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 Brewery, Crozet Pizza, Fry's Spring Station, Lampo and Christian's
Soups and Sandwiches: Revolutionary Soup, Bodo'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: Shebeen, Boylan 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
- 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