Food and Drink
Favorite Shopping Experience/Saturday Morning Activity: City Market. Also, the Wednesday farmer's market at Meade Park during the summer months (fewer vendors than the City Market but still plenty of fruits and vegetables).
Whole-grain Bakery: Breadworks 923 Preston Ave., 296-4663
Beer Spot: Beer Run 156 Carlton Rd., 984-2337. Good Food as well. Casual and Lively. Fourteen beers on tap. Features Beer and Wine tastings (Wed-beer, Fri-wine). Favorite local breweries include Starr Hill and Blue Mountain.
Upscale Restaurant/Bar: Alley Light. Nominated for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
Burgers: Citizen Burger on the Downtown Mall.
Large Salads: Basil
Place to Buy Cheese: Feast 416 W. Main St., 244-7800.
Dessert: Paradox Pastry Cafe
Diner: Tip Top 1420 Richmond Rd., 244-3424
Fried Chicken: Wayside Deli A Charlottesville tradition for nearly half of a century.
Gelato: Splendora's 317 East Main, 296-8555
Nachos: Mono Loco 200 W. Water St., 979 0688
Stationery: Rock, Paper, Scissors 225 E. Main St (Downtown Mall), 979-6366. Tasteful, well-designed products. A website worth viewing.
Take Out Pizza: Mona Lisa Pasta
Seafood Source: Main Street Seafood Main Street Market, 296-0969
Wine Shop: Wine Warehouse
Small Venue to Hear Music: The Southern
Local Theater: Live Arts
Local Shakespeare: Shenandoah Shakespeare in Staunton
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
- Fridays After Five
- Ivy Creek Natural Area
- Mint Springs Park/Lake
- Walnut Creek Park/Lake
- Carter’s 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)
Old School Barber Shop: Staples in Barracks Road Shopping Center
Doggie Day Care: All Things Pawssible
Salon: Bella Boutique 196 1st St., 244-8466
Women's Shoes: Scarpa
Running Shoes: Ragged Mountain Running Shop
Knitting Store: Magpie Knits (Formerly The Needle Lady)
Women's Clothing: Boutique Boutique 411 E. Main St., 293-8400
Bicycles: Blue Wheel