Richmond, VA aka. RVA is my hometown and offers so much to see and do. From the sites, to the food, to the beer and the art, RVA is an incredibly rich combination of all these things. But, for the coolest places, you need a little insider help. Let’s start with the sites. Everyone enjoys the historic sites listed in the guides but if you miss some key sites like Lumpkin’s Jail or the Hippodrome Theater you won’t TRULY KNOW Richmond. Neighborhoods like Jackson Ward have deep histories and can be explored at the Black History Museum.
My neighborhood of Carytown has all kinds of fun local shops, bars and restaurants including an internationally renowned pro-skate shop called Venue. I would list out all the cool places in Carytown, but there are way too many to list. Just know that the multiple block neighborhood has something for everyone including a gourmet chocolate shop started by friends of mine called For The Love of Chocolate.
And, speaking of cool neighborhoods, a drive across the river from downtown is Manchester where places like Hatch Local offer up local food and booze in a “food court” style hip environment. And, BONUS right across the street is the Art Works gallery (a must see).
Downtown, Broad Street between Belvidere and the interstate on ramps has Quirk Hotel, the Black Iris gallery and the historic men’s clothier, Ledbury. Moving east up into Churchill on the right you will pass by The Good Road’s studio partner, In Your Ear Studios not far from Historic St. John’s Church. If you stop there, it’s a must to walk down the hill to the 100 year old Poe Museum. These neighborhoods of Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip have deep dark histories but they also are home to new and progressive histories hell-bent on making Richmond a city of unity and diversity.
Finally, to truly understand the Richmond experience both historically and culturally, a visit to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is essential. Both are on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, recently renamed from the Boulevard by help from The Good Road subject Dontrese Brown. The unveiling of the rename was attended by Congressman John Lewis.