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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
“IF you are visiting CHarlottesville - take a stroll to historical downtown area! great restaurants, bars, theaters, stores, music venues, in a pedestrain only area. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
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), Boylan Heights (grass-fed burgers), and Mellow Mushroom for pizza. ”
  • 92 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
New American Restaurant
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“Locally sourced farm to table restaurant set in the Belmont subdivision in downtown Charlottesville.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Best Italian restaurant in town! They don't take reservations but they have an amazing little bar in the back and you can order appetizers while you wait for a table.”
  • 49 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
Neighborhood
“One of the largest shopping areas- includes some great restaurants, lovely boutiques as well as grocery and ABC store”
  • 19 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!!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Wood fired neapolitan pizza! They don't take reservations but there a little art shop next door that sells local hard cider to sip on while you wait for a table!”
  • 41 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
Entertainment
“The Paramount houses so many unique events daily from musicals to classic films to a symphony. Don't miss out on this historic site!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Sometimes you just need a good burger and fries. Citizen Burger is located on the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville. The food is yummy and if the weathers nice grab a table outside and watch the town pass you by. ”
  • 35 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
New American Restaurant
“Locally sourced farm to table restaurant set in the Belmont subdivision in downtown Charlottesville.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best Italian restaurant in town! They don't take reservations but they have an amazing little bar in the back and you can order appetizers while you wait for a table.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wood fired neapolitan pizza! They don't take reservations but there a little art shop next door that sells local hard cider to sip on while you wait for a table!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Sometimes you just need a good burger and fries. Citizen Burger is located on the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville. The food is yummy and if the weathers nice grab a table outside and watch the town pass you by. ”
  • 35 locals recommend

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