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Where Can I? Top Downtown Questions Answered!

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! We’ve packaged up some helpful questions and answers so you can make the most of your Downtown experience. 

Where is the best place to get custom gifts?

If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind downtown Norfolk shopping experience, look no further than Selden Market. We’ve even put together an Insider's Guide that highlights the shops and offerings. MacArthur Center also has several local retailers and the VisitNorfolk Mermaid Market has all kinds of Norfolk-centric items. 

Where can I pick up alcohol and groceries to go?

While we don’t have a traditional grocery store, we have plenty of opportunities to grab some necessities. Granby Bistro is just like a big city bodega, with everything from deli meats and homemade baklava and prepared meals to spices, cleaning supplies and cold beer. You can also grab your favorite libations at Vino Culture Wine Shop or the ABC store on Granby Street.   

Where can I find good deals for lunch?

Hell's Kitchen has daily lunch specials, Famous Uncle Al's is iconic for its affordable and delicious lunch options, grab a slice and a soda at Granby Pizza or Chicho's Backstage, drink your lunch with a healthy smoothie or smuice from Town Center Cold Pressed, and the Lizard Cafe at Prince Books is a favorite for their lunch combos. There are so many delicious lunch options, click here to check them all out.    

Where can I picnic?

Downtown is full of options for a little outdoor respite to enjoy the scenery and grab a bite. Town Point Park isn’t just for festivals, it’s a beautiful green space with plenty of benches and shady spots. Situated between the Waterside Marina and Waterside District, TowneBank Fountain Park has shade, furniture and even a fountain to cool you off if you are so inclined. The Pagoda and Garden, located on the waterfront in the Freemason Harbor, might be one of the most tranquil and calming spots in all of Norfolk. The MacArthur Memorial Museum has a beautiful outdoor plaza filled with history. 

Where can I check out the art scene?

The NEON District is Norfolk’s first official arts district and home to murals galore along with cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Glass Studio. Click here for a complete list of public art throughout Downtown.

What restaurants are on the waterfront?

It’s hard to beat a delicious meal overlooking stunning waterfront views and Downtown has several options. Waterside Seafood Company is located in the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grab an orange crush and even play a round of ping pong at Blue Moon Taphouse, and right next door is Stripers Waterside with comfortable outdoor seating and fire pits. And you can enjoy waterfront views from above at Grain's Rooftop Lounge at Norfolk Hilton The Main. 

What businesses have outdoor dining?

Downtown Norfolk is home to over 30 restaurants that offer outdoor dining. Click here to see them all. Many of these are pet friendly as well if you want to dine al fresco with your furry friend. 

What restaurants are kid-friendly?

Kid-friendly really depends on the kid, but we’ve put together a list of family-friendly restaurants that will likely have something on the menu for even the pickiest of eaters. 

What restaurants have good vegan and vegetarian options?

These days, most restaurants have some good options for vegetarians and vegans, but here are a few in Downtown that are known for their yummy and plentiful options: Saffron Indian Bistro, Commune, Hell's Kitchen, and The Stockpot Norfolk.

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Where can I get a sweet treat?

Here are some spots dedicated to sweet treats: The Stockpot Norfolk, Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts, La Brioche French BakeryS'mores Amore and Café Geneviève in Selden Market, and Lamia's Crepes.

Where can I charge an electric car?

Electric car chargers are available in the Waterside, MacArthur Center, Bank Street and Town Point Garages. Chargers are both universal and Tesla specific. Users are only charged regular garage parking rates, once in the garage, there is no additional fee to use the chargers.