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Our Favorite Walkable Restaurants
This is mostly a dinner list. But Can Can is always good anytime. And there are a ton of affordable lunch spots in Carytown. Virginia Museum also has a nice little cafeteria.
Just blocks away. This place is the bomb. Pricey; where we go for anniversaries and when marriage equality became legal. Amazing food and wine, funky setting with cool booths, romantic; small patio. This food is so good. Fills up fast. Make a reservation for sure.
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Helen’s Restaurant
2527 West Main Street
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Just blocks away. This place is the bomb. Pricey; where we go for anniversaries and when marriage equality became legal. Amazing food and wine, funky setting with cool booths, romantic; small patio. This food is so good. Fills up fast. Make a reservation for sure.
In Carytown, close. Clean design, California, vegan options, hip, big patio.
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The Daily Kitchen & Bar
2934 West Cary Street
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In Carytown, close. Clean design, California, vegan options, hip, big patio.
In Carytown. Fairly pricey. French, visually lovely inside, even waitstaff look cool, beet salad is to die for, morning brunch is nice too. Really nice place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Consistently good. Photographs well. Just pretty in there.
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Can Can Brasserie
3120 West Cary Street
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In Carytown. Fairly pricey. French, visually lovely inside, even waitstaff look cool, beet salad is to die for, morning brunch is nice too. Really nice place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Consistently good. Photographs well. Just pretty in there.
In Carytown, walkable. Affordable good Greek food. Great for lunch or casual dinner.
Greek On Cary
3107 West Cary Street
In Carytown, walkable. Affordable good Greek food. Great for lunch or casual dinner.
Not so walkable unless you want to stroll the Fan District (which I highly recommend). We are vegan/vegetarian but this is still one of our favorite places. It's sort of in a grotto, so romantic and chill. Incredibly affordable for a really good meal. Get whatever the waitstaff recommends. Very inclusive place.
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Ipanema Cafe
917 West Grace Street
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Not so walkable unless you want to stroll the Fan District (which I highly recommend). We are vegan/vegetarian but this is still one of our favorite places. It's sort of in a grotto, so romantic and chill. Incredibly affordable for a really good meal. Get whatever the waitstaff recommends. Very inclusive place.
Walkable. A top vegan place. Best for lunch (but not a quick one as their food isn't rushed). Delicious. Nearby. Affordable.
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Fresca on Addison
22 South Addison Street
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Walkable. A top vegan place. Best for lunch (but not a quick one as their food isn't rushed). Delicious. Nearby. Affordable.
The fru-fru fancy restaurant on the third-floor of the art museum. Great seasonal cocktails. Pricey.
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Amuse
200 N Boulevard
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The fru-fru fancy restaurant on the third-floor of the art museum. Great seasonal cocktails. Pricey.
Insanely good cheap barbeque. It's not a pretty walk, but you can walk there. BBQ is legendary.
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Buz and Ned’s - Boulevard
1119 N Boulevard
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Insanely good cheap barbeque. It's not a pretty walk, but you can walk there. BBQ is legendary.
I have friends who are chefs who love this place. Rave about this place. I had crabcakes there that tasted like Windex. It's expensive.
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Acacia Mid-town
2601 West Cary Street
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I have friends who are chefs who love this place. Rave about this place. I had crabcakes there that tasted like Windex. It's expensive.
BEST SUSHI. In Museum District. Totally walkable. Get the Robinson Roll. They will make it without eel if you ask. Me-tah and Crystal are the wait staff. Teeny, adorable place with great sushi.
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Akida Japanese Restaurant
606 North Sheppard Street
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BEST SUSHI. In Museum District. Totally walkable. Get the Robinson Roll. They will make it without eel if you ask. Me-tah and Crystal are the wait staff. Teeny, adorable place with great sushi.
Adorable, hipstery place. I had some fried mushroom app that was amazing. Get that. Walkable. Museum district. Not cheap.
Little Saint
2901 Park Ave
Adorable, hipstery place. I had some fried mushroom app that was amazing. Get that. Walkable. Museum district. Not cheap.
Walkable, super affordable, huge portions. Two people can split a baked spaghetti.
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Joe's Inn
205 North Shields Avenue
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Walkable, super affordable, huge portions. Two people can split a baked spaghetti.
Amazing, relatively affordable Cuban food. Great for brunch. Plan to wait. Get whatever the waitstaff recommend. Things with huevos are amazing. Their legendary Tres Leche cake was featured on the Food Network as being world-class. https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/tres-leches-cake-0165399 Get a limeade too. Fresh made.
