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Set on the James River, this town has plenty to offer paddlers and history aficionados, yes. But the real story happening in Richmond is the burgeoning art scene and the reshaping of its culture as it looks forward, leaving behind the city best known for its past. Church Hill is the neighborhood to watch, but culinary uprisings are popping up all over town. Richmond is home to the gorgeous VMFA, but also the turf of scrappier little galleries aiming to catch your eye. Live theatre, mountain biking, fire hoops, bow ties or breweries–name your fancy, and Richmond can fill the bill.

Church Hill

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Nile Ethiopian Bistro & Cafe 306 N. 29th St. (E)

Proper Pie Co.  Oh, Proper Pie how we love you!  Little savory pies to hold in your hands, just long enough to gobble down and wish you had more. They open at high noon, but arrive before the line stretches down the block. P.S.–We realize you also carry sweet stuff, but frankly we haven’t been able to move beyond the perfection of your Pork Chile Verde. 2505 E. Broad St. (E)

“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.”–H. G. Wells. We believe Mr. Wells would be inordinately happy with the goings on at Richmond Rides in Church Hill. They offer historic tours of the Church Hill neighborhood and will soon be expanding to include Foodie and Mountain Bike expeditions. You can book private or custom tours for your business, family, or small group. Check the Richmond Rides website for further details. (D)

Where else are you going to get canneles around here? We didn’t even know we needed canneles until you, WPA Bakery 2707 E. Marshall St. (E)

Dutch and Company  Chef’s Caleb Shriver and Philip Perrow garnered the national spotlight this year when they were nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic region. Go see what all the buzz is about. Whether you’re there for a Basil Smash (which we highly recommend, btw) or a leisurely meal of Rockfish with tonnato sauce, crisped brussel sprouts and sunchokes, the experience will be memorable. Don’t forget the Honey Pot. 400 N. 27th St. (E)

Gather Home and Garden  Need a little help greening up your space? Gather Home and Garden can hook you up with terrariums, air plants, cacti, succulents, houseplants and more. Pick up a cute plant for a friend, choose some local pottery and take advantage of Gather’s potting service. Grab a few boxes of Profaniteas Virginia-grown herbal tea, one for you and one for your saucy friend. 2704 E. Marshall St. (S)

Tiny Space  This tiny, under-the-radar spot features vintage apparel, accessories, shoes, and home goods. If it is quirky and retro, you’ll find it at Tiny Space. They’ve got a sweet collection of vinyl too, plus art from local makers. 2708 E. Marshall St. (S)

Sub Rosa Bakery  The granola is made with rose water, Medjool dates and cardamom. Everything comes out of their wood fired masonry oven. Expect a slight char on your flaky croissant. The ingredients are organic and local whenever possible which makes a huge difference in the delicious quiches and tarts. If Sub Rosa is not sold out of the mind-blowing Pistachio and Sour Cherry Croissants, this is your lucky day. 620 N. 25th St. (E)

The Roosevelt  Further heightening Church Hill’s national rep as a culinary hot spot, Lee Gregory was nominated a James Beard Semi Finalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic region. Not surprisingly, the Roosevelt claimed Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Chef at the Richmond Elby awards last year. But that’s not why we love it.  Roosevelt is just the right combination of laid back charm and intense culinary passion. If you arrive for Early Bird (before 6:30), you’ll have a shot at their Calabash Fried Oysters with remoulade and slaw.  623 N. 25th St. (E)

Metzger Bar and Butchery interiorMetzger Bar and Butchery is another Church Hill gem. Serving thoughtfully-prepared rustic German inspired cuisine, this small venue on 23rd has generated a loyal fanbase. But don’t come expecting overzealous Gasthaus portions, these plates are modest and flavorful. We’re partial to the Beer-Braised Pork Chop and Mushroom Spätzle or the Hendel–Amish Chicken with Rye Berries, Sweet Potato and Chard. Save room for the Afpel Strudel with Beer Caramel, Smoked Pumpkin Seed Brittle and Brown Sugar Ice Cream. Metzger was recently voted Restaurant of the Year by Richmond Magazine. 801 N. 23rd. St. (E)

Pomona Plants 2025 Venable St. (S)

Dear Neighbor  This uber hygge boutique in Church Hill needs to be on your radar. You’ll dig their bright space curated with stylish home goods and boss gifts sporting an effortless, minimalistic vibe we’re all shooting for. Locally-crafted leather, modern ceramics, Drift/Riot jewelry, witty cards, all-natural skin care, dude accessories and all manner of coolness awaits. 2514 Jefferson Ave. (S)

Union Hill

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Alamo BBQ serves righteous BBQ from a little pick-up window. Don’t even punish yourself by waiting to dig in. Sit right down on one of their picnic benches out front and go to town. We’re not even going to tell you how to order, it’s all phenomenal. 2202 Jefferson Ave. (E)

Union Market  We adore this small neighborhood market and eatery. Judging by the fans on the back patio, we’re not alone. Union has tasty pressed sandwiches on Billy Bread, craft beer and kombucha on tap (for you really healthy people), plus a great selection of local faves including Blue Bee Cider and Bombolini pasta. We’re currently obsessed with their Guava and Pepperjack Empanadas. 2306 Jefferson Ave. (S)

Millie’s Diner  Yes, the line is for Millie’s. Brunch here is a rite of passage for Richmonders, and once you’ve had Millie’s, you’ll be hooked– no matter the wait. Squeeze your way to the bar and order a mimosa for you and your friends. Watch in amazement as the chefs do their thing on the grill. Get friendly with the neighboring patron you’ve accidentally just nudged.  It’s loud; it’s bustling, and it’s one big happy family on weekend mornings at Millie’s. Open for lunch weekdays, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. 2603 E. Main St. (E)

Shockoe Bottom & Shockoe Slip

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Nota Bene Restaurant & Bar 2110 E. Main St. (E)

Whisk 2100 E. Main St. (E)

Edgar Allan Poe Museum  Check out the oldest house still standing in Richmond while paying homage to the master of macabre. The Poe Museum is lovely anytime of year, but Halloween weekend is especially festive here. 1914 E. Main St. (D)

Artware Jewelers and Shift Bicycles  Alright, so it’s a strange combination one might say. But love is love. We feel ‘ya. We love bikes and incredible custom jewelry, too. Now can shop for Shift’s Xtracycle Cargo bike with electric assist to help haul your cookies (or whatever else you might be carrying…hint, hint) up a steep incline with ease while you covet Artware’s handsome mixed metal rings. Check out the tandem touring bikes while you’re there. Sweet. 113 N. 18th St. (S)

Lulu’s Restaurant  Hankering for something sweet on a fine weekend morning?  Head to the Bottom, for Lulu’s Red Velvet Pancakes. If a boozy brunch is your thing, Lulu’s makes its own Bloody Mary mix. When you’re in the mood for savory, we suggest the Grilled Corned Beef topped with two perfectly poached eggs, asparagus, and hollandaise. 21 N. 17th St. (E)

Shockoe Atelier “pairs exquisitely constructed denim made by hand with luxury tailored goods.” Blending their European aesthetic with an American point of view, Shockoe Atelier will keep you looking right. Watch the magic in the workroom just steps away. 13A South 15th St. (S)

Citizen is not a well kept secret for those who work or live downtown. But if you haven’t made your way there yet, you definitely need to. Keep your eyes glued for their chalkboard sign as you near 12th St. The lunch is amazing. Their herbs and vegetables are from Victory Farms, local eggs from Duling, bollilo rolls from La Sabrosita Bakery–you get the idea. We can’t live without the Pulled Pork Torta with Cabbage Relish. Citizen now serves beer and wine for your after work wind down.1203 E. Main St. (E)

Kitchen on Cary  We’re suckers for an expert wine pairing, so we suggest you try Kitchen on Cary’s Tuesday Night Wine Dinners,$30 for a three-course meal complete with wines selected for each dish. If the weather is nice, they’ll open the big green barn doors to the night air. Bliss. 1331 E. Cary St. (E)

Fountain Bookstore  Not only is Fountain Bookstore a fun, quirky little bookshop in the Slip, it also has generated wonderful relationships with nearly two dozen local authors. You can get your hands on autographed copies from your favorite area wordsmiths as well as many other visiting writers. Fountain hosts frequent readings and store events. Check out their website for deets. 1312 E. Cary St. (S)

Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe  You’ll find this popular local eatery sprouting up all around Richmond. However, you’ll find no better people-watching than through their massive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking this quaint corner of Cary. Do some work on your laptop while enjoying a FarmFrost Chai. This place is popping on the weekends, so expect a wait on those cage-free farm eggs. You’ll feel good fueling up after your run, knowing everything is organic and locally-sourced. 1217 E. Cary St. (E)

Bistro Bobette  We can’t imagine a better location for a cozy French hide-away, then off Shockoe Slip’s tree-shaded, cobblestone street. A rendezvous is not requisite–but if you are having one, here’s the place to do it. Chef Francis Devilliers’ authentic French cuisine is the perfect bite for lunch– from the Buckwheat Crepes to the Arctic Char with preserved lemon. Impeccable. Bistro Bobette offers Three-Course Daily Prix Fixe dinners from 5-6 p.m. or all night Thursdays. 1209 E. Cary St. (E)

