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Key Info

Carytown, Richmond, VA

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun noon-6 p.m.

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 Music and Need Supply Co. There are also some familiar sights: Carytown hosts a Hair Cuttery, a 7-Eleven and a Starbucks.

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 ambiance: Mark the popular (and free) August Watermelon Festival on your calendar or go see a movie or live performance at the Byrd Theatre. The Byrd 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 nice to visit at any time of day.

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#1 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, comparing its collections to what you would find in the art museums of much larger cities. 

This Museum District standout is best known for its five gorgeous Fabergé eggs, but it also features works by Degas, Cézanne and Renoir, and large collections of African, Indian and Tibetan art. Recent visitors were especially impressed with the McGlothlin Collection of American Art. Reviewers said it's impossible to see everything in just one visit and recommend setting aside at least several hours to peruse. If you can, try visiting more than once during your Richmond trip. Aside from the amazing collections, travelers were also impressed with Amuse Restaurant, located on-site (often considered one of Richmond's best restaurants).

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