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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.

Entertainment
“Wonderful, newly renovated theatre that is bringing in nationally known acts. Walking distance to fun restaurants and bars downtown. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Discount theater, great when it's raining and you need something to do on the cheap!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Fast drive thru coffee and open early and late make this a great stopping place. Also I’m waking distance from our air bnb. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“just in case you need a few grocery items for your stay or for the road home.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In the mood for sushi? This locally owned restaurant has amazing Chinese/ sushi. The food is awesome and the atmosphere is great for a family dinner or dine in for one or two! It’s a must if you are looking a broadening pallet.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The OG "T-Room" - if you're new to Lynchburg, this is a must-try, iconic eatery. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“Poplar Forest: 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest VA 24551 Hailed as a masterpiece of landscape and architecture, your visit to Poplar Forest will shed new light on Thomas Jefferson’s creativity and curiosity, his enslaved community, and his private world. Tour Jefferson’s retreat house to learn about its meticulously restored architecture, and what it tells us about daily life for one of the most prominent figures of the 19th century. View artifacts from the people who lived and worked at Poplar Forest. Experience the place that rekindled Jefferson’s creative spirit—and engage with your own. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous Baked goods and wonderful organic coffee. Great for a quick breakfast, also have sandwiches, soups and salad for Lunch. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“A cute little cafe with wonderful staff. Also a great place to use public wifi”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Included are Belk, JC Penny's, TJ Max, Victoria Secrets, Bath & Body Works, American Eagle, and New York & Company. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Old City Cemetery is an extraordinary 27-acre public garden, “history park,” and wedding venue located in the heart of Lynchburg, Virginia. Despite being an active place of burial and remembrance, it is one of the busiest and most popular attractions in the City. With more than 33,000 visitors annually, it is the most visited historic site in the City today. Established in 1806, Old City Cemetery is the oldest municipal cemetery in Virginia still in use today. A village of five small museums helps to tell the stories of the diverse population of nearly 20,000 buried here. The grounds are also filled with hundreds of varieties of native and heirloom plants, including the largest public collection of antique roses in the state of Virginia. ~gravegarden.org”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good restaurant with a bit of something for everyone, you could say the vibe is somewhat neighborhood haunt Sinatra or Bogart would have frequented if they were locals. Place has been around forever. Good seafood, leg of lamb is tremendous, Anton makes a mean cocktail. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“$$ Very nice well-priced coffee shop downtown that sells specialty coffees from all over the world, pour-overs, nice teas, and a few goodies to eat with your fine beverage. Cool quiet place to hang out and read or do work on your computer. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Cavalier is one of Lynchburg’s unique dining experiences where you can carve on your table and see license plates from around the world while waiting for your meal. Once a carriage house and turn-around for the trolley, the Cavalier now offers the best burgers and seasoned fries in all of Virginia, along with many other home town favorites. Dine In or Take-out, the Cavalier is a true, ‘not to be missed’ Lynchburg tradition! The Cavalier is a cash only establishment, but ATM is available. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Dish is located downtown beside the James River and is one of the longest running establishments in Lynchburg. The restaurant takes inspiration from tapas bars and introduces dishes from all over the world to create a truly eclectic meal to suit a diverse range of tastes. On the menu, you can find shareable plates and side dishes such as bruschetta with crab and asparagus and duck confit spring rolls. The owners pride themselves in creating a relaxed and communal atmosphere, and diners are encouraged to order as few or as many dishes as they like. Inside, the restaurant is bright and roomy.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to learn about Lynchburg! You'll enjoy learning about the town and then take a walk up and down court street and enjoy the views of downtown! The Court House is located at the top of Monument Terrace Steps so this is a great place to do your next stair workout! :)”
  • 4 locals recommend