line at weekends. Try the Bloody Mary's while you wait.”
  • 37 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Brisket and pork were very well smoked. Flavorful and tender. Plus all the side dishes taste great too. One of the best BBQ places for sure.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Famous for Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech - which was the spark that ignited the USA! Great tours and re-enactments. The small cemetery is a great place for a small stroll.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
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“2 blocks south on 27th street. Small corner shop serving pastries, cakes & coffee, plus gluten-free & vegan options”
  • 30 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Just a 7 min walk. The menu is diverse but German styled. One of the owners, Chef Brittanny Anderson was born in Richmond, trained in New York at Blue Hill Stone Barns and Northern Spy Food Co. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Quaint corner eatery in a historic area crafts casual New American fare with veggie options. Been in Church Hill forever.”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Great food and excellent cocktails. Acclaimed New Southern fare in a homey, country-chic space with craft cocktails & Virginia wines.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Brewery
“One of the first local breweries in Richmond. Great views of the city and wonderful food. Beer menu includes long time favorites and seasonal brews. Wine, cider and other selections are also available. Often has live music on the weekends.”
  • 36 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Upscale dining. Seasonal dishes with global flair & craft cocktails served in a cozy space with a hip, mellow vibe. Recommend getting a reservation.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Diner
“Great brunch spot - popular with locals so often a line at weekends. Try the Bloody Mary's while you wait.”
  • 37 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Brisket and pork were very well smoked. Flavorful and tender. Plus all the side dishes taste great too. One of the best BBQ places for sure.”
  • 33 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Just a 7 min walk. The menu is diverse but German styled. One of the owners, Chef Brittanny Anderson was born in Richmond, trained in New York at Blue Hill Stone Barns and Northern Spy Food Co. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Quaint corner eatery in a historic area crafts casual New American fare with veggie options. Been in Church Hill forever.”
  • 27 locals recommend

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