Casa Del Barco  Oh so little time, oh so many tequilas. Don’t make it harder than it has to be–order the flight. If there’s a spot on the patio, that’s where you want to be. Right next to the canal, you’ve got a great view of the street art murals opposite and all those energetic runners, cyclists, and amblers taking in the Canal Walk. Tell yourself you’ll join them soon…right after you polish off that Mango Habanero Guacamole. 320 S. 12th St. (E)


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Legend Brewing Co.  Hands down one of the best views of the Richmond skyline. Pay your respects to Virginia’s oldest craft brewery. 321 W. 7th St. (E)

Artspace Gallery and Plant Zero  Within this complex you will find one of our favorite non-profit galleries, individual studios and a cafe. There is also a large performance/event space. Slam Richmond holds regular poetry slams in the annex building behind Artspace0 E. 4th St. (S)

Caravati’s is a family owned architectural salvage business started in 1939. Leave plenty of time to root through the unwashed treasures. 104 E. 2nd St. (S)

Sweet Fix  One of Sweet Fix’s gorgeous creations was named a Best Cake of 2015 by Martha Stewart Living. Swing down and sample one of their amazing French macarons like Rosewater, Elderflower or Orange Blossom Poppyseed, and you’ll be hooked. 9 W. 10th St. (E)

The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership, formerly known as Lovebomb, is an art and community space headed up by artist Heide Trepanier. While the Mothership continues to evolve, Lovebomb staff are hard at it:  Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays they’ll be working on site “to improve the building, weed the garden, plant flowers, make art and play with their children. Volunteers are welcome to join anytime. Lunch provided at 12:00 every workday for 2 hours of volunteer time.” 6 W. 21st St. (D)


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The National is a beautiful, historic venue for local and national acts. The restored theater has standing only on the first floor and terraced seating in the balcony. The acoustics and intimate vibe of The Natl’ always delivers a memorable evening. 708 E. Broad St. (D)

Pre-show, we suggest you head over to Chef Owen Lane’s new roost, Vagabond, for their Smoked Chicken Wings with tequila honey sauce and pistachio or go full He-Man with the Crispy Pig Head Torchon. We are all about Lane’ tacos and his burly, juicy house burger, too. 700 E. Broad St. (E)

Belle & James  The glowing onyx bar and glittering Brigitte Bardot mosaic is delivering a full-on Bond vibe, and we’re digging it. Their cocktail program is equally intriguing. Whether it is drinks, lunch or dinner, don’t skip the Pimento Beignets. Start off your Saturday with Belle & James’ French fare like the Champignon & Curry Crepes or their signature Eggs James, a tasty skillet of fried eggs, Andouille sausage and potatoes. 700 E. Main St. (E)

Sefton Coffee Co.  This local roastery and coffeehouse knows how to treat a bean right. Whether you’re up for a Espresso Milkshake or a Matcha Tea, they’ve got you covered. Pick up a package of their Apropos Roasters coffee for your morning cup on your way out. 24 N. 8th St. (E)

Greenleaf’s Pool Room  This great looking pool hall in the shadow of the John Marshall can give your competitive spirit a little play time. Consider Greenleaf’s the perfect diversion from your usual late night haunts–with plenty of windows to take in the city scene while putting your skills on display to interested onlookers (only with cocktails and bar snacks!). Wednesday night is date night: fifty bucks will nab you  2 hours of pool, a bottle of wine or pitcher of craft beer, 2 sandwiches, and a homemade ice cream sandwich to share. They’ve got leagues and lessons too. 100 N. 6th St. (D)

Julep’s on Grace has taken its spin on classic Southern cuisine uptown. Food Republic named Julep’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Housemade Pimento Cheese and Peppadew Aioli one of the 20 Most Iconic Tomato Dishes in America. Frankly, we’re a little surprised their Shrimp and Grits dish doesn’t have its own fan page. Might we suggest the Julep’s Bananas Foster, served tableside, to really finish off your evening with a flourish. 420 E. Grace St. (E)


Wong Gonzales  The love child of Asian and Latin cuisine, Wong Gonzales serves “mexinese” dishes in a clubby, vibrant space on Grace. A great spot for “Wongtails,” we are all aflutter for their Hot and Bothered jalapeno infused Lunazul Blanco cocktail. Any version of beef bulgogi is a winner here. Start with the Fiesta Bites or South of the Border Calamari because tempura is everything. They’ve got plenty of vegan options and a late night menu (midnight until 2) for your weekend hankerings. 412 E. Grace St. (E)

Champion Brewing 401 E. Grace St. (E)

Rappahannock  For bivalve lovers, Rappahannock is the place you want to go for slurping a half-shell. Stop by to enjoy the early evening light with some Oysters & Pearls, Rappahannock River Oysters, cider granita and trout caviar along with a craft cocktail or some Prosecco on tap. 320 E. Grace St. (E)

Rapp Session Rappahannock’s younger sibling is right next door to fuel your mornings with coffee and breakfast sammies like the Egg McSession and pep up your lunch with tasty offerings like their classic Lobster Roll. Rapp Session is open until 2 on the weekends to heat up your late nights with the aphrodisiacal powers of the mighty oyster (for half off after 11p.m.) 318 E. Grace St. (E)

Mon Chou 306 E. Grace St. (E)

Lucy’s  This cozy neighborhood restaurant features Monrovia farm beef and serves our favorite Billy Bread. They have truly incredible vegetarian options as well. We are still craving their stellar “Non Spaghetti and Meatballs”–deeply satisfying artichoke, spinach and avocado bundles of love atop a mound of sauteed spaghetti squash with a spicy caramelized onion Pomodoro sauce. 404 N. 2nd St. (E)

Saadia’s Juicebox and Yoga Bar  If Saadia’s fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and wellness shots don’t keep you feeling fly, the Bare Soul yoga will. Saadia’s Lavender Latte with vegan coconut whip is something of a cult fave. Get glowing with their satisfying salads and addictive acai bowls. 402 1/2 N. 2nd. St. (E)

J KOGI  These Seoul street eats are take-out or delivery only. But when you are craving some delicious bibimbap, J KOGI is your stop. The bulgogi is a popular option, naturally; but don’t overlook the Kimchi Pancakes. 325 N. 2nd St. (E)

Fighting Fish  The Sushi Donut that launched a thousand Instagrams is now available for lunch or dinner. This is cause for celebration. Fighting Fish’s Poke Bowls are equally stunning and delicious. Sushi fans, this is your mecca. 317 N. 2nd St. (E)

Mama J’s Kitchen  When only soul food will do, Mama J’s can make it all better. Candied yams, greens, catfish nuggets–Mama J’s brings it. Voted Best Soul Food Restaurant by Style Weekly readers. 415 N.1st St. (E)

Idle Hands Bread Company  Oh, Idle Hands could not hide their light under a bushel for too long. Word of their heavenly pastries and naturally leavened breads is out. They’ve just moved to a larger space in Jackson Ward shortly. Get there early before your favorite flaky goodness is gone. We’re jonzing for their Chocolate Chip Sourdough. 312 Brook Rd. (E)

Electric Consignment  Menswear is finding its moment in Jackson Ward. You’ll want to add this new spot to your rounds. Why waste time rummaging when you can shop a thoughtfully-curated rack of only the current stuff? Electric Consignment is looking to be your “conduit for fashion, music, and lifestyle.” 321 Brook Rd. (S)

Stoplight Gelato and Cafe  Yes, Barb is serving warm biscuits, hearty sandwiches and homey soups, but what we really came for is to find out what wacky gelato flavor she’s dreamt up today. With 22 bodacious concoctions the likes of Wasabi, The Land of Milk and Honey Matzah, and Smoked Cajun Peanut, Stoplight will keep your tastebuds in ever-loving suspense. 405 Brook Rd. (E)

Circle Thrift & Art Space  You’ve seen the crowd spilling out every First Friday during Art Walk. But did you know that they’ve got jams on a semi-regular basis? Clothing and shoes are half-off Sundays and Tuesdays. Musical equipment, records, community art–it’s a party in here. 7 W. Broad St. (S)

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Perly’s  This famed Jewish delicatessen downtown is the place to go for breakfast. Babka French Toast, Corned Beef Hash–be still our hearts. Literally. To say Perly’s is a Richmond institution would be an understatement. 111 E. Grace St. (E)

Triple Crossing Brewing Co.  If you haven’t tried out Triple Crossing’s beers yet, may we suggest you start with their Imperial Coconut Stout, Coco for Coconuts, which just won Best in Show at the RVA Brewfest. But when that goes, there will be another inventive brew to replace it. Triple Crossing has featured 80 different brews since opening one short year ago. The Falcon Smash, their flagship IPA, is perfect for a Richmond summer. Get down to this friendly microbrewery and chillax on their shaded patio with a flight, some chips and Daddy G’s salsa. 113 South Foushee St. (E)

Bijou Film Center is on the move. While James Parrish and Terry Rea continue to host film related gatherings about town, they are scoping out a new place to call home for The Bijou Film Center to showcasing art house films “from Hollywood to home movies, with detours.” Check out the goings on here.

