Richmond, Virginia or RVA as it is lovingly called, is the capital of Virginia, and the 4th most populous city in VA. With a population of roughly 200,000, it boasts a medium size. It is only a short distance from Charlottesville, Newport News, and D.C., other popular areas in Virginia. Located right along the James River, it has a nice mix of city attractions and wildlife. More diverse than you might expect for a city it’s size, it has a growing gay community and a relatively diverse racial profile.
I traveled to Richmond with friends for a quick mini-trip, and from my short 1-day, I was pleasantly surprised by all Richmond had to offer.
The RVA Greek festival and Greek Orthodox Church
I have a lot of Greek heritage, so this was a prime attractor for me. The Greek festival happens every year, and provides lots of Greek food, Greek dancing, and Greek art vendors. The food was so-so, the dancing was wonderful, and the art was also wonderful.
The festival also provided guided tours of the orthodox church which was beautiful:
The next area of Richmond I located was Carytown – the quintessential city strip of Richmond – which offers everything from dining, to specialty shops, to nightlife. If you travel to Richmond, Carytown is a must! Parking is easy, with both street parking and a parking garage, and you can be sure there is something for everyone, regardless of the age or interest.
Carytown even has some great vegetarian options in many restaurants, and a growing local food community. We were even stopped on the street by a representative from a company called Relay Foods, an organization that ships local food in your area directly to your doorstop. How cool?!
Growing street art
The one element I was surprised at while visiting, was the growing artsy feel of some parts of the city. There is growing street art that seems to light up the whole city.
Although we did not stay in Richmond long enough to extensively review the nightlife portion of Richmond, we checked out a couple places recommended by locals.
Lamplighter Coffee Shop – this was a super cute hipster coffee shop with some great teas and coffees as well as a food menu. Had a super hippy artsy vibe. A short walk away from the street art, it makes for the perfect artsy afternoon.
Nacho Mamas – Don’t be fooled by the name – this place has some stelar margaritas and mexican food, with vegetarian options available.
Godfrey’s Nightclub – The local gay club, Godfrey’s, has a fun weekly drag show with entertainment for everyone. Drinks are not too expensive, either, and there is no cover charge. Fun fact: it also has a restaurant, with delicious brunch (so we heard).
Overall, the trip was a total success! Bucketlist for next time in RVA: check out the outdoorsy scene in Richmond; we heard fantastic things about Belle Isle and the area along the James.
Now tell me: have you ever been to RVA? Favorite perks?