Faculty Favorites


Affordable/Quick Restaurants

Food and Drink

Favorite Shopping Experience/Saturday Morning Activity: City Market. Also, the Wednesday farmer's market at Meade Park during the summer months.

Sheet Cakes and Conventional Bakery: Chandler's Bakery or Albemarle Baking Company

Specialty Bakery: Paradox Pastry Cafe for American and European pastries and light lunch fare and vegan soups. Also Duck Donuts at Stonefield and MarieBette Café & Bakery.

Beer Spot: Beer Run. Favorite local breweries include Starr Hill and Blue Mountain.

Upscale Restaurant/Bar: Alley Light

Burgers: Citizen Burger on the Downtown Mall.

Large Salads: Basil and Roots Natural Kitchen

Breakfast: Blue Moon Diner

Coffee: Shenandoah Joe's. Many also like the Mudhouse.

Place to Buy Cheese: Feast

Dessert: Paradox Pastry Cafe and MarieBette Café & Bakery

Diner: Tip Top 1420 Richmond Rd., 244-3424

Fried Chicken: Wayside Deli A Charlottesville tradition for nearly half of a century.

Vegetarian: Vu Noodles

Health Food: Integral Health Yoga and Rebecca's Natural Food

Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt: Chap's and Moo Thru 

Stationery: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Meat Market: JM Stock Provisions

Take Out Pizza: Mona Lisa Pasta

Pizza: Blue Mountain BreweryCrozet PizzaFry's Spring StationLampo and Christian's

Soups and Sandwiches: Revolutionary SoupBodo's and Bellair Market

Seafood Source: Main Street Seafood at Main Street Market

Wine Shop: Wine Warehouse and Market Street Wine



Local Radio Station: WNRN (91.9) and WCNR (106.1 "The Corner)

Small Venue to Hear Music: The Southern

Local Theater: Live Arts

Local Shakespeare: American Shakespeare Center

Place to Watch Sports Other than a Wing Joint: ShebeenBoylan Heights

Dog Park: Chris Greene Lake (dogs can swim there) (U.S. 29)

Swimming Holes/Lakes: White Hall, Mint Springs Park (Crozet), Chris Greene Lake

Places to Run Outside of Town: Ridge Road, Keene (can get maps at Ragged Mountain)

Road Race: Charlottesville 10 Miler

People-Watching and Shopping: The Downtown Mall

Family Activities:

  • Fridays After Five
  • Ivy Creek Natural Area
  • Mint Springs Park/Lake
  • Walnut Creek Park/Lake
  • Carter Mountain Orchard
  • Canoeing the Rivanna Reservoir
  • Biking or hiking in Sugar Hollow around the Charlottesville Reservoir
  • C-ville Coffee
  • Walks in Pen Park or Riverview Park
  • Greenleaf Park (mini-waterpark plus a playground)

Fun Activities: James River Runners (tubing, canoes and more), Rivanna River Co.Charlottesville Track Club