Coalition Theater  Catch the Sweatlist: Stand-up Open Mic, a wacky combination of improv and stand-up, as your favorite comics are forced to throw out their set list and perform jokes at your bidding. For the brave of heart, Coalition Theater offers improv classes. C’mon it’s good for you. 8 W. Broad St. (D)

Rosewood Clothing Co.  Ashley Carruthers’ light-filled brick and mortar off Broad features local makers and hip vintage duds. You’ll also find 100% natural Herbivore Botanicals (out of Seattle). We are crushing on everything Drift Riot lately–Richmond-based jewlery-maker extraordinaire–particularly the spiked hair pin pictured above. 16 W. Broad St. (S)

Rider Boot Shop has just raised the bar for men’s fashion in Richmond. Drop by their elegant space downtown for quality Italian made footwear built to last like the ultra-versatile Cardiff Chukka boots. As old man winter approaches, get ready for slushy weather with their Nokian eco-friendly rubber boots too. 18 W. Broad St. (S)

Vinyl Night at Saison Community jam session: bring a record to Saison on Tuesday nights and your favorite vinyl will earn you a $5 discount. Saison is known for great cocktails and “spot on” food. Their chocolate beignets are rumored to be addictive.  23 W. Marshall St. Now check out Saison Market next door! (E)

Big Secret  You’ve probably seen Big Secret’s work all around town, whether you realized it or not. This mega-creative laser engraving studio has put the Elby Awards logo on loaves of bread, engraved Ledbury’s hangers and cufflink boxes, etched Lamplighter’s signs, and laser cut mylar for scull and crossbones wallpaper. From cell phone cases to beer taps, if it’s cool—they’ve done it. Check out their website and get inspired to dig into your next creative project. Big Secret will be right there for you, “from design and development to fabrication and finishing.” 120 W. Marshall St. (S)

Gallery 5  More than likely, there will be some folks twirling fire outside and a band jamming  before a packed crowd inside this restored firehouse. The art shows hang upstairs, if you can weave your way through the madness. 200 W. Marshall St. (S)

Virginia Repertory encompasses four unique seasons on stages in the metro:  The Signature Season at the November Theatre downtown (Va Rep Center); The Cadence Theatre Season on the Theatre Gym stage downtown (Va Rep Center); The Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern; and the Children’s Theatre Season at the Children’s Theatre of Virginia stage at Willow Lawn. If you’re looking for something slightly edgy, check out Theatre Gym. Virginia Rep is particularly adept at producing rousing musicals, but their professionalism extends to all genres. Community minded, committed to education and artistic excellence, Virginia Rep is a Richmond treasure. 114 W. Broad St. (D)

5th Wall Theatre  Carol Piersol’s newest artistic venture produces compelling plays whose aim is to “add the dynamic of “fifth wall” to peoples’ consciences, and provide insights into our human condition through theatrical expression.” You’ll see 5th Wall  productions at numerous venues around town including HATTheatre, Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep, and Triangle Players. Find out more about 5th Wall Theatre’s current season here. (D)

Chef MaMusu Africanne on Main Just try to keep us away from Chef Mamusu’s sweet fried plantains! Plus, the world always looks a little brighter after we’ve eaten heaping portions of Jerk chicken, mixed greens and cornbread. Try the Veggie Paratha pies with spicy dipping sauce. 200 E. Main St. (E)

Comfort  As the name implies, this is the place to relax with your favorite Southern dishes. It’s a dynamite place for a vegetable plate too. We’ve even been known to order a basket of fried okra with our martinis on a packed First Fridays Artwalk night. Good stuff. 200 W. Broad St. (E)

Quirk Hotel and Gallery is putting RVA’s Arts District on the national stage. This new boutique hotel and gallery is more than an elegant stop downtown. Katie Ukrop has infused the entire space with her impeccable style and joie de vivre. Quirk Gallery is one of our absolute favorite spots chock-full of drool-worthy, hand-crafted jewelry, delightful children’s gifts, imaginative home decor and spot-on gallery shows. 201 W. Broad St. (D)

Candela Books and Gallery is about the business of raising photography’s image as a fine art medium.  They both publish significant books of photography and produce thought provoking gallery exhibits. Candela’s airy space and blonde wood floors show the work to its best advantage. It’s definitely the spot to be on First Fridays. 214 W. Broad St. (S)

Lift Coffee Shop and Cafe is quite convenient because sometimes you just need a hit of caffeine, and if it’s good enough for Joseph Gordon Levitt, it’s good enough for us. 218 W. Broad St. (E)

Ada Gallery  This is the place to see something unexpected. Ada exhibits contemporary art from the Mid-Atlantic region. If the vibe seems more “city” than you’re used to in Richmond, Ada’s connections to its sister gallery Mulherin+Pollard in N.Y.’s lower east side may have something to do with it. 228 W. Broad St. (S)

Charm School Social Club  Nothing will brighten your day like a cone or sundae crowned with toasted fluff. For reals. Vegans they’ve got you covered. School us anytime with flavors like Cereal Milk 2 and Vegan Black Magic. We’re floored by the outrageous goodness of Charm School’s peanut butter cookies and snickerdoodles, too. 311 W. Broad St. (E)

Ledbury  Gents in search of a perfect fitting shirt, Ledbury has sorted that out for you. Visit them in their glimmering flagship store downtown just down from Quirk Hotel. Take a look at their Short Run shirts, a collection of 5 new shirts released each week in small quantities. Ledbury now offers Made-to-Measure shirtmaking services and your soon-to-be-favorite trousers in seven colors. You’ll be looking dapper. 315 W. Broad St. (S)

1708 Gallery  We love 1708’s ability to do things on a grand scale. Their impeccably curated shows have made them one of the cornerstones of the Richmond art scene. Make 1708 one of your first stops on any gallery crawl. 319 W. Broad St. (S)

Steady Sounds and Blue Bones Vintage is the place to pick up some good vinyl downtown. They’ve now teamed up with Blue Bones, so you can pimp your look at the same time. While Steady Sounds is our favorite place to thumb through LP’s, they’ve also got solid in-store events. Check ’em out. 322 W. Broad St. (S)

Mod & Soul  This contemporary clothing boutique stocks pieces with just enough bohemian flair to lend a little sass to your look. Mod & Soul has affordable wardrobe staples like a jaunty halter jumpsuit and the perfect flirty velvet wrap dress to greet the season with style. 323 W. Broad St. (S)

Verdalina  If ethically produced fashion is important to you, you won’t want to miss Verdalina. They bring “sustainable style” to their clientele in real fibers, clean lines, and gorgeous silhouettes. To add a little effortless glamour to your life, stop in. 325 W. Broad St. (S)

Chocolates by Kelly offers handmade European-style chocolates. Addicting confections like Orange Red Pepper Truffles and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels await you. Chocolates by Kelly makes vegan-friendly varieties as well like the sinful Blanchard’s Coffee Truffles or Cranberry Vodka Cordials. Now you can order a box of their newest confections to be delivered to your casa on a regular basis as a member of their Sweet Tooth Society. Sign us up! Find out more here. 414 W. Broad St. (E)

First Fridays Artwalk happens year-round on the first Friday of the month. Check out what’s in store for the monthly culture parade here.

In case you haven’t  already guessed, Richmond is a foodie town.  There’s a lot of ground to cover here, and Real Richmond Food Tours can help you do it right. Find out more and book a tasty tour on their website. 

Food Truck Watch: Goatacado, King of Pops, Boka Tako Truck, Super Fresh Cart, Gelati Celesti, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, Christopher’s Runaway Gormay, Pizza Tonight, Red eye cookies, cultured swine food truck; Salty’s ice cream

Locally Crafted Goodness–Be on the lookout for these exceptional products around town: Belle Island Spirits (Moonshine!); Sausage Craft Handcrafted Artisan Meats; Keep it Simple Syrup; Daddy G’s Rockin’ Salsa; Crunch Dynasty exotic hot toppings; Gunther’s Gourmet marinades, salsas, and dips; Ginger Juice Co.’s cold pressed juices, OLLI Salumeria, Mother Shrub, and Ironclad Coffee Roasters

VCU & Uptown

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Rumors  Get your thrift on at Rumors. They’ve got plenty of sunnies, kicks, shorts and retro tees to get you primed for the season. Rumors buys, sells, and trades men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. 723 W. Broad St. (S)

The Lab by Alchemy Coffee  This sun-drenched minimalist coffee shop will quickly become your favorite.  Take a seat at the wooden bar spanning their massive front window and watch the general melee outside while sipping on your exquisitely prepared caffeinated beverage of choice–espresso, drip, cold brew, pour over, or the popular Yama Tower. Treat yourself to a pastry made daily by Dru Thomasson. 814 W. Broad St. (E)

Balance Bicycle Shop stands behind the products they sell. The owner and staff’s personal experience with the bikes and accessories informs everything they do. Knowledgeable technicians trained on the latest equipment will service your bike and keep you safe on the road. They can even build custom wheels to your exact specifications. 904 W. Broad St. (S)

