Twelve New & Trendy Places to Visit in RVA this Summer
Richmond’s known for its food, adventure, shops, and beer — and while we’ve given you a run down of all of RVA’s best local breweries, we couldn’t help but share some more of Richmond’s best local finds. This time, it’s new and upcoming places — the ones who are beginning to dominate and make their mark on Richmond’s community. These are the 12 newest, trendiest places to visit in RVA this summer.
Newest things to do:
This arcade bar, specializing in games, beer, and food, refers to itself as Richmond’s “blast to the past.” With over 50 throwback arcade and pinball machines, The Circuit gives Richmonders a fresh and retro way to play arcade games. They also offer a “self-service atmosphere” which include self-service beer taps and food ordering kiosks, so you don’t have to wait for a server to order anything.
River City Roll
This brand new boutique bowling alley just opened in Scott’s Addition, and its goal is to raise “the bar of what a night out in Richmond can be.” Only open to 21 and up after 5PM, River City Roll is a unique bowling experience and a great place for entertainment. Not to mention, they have a full menu with entree items ranging from Grass Fed Angus Beef Burgers to Lamb Hot Dogs and even a wide-range selection of brick oven pizzas.
Originating in Charlottesville, this running studio’s running experience is meant for runners to “remix their run.” Being the Mid-Atlantic’s only running studio, tread HAPPY focuses on a class approach to running and building a community for their runners. Their studio uses music for each class and is the only running studio in the country to time all of the intervals, progressions, and exercise to the beat of the music.
Newest places to eat:
An extension of Richmond’s favorite donut shop, Sugar Shack Donuts, Luther Burger opened in March of this year. They serve beef, turkey, crab, and vegan burgers and have 13 different flavor varieties of waffle fries. But the real show stopper for this burger joint is the ability to “luther” any burger — which means to replace the buns with two sugar shack donuts.
They also have 17 different kinds of milkshakes, many of which can be made vegan, as well as a large variety of beers on tap. Located in the heart of Midlothian, this fresh take on burgers is bound to be as big of a Richmond landmark as Sugar Shack Donuts is.
One of Carytown’s latest openings, The Jasper is a new bar that prides itself on its full pours, honest prices, and just being “a bar, doing bar things.” While they do offer small plates, beer, and wine, The Jasper’s main focus in on their specialty cocktails.
From a Blind Tiger (which features Jagermeister, banana, lime, and grapefruit) to a Nitro Bourbon and Ginger, The Jasper’s goal is keep customers on their toes with their large array of cocktail options. Because their menu is ever-changing, you won’t want to wait too long before trying out their current offerings.
The Broken Tulip
Another new Carytown find, The Broken Tulip provides foodies with a weekly changing menu that is “driven by the best products from the farmers, fishermen, and forages of Virginia.” Owned by a husband and wife team, their spring menu features lamb bacon, sweet potato pudding, and Rohan duck leg confit. And because they are a farm-to-table kind of restaurant, you know you’re getting Virginia’s finest meat and produce.
Newest places to treat:
NarWhals Rolled Ice Cream
Located in Carytown, NarWhals is Richmond’s first rolled ice cream shop. If you haven’t had rolled ice cream, you’re missing out on Instagram’s latest dessert sensation. To sum it up, rolled ice cream is when a liquid-state of ice cream (basically cream, sugar, and flavoring) is poured onto an ice-cold metal surface causing the ice cream to freeze. Then the ice cream is scraped and rolled and placed vertically into a cup to be topped with the toppings of your choice.
NarWhals’ flavors vary from Wild Berry, to Reese’s, to Banana Boat, and with toppings like oreos, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup, their rolled ice cream is sure to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
Opening sometime this spring, Scoop is a small batch ice cream shop that has set up shop on Strawberry street in the heart of the fan. The owners also own a popular bakery downtown, Whisk, and have decided to carry their love of handcrafted goodies from baked to frozen ones. Some mouthwatering flavors include Salty Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar Cookie Dough, and Blanchard’s Coffee. And with their Pint Club, you can snag three pints a month to make sure you keep your freezer stocked.
Hot Diggity Donuts
Scheduled to open in Manchester sometime this spring, Hot Diggity Donuts “savors the process of making things by hand and celebrate living in the moment.” Their donut bar include made-to-order craft donuts, accompanied by a pour over coffees for a perfect breakfast combo. Or visit them in the afternoon for their happy hour to pair your handcrafted donut with a handcrafted cocktail.
Newest places to shop:
If you didn’t hear about Solange Knowles’ shopping experience at this children’s boutique last July (perhaps for Beyonce’s newborn twins), well just know that happened. Little Nomad is located downtown on West Broad Street and offers a “fresh, modern, gender neutral children’s graphic tees” line that are designed by a husband and wife duo.
Though their main focus is on creating goods for little ones, they also focus on creating a community space where all shoppers can feel represented by high-quality products at a fair price. They often host community events for local artists, authors, civic meetings, and more at the Little Nomad shop, and are very dedicated to being active members of Richmond’s community.
Tucked away in Tuckahoe, this adorable boutique offers Richmonders trendy women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. Sweetest Stitch opened late in 2016 and gives shoppers a “carefully curated [selection] for comfort and style.” Their boutique aims to offer a peaceful shopping experience with a great atmosphere. They even carry that over into their online shop as well, giving their customers the ultimate shopping experience.
The Carytown Collective
Another Carytown find, this brand new shared retail shop opened this spring and aims to give Richmonders a new place to shop for gifts, home decor, furniture, beauty brands, and more by bringing a collection of small businesses together. By offering tenants 3-month leases, The Carytown Collective gives local businesses a place to offer their products in a storefront setting, which means their boutique is ever-changing and makes it easier for Richmond to shop local.
RVA is definitely one of the coolest cities in the U.S. to visit, so when your family and friends come from out-of-town, be sure to make these 12 places a priority to show off Richmond’s vibe. We know we will!
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