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! 

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Union Taco 

Union Taco - Crowdriff

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Calling all taco Tuesday fans, Union Taco is bringing quite the flavor competition to town when it comes to tacos. Their Baja Fish tacos are a classic but their Bulgogi Beef tacos, (Korean BBQ beef, queso fresco, quick-chi, sriracha and cilantro) are unique to Union Taco. Tacos and margaritas go hand in hand so why not sip on their Coco-Rita Margarita which is made with Herradura silver tequila, coconut milk, coconut water, triple sec, agave nectar, and a fresh squeezed lime.

The Willoughby Fish House

The Willoughby Fish House is Norfolk’s newest restaurant on the water. Overlooking the Willoughby Marina, you'll spot Naval Station Norfolk in the distance just past the docks. Watch the ships enter and leave port while you slurp down some oysters and toast to a fantastic day. This is a perfect spot for a sunset meal!

The Fishin’ Pig 

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Norfolk is best known for its seafood and BBQ, and now you can have the best of both worlds at one restaurant, The Fishin’ Pig. They have the finest from land and sea: savory smoked meats and flavorful, fresh seafood! Founded by Matt Hurley, Nash Osborn, Shorty Osborn and Jim Osborn, The Fishin’ Pig is a southern culinary combination that will delight all the senses! Find this new gem in Norfolk's Railroad District.

Virginia Zoo - New Baby Rhino

Baby Rhino 2021 - from VA Zoo Press Release

The Virginia Zoo is proud to announce the historic birth of its first-ever Southern white rhinoceros. An exam confirmed the calf is a male, weighed in at approximately 125 pounds and stands 22 inches tall and 36 inches long. This is a historic event, as this calf is the first of its species to be born at the Virginia Zoo, and is also the first for first-time mom, Zina. Visit the Virginia Zoo today to see the newborn.

Alebrije Mexican Kitchen

This cozy, brick interior Mexican Kitchen opened along Granby Street and we can't wait to dive into their authentic, traditional Mexican dishes. 

Mudita Cafe and Coffeehouse

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Ocean View's newest coffee shop is now open (weekends only as of now). Cafe Mudita is located along 1st View Street in a bright turquoise building that can't be missed. They serve the classic coffee beverages like cappuccinos, lattes and drip coffee, but also serve up affogatos - perfect during the summertime heat!

Lime Bikes

Rentable electric bikes are back. Lime scooters are all the rage in Norfolk, but now there are bikes too! These easily accessible electric bikes make getting from attraction to attraction that much easier.

Granby Waffle Shop at Slover

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Norfolk’s newest niche restaurant, Granby Waffle Shop, recently opened its doors downtown. They are serving up some out-of-this-world sweet and savory waffle creations, boozy milkshakes and, of course, classic Chicken and Waffle combinations. They may seem familiar - they have a large following at their sister location, The Capitol Waffle Shop, in Richmond, VA.

Chelsea Bakehouse at Elation

Chelsea Bakehouse has made quite the name for itself here in Norfolk for its hand-tossed brick over pizza. Their first location is in the neighborhood of Chelsea but now, you can find their brick oven goodness along Colley Avenue. Their second home is located inside Elation Brewing Company - who doesn't love fresh hot pizza with a nice refreshing pilsner?  

Breeze Airways

Breeze Airways

Time to pack your bags, accessing your weekend in Norfolk just got a lot easier. Norfolk International Airport just added a new airline to their already extensive fleet of planes - Breeze. Breeze airways has 39 dollar non-stop flights to cities like New Orleans, Charleston, Hartford, Providence, Columbus and more.



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.