Edo’s Squid  Nobody does Scungilli Insalata quite like Edo’s, conch delicately seasoned with olive oil, lemon and garlic. As the name implies, any dish with squid is a pretty sure thing here as well. Be sure to order the Broccoletti di rapa or the Braised Fennel to round out your meal. Mangia! Mangia! 411 N. Harrison St. (E)

Red Eye Cookie Co.  Their red velvet signature cookie, The Red Eye, is seriously addictive. You’ve been warned. They’re open until 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and until 3 a.m. weekends. Yep, they deliver. 935 W. Grace St. (E)

Ipanema Cafe was just voted Best Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant in Central Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine, but it has long been a favorite of Richmonders. The Tofu Sandwich with caramelized onions, hummus, and ovendried tomatoes is a classic that will keep you coming back. Even so, Ipanema is a great place to branch out–try the BBQ Jackfruit or Shakshouka. You’ll find the desserts are equally amazing. 917 W. Grace St. (E)

Dinamo  When you hear it’s Ed Vasaio (the man who brought Richmond Edo’s Squid and Mama Zu’s) place, you know the food will be spot on.  If the propeller out front is spinning, they’re open. Try the lentil salad. The gnocchi, the squid ink fettucine with calamari and shrimp, the rockfish–it’s all good. 821 W. Cary St. (E)

Oregon Hill

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Mamma Zu’s  Alright, there are things you need to know. No cards here. Really. Bring cash. It is wild in here on a weekend night. Grab a short glass of wine and settle in. It is loud, but in a good way. Best of all, the food rocks.Truly. 501 S. Pine St. in Oregon Hill (E)

One of the newest kids on the block, L’Opossum, hopes you venture out soon and return often. David Shannon serves up a culinary whirlwind in this kitsch meets 70’s glam Oregon Hill spot. Be sure to order the Eldorado Low Rider (lobster taco) and throw caution to the wind and grace it with the chef’s foie gras. While you’re at it, the Limoncello Crème Brulee is a big yes in our book. 626 China St. (E)

Looking for some punk vinyl? Head to Vinyl Conflict Records. Bobby will most likely be spinning some vinyl behind the counter. You’ll find Richmond’s largest selection of metal rock, hardcore, punk and indie. 324 S. Pine St. (S)

Not only does Oregon Hill have great access to the North Bank trail and Belle Island, it also has its own independent bike shop, Bunnyhop, to set you up for a great ride. Bunnyhop can handle any repair and can give you a legit estimate for free on the best route to getting you back in the saddle. They also sell new and used bikes, if you’re looking to trade up. 349 S. Laurel St. (S)


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Have you seen the Love This vintage airstream tooling about town? Wonder what’s up? Love This is a mobile fashion pop-up shop.This shiny silver venue is a “lifestyle brand that values style, quality, and positive change.” Love This only carries brands “that place equal value in the design of their products as they do their social, environmental, and economic impact.” Check out their event page to see where they’ll be headed next.

Deep Run Roadhouse serves soul-satisfying bbq, bison burgers, hearty sandwiches and plenty of delicious side dishes to keep anyone in your crew happy. Or hey–just order the Trainwreck Burrito and cover all your bases at once with barbecue, mac & cheese, cowboy beans, corn bread, onions and jalapenos rolled into one massive food bomb. We’re partial to their tender, black pepper-rubbed brisket smothered in cherry bourbon sauce. 309 N. Laurel St.and multiple Richmond locations (E)

Postbellum  The roof deck is where it’s at, no question. We suggest you venture out early and head upstairs to the deck. Postbellum has a separate menu (Deck Bill of Fare), but it features many of your faves like the Romaine and fried brussel sprout salad, or Postbellum’s decadent burger with frites. If you’re looking for a new culinary adventure, try Postbellum’s Tuesday Night Tasting; the chef selects 3 small plates and mains to be served as tastings along with a $5 flight of 3 craft beers. 1323 W. Main St. (E)

The Fan

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Canon & Draw Brewing Company  This eagerly awaited craft brewery is opening soon from the folks of Steam Bell Brewing Company. 1527 W. Main St. (E)

JM Stock Provisions & Supply This whole-animal butchery won a Good Foods award for their house-made pate. Besides the best meat in town, they make dynamite sausages. If you’ve been planning to drop by this sweet little market, delay no further. Even Meg Ryan popped in during a local film shoot.They’ve got all the gourmet goodies your foodie self really needs including cold brew Slingshot coffee, Old Church Creamery milk and yogurt, Pickled Silly products, not to mention local, organic produce and kitchen goods. We love nothing better than swinging in for a loaf of Billy Bread, Olli salume and some craft beverages for an impromptu picnic. The tasso ham biscuit drizzled with honey is life-changing. This modern “general store” teaches cooking classes too. 1531 W. Main St. (S)

Foo Dog brings Asian street food to the Fan. The ramen noodles are flown in from NYC every week. The Malaysian Ramen Bowl is a standout, as are the Bao Wow sliders. 1537 W. Main St. (E)

Bombolini Pasta “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.”–Sophia Loren  Bomboliniwe are sure, would agree. Stop in for some dynamite pasta. Check the board for the flavors of the week. 1606 W. Main St. (E)

Trial and Error Distillery

The Fan’s Uptown Arts District doesn’t seem to get as much play as downtown. That’s a shame because there are many good things happening in this neck of the woods. Here’s a primer for galleries not to miss:  Glave Kocen Gallery 1620 W. Main St. and Page Bond Gallery 1625 W. Main St. We’ve seen amazing work at all these venues on a regular basis. So go give ’em some love. (S)

Kuba Kuba  The Kubanaso cuban sandwich with fried plantains is the way to go here. Don’t forget Kuba Kuba’s exceptional tres leches cake. 1601 Park Ave. (E)

Heritage  We won’t assail you with poetic descriptions of Heritage’s food, suffice it to say you want to add them to your rotation. The food and libations are thoughtfully composed, enough to be written up by Imbibe, the Washingtonian, New York magazine, etc. Order up a Blood Orange is the New Black, bite into a Pimento Croquette and watch your cares melt away. 1627 W. Main St. (E)

Boketto Wellness  Invest in some self-care this season at Richmond’s only modern apothecary tucked away on a quiet street in the Fan. With a wealth of organic products to help you sustain inner balance, calm, and a sense of well-being, Boketto’s holistic approach will nourish you inside and out. Browse the sun-filled shop’s expertly-curated natural beauty products, baby care, home goods, herbs and tinctures or schedule a restorative session of acupuncture or massage. You can even book a nutrition and herb support consultation; plus Boketto hosts awesome workshops too like the upcoming Botanical Infusions class this fall. Stop by their Exilir Bar for your daily dose of pep and snag the indispensable Maven Made travel trio while you’re there. 106 N. Vine St. (S)

Flora  The name has changed, but the groove is still the same. Go shake your parts on the dancefloor in an spiked-slushy fueled haze, if you are so inclined. Adventurous eaters will want to try the fried grasshoppers. 203 N. Lombardy St. (E)

Visual Art Center of Richmond offers a myriad of art classes in every conceivable medium taught by working artists. Expand your horizons–sign up. “Art for Everyone. Creativity for Life.” Click here to learn more. 1812 W. Main St. (D)

Shyndigz was voted Best Dessert Place by Richmond magazine two years running. This sweet little dessert cafe in the Fan is open late–perfect for a Raspberry Blackout rendezvous. If you’d rather take your sweet and run, check out their Shyndigz 2Go & Market just two doors down. 1903 W. Cary St. (E)

The Fancy Biscuit stacks gargantuan towers of flaky goodness with all manner of culinary wickedness–fried chicken, apple slaw, housemade bread and butter pickles, tasso ham gravy, even white cheddar grits. Order a signature biscuit or build your own. Can’t choose between the Raspberry Sorbet, Orange, Mango-Passionfruit, and Pomegranate Mimosas? We hear you. Order the flight with a friend. 1831 W. Cary St. (E)

Bacchus is a mainstay in the Fan.This cozy neighborhood spot serves lovely pasta dishes, great salads and mains. We suggest you start with the heavenly Sauteed Calamari with capers and lemon along with a nice glass of wine, or dirty martini and see where the night takes you. 2 N. Meadow St. (E)

Garnett’s Cafe They’ll load up a picnic basket, so you can cop a squat in the quaint park across the street.  Take advantage of Date Night (any night between 6-9 p.m.), when you can score two sandwiches with sides and a bottle of wine for $30. We suggest the the Croque Florentine sammie. 2001 Park Ave. (E)

The Naked Onion  The Bahn Mi and the Cuban are fan favorites. We believe it must be the pickled jalapenos. Don’t plan on camping; this is a take it and go operation. Completely addicting. 2118 W. Cary St. (E)

