02 February 2023

Valentine's Day in Norfolk

How will you spend Valentine’s Day weekend this year? Consider making it a weekend in Norfolk! Stay overnight in a luxurious suite, dine at some of Norfolk’s most romantic restaurants, and instead of exchanging traditional gifts, consider making something together that you’ll always treasure. No matter how you spend your time, you’ll be surrounded by love this Valentine’s Day in Norfolk, Va.

Where to Dine

Romance is in the air throughout Norfolk! Take advantage of some of the specially curated Valentine’s menus featured at restaurants you’ll love!

City Cruises by Hornblower

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Feb. 11, 12, 14
Valentine’s Signature Dinner Cruise

Toast to the most romantic day of the year on a Valentine’s Signature Dinner Cruise on the Elizabeth River. Treat your Valentine to a special night on the water with signature buffets, delicious cocktails, dancing and Norfolk’s most stunning views.

Four Eleven York

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Feb. 11, 12, 14
Four-Course menu

One of Norfolk’s most romantic restaurants is offering a four-course menu on three separate days. Look forward to choosing from items like Creme de la Creme of Cheese Boards for Two, grilled octopus, roasted chicken with black truffle brioche Brussels sprout stuffing and a raspberry pistachio treat.

Grandiflora Wine Garden

Head to the beloved Grandiflora Wine Garden for a Four-Course Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner. Look forward to menu items like roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberry, walnut, apple and fig dressing; braised French lentil soup, Lion’s Mane mushroom served with roasted root vegetables and creamed potatoes; and a Basque custard with coconut whip. The dinner is $45 per guest, plus an additional $35 for a natural wine pairing. Alcohol-free pairings are also available for $25 per guest.

Varia

Feb. 10, 11, 14

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Varia with a holiday chef special you’ll love! Start with salted watermelon with chèvre and cucumber, then enjoy a first course of toasted tomato gazpacho with saffron and chilled crab. For a main course enjoy salmon Wellington or espresso rubbed N.Y. strip. For dessert there’s Mignardise, cannoli, baby cakes and fresh fruit.

What to make

Think about some of your favorite gifts you enjoy getting and giving this time of year. Now think about how much more special it would be to make those things together!

Sugar & Grace

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Feb. 11 Couples & Candle Making Workshop
Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Workshop

Sugar and Grace Co. (located in Selden Market) features an assortment of workshops that are ideal for pairs or groups. A Couples + Candle Making Workshop features two candles—one for you and one for your boo—and their Valentine’s Day Workshop features a candle you’ll make together as you enjoy a set of chocolate covered strawberries!

All Hands Pottery Studio

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Feb. 10 V-Day Naughty Pottery with Naomi Black
Feb. 11, 12, 14 Valentine’s Day Couples Pottery
Valentine Pottery Class

What’s more romantic than making pottery? Sign up for a variety of classes from All Hands! Feb. 10: V-Day Naughty Pottery with Naomi Black (Let’s get Dirty!) Mug Making Party; Feb. 11, 12, 14: Valentine’s Day Couples Pottery Event.

Valentine’s Workshop

Feb. 12, 2023
Selden Market

Make French macarons, create a custom perfume scent, sip and craft with your Valentine or Galentine, and make memories. Spend an afternoon at Selden Market as a select few business owners have teamed up to create a Valentine’s themed markers’ workshop. Learn how to bake French macarons with Genevieve from Cafe Genevieve, create your personal perfume/cologne scent at Petit a Petit Lingerie Boutique, and enjoy a wine tasting with nibbles as well as make your own beautiful pressed floral sun catcher with materials from VA Goods.

Where to stay

Norfolk’s boutique inns and high-end skyscraper hotel suites make for the perfect setting for a romantic getaway! There’s so many romantic places to visit, restaurants to dine at and events happening, so why not make it a full weekend and fully immerse yourself into Norfolk’s Valentine scene?

Four Eleven York

Four Eleven York is a boutique inn (with restaurant on site) in the Historic Freemason District. They offer a luxurious experience featuring a fully stocked bar cart and heated floors in the bathroom.

Glass light Hotel & Gallery

Glass Light is an intellectually curious boutique hotel and glass art gallery in the heart of Downtown Norfolk’s Local Historic District. This building reimagined from its 1912 heritage boasts 113 masterfully detailed guest rooms and suites. Exceptional works of glass art by world-renowned artists such as Dale Chihuly, Peter Bremers and Lino Tagliapietra hide in the corners and hang from the spaces around you to pique your senses and warm the glow at Glass Light. 

Hilton Norfolk The Main

At Main and Granby Streets, this luxury hotel sits along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront. Embrace the downtown lifestyle and walk to cultural attractions, trendy shopping and dining and the Elizabeth River. With its elegance and cutting-edge technology, Hilton Norfolk The Main is a modern luxury hotel with vibrant spaces.

