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Things to do in 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
“The VMFA is my absolute favorite spot in Richmond. They have great happy hours on Friday where you can hang out in the gardens or inside. They have local DJs come or bands. Every Thursday they have Jazz happy hours as well which are great for relaxing. The art is of course wonderful as well and new exhibits are constantly coming in. ”
  • 176 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Carytown is the go-to spot for all things food and shopping. Local favorites such as Bev's Ice Cream, The Byrd Theater and Mongrel-for gifts and such are all on one strip! Spend the day walking and browsing and take in all of the Richmond style. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“The historic Byrd Theatre is a great place to a see a movie-- tickets are $5, and there are a bunch of restaurants and dessert shops right next door to complete your date night experience :)”
  • 85 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Historic home tour ($ ) and nature center ($) with complimentary grounds and Japanese garden. Lovely any time of year. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Presidents Monroe and Tyler are buried here. It is also a beautiful place to walk, run, or bike and the entrance is at the end of my block.”
  • 79 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Brewery
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“With the exception of Legend's ont the Southside, this is the OG brewery that got the micro-brew movement going in Richmond. Their classic, the Single, can't be beaten!”
  • 54 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.”
  • 60 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.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“A former locomotive assembly plant & brass foundry turned movie theater but in a manner to highlight its heritage.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Nice sandwiches and soups. Very good selection of beer and wine at the bar, and many more in the store.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Brunch or lunch you can't go wrong with this Cuban-American spot. Traditional meets modern and never takes itself too seriously. Great for families or a drink to cure your hangover.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Cafe
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“This is my favorite spot for coffee and brunch on the weekends. The spot is very unique and you can bring your dog and sit outside. Great food too!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Many guests ask me which breweries I would recommend. Richmond is huge on breweries, and Ardent would be at the top of that list. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Great tennis courts that are very clean and taken care of! Great running trails and baseball fields! Overall a great place to be on a nice day ”
  • 37 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

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.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Nice sandwiches and soups. Very good selection of beer and wine at the bar, and many more in the store.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Brunch or lunch you can't go wrong with this Cuban-American spot. Traditional meets modern and never takes itself too seriously. Great for families or a drink to cure your hangover.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is my favorite spot for coffee and brunch on the weekends. The spot is very unique and you can bring your dog and sit outside. Great food too!”
  • 39 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Can Can is actually a great place to eat lunch or dinner, but I like it most in the early morning for coffee. it's perfect place for an 8am business date, or to go read a book with french press and the windows open. They also have an absinthe bar for later in the day.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Home style Greek food. Reservations suggested. Community table available for walk-Ins”
  • 35 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“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.”
  • 34 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“With an ever changing menu, you can always find something good here. This is one of our go-to's. More than a dozen drafts to choose from and 6 rotating local brews on draft. Also: the cucumber martini is life changing. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

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