Lamplighter Roasting Co. opened a modest cafe/coffee shop six years ago in an old gas station and began the revitalization of the Addison street corridor. Many businesses have come on its heels and turned the block into a real community of plucky start-ups with an edgy, forward thinking mentality. As for Lamplighter, they continue to be one of the district’s favorite gathering spots. Breakfast includes a plethora of tasty egg sandwiches, housemade granola, and treats like Dragon French Toast. Vegans, Lamplighter wouldn’t leave you hanging–try the Slammer Bagel, Tofutti with maple sriracha glazed soysage. You’ve got tons of options for lunch as well. We’re kind of partial to the Goat Herder’s Daughter or sometimes his mistress. Lamplighter features a full espresso bar. Be sure to purchase a bag of whole beans on your way out. 116 S. Addison St.; additional locations at 29 N. Morris St. & Summit Ave. Roastery (E)

Yesterday’s Heroes Vintage should be on heavy rotation.This well-curated and uber-shop-able vintage boutique’s focus is on quality goods. We’re particularly impressed with their menswear. 105 S. Addison St. (S)

Addison Handmade and Vintage Goods  One of our favorite things about Addison Handmade is the ability to support great local makers like Square Trade Goods Co.(soy candles) and Bear Ceramics (jewelry). Of course they’ve got bitchin’ Cowboy boots and leather satchels plus cool apparel for the ladies and gents. 103 S. Addison St. (S)

Na Nin Studio  Owner Kate Jennings creates the fragrance collection featured in the heart of her airy shop. You’ll also find a rotating selection of jewelry, ceramics, and clothing.” Na Nin  has traveled to the flea markets and consignments of over 30 countries to bring a strong collection of beautiful finds from beautiful places. When buying from Na Nin, know that a portion of the profits are put into an inner city school where Kate taught kindergarten for the past three years.” Na Nin is open Wed. through Fri. 11-7 p.m. and weekends 10-6 p.m. 101 S. Addison St. and 321 Brook Rd. (S)

Mean Bird  The popular food truck has roosted right in the heart of the fan district. Get your limeades and fried chicken or veggie bird anytime. Order the chicken livers if they haven’t sold out, and don’t forget the collard greens. 2227 W. Main St. (E)

Pik Nik 2301 W. Main St. (E)

Strawberry Fields Flowers and Gifts  This charming little Fan shop is the perfect place to get a fresh perspective on your day.  Take a breather surrounded by gorgeous flowers, playful cards, inspiring cookbooks, toys, handmade soaps and artisan jewelry. Strawberry Fields proudly carries local artists.  Check out Shannon by Hand embroidered towels and Row House 14 spunky cards. Order an arrangement, or select fresh blooms from the case. 423 Strawberry St. (S)

Hill Gallery & Studio  We stumbled across this charming gallery while strolling through the Fan. Owned by abstract painter Randi Hill and her daughter-in-law, freelance artist Claire Hill, Hill Gallery strives to be a place for “artists to come together to work, teach, study and exhibit.” You’re likely to find one of the Hills hard at work (like Claire, pictured above, sketching out an illustrated map of Richmond.) Hill Gallery exhibits group and solo shows of noted regional and local artists. 708 N. Robinson St. (D)

Secco Wine Bar is a great place to explore a new variety. The small plates are sublime. The atmosphere is welcoming. Put Secco on your list. 325 N. Robinson St. (E)

Deep Groove Records  This is just a kick-ass record store, simply put. Deep Groove has a deep selection of hard-to-find vinyl, pleasant and music-savvy staff and the ever-essential listening station. You’ll find new releases too. Get your Groove on. 317 N. Robinson St. (S)

Early Bird Biscuit Company  The popular Northside biscuit shop has moved to the Fan, and it will be your new jam (made in house, btw). Bourbon Molasses Bacon, Pineapple Upside Down, Raspberries and Cream, Crabby Cheddar–and those are just the biscuits. We haven’t even gotten to the pie or cold-brewed coffee. 119 N. Robinson St. (E)

Halcyon Vintage Clothing is a sweet little vintage shop on Robinson. The selection is well-edited; the vibe is friendly and relaxed. Go find yourself something pretty. 117 N. Robinson (S)

Spoonbread Bistro 2526 Floyd Ave. (E)

The Cask Cafe features 16 rotating taps of craft beer, growler fills, Sausage Craft meats and a laid-back atmosphere. They’ve also got wine and a fair selection of cheese. If the weather is cool enough for the garage doors to be opened, you’ve hit the hops-drinking sweet spot. Keep an eye out for frequent pop-ups with local chefs. 206 S. Robinson (E)

Relay Foods  If you’ve missed your favorite farmers market this week and just can’t face hauling your cookies across town to a local market, you’ve got options. Relay Foods is an online grocer and delivery service that partners with area farmers and small businesses to bring you fresh, organic…real food, while supporting the local food economy. Shop sustainably sourced seafood, OLLI Salumeria, Slingshot Coffee, artisan bread, all-natural cleaners and tons more with a few clicks, then drop by one of their twenty-six pick-up locations around town. Click here to find out more. See, you’re smart and good looking. (S)


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Byrd Theatre is a beloved  Richmond landmark. Come on Saturdays to hear the Mighty Wurltizer organ played before the show. If you get the opportunity, see as many shows as you can of the French Film Festival, held the last week in March every year. 2908 W. Cary St. (D)

Chop Suey Books is the kind of bookstore that makes you want to be a better person, or at least a better read person. They carry an incredible selection of new, used and rare books. We never fail to find something hilarious or brilliant on the shelves. Check out the upstairs gallery and stay awhile. 2913 W. Cary St. (S)

Bygones Vintage Clothing  From tiaras to tails, Bygones has the vintage looks for ladies and gents dating back to the 1900’s. Bygones is a really fun place to browse before a show at the Byrd. 2916 W. Cary St. (S)

Mongrel  This card and stationary store has oodles of  tiny amusements to keep you occupied for far too long. This is the perfect place to shop for the person you have no idea what to get. 2924 W. Cary St. (S)

Venue Skateboards  Get a new deck for your board, some fresh headwear, new vans, or just hang with the pros. Venue has been supporting the local skateboarding scene for more than twenty years. 2926 W. Cary St. (S)

Sugar and Twine  While you might have come for coffee served in actual mugs, we guarantee you’ll be dazzled by Beth Oristian’s baking craft. “From hearty hand pies and biscuits to delicately laminated croissants and danish, the pastry case will have a little something for everyone.” Sugar and Twine’s blonde wood and bright interior is a beacon of hominess calling you to stay for a second cup. Try to leave us a few Tomato and Fontina tarts, please. 2928 W. Cary St. (E)

The Daily Kitchen and Bar  This gorgeous space ranks right up there as the place to be spotted in Carytown. But looks aside, The Daily delivers. Their brussel sprouts are legend.  The fried oysters and lettuce wraps are a great way to start. They source locally and organic whenever possible. From the Pig and Fig white pizza to the Sesame Crusted Tuna, The Daily will please (including a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes). Order a cucumber martini, and take it all in. 2934 W. Cary St. (E)

bbgb tales for kids  Get the kids you know to read more. Stop in this little candy store of a bookshop and pick up a fresh and fanciful perspective. 3003 W. Cary St. (S)

World of Mirth  You just need to head down Cary long enough to run across World of Mirth’s funhouse mirror on the sidewalk to know this beloved shop has something different up its sleeve. “Toys for Kids of All Ages.” 3005 W. Cary St. (S)

Plan 9 Records  has been in business over 29 years. An integral part of the community, Plan 9 supports the independent music community in every way they can, including in store events. They describe their employees as “rabid music fans who thrive on helping guide customers as they expand their musical horizons in a true record store environment.”  3012 W. Cary St. (S)

Need Supply Co.  Pick up a little bit of casual cool. It all started with vintage denim. Now look at ’em. We particularly like their menswear–classic, quality goods with standout details. Shop their fantastic collection of sunglasses and leather satchels, too.  3100 W. Cary St. (S)

Phoenix Clothing is your supplier for the urban, “clothing as art” vibe. 3101 W. Cary St. (S)

Ruth & Ollie  This popular home interiors shop is a little design haven in the midst of the Carytown bustle. Stroll in to enjoy the bright vignettes, pick up a few artful accessories, or redecorate with a clean-lined sofa. They offer modern interiors that haven’t lost their “pretty.” 3108 W. Cary St. (S)

Carytown Bicycle Co. If you want to know what it is like to be a cyclist, visit Carytown Bikes.  Bike guides, rentals, service and repair, a trade-in program, even a lifestyle blog to teach you the ropes–Carytown Bicycle Co. wants to get you in the saddle. Fuel up with the ever so delicious Goatocado, now filling happy bellies seven days a week from their little kiosk inside Carytown Bikes. 3112 W. Cary St. (S)

Agee’s Bikes has been fitting their happy clientele to new best (two-wheeled) friends since 1910. They have several locations around town filled with friendly cycling experts to get you ready  for road or trail. 3116 W. Cary St. (S)

Clementine  This adorable consignment boutique in Carytown has all the looks you covet. Well-curated and easy to shop, Clementine will make you the envy of your friends.Their top-brands, fresh jewelry and accessories will get you hooked. Stop by frequently; their inventory changes daily. Clementine was voted Best Consignment Shop in Central Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers. 3118 W. Cary St. (S)

