- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Locals and frequent visitors agree that the city's hippest shops and restaurants converge in a Museum District-adjacent area known as Carytown. But take note: Boutiques reign here, so don't visit expecting a Toys "R" Us, Best Buy or Crate and Barrel; instead you'll find quirky alternatives like the World of Mirth, Plan 9 Records and Leo Burke Furniture. There are also some familiar sites: Carytown hosts a Hair Cuttery, a Kroger grocery store and a Smoothie King.
If you like to shop, you owe yourself a visit to at least gaze at the window displays. And if you're budget conscious, keep in mind that Carytown eateries are known to be overpriced. To save some money, just visit for ambience: Mark the popular (and free) Watermelon Festival in July on your calendar or go see a movie or live performance at the Byrd Theatre. Byrd's is a preserved Richmond movie house that's very popular with locals (particularly for its $2 ticket prices).
Carytown shops are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Restaurant hours vary, so it's best to visit the neighborhood's official website before planning your outing. If you're just interested in a leisurely stroll, however, Carytown is good to visit at any time of day.