Where to Shop

Find beautiful and unique gifts for your special someone at some of Norfolk’s local stores.

Mermaid Market

VisitNorfolk’s own Mermaid Market has just what you need to get cozy, get comfy and show love this Valentine’s Day. Choose from hot chocolate bombs in assorted flavors, cocktail mixes and mulling syrup to steam up your beverages, some uniquely Norfolk drink ware, comfy apparel and accessories to show love!

Plant norfolk

Shop here on Valentine’s Day for 20 percent off orders of $50 or more! They’ll have adorable blush pink pots, Hoya Kerri hearts, gift cards and more that will make the perfect gift for the plant lover in your life!

TASTE

Show the foodie in your life how well you know them with a Valentine’s Day gift full of delicious and exciting specialty foods complete with sparkling wine, craft chocolate and a local candle, of course!

Texture

Looking for things to love? Look no further than Texture, a woman-owned boutique located in the heart of Ghent. They’ve got Valentine’s candles, chocolate, cozy socks, cute throw pillows and lots more!

Need more ideas? See a list of Valentine’s (and Galentine’s) events happening in Norfolk!

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31 January 2023

9 Must-Try Cocktail Bars in Norfolk, VA

Craft cocktails are having their moment in Norfolk, and we’re here to shed light on the awesome talent, science and love that goes into these liquid gold creations. A commonality among Norfolk’s best cocktail bars are the house-made syrups, bitters, liquors and sodas combined with fresh, local ingredients. Here are nine creative cocktail experiences that are worth a try when you are in Norfolk. Cheers!

Cure

Came in for a coffee and stayed for a cocktail? Life happens, and Cure happens to be a great place for imbibing. They transform traditional cocktails to be new and innovative and even make their own craft cold brew coffee liqueur called Cureo to incorporate into drinks. The liqueur can also be found in local liquor stores making it a perfect souvenir. You’ll be pleased with their menu of cocktails, each moderately priced at only $8.50, and each unique in flavor. How about a peach bourbon sipper or rosemary grapefruit Paloma to kick the weekend into gear?

Crudo Nudo

Trust Crudo Nudo’s confident bartenders to walk you through a delicious liquid journey. Asian whiskeys, an array of gins, fresh citrus and punny cocktail names will make your experience at Crudo Nudo one to remember. As they tout on their website, “A drink is a drink until you order one here.” We can’t disagree.

Four Eleven York 

Nestled in Norfolk’s beloved Freemason District is a modernly restored 1890s boutique inn and restaurant, home to the bespoke cocktail adventure, the“Bartender’s Experience.” Four Eleven’s entertaining bartenders will ask for your name, two quirky questions and your liquor preference to craft a drink that is uniquely yours. Take a sip as the libation liberates your spirit with a cocktail made especially for you. Don’t worry; they write down their creation so you can take it home to imitate. It’s a perfect keepsake of a Norfolk’s local take on you.

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery

It doesn’t get much better than a phenomenal glass art gallery within a hotel that features an unmatched dining experience on site complete with innovative cocktails. Order a Pink Bunny, modeled after the iconic, can’t-miss pink bunny you’ll find casually posed in the restaurant, or perhaps a Coco & Smoke with Plantation Xaymaca Rum, Vida Mezcal, Borghetti Coffee Liqueur, Giffard Banane du Bresil and coconut milk.

Omar’s Carriage House

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Whether you’re here for Moroccan Monday or any delicious night of dining, be sure to peruse Omar’s drink menu as you settle in for an unforgettable experience. Look for an assortment of margaritas, sangrias and mimosas, plus rotating seasonal drinks you’ll love.

Press 626

Normally we recommend Press 626 for their outstanding wine selection, but did you know they also have a top-notch cocktail program? Their bartenders have an extensive passion and knowledge of craft cocktails and are eager to show off their skills. Try something refreshing like their Mistress Violet featuring butterfly pea gin, lemon, lavender syrup, vermouth, elderflower liquor and Blanc de Blancs bubbles. Or, go richer with Walking on the Sun—bourbon, raspberry liqueur, blackberry citrus, honey syrup and rhubarb bitters.

Saltine

An upscale seafood restaurant conveniently located Downtown is serving up some of the best boozy combinations at their Apothecary Bar. Saltine’s inventive creations are simple in practice but complex in flavor, as they strive to highlight the alcohol and not disguise it. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons, but with each new menu comes a new story. Chat with the chief mixologist to determine the perfect sip for you. With options like Ballin’ is a Habit (Suntori Toki, Dolin Dry, St. Germain, Topo Chico, lemon peel) or Naked & Famous (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Aperol, fresh lime), you literally can’t go wrong.