You’ll find Richmonders who find it more fashionable to see and be seen at Can Can Brasserie for lunch, dinner, or drinks; but as for us, a breakfast of brioche and cafe au lait or house made granola, yogurt and fruit surrounded by brass railings and white tablecloths makes us feel oh so French. At brunch, try the Brioche French Toast with apricot compote, lemon curd, and candied pistachios. Incredible! 3120 W. Cary St. (E)

Coriander  Get your Lavash fix here. Coriander is happy to introduce you to Armenian food. These flavorful wraps will become your “go to” quick meal in Carytown. 3125 W. Cary St. (E)

Creme de la Creme is brimming with colorful tableware, home accents, art and linens. You never know what you’ll find. Be sure to flip through the mammoth volume of icon photography up front. We dig the funny letterpress cards, too. 3156 W. Cary St. (S)

East Coast Provisions Carytown’s upscale seafood restaurant is sure to impress serving small plates, steaks, sushi, sashimi, maki rolls, oysters from the raw bar, even an array of meat and cheeses for a custom charcuterie plate. The cocktail selection is bounteous making East Coast the perfect spot for a quick bite or a relaxed night out. 3411 W. Cary St. (E)

Burger Bach  This New Zealand inspired gastropub has got our number. Quite possibly one of the best burgers we’ve ever tasted (The West Coast), an array of dipping sauces for our house cut fries, and a lovely rocket green salad with just the perfect amount of vinaigrette.Oh, and you’ve got our favorite cider, Bold Rock, on tap. 3426 W. Cary St. (S)

Quill Theatre  The Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare have combined forces to bring you Quill Theatre. Quill hosts summer classes for youth and a full education program. Check out their current season here. 4305 Sulgrave Rd. Agecroft Hall (D)

Make us Proud: Mother Shrub; Join or Die Knives; Nightingale Ice Cream

Museum District, Devil’s Triangle and Upper Fan

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Belmont Butchery is Richmond’s own artisanal charcuterie. Proprietor Tanya Cauthen is committed to her craft. Belmont Butchery is the place to get the real deal. Tanya quotes Dario Cecchini online,  “Four Things an Animal Must Have: a good life, a good death, a good butcher, and a good cook.” 15 N. Belmont Ave. (S) 

Nine Roses Jewelers  Owners Eliza Spell and Nick DeRosa want you to know gold is good for you. We tend to agree. Go check out their amazing space on Belmont and find some adornment that speaks to you. Nine Roses features unique jewelry that will spark conversation and solidify your rep as one with impeccable taste and badass flair. 19 N. Belmont Ave. (S)

Belmont Food Shop  You’re going to find classic flavor profiles here, done right. The roasted chicken with gnocchi, mushrooms, and greens; the avocado and crab appetizer with red pepper sauce, the seared scallops with romesco sauce and zucchini fritter–so familiar, yet so much better than you remember. 27 N. Belmont Ave. (E)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Amuse  With over 33,000 works in their permanent collection, VMFA is here to play.  Particularly impressive is their Modern and Contemporary art.  We love that VMFA represents new art from both emerging and established artists in their 21st Century art collection.  Join them for Friday Art &Wine or their Art After Dark series. For your visit, plan to dine at Amuse on the top floor; with food  and libations as gorgeous as the view, you’ll be pleased to linger. 200 N. Boulevard, the parking deck is on 305 N. Sheppard St. (D)

Little Saint  2901 Park Ave. (E)

House of Floralie  This Malvern Gardens gift shop has the flair of a boutique you’d stumble upon in a Parisian neighborhood. You’ll find a host of local makers mixed with European finds. Shop for Mother’s Shrub blueberry mixer, hand-dyed silk sleep masks, German baby booties, French Girl organic toiletries, bar accessories, the latest cookbook and more. We love their fun tea towel collaboration with Light Box Print Co. If you are all thumbs with gift wrapping, let House of Floralie do the honors with their specially designed signature papers. 1006 Lafayette St. (S)

Stella’s Grocery  This spanking new neighborhood grocery has all the goodies gourmands need. Wine, beer, cheese, baguettes, local sausage, Ginger Juice–you know, the essentials. Most importantly, you can pick up Stella’s greatest hits and pop them into your oven–Pastichio, Moussaka, Souvlaki. Stelkla’s Grocery has a coffee bar too, along with tempting sweets like Stella’s Lavender and White Chocolate Macaroons for your picnic or pocket. If you’re on the run, grab a Cyprus sandwich (prosciutto, grilled halloumi, peppadews, arugula and Mediterranean relish) from the case. 1007 Lafayette St. (S)

Stella’s  If you’ve got your heart set on fabulous Greek food, you need to reserve a table at Stella’s. We mean that literally. It is usually packed. If you get squeezed in, consider it a win. 1012 Lafayette St. (E)

Black Hand Coffee Company  3101 Patterson Ave. (E)

Lombardy Area and Boulevard Corridor

Sugar Shack Donuts  Be sure to taste the Apple Cider Donut born of a collaboration with Blue Bee Cider. After you’ve had your fill of delicious yeasty confections, pay it forward and buy a donut for a friend. If you get desperate you could eat it later. No, that would be wrong. 1001 N. Lombardy St. (E)

Firehouse Theatre presents contemporary American plays with an emphasis on developing important new works. Book tickets for their Festival of  New American Plays or Readers Theatre series1609 W. Broad St. (D)

The Camel is mostly known as a music venue. If you’re looking to explore the local music scene, here’s where you might start. 1621 W. Broad St. (D)

Sally Bell’s Kitchen  This modest little sandwich shop won a James Beard American Classics award this year. Pay your due respects and order a boxed lunch. We know you’ll feel sad there’s only one deviled egg. 2337 W. Broad St. (E)

Head to The Broadberry for more well-known acts. You’ll dig the vintage chandeliers hanging over their well-stocked bar. The outside patio is definitely a bonus when you need a little breather. Be sure to check out the artwork in Broadberry’s gallery near the VIP section. 2729 W. Broad St. (D)

Growlers to Go  There is a lot to love about Growlers to Go, starting with 54 taps of craft beer. You can even get a quick peek at the current tap list on their facebook page (if you’re the plan ahead type). Once you’ve filled a growler or two, check out their specialty beer case and handy array of snacks. 1017 N. Boulevard (S)

Buzz and Ned’s BBQ  Their baby back ribs beat Bobby Flay in a Throwdown. If you catch them on a day they’ve got the cornbread special, you’ve hit nirvana. The kick’n fried okra does it for us too; try it out. 1119 N. Boulevard (E)

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery  Anyone that’s tasted Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout (which earned a perfect 100 rating from Beer Advocate) knows how amazing Hardywood’s specialty brews are. Their next masterpiece is being released just in time for summer hang outs–the Saison Rustica, Belgian-styled Saison brewed with star anise, peppercorns, and fresh local lemongrass. Bands, food trucks, cornhole…how many more reasons do you need? Go, go now. 2408 Ownby Lane (E)

Scott’s Addition

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Lunch. / Supper!  is actually open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but let’s not quibble about details. The house made sausage keeps bringing them in for breakfast. Well, that and the specials like bacon and chocolate chip pancakes. Now we just have to choose between pickled eggs and the deviled egg of the day. 1213 Summit Ave. (E)

Blue Bee Cider  Go for a tour and tasting in the heart of Scott’s Addition. You can also pick up Blue Bee Cider around town. We love the crisp Hopsap Shandy, a combination of cascade hops and heirloom cider. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit when they break out the cask-aged Harvest Ration, a dessert cider infused with brandy (great to bring along to a dinner party). 1320 Summit Ave. (D)

Isley Brewing Co.  Their Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter was ranked 23rd in the state by Beer Advocate. This microbrewery has ten delicious craft brews on tap and a spacious tasting room. Pro tip: Their outdoor deck looks to be the ideal viewing spot for the Diamond’s fireworks display this July 4th. Just sayin. 1715 Summit Ave. (E)

Lamplighter Roasting Co. (headquarters) This is where the magic happens. Lamplighter roasts its beans here; they also have a training lab and offer free public cuppings on the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. Lamplighter hosts frequent classes from this location including roasting seminars and brewing workshops to improve your techniques. Closed Mondays. 1719 Summit Ave. (E)

Reservoir Distillery 1800-A Summit Ave. (E)

Brenner Pass  Could it be possible that the Alpine-themed menu might take your mind off the 90-plus temps? Here’s hoping. Even if it’s a brief respite, this sleek new Scott’s Addition restaurant conceived by Metzger’s James Beard award semi-finalist Brittany Anderson and partners is a worthy distraction. Channel the Alps with the Omble Chevalier, arctic char with crab rillettes, or the pillowy Strozzapretti, spinach dumplings with pine nuts and housemade ricotta. Share the Gruyere and Emmentaller fondue with your tablemates, and don’t forego pastry chef Olivia Wilson’s masterful desserts like the decadent Dulcey Souflee. 3200 Rockbridge St. Suite 100 (E)

