Richmond is home to plenty of fun things to do, including visiting the state capitol, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. If you’re new to the area you’ll want to be sure to explore the popular tourist attractions, and also check out some of the best places for food, shopping, and spa services that locals recommend. As one of the oldest cities in the country, Richmond has a plethora to offer, and here we’ll share some of our favorites that you can explore.
Richmond is pretty much synonymous with southern soul food, and Mama J’s Restaurant delivers. Whether you’re craving fresh-caught fried catfish, buttery collard greens, or mouthwatering cornbread, you’ll find it at this Richmond staple. If you want to dine during lunchtime, expect to wait a few minutes for a table, but the food and the service are worth every minute.
The Jefferson Hotel is a Richmond icon and the Lemaire restaurant within delivers a superb culinary experience within the historical walls. Expect a locally inspired menu featuring ingredients grown in Virginia and appetizers, entrees, and desserts with a southern flare. You’ll find a full bar with inspired craft cocktails and an extensive wine list to compliment your meal.
Housed in a tobacco warehouse originally built in 1866, the Tobacco Company Restaurant renovated the historical space and opened in 1977 to become one of the most unique dining experiences in Richmond. The restaurant covers an impressive four stories offering two floors of dining, a cocktail lounge, as well as a nightclub with a dance floor. The menu is delicious, and locals recommend that you don’t miss out on the sherry-based She Crab Soup.
Shopaholics will love Carytown, known to locals as the “mile of style.” This nine-block neighborhood around West Cary Street is host to an array of speciality stores local to Richmond with a variety of unique goods infused with southern charm.
The city is also home to three traditional malls, Chesterfield Towne Center, Regency Square, and Short Pump Town Center. Each has their own unique ambience, and you’ll find distinctive differences like the sculptures and art at Regency Square or the “Short Pump Express” train that runs at the Short Pump Town Center.
On a nice day, stop by Stony Point Fashion Park. The open air shopping experience features a number of dog-friendly stores amongst its 90 retailers, and you’ll find high-end brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, COACH, and Tiffany & Co.
There’s nothing quite like a little pampering to help you feel at home. Scents of Serenity Day Spa has been voted as one of the best day spas in Richmond for four years running by readers of Virginia Living Magazine, and for good reason. Their service menu offers something to pamper your hands, feet, and body and includes specialized services like organic spray tanning and seaweed treatments.
Regardless of which local favorite you decide to try first, these are just the tip of the iceberg of the amazing places you’ll find in Richmond.
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