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Monticello, Downtown

Neighborhoods in Norfolk

Downtown Norfolk - vibrant, compact, pedestrian-friendly, and home to popular arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, chef owned restaurants, museums and so much more.
Dining: home to some of the region’s most revered, and delicious eateries.
Entertainment: undoubtedly one of the city’s major hubs for culture, the arts and nightlife.
Shopping: If you’re in search of retail therapy, you’ve come to the right place. Conveniently located in the epicenter of downtown, MacArthur Center has something for everyone. At MacArthur, you’ll find plenty of stores you won’t find anywhere else including J. Crew, White House Black Market and Apple, and is anchored by Dillard’s and Nordstrom. If you’re looking for a souvenir with local flair, head across the street to the historic Monticello Arcade or Selden Market.
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Historic Ghent - a vibrant community filled to the brim with character, culture and delicious cuisine. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Colley Avenue, and adjacent 21st and 22nd Streets are lined with eclectic eateries, unique shops, art galleries and antique stores.
Dining: For soul-satisfying blast from the past, head to Doumar’s Cone and BBQ, a classic drive-in, whose owner created the world’s first waffle cone! Drive up, order and dine in the comfort of your own car or grab a seat inside and take a step back in time. While in the neighborhood, sip and savor at Mermaid Winery, Virginia’ first urban winery, and enjoy a tasty bite paired with a delicious wine flight in their intimate tasting room. Dine al fresco on upscale comfort food at Supper Southern Morsels’ rooftop terrace or check out what’s on tap at O’Connor Brewing Company, a local Norfolk craft brewery, or the Public House on Colley. If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan friendly dishes, restaurants throughout Ghent offer an array of options to quell your cravings.
Entertainment: explore over 5,000 years of art in one of the country’s most impressive museums, the Chrysler Museum of Art. Here you’ll find everything from painting and sculpture to decorative arts, photography and a nationally acclaimed glass collection. Speaking of glass, head to the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio on the museum’s campus for a free glassmaking demonstration at noon. The studio is one of the country’s most cutting edge and offers classes at all levels of expertise, from beginner to advanced. For an engaging activity the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check out the Color Me Mine ceramic studio. Or for a Norfolk Memento, head to the Mermaid Factory where you can unleash your creativity through paint and create your very own mermaid to bring home.
Norfolk’s Colley Avenue was voted the People’ Choice designation for Great Places in America in 2015.
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Shopping: eclectic, unique boutiques – Kitsch, Texture, A. Dodson and more!

Chelsea, North Colley & Beyond - Surrounding the historic Ghent neighborhood are the districts of Chelsea, North Colley, Riverview and beyond - a diverse and delightful intersection of commercial, industrial and undeniably local.
Dining: You’ve come to the right place for some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and watering holes. Chelsea’s craft breweries, Smartmouth Brewing Company and Benchtop Brewing are a must for craft beer enthusiasts. Refuel at distinct and delicious neighborhood eateries like Tortilla West, Torch Bistro, Orapax, and The Bakehouse at Chelsea. Continue your tour of tastes at Birch Bar, Norfolk’s high-profile beer and artisanal cheese bar. Named one of the top ten bars in America, Birch Bar is housed in a redeveloped industrial building and serves over 20 rotating drafts on tap and dozens more on their weekly bottle list. Head to the North Colley district and enjoy an incredible locally-sourced dinner at LeGrand Kitchen. Continue your dining experience in North Colley at Cogan's Pizza North, Chow, Dirty Buffalo or Fellini’s. Not too far is the friendly neighborhood Riverview, where you’ll find local-favorites like Clementine, Crackers and Taste of Brazil, all within walking distance of each other.
Entertainment: While in the area, catch a basketball game or headlining musical act at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. If you want to experience the local music scene, check out Charlie's American Cafe for uniquely Norfolk sounds and atmosphere.

Ocean View & East Beach: Norfolk’s relaxing beach communities will leave you feeling reinvigorated – thanks to fresh seafood, sand and seaside fun.
Dining: After a day at the beach, take advantage of Ocean View’s dining hot spots. Stop in at Jesse’s Taqueria for some fresh, homemade and authentic Mexican food. If you’re craving something from the sea, Shipwreck Sally’s offers delectable seafood dishes for breakfast or lunch. Dine at Razzo, a simple, warm locale that offers Italian dishes such as lasagna and veal marsala.
Entertainment: There’s no better way to enjoy the neighborhood than a day at the beach! The City of Norfolk maintains three beach parks including the Community Beach Park, Sarah Constant Beach Park and Ocean View Beach Park. Grab the family or your friends and head out for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing and swimming! Enjoy fishing on the Ocean View Fishing Pier and, if you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the pier’s onsite restaurant, known for super fresh seafood.
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