Jackson & James Filling a long vacant niche in the RVA menswear market, Jackson & James sells quality clothing and sundries geared at the way you actually live, and that’s definitely not in a suit and tie anymore. Their focus on stylish casual wear will keep you on point whether you’re at work, play, or somewhere in-between. We’re stoked to find our local hook-up for Raleigh Denim and Kato shirts as well as the sweet handmade safety razors by local woodworker Jarrett Darrah. Check out their new line of United by Blue too; every product sold helps to remove a pound of trash from polluted waterways. Do good, look fine. 3200 Rockbridge St. (S)

Sheppard Street Antiques 1126 N. Boulevard (S)

Boulevard Burger & Brew 1300 N. Boulevard (E)

Buskey Cider 2910 W. Leigh St. (E)

Rag and Bones Bicycle Cooperative is a “registered non-profit dedicated to spreading the knowledge of bicycle maintenance, repair, and safety through an inclusive, safe and casual setting. The space contains workbenches and tools available the public, as well as plenty of recycled parts and pieces.” They provide bikes to those in need. Drop in and use the equipment on open shop days, volunteer, or donate. Join the fun for a Bike in Movie event. Check out their website for more info. 3110 W. Leigh St. (S)

The Circuit-Arcade Bar  3121 W. Leigh St. (E)

Ardent Craft Ales  With a convenient location just a few blocks off Boulevard, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and some quality brews, Ardent Craft Ales has quickly won over the hearts of Richmonders. The spacious taproom and festively lit deck might have you joining the after-work set more often than usual in the Beer Garden. We applaud your good sense. The Virginia Common, Saison, and IPA are available year-round. Warning: their seasonal brews are just as delicious, so don’t blame us if you fall in love. 3200 W. Leigh St. (E)

ZZQ 3201 W. Moore St. (E)

Vasen Brewing 3331 W. Moore St. (E)

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King of Pops  The “Pop Factory” in Scott’s Addition is wide open for the summertime, people. Prepare your flavor buds for icy domination as you hang on the pop patio. 3001 W. Clay St. (E)

But wait, you need lunch first. The Reign has that handled. Grab one of five “Sovereign Sandwiches” right there from the window on the pop patio and cop a squat. The Italian Musco is what a sub wants to be when it grows up. The Ham Jam seems to know our passion for pepper jelly without us uttering a word. All served on perfectly grilled Billy Bread. Yummers. 3001 W. Clay St. (E)

Studio Two Three “The Addition” This non-profit community print shop has all the equipment and know-how you need to get your message out there. Studio Two Three features 20 private studios, a print shop, darkroom facilities and digital lab, as well as classroom and community space. Etching and relief, screenprinting, lithography, digital printing, photography–whatever your gig, get in done in this beautiful synergistic space. A variety of classes and one-on-one instruction is available. Learn more on their website. 3300 W. Clay St. (D)

The Veil Brewing Co. 1301 Roseneath Rd. (E)

Black Heath Meadery  You don’t have to go to a Renaissance Fair to sip the exilir of the bees. Try Black Heath Meadery’s original honey wine, The Muse, or a seasonal offering like blueberry or ginger.  The meadery is open Tuesday through Friday 3-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m.1313 Altamont Ave. (S)

Peter Chang’s Scott’s Addition  The acclaimed chef takes his spicy fare to Scott’s Addition. Try the Big Soup Bun. 2816A W. Broad St. (E)

Three Notch’d Brewing and RVA Collab 2930 W. Broad St. (E)

Richmond Wine Station 2930 W. Broad St. (E)


D=Do; E=Eat/Drink; S=Shop

Strangeways Brewing  You’ll find Strangeways brews all over town, but to really grasp the Strangeways experience, you’ll need to go to the source. You’ll find their classic year-round beers like the Albino Monkey White Ale and Woodbooger Belgian-Style Brown Ale, as well as a long list of inventive variations. We’d be hard-pressed to decide what is more entertaining, reading the descriptions of Strangeways’ beers or their funky house events like Brews and Burlesque. Take the edge off your week with Thursday’s Steal the Vessel, or a little trivia action on Tuesdays. Wednesdays’ Curiosities Night is a great excuse to explore a few of Strangeways’ 25 beers on tap. 2277A Dabney Rd. (E)

Sugar’s Crab Shack 2224 Chamberlayne Ave. (E)

Little House Green Grocery  In a quest to make real food convenient, two visionaries opened this banging neighborhood grocery in Bellevue. Join them for Sunday Suppers, cooking and growing classes, or just pop in to shop with abandon all the best food the region has to offer. 1227 Bellevue Ave. (S)

Enoteca Sogno sits quietly on Bellevue, humbly waiting for you to discover it. They feature an extensive selection of Italian wines culled during their annual buying trip to Italy. Enoteca Sogno puts an equal amount of passion into creating authentic Italian dishes for their patrons. Try the Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle with truffle oil. Ahhmazing.1223 Bellevue Ave. (E)

Original Gravity Homebrew Supplies has opened their cozy nanobrewery, Final Gravity. Now you have all the brewing supplies and hoppy inspiration all at the same locale. Violet Saison, Venus Rising DIPA and their Imperial Stout Irish Goodbye are all made with locally grown and malted barley. 6118 Lakeside Ave. (S)

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens was awarded one of the top U.S. gardens worth traveling for, which comes as no surprise to Richmonders. Thursdays in the summer, stroll the lush gardens at dusk for their Flowers after Five series. 1800 Lakeside Ave. (D)

Libbie and Grove/ West End(ish)

Palette Paint and Home They sell upscale paint, but we particularly love the refinished furniture pieces out front and the gorgeous abstract paintings by local artists. 5813 Grove Ave. (S)

Gilt and Ash  5730 Patterson Ave. (S)

Palette dresser and paintingShops at 5807  Inside you’ll find the wares of over twenty different “micro-shops.” We love exploring Verve Home Furnishings’ funky mid-century modern pieces, and Gather’s rustic cool. Other standouts include JMD Home, Van Der Wolks, and Modern Artifacts. 5807 Patterson Ave. (S)

Kuba Kuba Dos  Now West Enders can have a bite of the infamous Kuba Kuba Tres Leches cake along with Braised Pork Shank, Huevos dishes all day, or whichever Cuban specialty strikes their fancy. 403 N. Ridge Rd. (E)

Shagbark Restaurant  4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd. Suite 175 (E)

Mekong was voted the best beer bar in America (by nearly 30,000 readers).  We thought you deserved to know. 6004 W. Broad St. (E)

Hogshead Cafe sells Chicken Fried Bacon with sausage gravy. Let’s just let that set in. These are the kind of maniacs you are dealing with. In Johnny Fugitt’s 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, Hogshead Cafe was named in the Top Ten Best Non-Traditional Meats or Main Dishes for their deep fried bacon wrapped jumbo beef dog topped with pulled pork and coleslaw, called simply The Hot Dog. If you try their Triple Dog Dare (3 Signature Dogs and 1 pound of fries in 30 minutes), we do not want to watch the carnage. We say that with love, my friend. 9503 W. Broad St. (E)

Sometimes you have to venture out further into suburbia than you might feel comfortable to find some really exception cuisine. Peter Chang’s China Cafe is more than worthy of just such a trek. 11424 W. Broad St. (E)

Hayashi Sushi serves upscale sushi and Asian fusion so good all that traffic will soon be a distant memory. 2160 John Rolfe Pkwy. (E)

The Urban Tavern  This West End gastropub is bringing it. Urban Tavern has 24 rotating taps of craft brews available by the pint, or for growler fills. They serve a varied menu of pub bites and a hearty brunch on Sundays. If you get a chance, try their Chicken Liver Pate with Crostini.  Enjoy live music on Thursdays. 10498 Ridgefield Pkwy. (E)


Nest Antiques is a charming little cottage on Semmes filled with “fabulous finds to feather your nest both inside and out.” You’ll find Nest brimming with art, antiques, and local products like Cricket Cove handmade soaps and co-owner/designer Marcelo’s jewelry. 3404 Semmes Ave. (S)

Laura Lee’s  3410 Semmes Ave. (E)

South of the James Market is the largest and liveliest farmer’s market in RVA. Go sample the bestoo local farms have to offer in Forest Hill Park Saturday mornings year-round. (8-noon spring and summer; 9-noon November-April) New Kent Ave. and 42nd St.

Little Nickel 4702 Forest Hill Ave. (E)

Outpost  Pick up some yummy Nightingale Ice Cream bars and craft beer, fill your growler with local kombucha, or have your bike serviced, for starters. There’s a myriad of reasons why we dig this neighborhood gourmet market and bike shop. 4813 Forest Hill Ave. (S)

Galley Kitchen and Galley Market  2805 Hathaway Rd. (E)

Need a day on the river?  Let Riverside Outfitters set you up with some whitewater action.  We’re stoked about their Downriver Paddleboarding excursions (Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek through Class I-II rapids). Or take one of their guided rafting, kayaking, or canoe trips, both flat water and higher adrenaline rapid runs available. They do it all. You can even rent a mountain bike for hitting the trails or sign up for a day on the high ropes course. Keep up with special events on their facebook page. 6836 Old Westham Rd.

