Richmond is the capital of Virginia and the official motto of Virginia is: Virginia is for lovers. I think Richmond is for beer lovers (and history lovers!) You are in for a real treat if you love both.
I love staying and hanging out in downtown Richmond. The streets are so old and brick. I just love all of the history. There are so many original old buildings and spots to dip into and enjoy the day just walking around.
Where to Stay:
The Berkley Hotel
This was the first hotel we stayed in while traveling to Richmond, VA. It is a boutique hotel in downtown Richmond.
My favorite part about this hotel is the great proximity to restaurants, bars, and plenty of room to explore.
The rooms are spacious (which is not always true in boutique hotels) and so comfortable. We felt right at home.
What to Do:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: You will want to dip into this art museum just by driving past it. It is beautiful. Admission is free and they do offer tours. They have exhibits that are always changing and you will want to check them out. There website is always up to date on what is upcoming and recent! They are open 365 days a year, so it’s always a great option!
Boat Ride: Riverfront Canal Cruises offers boat rides for only $6 Wednesday- Sunday. Its about a 45 minute ride and super informative. Richmond has such much history and this is a great way to learn the layout and history of the city. Bonus: We took the last boat out for sunset and had it all to ourself! You can easily walk to the canal from downtown.
Brewery Hop: Richmond is for beer lovers! There are so many great breweries it has become quite the destination trip for beer nerds, like myself! You can easily spend an entire day visiting the different breweries and trying out the food trucks. I will go into detail on which ones you should try out under the “Where to Drink” section later in the post.
Walk or Drive Along Monument Avenue: This street has historic statues and in the center of the street and is studded with historic, beautiful, southern homes on either side. It is definitely something to see.
Where to Eat:
The Tobacco Company: This restaurant is right across the street from The Berkley hotel in downtown Richmond in an old tobacco mill. It is perfect for a romantic special dinner, while enjoying the history of Richmond. It has an antique elevator to take you to which level you are eating on. The decor is beautiful and the food is incredible. I recommend the she-crab soup, filet, and whatever you do, save room for the butter cake for 2. Oh my gosh, it is delectable. You need reservations, so make sure to book them!
Sub Rosa Bakery: This bakery is tucked into a part of Richmond that is revitalizing and has the cutest new places popping up. This bakery is one to dream about, you will know you are there by the line coming out the door. The croissants are out of this world, AMAZING. I can’t stop dreaming about them. I love the caramelized onion, cheese, and jalapeño croissant and Ethan is obsessed with the salami & cheese croissant. And you have to get at least one chocolate croissant to share! They have an excellent variety of coffee and teas and is my all-time favorite spot to grab breakfast in Richmond.
Mekong: This is a Vietnamese restaurant that is amazing. We always stop here. They have an amazing lunch menu, you can get a (crispy) spring roll, (hot & sour) soup, and stir fry for ~$10! It is such a great deal. If we are going for dinner, I either get the Crispy Orange Chicken or Build Your Own Spring Roll (with grilled shrimp). It is so hard to decide which one! It is tucked into a strip building and is so unassuming, but I guarantee you will love it.
Max’s On Broad: This is a French inspired restaurant that has the cutest ambiance, ever. I fell in love with the decor. You can dress casual or dress up. As far as food, the poutine is incredible, like out of this world. You can’t miss it!
Where to Drink:
Hardywood: These guys are making some of the best barrel aged stouts on the East Coast. My favorite is Trickery and then Ruse. I definitely recommend ordering whatever stout they have on draft. They always have a food truck (or 2!) and sometimes live music. There is so much outdoor seating and is perfect for adults, dogs, and babies!
Triple Crossing Brewing Co.: Triple Crossing makes great beers and has a unique spot. I love the downtown location. I recommend trying any of the Double India Pale Ale’s or fruited Berliner’s while there and if they are offering cans to go, I would definitely pick some up!
The Veil: This brewery is making some of the most sought after beer in the country. They make fruited goses and amazing IPA’s. They are under a year old and are already working on some spontaneous beers and barrel aged stouts, I can’t wait for them to release! They always have a food truck and have an amazing space. Ample outdoor and indoor seating. They have can releases every Tuesday at 4 PM and there will be a line, because the beer is that good!
The Answer: This is an awesome spot. An is making some killer IPAs, but what he is a genius at making is Andalls. These are infused beers that have SO MUCH flavor. I really can’t explain it, but order a flight with all the andalls, you won’t regret it. I love getting the edamame and goldfish for bar snacks. They have Jenga and other games to entertain you!
Stone Brewing Co: This is the newly opened East Coast location of Stone Brewing. The beer garden isn’t open yet, but you can sign up for a tour and hang around and order a draft. I can’t wait for the beer garden to open!
Happy Traveling, The Barbee Housewife