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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.
University
“The university that TJ built. We are not biased or anything, but it’s the best university in the world. (We understand there are arguments for and against this claim.) But, truly, if you haven’t visited UVA, you should. The Lawn and Rotunda are historic and you’ll find them very beautiful and interesting, whether or not you are a ‘Hoo. Bring a picnic and a frisbee and hang out on the Lawn, gazing at the architectural genius of our third President. When you’re done, walk down to The Corner and enjoy the used bookstores, tons of restaurants and coffee shops, and soak in the vibe of this vibrant college town. We love Roots (yummy healthy bowls), Asado Wing/Taco, Boylan Heights (grass-fed burgers), and Mellow Mushroom for pizza.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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
Tapas Restaurant
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“Mas is a truly great tapas restaurant with z huge selection and particularly fun in nice weather since they have a large popular outdoor seating area. But the bar inside is nice too since you can watch all the many specialties being prepared. i get a small pitcher of their delicious sangria and several tapas. yum! Mas is only 2 blocks from the bnb down Monticello Road. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Excellent French breads and pastries, plus brunch/lunch. Seating indoor/outdoor.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Seafood & French. Cool spot down an alley on the famous Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Atmosphere is smoky (without the smoke) with a throwback vibe.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“ C-ville "Best-Of" since 1996! "Hall Of Fame 2018" Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner you can't go wrong!! Charlottesville is well known for the home of the Best Bagel Ever!! If you are not in the mood for a bagel then try their salad and/or soups. Do not be intimidated by the lines as they move very quickly. A sure palate pleaser and the price is right!!! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“The Local has something everyone will like and they always do. The food and service is excellent. they also have a good wine list. they do take reservations which recommend even during the week because of the popularity of this favorite restaurant. It is just down the street, 1 and 1/2 blocks from my bnb ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville with delicious food and a large selection of wine. the owner is the top chef here and ensures the outstanding quality. it is a short walk from my bnb 1 1/2 blocks. they don't take reservations so hang out at their popular bar with signature cocktails while you wait.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pizza - the best ever! They brought their own wood-fired pizza oven that had to be lifted and brought through the roof. They serve other deliciousness like meatballs, salads, sandwiches, apps. Located in the revitalized Belmont area.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Music Venue
“With its beautifully restored interior and boozy atmosphere this is the perfect place to take in a rock concert on the Mall. Before going, get dinner at the adjacent Cinema Tacos.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Immaculately restored grand old theatre with top entertainers, from music, dance, comedy, Ted Talks, etc. Also some family movies at less cost. NY Opera is shown here as well as major UVA games. Spaces for private catered parties.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Store
“Every year we have Friday's After Five which is free and open to the public to enjoy live music, food trucks, and drinks from 5:30-8:30 from April to September! It's my favorite thing to do in C'ville!!”
  • 39 locals recommend
College Academic Building
“The historic buildings clustered around "The Lawn" located behind the Rotunda was voted best architecture in America - and was designed by Thomas Jefferson. To see the Rotunda, enter from the lawn at the ground level entrance under the stairs.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“The original Cville favorite for shabby-chic and gourmet food - was recommended by Craig Claiborne in NY Times long ago. Intimate seating upstairs, atmosphere on the ground floor, conviviality at the bar and a few tables in the basement,”
  • 50 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“One of the largest shopping areas- includes some great restaurants, lovely boutiques as well as grocery and ABC store”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tapas Restaurant
“Mas is a truly great tapas restaurant with z huge selection and particularly fun in nice weather since they have a large popular outdoor seating area. But the bar inside is nice too since you can watch all the many specialties being prepared. i get a small pitcher of their delicious sangria and several tapas. yum! Mas is only 2 blocks from the bnb down Monticello Road. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Seafood & French. Cool spot down an alley on the famous Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Atmosphere is smoky (without the smoke) with a throwback vibe.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
“ C-ville "Best-Of" since 1996! "Hall Of Fame 2018" Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner you can't go wrong!! Charlottesville is well known for the home of the Best Bagel Ever!! If you are not in the mood for a bagel then try their salad and/or soups. Do not be intimidated by the lines as they move very quickly. A sure palate pleaser and the price is right!!! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“The Local has something everyone will like and they always do. The food and service is excellent. they also have a good wine list. they do take reservations which recommend even during the week because of the popularity of this favorite restaurant. It is just down the street, 1 and 1/2 blocks from my bnb ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Charlottesville with delicious food and a large selection of wine. the owner is the top chef here and ensures the outstanding quality. it is a short walk from my bnb 1 1/2 blocks. they don't take reservations so hang out at their popular bar with signature cocktails while you wait.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pizza - the best ever! They brought their own wood-fired pizza oven that had to be lifted and brought through the roof. They serve other deliciousness like meatballs, salads, sandwiches, apps. Located in the revitalized Belmont area.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“The original Cville favorite for shabby-chic and gourmet food - was recommended by Craig Claiborne in NY Times long ago. Intimate seating upstairs, atmosphere on the ground floor, conviviality at the bar and a few tables in the basement,”
  • 50 locals recommend

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