Hiro Sushi   You’ll need some fuel for your venture across the river, and first-rate sushi and sake seems like a stellar idea. 9958 Midlothian Turnpike (E)

Sneed’s Nursery and Garden Center has big plans. They’ll soon host farm-to-table dinners in a gorgeous outdoor event space they’re creating on their grounds. In the meantime, join them for Bee Keeping or Small Space Vegetable Garden Saturday workshops. Drop by Flower Girls, Inc., now located in the cottage, to pick up a few stems or dream up some petal magic for your next event. 8756 W. Huguenot Rd. (S)

Gelati Celesti has been cranking out the love for 30 years to its adoring public. Go get a scoop of heaven. 3004 Stony Point Rd. (E)

Southbound  Chef Lee Gregory and Chef Joe Sparatta bring their talents over the river. Sidle up to the swanky bar for a Fernet About It or the Bernie Lomax, a pleasing combination of smoky Lunazul Blanco tequila, strawberry, agave, and lime. The menu changes often, but the scallops are always stellar, as are the burrata and pasta dishes. 3036 Stony Point Rd. (E)

Perk! Coffee & Lunchbox  Southsiders, you don’t have to cross the river to enjoy a great cup of joe with your crew. Perk! serves locally roasted coffee, scratch-made treats and sandwiches. Try one of their breakfast tarts. 2620 Buford Rd. (E) 

Williams and Sherrill   A destination for design, Williams and Sherrill draws loyal clientele from D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina and beyond. Browse 25,000 square feet of on-trend accessories, custom furniture and case goods, gifts, and the best selection of home fabrics in the region. 2003 Huguenot Rd. (S)

Firefly Lane Boutique  Visiting Daniela Paraschiv’s European-inspired boutique is like hiring a personal stylist. Just a few statement pieces will transform your look. Firefly Lane carries fetching accessories too. You’ll be asked where you shop entirely too often. 2005 Huguenot Rd. (S)

Steam Bell Beer Works  We’d like to think everyone has the same quandary as us: should I listen to the devil on my shoulder today or the angel? Don’t fret. Steam Bell has you covered either way. For you sensible CrossFit beasts, there’s the delicious Trussings Small Craft Fizzes, winner of Virginia Living’s Made in Virginia award. When you’re mood is a little…shall we say devil may care, there’s the new release Double Chocolate Tiramisu Stout. Live music on the weekends. 1717 Oak Lake Blvd. Midlothian (E)

With a hip, rustic country vibe, Gather will outfit you and your home with unique finds. We love owner Melissa Carr’s rural life paintings strewn throughout the shop. You can even rent their 53 Chevy out front for your next gathering. Housed in the old Hallsboro store, Gather is absolutely worth the hike. 920 Mt. Hermon Rd. Midlothian (S)

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery  With brews like their recently released Pineapple Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA, it’s no wonder folks drive out to the country to see what Lickinghole Creek has been up to. “Virginia’s Farm Brewery” produces 9 of the top-rated beers in Virginia by Beer Advocate. Stout fans line up for LCCB’s  Supreme Leader. Besides, there’s acres of happy sunflowers to cheer your day. 4100 Knolls Point Dr. (E)

Events you won’t want to miss:

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Maymont’s Music in the Park series–Maymont you continually surprise us. Your Japanese and Italianate gardens have provided us with many a zen moment. We get to see a black bear and a bobcat on the regular, and  now, we can get on groove on with your outdoor concerts. 1700 Hampton St.

Current Art Fair

Certain happenings are quintessentially Richmond…Halloween on Hanover Ave. and the Easter Parade on Monument (both in the historic fan district) are two of them. Trust us on this.

The Richmond Folk Festival draws 150,000 (approx.) peace-loving, body-swaying attendees over 3 days of music-filled frivolity. Musicians perform: Jazz, Chinese strings, Mayan sundance, Gospel, Tibetan Opera, Hawaiian, Native American hip-hop, Mexican mariachi, Egyptian, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Dominican merengue, Indian slide guitar, Old-time, Honky-tonk, Country music and more. Besides, there are people balancing on really, really tall poles. Check out more about the next festival online.

Finally, for outdoor enthusiasts, The Riverrock was born. To take advantage of its prime location residing on the James River, the Riverrock Festival is held every Spring. Complete with a team adventure competition(patterned after The Amazing Race), a mud run, a river scramble, a mountain bike race, air dog competitions, kayaking, climbing, yoga, paddleboarding, and more– the Riverrock celebrates outdoor adventuring in RVA.

Fire, Flour & Fork  This “gathering for the food curious” will take your tastebuds on a wild ride. Acclaimed guest chefs descend on the River City each fall to head up classes and combine their superpowers with our local talent in spectacular dinners so memorable you’ll be clamoring for next year’s tickets as soon as you’ve tasted the amuse bouche. Fire, Flour & Fork culinary events are scattered over five days of feasting and merriment. For more info. and this year’s schedule, click here.

Dinner in the Field  Chef Paige Healy heads up these memorable meals on Victory Farms grounds each summer inspired by her time in Southern Italy. They sell out quickly. Find out more about this year’s events on Dinner in the Field’s website.

Our favorite get outside workouts:


Take Forest Hill Park walkways to the far side of the lake, then take the wooded trail until you cross River Rd. near Reedy Creek put in. Follow the Buttermilk Trail towards Belle Island. You’ll encounter a short elevated walkway and spiraling cement stairway which takes you to the rocks. Follow the path near the fence until you reach the back bridge on Belle Island. Circle Belle Island and loop back.

Cross the Nickel Bridge to Maymont Park or Byrd Park and back.

Canal walk: Start at the Tidal Locks off 12th St., take the Virginia Capital Trail past Tredegar Iron Works to the Belle Island Pedestrian Bridge, circle Belle Island and loop back.


Riverside Drive provides some gorgeous views of the river, but be careful for blind curves.

T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge  This highly anticipated footbridge is finally open spanning the James River from Brown’s Island to Manchester. Take advantage of some kick-ass views of the city. Run, walk, bike or stroll–this is the place to get some crisp winter air.

Bryan Park at 4308 Hermitage Rd.

Virginia Capital Trail is now completed from Charles City to Williamsburg. If you are a long-distance cyclist, this is the trail for you. The Virginia Capital Trail is “a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor.” See the trail map here.

Forest Hill Park and the James River Park Loop are great for mountain biking, but also heavily traversed by runners and hikers. Look out for one another, and signal your approach.

Ancarrow’s Landing is the newest kid on the block. Near the sewage treatment plant, it is often referred to as “the poop loop.” This wooded 2-mile loop starts off the parking lot at 1200 Brander Street.


For a laid-back day paddle the South Anna

Click here for maps and access information to the Upper & Middle James River.
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15 Responses to Richmond

  1. TS

    I grew up in Washington DC and New York City, attended VCU, left, came back after 16 years and am never leaving.

  2. ila marie

    what about Sefton’s coffee on 8th downtown? Almost 2 years old and already a vibrant, sought after coffee stop…and very green/organic in their offerings (and all about pairing with local bakers.

  3. enzo

    How could you leave out the the best little radio station on the east coast? WRIR Richmond Independent Radio. As Richmond cultural movements go, WRIR has been the cultural touchstone for all of these!

  4. Linda Lee

    Beautiful pics and sights to check out in our fabulous RVA. Thanks Hip Green Scene for all the cool sights to check out in our lovely town.

  5. Susan Connelly

    I grew up just outside of Richmond and went to Richmond for nearly anything to do! I was there from 1960 – 1996, the last 12 years in Richmond’s West End. I think I’ve heard of like 5 places on the list not including the long established parks mentioned in the list. Wow, sure has changed in 20 years.

  6. Lawrence Jones III

    I’m from Chesterfield, which is the county outside of Richmond. It’s about a 10 to 15 minute drive to get there. I think one thing that this great description of Richmond forgot about is 28th Street, the skate park that is located in Carter Jones Park in Southside. Besides that, everything that this article provides is spot on about the city.

  7. Ester

    And, for the adventurous, head south to Petersburg – old towne is very cool — with restaurants like Wabi Sabi and Brickhouse Run, Saucy’s Walk Up BBQ and Buttermilk Bake Shop. Shopping excursion? Petersburg Pickers is not to be missed, and new, independent little artist owned galleries like Walton Gallery and The Art Room. Lots of really great antique shops, around Sycamore St, and in the backyard – the Appomatox River is great for paddleboarding and kayaking.

    • hiptraveler

      Hey Mary,
      Thanks for the compliment! We try to do the “big updates” at least once a year per city, but we try to squeeze in smaller updates here and there as we find them. If you’ve got intel, be sure to pass it along! Check our home page too. We’ve got tons of new cities and small towns “in the works.” Stay tuned.

  8. JB

    Awesome list- you guys definitely hit (almost) all of my favorite high spots! Though as a south-of-the-river gal, I’d add BK Music (awesome local record store) and Galley (same owners as Kuba Kuba and Bacchus) to the south side list.

  9. w. tucker

    very cool site, blog (I’m an old dude so I never know what to call these things).
    I went to high school in alexandrea, va a long time ago but still get back to visit my father. living in austin, tx now.

    your site has made me want to do a side (south) trip with my wife to richmond next time I visit my pop.

    looks like a fantastic city.




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