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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
“A beautiful museum in the heart of RVA! A great place to checkout while in Richmond. ”
  • 177 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Boutique Shopping in the heart of the city with unique finds and plenty food options. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Park
“great on a summer day - trails wrap around the isle and along the river! Easy - moderate hiking / walking. Wonderful pedestrian bridge over the river. Bike trials as well! ”
  • 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. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Cemetery
“amazing history! Great beautiful walk and view of the city/river! I highly​ recommend their guided tours! ”
  • 78 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. ”
  • 45 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.”
  • 59 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.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Park
“15 min walk. Great view of the river. The view that named the city. Poe's pub is located at the bottom of the hill!”
  • 58 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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“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious! Small, quaint bakery serving a rotating menu of New Zealand–style pies with sweet & savory fillings. Usually sold out by late afternoon.”
  • 49 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.”
  • 44 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

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.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 49 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.”
  • 44 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
Brewery
“One of the first local breweries in Richmond. Great views of the city and wonderful food. Beer menu includes long time favorites and seasonal brews. Wine, cider and other selections are also available. Often has live music on the weekends.”
  • 36 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.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Our absolute favorite place to go out to eat in Richmond. Great atmosphere, food and drinks. The whole street is really charming. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Upscale dining. Seasonal dishes with global flair & craft cocktails served in a cozy space with a hip, mellow vibe. Recommend getting a reservation.”
  • 35 locals recommend

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