Want to explore Norfolk without breaking the bank? Our city’s restaurants, attractions and shops easily accommodate a variety of budgets. Here’s how to enjoy Norfolk on a budget.

Eat & Drink 

Head to the NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) Arts District for some of the most affordable tacos in town. Sanctuary doles out $3.00 tacos with your choice of toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, chili lime sauce, micro greens, and homemade coleslaw.

Farther down the road, in the historic Ghent district, stop by Mr. Shawarma where you’ll find mouth-watering Middle Eastern street food for a steal of a deal. You can get a Shawarma Wrap (sliced & marinated turkey meat with layers of slow-cooked lamb) for around 10 bucks! Other goodies on the menu include homemade falafel balls, fries, hummus and basmati rice.

Don’t forget happy hour! For delicious drinks with unbeatable prices, stop by Cogan’s Pizza, Press 626 Café & Wine Bar, No Frill Grill and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, to name a few.


Take a walk or grab a Pace bike and explore the Elizabeth River Trail, a 10.5-mile biking and pedestrian urban trail that extends between Harbor Park Stadium and Norfolk International Terminals. Highlights along the trail include the Weynoke Bird and Wildlife SanctuaryTown Point Park, the Fort NorfolkPlum Point Park, and several of Norfolk’s historic neighborhoods. All of which cost no charge to explore!

Inexpensive or Free Activities

Exploring the city’s famed Chrysler Museum of Art is an absolute must. This cultural enclave allows free entry for visitors and includes more than 30,000 original works of art that span more than 5,000 years in its galleries. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio is a modern, 7,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the Museum that supports artists working in a variety of glassmaking processes, including glassblowing, casting, fusing, flameworking, and cold-working. The studio provides free public demonstrations at noon every Tuesday through Sunday!

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Inexpensive Shopping 

Head to the new Norfolk Premium Outlets where you’ll find a ton of deals and sales at Banana Republic Factory, Nike, Gap Factory, Carter’s, Calvin Klein, Coach, H&M, Kate Spade and much more! Prefer to shop locally? Check out Selden Market for an array of unique small business and pop-up shops!