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Kuba Kuba
1601 Park Avenue
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Amazing, relatively affordable Cuban food. Great for brunch. Plan to wait. Get whatever the waitstaff recommend. Things with huevos are amazing. Their legendary Tres Leche cake was featured on the Food Network as being world-class. https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/tres-leches-cake-0165399 Get a limeade too. Fresh made.
It took me living here 20 years to go to Commercial Taphouse and Grill because I'm not at all a beer person. But I ate there this week and, WOW, really quality Mexican food! The new, revised menu is "Traditional Mexican food and American Pub food created with love and meant to be enjoyed together." I had the carnitas bowl and it was amazing. Affordable. Stellar fries. And every beer imaginable on tap. I'll be going back with my family. It's definitely a dimly-lit pub atmosphere (if you have kids) but the food is great.
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Commercial Taphouse and Grill
111 North Robinson Street
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It took me living here 20 years to go to Commercial Taphouse and Grill because I'm not at all a beer person. But I ate there this week and, WOW, really quality Mexican food! The new, revised menu is "Traditional Mexican food and American Pub food created with love and meant to be enjoyed together." I had the carnitas bowl and it was amazing. Affordable. Stellar fries. And every beer imaginable on tap. I'll be going back with my family. It's definitely a dimly-lit pub atmosphere (if you have kids) but the food is great.
Neighborhood Markets & Grocery Stores
Picture-perfect neighborhood market. Delightful and the walk there is even better. Avocados are always fresh. This is a mystery to us. Get the avocados here always.
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Shields Market
206 North Shields Avenue
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Picture-perfect neighborhood market. Delightful and the walk there is even better. Avocados are always fresh. This is a mystery to us. Get the avocados here always.
Adorable market that wants to be Shield's Market when it grows up. If what you need isn't at Shield's try this place. It's just as close.
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Strawberry Street Market
415 Strawberry St
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Adorable market that wants to be Shield's Market when it grows up. If what you need isn't at Shield's try this place. It's just as close.
Sketchy convenience story that is closest to us. Where people buy lottery tickets. If you get food or milk, check expiration dates. :)
Sunny Market
2700 W Cary St
Sketchy convenience story that is closest to us. Where people buy lottery tickets. If you get food or milk, check expiration dates. :)
Pricey great grocery story; high-end.
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The Fresh Market
10 North Nansemond Street
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Pricey great grocery story; high-end.
Huge, affordable groceries. I hate the parking lot with a passion. I shop here all the time. I sort of hate it. It will have anything you could ever want.
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Kroger
3507 West Cary Street
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Huge, affordable groceries. I hate the parking lot with a passion. I shop here all the time. I sort of hate it. It will have anything you could ever want.
A bit of a drive to an insane German grocery store with incredibly affordable prices and a great bakery. They play good music too. Mostly quality house brands.
Lidl
4700 W Broad St
A bit of a drive to an insane German grocery store with incredibly affordable prices and a great bakery. They play good music too. Mostly quality house brands.
Recreation & Parks
Stuff to see and do
Richmond's SoHo. Blocks from here.
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Carytown
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Richmond's SoHo. Blocks from here.
The world's largest collection of 2nd place trophies. Beautiful stately homes. History. Walk down Boulevard to Monument and take Monument East to the Lee Statue and back. Great two mile walk. This link sucks and tags a completely unremarkable,un-historic part of Monument Ave. (??)
Monument Avenue
The world's largest collection of 2nd place trophies. Beautiful stately homes. History. Walk down Boulevard to Monument and take Monument East to the Lee Statue and back. Great two mile walk. This link sucks and tags a completely unremarkable,un-historic part of Monument Ave. (??)
There's a 1-mile cinder vita course here I use regularly. Three lakes. Feed the geese. Strike out for Shields Lake and Swan Lake at sunset for a win. Rent paddleboats at Fountain Lake (the closest lake) during summer. Public tennis courts.
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Byrd Park
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There's a 1-mile cinder vita course here I use regularly. Three lakes. Feed the geese. Strike out for Shields Lake and Swan Lake at sunset for a win. Rent paddleboats at Fountain Lake (the closest lake) during summer. Public tennis courts.
Cool, easy urban hike along the James River.
Buttermilk Trail
Cool, easy urban hike along the James River.
Best public park in RVA. Best place to picnic. Lovely vistas. Richmond's Central Park. A gilded age mansion and its grounds gifted to the city. I became engaged in the Italian Garden. Japanese Garden requires a lot of steps; worth the trip. Bear habitat is among the best in any zoo anywhere. If you have kids, consider the Animal Farm entrance instead of Hampton Street. I wrote the website for Maymont almost 20 years ago. Little of that probably remains.
