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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

University
“The university that TJ built. We are not biased or anything, but it’s the best university in the world. (We understand there are arguments for and against this claim.) But, truly, if you haven’t visited UVA, you should. The Lawn and Rotunda are historic and you’ll find them very beautiful and interesting, whether or not you are a ‘Hoo. Bring a picnic and a frisbee and hang out on the Lawn, gazing at the architectural genius of our third President. When you’re done, walk down to The Corner and enjoy the used bookstores, tons of restaurants and coffee shops, and soak in the vibe of this vibrant college town. We love Roots (yummy healthy bowls), Boylan Heights (grass-fed burgers), and Mellow Mushroom for pizza. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you're visitng Charlottesville, walking along the Downtown Mall pedestrian mall is a MUST! Plenty of shopping and food options!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Hip tapas restaurant with outstanding food as well as a world-class Spanish wine collection and wonderful cocktails. No reservations but worth the wait. Eating at the bar is even more fun.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Café
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“My favorite place for brunch or afternoon/ morning pastries. It’s got a European feel but they don’t take reservations, so get there early! Parking is limited.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“Don’t fear the long long lines! This smooth running bagel shop, a 10 minute walk from Mellow Yellow, is one of Charlottesville’s darlings. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Get several cocktails and enjoy a leisurely tapas experience. Reservation HIGHLY recommended!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Rustic Italian Classics served Bistro Style. Very popular and a small space does not take reservations. Go early!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Wildly delicious Neapolitan (thin crust) pizza - made in a traditional oven with local and classic ingredients, in a softly lit and cozily bustling atmosphere. And outside seating in the summer.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Music Venue
“With its beautifully restored interior and boozy atmosphere this is the perfect place to take in a rock concert on the Mall. Before going, get dinner at the adjacent Cinema Tacos.”
  • 36 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great staff and excellent service! Located in the heart of Belmont, this is one of the oldest restaurants in Charlottesville with a charming feel and plenty of indoor space. There are small areas for outdoor seating. Portions are big and affordable. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“The C&O is a must go if you like a very historic place. It is very unique and memorable. You can choose from 6 different dining rooms ranging from casual walk-ins to upscale and special. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Paramount houses so many unique events daily from musicals to classic films to a symphony. Don't miss out on this historic site!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Store
“This outdoor music venue is unique and has live shows throughout the year. On Fridays during the spring/summer months they host "Fridays After 5" with free music.”
  • 38 locals recommend
University Academic Building
“Go see UVA- particularly the Rotunda and the Lawn. The Rotunda is beautiful and awe-inspiring, and it stands at the head of a gorgeous stretch of old trees and lawn perfect for kids to run around and play frisbee while you attempt to interest them in the myriad architectural styles Thomas Jefferson integrated into the collection of grand faculty homes and student rooms that line The Lawn. Then walk down to The Corner District to soak up the undergrad vibe- there’s tons of eateries and shops. You can pick up some UVA gear (go ‘Hoos!) at Mincer’s. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“One of the largest shopping areas- includes some great restaurants, lovely boutiques as well as grocery and ABC store”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cinema
“DOWNTOWN - Upscale and lovely. Enjoy a local wine, cider or beer and good food while movie-ing. ”
  • 41 locals recommend