Church Hill

Regarded as the birthplace of Richmond, Church Hill is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. This historic area gets its name from the iconic St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775. In addition to its Revolutionary War history, Church Hill is known for its antebellum architecture and sweeping views of the James River and downtown. Stroll down cobbled streets past ornate Greek Revival row houses and Federal style mansions. Pop into one of the cafes, bakeries, or restaurants housed in renovated 18th and 19th century buildings. Snap photos of historic landmarks like the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, where the famed writer spent his childhood years. Marvel at the vintage homes with wide porches and leafy gardens that give Church Hill its old-world charm.

Shockoe Bottom

Just east of downtown, Shockoe Bottom boasts a prime location and vibrant nightlife scene. By day, explore historic attractions like the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, where the writer penned “The Raven.” Learn about Richmond’s role in America’s slave trade at the Reconciliation Statue and the Lumpkin’s Jail archaeological site. Shop for antiques at open-air markets or stroll along the cobblestone streets of 17th Street Marketplace. When the sun sets, Shockoe Bottom transforms into a bustling entertainment hub filled with restaurants, music venues, and nightclubs. Sip local craft brews at Mekong, enjoy jazz at The Tin Pan, or indulge in New American fare at The Boathouse. With its industrial-chic atmosphere, Shockoe Bottom is where Richmond comes alive after dark.


Known as “the Mile of Style,” Carytown is Richmond’s premier shopping and dining district. Located in the Museum and Fan Districts west of downtown, Carytown offers nine walkable blocks packed with locally owned boutiques, salons, galleries, and eateries. Browse for vintage records and stylish fashions along Cary Street. Sample international flavors from sushi to crêpes at the diverse cafes and bistros. Catch an independent film at the historic Byrd Theatre, a 1920s movie palace famous for its pipe organ. With a funky vintage vibe and vibrant culture scene, Carytown encapsulates Richmond’s creative spirit.

Scott’s Addition

Once an industrial center, Scott’s Addition has transformed into one of Richmond’s trendiest neighborhoods. This creative district retains its factory roots through urban art murals, breweries housed in old warehouses, and industrial-chic architecture. Check out the colorful graffiti art adorning many of the buildings and silos. Sip craft beer and cider at locally owned breweries like Ardent and Blue Bee Cider. Chow down on nachos, brisket, and other pub grub at innovative restaurants likeROPES and Fat Dragon. Shop for vinyl records, handmade gifts, and oddities at quirky boutiques. With its gritty-yet-artsy ambiance, Scott’s Addition is Richmond’s up-and-coming hot spot.

The Fan

Adjacent to Carytown, The Fan showcases Richmond’s historic charm. Named for its layout shaped like an opening fan, this neighborhood contains the largest collection of Victorian houses in the United States. Meander down Monument and Park avenues past gorgeous 19th century homes in varied architectural styles. Seek out famous Richmond residents’ former abodes, like the Maggie L. Walker House. After exploring the stately residences, relax in the boutiques, galleries, and cafes scattered throughout the area. The Fan offers a peek into Richmond’s elegant past.

Jackson Ward

Known historically as the “Harlem of the South,” Jackson Ward was once a thriving hub for African-American businesses, music, and culture. Though many buildings were lost to 20th century development, today Jackson Ward celebrates its roots through historic tours and public art. Walk along the Avenue Black History District to see significant civil rights sites and remaining landmarks. View colorful murals depicting community leaders and musicians who put Jackson Ward on the map. Dig into Southern comfort food at restaurants that keep alive the neighborhood’s culinary traditions. With its rich heritage and soulful vibe, Jackson Ward shares the important stories of Richmond’s past.


Situated across the James River from downtown, Manchester combines industrial grit with an eclectic arts scene. Old brick factories and warehouses now contain breweries, art studios, and loft apartments. Striking street murals throughout the neighborhood reflect Manchester’s creative spirit. Visit galleries showcasing up-and-coming local artists and makers. Sample small-batch beers and ciders from microbreweries like Triple Crossing and Buskey Cider. Browse vintage shops and the popular South of the James Farmers Market. Manchester’s riverside location and youthful energy make it a dynamic part of Richmond.


For a scenic escape to nature right in the city, head to Maymont. This 100-acre Victorian estate and public park overlooks the James River and offers natural beauty just minutes from downtown. Tour the mansion, gardens, and other Gilded Age attractions from the former estate of Richmond’s Dooley family. See native wildlife like bison, otters, and bears at the Maymont Children’s Farm. Relax by the tranquil Japanese garden or beside geese and swans on the estate’s ponds and lawns. With its blend of manicured landscapes and serene wild spaces, Maymont is a riverside oasis.


Situated between downtown and Southside, Bellevue is one of Richmond’s historic streetcar suburbs. Developed in the early 20th century, this neighborhood is characterized by tree-lined streets and homes in popular early 1900s architectural styles. Stroll past charming Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival houses surrounded by manicured lawns. See the variety of architectural adornments, from Bellevue’s iconic wrap-around porches to unique brickwork designs. Grab a bite at neighborhood mainstays like Joe’s Inn, famous for its Greek cuisine and 1954 decor. With its classic early 20th century charm, Bellevue offers a glimpse into Richmond’s past.

Westover Hills

Located south of the James River, Westover Hills is one of Richmond’s most sought-after residential areas. Majestic homes ranging from stately Colonials to sleek mid-century ranches are tucked away on tranquil, tree-lined streets. Drive along winding roads overlooking the river and its dramatic bluffs. Marvel at the diverse architectural styles and stunning water views that characterize Westover Hills’ luxury homes. Unwind at Riverside Oaks Country Club or grab a bite at neighborhood fixture Angie’s Cafe. Westover Hills’ natural beauty and exclusive properties make it a peaceful riverside retreat.

Stratford Hills

Nestled against the James River southwest of downtown, Stratford Hills charms with rolling hills and a small-town feel just minutes from the city. Originally a streetcar suburb, its homes range from early 20th century Craftsman and Colonials to contemporary designs. Meander past historic residences down oak-lined streets. Explore Riverside Oaks, a turn-of-the-century plantation home turned event venue. Grab lunch on the outdoor patio at Cafe Strata. Stroll through Stratford Hills Shopping Center, built in 1952 as one of Richmond’s first strip malls. With its peaceful setting and neighborly vibe, Stratford Hills offers suburban tranquility close to the city.

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