Metro Richmonders are very friendly and willing to help with directions; however, there are several terms/areas that are used by most locals, which are not on a "map." Listed below are a few select areas and terms that you may need to know to get around Richmond.
The Bottom. Shockoe Bottom, east of Shockoe Slip on Main Street, has a variety of bars and lounges, quaint restaurants and the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers market at 17th Street. The Bottom is overflowing with night life and young professionals.
Carytown. Cary Street is at the heart of a neighborhood of unique shops, restaurants and coffee shops, making use of one-way-traffic. Here is where you will find the landmark Byrd Theater and August Watermelon Festival. It's wonderful place to wander and people-watch.
Church Hill. If you head east from downtown on Broad or Franklin streets, you will find yourself climbing a steep grade to the heart of Old Richmond. This is the home of St. John's Church, site of Patrick Henry's famous speech. Many homes have been restored and others await renovation.
The Fan. This is the residential area everyone remembers, once they've been to Richmond. Here are stately homes, elegant row houses, student apartments, neighborhood bars and restaurants and lots and lots of people of all ages. Generally bounded by Monument Avenue on the north and Cary Street on the south.
Jackson Ward. A statue of Richmond's most famous dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, marks the center of Jackson Ward, just west of the Richmond Center downtown.
North Side. Follow Brook Road north from downtown and you will pass through North Side, including the city's oldest suburb, Ginter Park. The area is primarily residential but has many small businesses and is home to the Presbyterian School Of Christian Education.
The Slip. Cobblestones mark the downtown street of Shockoe Slip, where you will find elegant restaurants, including the famous Tobacco company, neighborhood bars, the Berkeley Hotel with its fine restaurant and and eclectic array of shops and boutiques. To get there, you can take Cary Street east of 13th Street south.
South Side. Not to be confused with South Side Virginia, this is the South Side of Richmond, meaning the Richmond area south of the James River. However, "South Side" may also refer to parts of Chesterfield County. You can get there via the Downtown Expressway, from the West End, by the Willey Bridge, also called the "Parham Chippenham Connector," or the Huguenot Bridge.
Strawberry Hill. Alternately indentified as "the fairgrounds," Strawberry Hill is in Henrico County on Laburnum Avenue and the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. Site of the State Fair of Virginia, The Strawberry Hill Races, The Amphitheater, which is the site of many outdoor concerts and Richmond International Raceway, which annually draws the largest crowds to a sporting event in Virginia with its NASCAR race weekends.
The Village. Some people use this term to mean specifically the shops at the Village Shopping Center; others apply it to the entire neighborhood adjacent to the University of Richmond. Whatever: if somebody says they're going to the village, they don't mean downtown.
West End. There's Near West End, which is within the Richmond city limits, and a Far West End, which includes Lower Tuckahoe, Regency Square and extends westward on Broad Street. You'll find lots of upscale restaurants, shopping strips and exclusive subdivisions and neighborhoods.
On The Avenues at Libbie and Grove. Most commonly referred to as "The Avenues" is located in the Near West End - City Limits, north of Cary Street and south of Monument Avenues. This area is most famous for its exclusive clothing boutiques, gift shops, specialty stores including Hampton House, which offers English and American antiques and some exquisite and historic restaurants, such as: deJour and Phillip's Continental Lounge. Incidently, this is where the office of Villani Real Estate is located!
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