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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.
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
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
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
Cafe
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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
Neighborhood
“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
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.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“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
Movie Theater
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Historic theater used for a variety of local cultural events as well as movie favorites. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Fantastic Cville burger stop right on the Downtown Mall. Local beers. Delicious fries and onion rings (you can order a mix!).”
  • 36 locals recommend
College Academic Building
“Go see UVA- particularly the Rotunda and the Lawn. The Rotunda is beautiful and awe-inspiring, and it stands at the head of a gorgeous stretch of old trees and lawn perfect for kids to run around and play frisbee while you attempt to interest them in the myriad architectural styles Thomas Jefferson integrated into the collection of grand faculty homes and student rooms that line The Lawn. Then walk down to The Corner District to soak up the undergrad vibe- there’s tons of eateries and shops. You can pick up some UVA gear (go ‘Hoos!) at Mincer’s. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious thin-crust pizza. Good wine and beverage selection. A Cville must. Be prepared for a wait, but at least you can lounge and order a drink while you do so!”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
Movie Theater
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Fantastic Cville burger stop right on the Downtown Mall. Local beers. Delicious fries and onion rings (you can order a mix!).”
  • 36 locals recommend

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