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Maymont
1700 Hampton Street
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Best public park in RVA. Best place to picnic. Lovely vistas. Richmond's Central Park. A gilded age mansion and its grounds gifted to the city. I became engaged in the Italian Garden. Japanese Garden requires a lot of steps; worth the trip. Bear habitat is among the best in any zoo anywhere. If you have kids, consider the Animal Farm entrance instead of Hampton Street. I wrote the website for Maymont almost 20 years ago. Little of that probably remains.
One of many legendary "pocket parks" in the Fan District alleys. This one is arguably the best. Get ice cream or a treat at the ice cream shop or market on adjacent Strawberry Street. Adorable slice of life in the Fan.
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Scuffletown Park
418 Strawberry Street
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One of many legendary "pocket parks" in the Fan District alleys. This one is arguably the best. Get ice cream or a treat at the ice cream shop or market on adjacent Strawberry Street. Adorable slice of life in the Fan.
I put this here because it's your destination if you walk down Monument Avenue -- the world's largest collection of 2nd place trophies. This statue is 1 mile from our house. Take a lovely walk down Monument and back.
Robert E Lee Memorial
I put this here because it's your destination if you walk down Monument Avenue -- the world's largest collection of 2nd place trophies. This statue is 1 mile from our house. Take a lovely walk down Monument and back.
Favorite Museums, Culture & Entertainment
Incomplete list, but this is a start.
FREE, Open 365 days/year. A Top 10 Comprehensive Art Museum. Can't say enough good things. I've given tours here for 27 years. Ask me anything. Favorite galleries are American, Faberge, Impressionist (currently down). Special exhibitions have a cost.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N Boulevard
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FREE, Open 365 days/year. A Top 10 Comprehensive Art Museum. Can't say enough good things. I've given tours here for 27 years. Ask me anything. Favorite galleries are American, Faberge, Impressionist (currently down). Special exhibitions have a cost.
Not free, but terrific exhibition about Virginia history and cool traveling exhibitions.
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
428 N Boulevard
Not free, but terrific exhibition about Virginia history and cool traveling exhibitions.
Great diversion if you have kids. Top location place to get a virus. :) Wash your hands before you leave and when you get home.
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Children's Museum of Richmond
2626 West Broad Street
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Great diversion if you have kids. Top location place to get a virus. :) Wash your hands before you leave and when you get home.
Great museum for kids of all ages (i.e. adults). OmniMax theater if you want to get motion sickness during movies.
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Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
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Great museum for kids of all ages (i.e. adults). OmniMax theater if you want to get motion sickness during movies.
You can actually walk to this. Nice movie theater.
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Movieland At Boulevard Square
1301 N Boulevard
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You can actually walk to this. Nice movie theater.
BEST MOVIE THEATER EVER. Second-run movies in Carytown for $4. Sit in the middle for better seats. This is a landmark movie palace. This place is insanely awesome.
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The Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
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BEST MOVIE THEATER EVER. Second-run movies in Carytown for $4. Sit in the middle for better seats. This is a landmark movie palace. This place is insanely awesome.
VCU hired "star-chitect" Steven Holl to design its non-collecting art museum. Funky, progress, smart art.
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VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
57 W Broad St
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VCU hired "star-chitect" Steven Holl to design its non-collecting art museum. Funky, progress, smart art.
Overpriced hipster bowling, if you are into that. :)
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River City Roll
939 Myers St
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Overpriced hipster bowling, if you are into that. :)
Nearby coffee shops
Yummy, fattening biscuits. Neon sign says "Butter." Coffee is from Blanchard's and that is highly regarded but it always tastes burned to me. Homemade jams. Yummy specials. Caloric.
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Early Bird Biscuit Co.
119 N Robinson St
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Yummy, fattening biscuits. Neon sign says "Butter." Coffee is from Blanchard's and that is highly regarded but it always tastes burned to me. Homemade jams. Yummy specials. Caloric.
I know. I hate Starbucks too. But the coffee is the best within three blocks. It's so close.
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Starbucks
400 N Robinson St
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I know. I hate Starbucks too. But the coffee is the best within three blocks. It's so close.
I hear this is great. I can never get a seat. Tiny place. Always packed. Carytown.
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Sugar & Twine
2928 W Cary St
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I hear this is great. I can never get a seat. Tiny place. Always packed. Carytown.
Best choice for people who refuse to go to Starbucks. In the Museum District. Just cut through the parking lots between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Historical Society (that has some new name I can't remember). You will pass two "Little Free Libraries."
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Black Hand Coffee Co
3101 Patterson Avenue
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Best choice for people who refuse to go to Starbucks. In the Museum District. Just cut through the parking lots between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Historical Society (that has some new name I can't remember). You will pass two "Little Free Libraries."