A Local’s Guide to Richmond, Virginia

August 27, 2013 | By | Comments (7)

We asked writer David Hanson to spend a day exploring Richmond, Virginia. The assignment: each and every spot had to be one recommended by a local. The result: seven stops in the state capitol from the people who know it best.

It’s one great day in one great city. Follow along.

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1. Ledbury
117 South 14th Street
The co-founder of this Wall Street-meets-Billy Reid menswear shop, Paul Trible (above), knows good design. As I browse “Anglo-Southern” dress shirts, he suggests I tour the ‘hood with his artist friend Ed Trask…

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2. Shockoe Design District
Dressed in Carhartts and a porkpie hat, Ed Trask takes me on a cruiser tour of the up-and-coming Shockoe Design District, where an array of international artists created an outdoor gallery of modern art beside the ancient James River. After exploring, we get hungry, which leads to… 

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3. Pasture
416 East Grace Street
We stop at Jason Alley’s eatery for no-frills, vintage Southern food. I trust a chef who can butcher a pig and make gourmet scrapple, serves buttery crackers with his house-made pimiento cheese, and directs me to a donut shop for dessert…

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4. Country Style Donuts
4300 Williamsburg Road
I’m too late for the morning regulars’ chatter atop teal diner stools. But the family owners are still slinging dough at this 24-hour roadside indulgence. Digging into an apple fritter as big as my face, I hear two stylish ladies talking about Carytown. I type it into Google Maps and go…

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5. Carytown
West Cary Street
My pal Jackie meets me there. She browses racks at Fab’rik, Need Supply Co., and Pink, lingering at Ashby, a resale and consignment shop. After our afternoon of shopping, Jackie (bless her) finally points me toward a beer…

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6. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane
Two guys brew craft beer in a giant hops-scented warehouse. You can taste it from the tap and take home a growler. My thirst quenched, I ask them about dinner…


7. Heritage
1627 West Main Street
Co-owner Emilia Sparatta takes my order: Brown butter-crusted flounder, prepared by her husband, Joe. Emilia’s brother, Mattias Hägglund, shakes me up a Vieux Carré cocktail. Perfection.

Now we want to hear from you. What’s your favorite spot in Richmond?


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  4. Fritz

    With a short list like this you are going to leave out a score of must see places. At the top of that list I would recommend the James River Park System which is actually a collection of 7 or 8 loosely connected parks along the James River. Specifically I would recommend Belle Island which can be reached by a footbridge hanging beneath the Robert E Lee Bridge near downtown. The island has a long and notorious history and has hosted a steel mill, a hydroelectric power plant, an Indian village, mountain bike trails and a Civil War prison camp among other things. The island features a circular trail around the perimeter, class 5 rapids and shallow swimming areas and sunbathing rocks for the less intrepid. It’s a natural escape in the heart of the city.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm
  5. Delores Lewis

    These are some of the amazing places I get to enjoy while I’m working in Richmond. Due to my company’s generosity, they were able to provide furnished apartments fredericksburg va so that we can be comfortable during our stay for business meetings at the company’s Virginia location. I live in New York so it’s definitely a convenience for me to stay in these apartments while I’m down there on business trips.

    August 29, 2013 at 11:56 am
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  7. Leo

    Wow, you nailed some great places to eat (and drink). Another suggestion is to pick up picnic supplies from one of the many local farmer’s markets and take it to Maymont. You won’t be disappointed by the food or the scenery!

    August 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

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