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Live Like a Local in Virginia Beach

In 1607, the colonists of Jamestown from London landed in what is now Virginia Beach. This coastal city is home to a lot of America’s history, but it also has places that locals love to frequent. After you’ve visited places like Cape Henry Lighthouse, the Military Aviation Museum, and False Cape State Park, make sure you take the time to visit the local spots and see what Virginia Beach is all about.

Eating in Virginia Beach

A coastal town usually has phenomenal fresh seafood. You can find a lot of waterfront restaurants, but locals like to visit Waterman’s Surfside Grille for their great family vibes. Their seafood selections include crab cakes, lobster tail, shrimp, and local catches of the day. You can also stop by for brunch and get shrimp and grits or hush puppies. They also have a gluten-free menu if you have dietary restrictions.

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, Doc Taylor’s is the place to go. This diner is an offshoot of Tautog, a seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach, and they serve delicious comfort food. You can find biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, Reuben’s, tuna melts, and more. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch so make sure you get in before they close!

Firebrew Bar & Grill is famous for their open flame fire deck oven where they create pizzas made to order as well as steaks, burgers, pasta, seafood, and chicken. They also have a huge selection of beer and a self-serve wine station where guests can sample 24 different wines.

Shopping in Virginia Beach

Every trip needs a good shopping spree, and luckily there are plenty of options in Virginia Beach. If you want to feel like a teenager again, head over to Lynnhaven Mall. They have all your favorite stores including American Eagle, Apple, Express, JCPenney, and more. There are dining options, a children’s play area, and a mobile charging station if your phone battery dies.

Since you are on the beach, you’re going to need your beach essentials. You can find all this and more at Sunsations Beach Department Store. They have everything you need to make your trip to the beach successful. You can find swimwear, water gear, beach toys, sunglasses and more, all in one spot.

The Shops at Hilltop is a good mix of traditional stores, boutiques, and local shops that create a fun shopping atmosphere. There are over 120 stores in this outdoor shopping mall, and you can explore local favorites like Virginia ABC and Ocean’s Art Custom Framing & Gallery.

Hair by Virginia Beach

Ready for a new look or to unwind after a long day of sightseeing? Then you need to check out the salons in Virginia Beach. Wink Salon can help you with any hair need you might have. They offer haircuts, blowouts, coloring services, perms, relaxers, and updos. They also have keratin treatments and waxing services. You can also use Wink for your wedding and have them take care of your hair and makeup either in the salon or on-site.

Metamorphosis Salon & Spa not only has a full list of hair service but they also offer spa services. After your cut and color, you can get a facial, body wrap or scrub, or waxing services.

Start with these Virginia Beach spots and soon you’ll see why the locals love calling this place their home.

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