The Stockpot

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We love The Stockpot for feeding us the comfort food we crave using healthier, no-guilt ingredients and methods. We also adore them for their tasty and out-of-the-box cocktail menu. We won’t get into specific since offerings change by season, but they always feature a fantastic lineup at very reasonable prices. Best of all, their Charity Drink found on the menu benefits a local or regional nonprofit.

Toast 

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Toast has become a pillar within Norfolk’s culinary scene, and it’s no doubt that their creative cocktails play a major role in that accomplishment. Toast’s creations are funky, always delicious and are best enjoyed on their outdoor garden patio. Their signature bevs include innovative creations like a Toasted Negroni (gin, coconut blast Campari, vermouth, Frangelico and chicory/pecan bitters) or Mesh & Lace (Monkey Shoulder Scotch, rum, gose syrup, citrus and egg white powder). They even have a cold brew martini featuring Kobros Cold Brew.

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30 January 2023

Romantic Getaway to Norfolk

Escape to Norfolk for a romantic getaway to experience waterfront sunsets, unforgettable cuisine and friendly folks that are ready to show you some love. Here are some ideas for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway in Norfolk, Va.

Splurge on a suite

FOUR ELEVEN YORK INN AND RESTAURANT

Nestled among the cobblestone streets of Freemason is the boutique inn and restaurant Four Eleven York. Their rooms are styled and decorated beautifully with each having its own personality. Slumber like a royal on a Hypnos mattress (the exclusive supplier of mattresses for the residences of the Royal Family) in the gorgeous Magnolia Suite. Light some candles, ignite the in-bathroom fireplace, and take a much-needed deep soak in their volcanic limestone soaking tub.

Glass Light Hotel and Gallery

Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the Glass Light Hotel and Gallery is a beautiful representation of our city’s love for glass art and history. The Glass Light Hotel is situated in a century-old building dating back to 1912 and stands tall along the bustling Downtown street of Granby. Their Junior Suite offers sweeping views of the Elizabeth River, Downtown Norfolk and the majestic Battleship Wisconsin. Cuddle up in a robe, indulge in some chocolate-covered strawberries and cherish the moment!

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Hilton Norfolk The Main

Take the weekend and live in pure glamor. Open the door to your Presidential Suite and you will quickly be greeted by stunning panoramic city views, a classic grand piano and a large soaking bathtub in the spacious bathroom. The room at sunset just exuberates love! Lucky for you, the Main also has some of the tastiest restaurants in Norfolk. Order room service or simply ride the elevator to Varia, a scrumptious Italian Trattoria, Saltine, where you’ll find fresh seafood fare or the rooftop beer garden, Grain.

See a Sunset with your sweetheart

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Ocean View and East beach

Picture this: You’re wrapped up in a blanket with your favorite person overlooking the bay, dolphins diving in the distance and the sun kissing the horizon. Maybe you’ve picked up a sweet treat from Chocollage or have a bottle of champagne back at the room. Either way, we invite you to sit back and enjoy a romantic sunset at Ocean View and East Beach

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Nauticus Pier

This hidden gem in Norfolk plays the perfect role for a quiet romantic spot. The Elizabeth River, locally painted benches, merman statue and mile marker zero (free and open to the public) make for the perfect backdrop for a sweet moment with your sweetie. 

See more places to catch a gorgeous Norfolk waterfront sunset here.

Share a romantic meal

Some of our local favorite spots to enjoy with your sweetheart are Four Eleven York, where you can woo your love with complimentary donuts at their courtyard garden brunch, Luce, which has a finer-diner-like atmosphere while serving up handmade pasta dishes, Todd Jurich’s, a classic Norfolk restaurant which arguably has the best She Crab soup in town and Blanca Food + Wine, which will have you batting your eyelashes at one another over a glass or two of wine from their old world wine list.

Explore the outdoors

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Norfolk Botanical Garden 

Spend your day roaming the Norfolk Botanical Garden. With 60 different gardens to explore—plus gorgeous waterways—we promise you’ll find the perfect spot for that romantic photo. Enjoy foliage in the fall, roses blooming during the summer, Garden of Lights during the holidays and flourishing azaleas all spring.

Elizabeth River Trail

Discover Norfolk’s 10.5-mile-long Elizabeth River Trail. The ERT parallels the water, romantic cobblestone streets of historic Freemason, Ghent and Chelsea neighborhoods. Hold your darling’s hand, stroll the seascape of Norfolk and stop along the path to grab a bite to eat, something sweet or a coffee to go. Check out Norfolk’s best desserts here.

