Since Norfolk is always evolving and changing, we want to make sure you don't miss out on all the new talented chefs, baristas, boutique owners or pit masters opening up businesses. Whether it is trying an innovative dish or buying a new outfit, we’re always excited to try out the new locally owned shops and restaurants. Although we cannot list every new entity that joins Norfolk's culture, we encourage you to follow along with us on social media for more openings and happenings within the city!

We will keep this content as fresh as possible and rotate out businesses as the new ones open. Be sure to check back monthly for the newest additions to our emerging city! 

Photo above, credit @beatrizclange



Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Reid has created Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, music specific to diverse environments, available free via GPS enabled app. The experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. The portion of Norfolk's Elizabeth River Trail featured will include the historic Hague and Freemason neighborhoods, the picturesque waterfront Pagoda and a stroll by the Battleship Wisconsin.

Downtown Pass

Downtown Pass

Discover all Downtown has to offer through this game-ify style discount pass. Stroll through downtown and enjoy downtown eats, attractions and shopping all while earning your way to some Norfolk freebies. You will earn free swag every 5 check ins, no purchase required.

Bank Street Stage

Virginia Arts Bank Street Stage

Norfolk's newest outdoor venue, Bank Street Venue. The Virginia Arts Festival worked diligently to create a socially distant-friendly outdoor venue for live performers. Check out the talent coming to our city now!

Ghent Farmers Market

Ghent Farmers Market Logo

Another farmers market will be gracing the streets of Norfolk. Located in the heart of Ghent, the Ghent Farmers Market will be open the first and third Friday of every month from April to September. Shop local food vendors for cooking needs or to take items to-go, like homemade soups.

Syd's Fish Pig Cafe

Syd's Fish Pig Cafe - Crowdriff

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Sydney Meers, owner and chef, brings his unique talent to Norfolk. His eclectic dining room is paired with a deliciously and sarcastically straightforward menu. His talents run deep, for he was a 2016 mid-Atlantic best chef semifinalist for the James Beard Award of Excellence. His flavors are just as bold as his humor and we promise there will never be a dull moment at Syd's cafe. 

Reaver Beach Brewery

Reaver Beach Brewery - Crowdriff

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A beloved long-time Virginia based brewery has opened their second location in Norfolk. Nestled among delicious restaurants on Colley Avenue, Reaver Beach Brewery is most known for their IPA's and distinct sour ales. We highly suggest their legendary double IPA, Hoptopus.

Canvas Social Cuisine

Canvas Social Cuisine - Crowdriff

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Downtowns newest creatively curated brunch menu features waffles like their Down and Dirty - a savory waffle with mac and cheese, fried chicken and topped with grand mariner honey. Or try their Party Waffle - a sweet waffle filled with fruity pebbles and topped with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles.

Prescription Coffee Lab

Prescription Coffee Lab - Crowdriff

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While Prescription Coffee is not new to Norfolk, their coffee bar is! Their locally roasted and brewed coffee has popped up at farmers markets and cafes across our region. Now, their location (or lab) is serving up some fresh brews! Sip on their newly created Thicc Rizzy - a 4 oz. latte that starts with a real ristretto shot and topped with 3 oz. of milk.

Major Phillies Cheesesteak

MAjor Phillie - Crowdriff

@majorphillie_cheesesteaks, Instagram

Major Phillies is dishing out classic hoagie cheesesteaks that melt in your mouth but they are also creating out-of-the-box cheesesteaks you have to try! Like their Thai Salmon Phillie or their Southwest Chicken Phillie.   

Brothers Norfolk

Brothers Norfolk -Crowdriff@ronthedesignicon, Instagram

The Brother’s menu brings another finer diner restaurant to the Norfolk culinary scene. Founded by an NBA referee and Norfolk native, Tony Brothers, hopes to attract all those with an adventurous palate to try his sophisticated plates. 

Grandiflora Wine Garden

Grandiflora Wine Garden - CRowdriff

@grandiflora_wine_garden, Instagram

In the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood lives a newly restored, century-old, vibrant yellow home that has been converted into a quaint inn and wine garden. Their scrumptious vegetarian menu paired with their wine list that is devoted to old-world wines makes for a unique dining experience.

Cherry-O To Go

Cherry-o To go

Chef Stacey Cherry of Cherry-O To Go, graces Norfolk's downtown with classic southern fried dishes. Her dishes are made with love, for her teachings and inspiration for her cuisine come form her South-Carolina-born father, a steward for the Navy during the World War II.