Richmond, Virginia is where the old and new Souths meet. Once the Confederate capital, these days it’s known more for craft breweries and trendy restaurants than Civil War generals. It has boutique hotels and nearby adventures for outdoor lovers. And because of its central location, it’s the perfect base for further adventures to the coast and to the mountains. Come see what makes the neighborhoods of the riverside city worth a visit.
What to Do
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts– Located in the Museum District, it’s easy to spend a few hours admiring the grounds and galleries of the VMFA. Home to 35,000 works, the collection features African, American, Asian, and ancient art as well as one of the largest collections of Faberge eggs in the world. 200 North Boulevard
Edgar Allan Poe Museum– While he lived in a number of locations, Edgar Allan Poe spent much of his life in the Richmond area. The museum is set inside the city’s oldest homes and covers his early life, time at the University of Virginia, and career success. 1914 East Main Street
The Valentine– This historic home tells of the city’s 400 years of history. Their collection includes costumes and textiles, fine arts, and industrial items. They also offer rotating collections and historic tours of the city. 1015 East Clay Street
Maymont– This 1893 mansion offers tours of its interior as well as access to the surrounding grounds and gardens, nature center, and carriage collection. The sprawling property is home to a farm and offers carriage rides. 1700 Hampton Street
Virginia Holocaust Museum– Learn the stories of those affected by the Holocaust at this downtown museum. Start on the street level where there are train tracks from one of the concentration camps. Free to the public, the collection includes items from local Holocaust survivors. 2000 East Cary Street
Virginia State Capitol–Far more than just legislative offices, this building was designed in part by Thomas Jefferson. Enter the visitor’s center for guided or self-guided tours of the public spaces and grounds. 1000 Bank Street
American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar– A part of a complex encompassing multiple institutions around the state, the Richmond outpost tells the many perspectives of the Civil War. Housed in a former gun foundry, learn why the Confederates fought. 500 Tredegar Street
River City Food Tours– Taste the city’s best dishes through tours of Carytown and the Arts District as well as a desserts tour.
Where to Eat
The Daily Kitchen & Bar– For a healthy meal, visit this Carytown eatery for locally sourced and environmentally responsible dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, the menus include vegan and gluten-free items. 2934 West Cary Street, (804) 342-8990
Perly’s– Richmond’s version of an old-school Jewish deli, you’ll find both classic items like bagels and lox along with “Jewish egg rolls” and the “Jewbano” sandwich. Pair with local coffee or, later in the day, cocktails. 111 East Grace Street, (804) 912-1560
L’opossum– A neighborhood gem, the cozy James Beard-nominated restaurant is filled with colorful lanterns and has a cheeky menu of items like escargot on a ham biscuit and Beef “Swellington.” Save room for dessert! 626 China Street, (804) 918-6028
The Roosevelt– Located in a turn of the century building in the scenic Church Hill neighborhood, The Roosevelt has won awards for its cocktail menu. It’s also been named the best restaurant in the city. Try the comforting dishes like beef cheeks and roasted chicken with collard greens. 623 North 25th Street, (804) 658-1935
Citizen– It’s easy to walk right past this business district modern diner, but inside you’ll find art-lined walls and a healthy menu for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. Internationally inspired dishes include tortas, falafel salad, and gravlax. 1203 East Main Street, (804) 780-9038
Pasture– Share Southern small plates between friends at this cute restaurant that sources from local farms and purveyors. They also serve hearty entrees and both classic and modern cocktails. 416 East Grace Street, (804) 780-0416
Where to Stay
There’s something for every budget in the capital city. The Graduate Richmond brings the brand’s signature style to the area around the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, including a rooftop bar and lobby restaurant. The nearby Quirk Hotel is a media darling with its impeccably designed spaces, chic rooms, and rooftop bar. Budget travelers can stay at the HI Richmond Hostel, a historic building that offers free daily breakfast. The Jefferson Hotel is the most luxurious option, first opened in 1895. Today, amenities include a large fitness center and an in-house restaurant. Airbnb has a number of properties in the area to choose from. Enjoy the great outdoors at Pocahontas State Park, which has both traditional campsites and yurts, located 20 miles from the city.
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The Virginia Tourism Corporation assisted with the research of this guide.