Hermitage Museum and Garden

Love is in the air year-round at the Hermitage, a popular wedding venue and the perfect backdrop to any photo. This 20th-century historic house museum sits on 12 acres of lush gardens and natural woodlands. Step inside to experience contemporary exhibition galleries and a worldwide art collection. 

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30 January 2023

10 Reasons You Should Travel To Norfolk, VA!

On average, Americans had 9.5 unused days of PTO at the end of 2021, according to a study by software company Qualtrics. Don’t let your vacation days fall into next year’s statistics. Everyone deserves a getaway. In fact, taking time for yourself is essential. According to a Forbes article, vacation time can increase mindfulness, improve heart health, reduce stress, boost brainpower and improve sleep—all benefits that play a huge factor in your overall health as well as your career.

Is Norfolk on your list of places to visit this year? If not, perhaps it should be. We’ve got the impeccable water views to help you unwind, the arts and culture to keep you engaged, a fabulous culinary scene to delight your tastebuds and more mermaids than you ever thought possible—all in one destination. Still undecided? Here are 10 reasons you should travel to Norfolk, VA.

1. We’ve got the water views you want.

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Spend a beach day at Ocean View with the calm waves of the Chesapeake Bay lapping at your feet. Get out on the water via boat, cruise or kayak. Try fishing on the longest pier in North America or through a local fishing charter. Or, simply relax as you take in unmatched sunsets along the Elizabeth River or Chesapeake Bay.

2. Our culinary scene will rock your world.

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Filled with a vibrant mix of chefs, farmers and bakers, Norfolk has blossomed into one of the Southeast’s most dynamic foodie destinations. The city’s captivating urban appeal and history lure visitors in, and the culinary creations keep them here. Being right on the coast means an abundance of fresh seafood served in both traditional and eclectic ways. But there’s also a myriad of eateries focused on anything from healthy fare to desserts to international cuisine. Check out our culinary series, City With Bite, for a closer look at some of Norfolk’s best restaurants.

3. Love live music? So do we.

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The concert experiences in Norfolk vary as much as the types of music you’re into. Start with the NorVa, dubbed one of the nation’s best live music venues by Rolling Stone. There’s incredible jazz performances at The Attucks, originally known as the “Apollo of the South,” acoustic sets at Grain and a lineup of punk rock, garage rock and heavy metal at Norfolk Taphouse. Plus, there’s usually tunes to be heard on the weekends at many Norfolk breweries. See more places to hear live music here.

4. We’ve got cruises—the local kind.

Whether you’re into history, naval tours or dinner and dancing with DJ music, Norfolk has just the cruise for you. Book an experience with City Cruises by Hornblower to see incredible views of the Norfolk harbor during a lunch, brunch, dinner, cocktail or moonlit cruise. Catch a beautiful sunset on the American Rover, or see the world’s largest naval base during a narrated Victory Rover cruise.

5. But we’ve also got the really big Cruise ship kind.

Carnival Cruise Line launches year-round sailings from Norfolk in February 2025. Passengers from around the country can enjoy six-day sailings to the Bahamas and eight-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Cruise itineraries from Norfolk include stops in Nassau, Freeport, Bimini and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas; Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and the Dominican Republic.

6. The shopping is one-of-a-kind.

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Take, for instance, the always trending, ever evolving space of Selden Market. This hip and historic shopping hall features local artisans, chefs and pop-up shops featuring different vendors. There’s always something new to see and buy at Selden. But wait, there’s a bunch more. Norfolk Premium Outlets houses stores such as Banana Republic, Coach, Gap, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Nearby is the Swedish shopping destination  IKEA. And the local shopping never disappoints at these beloved boutiques. Finally, visit our very own Mermaid Market, located in the Visitors Information Center, for all things local and charming.

7. Norfolk’s craft beer culture is hopping.

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Get it? Okay, our jokes aren’t the best, but our brewery scene is. With multiple breweries in many of Norfolk’s neighborhoods, there’s a brew to match every mood. Learn more about each of Norfolk’s breweries here, and download our Brew Hop pass here, which makes it easy to explore the local beer scene.

8. You can Experience history here by ordering an ice cream cone.

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Abe Doumar invented the very first waffle cone in 1904, and to this day, fresh waffles cones are being churned out and topped with ice cream for all to enjoy. A trip to Norfolk means a visit to Doumar’s nostalgic diner for at least a cone but perhaps a barbecue sandwich and a limeade too.

9. We’ve got art both inside and out.

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Where else can you find culturally stimulating museums like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Perry Glass Studio, d’Art Center, Barry Art Museum, Hermitage Museum and Gardens and Glass Light Gallery, all within one city? Plus, in Norfolk’s NEON District, art is splashed throughout alleyways, along sidewalks and on the sides of buildings in vibrant, can’t-miss murals.

10. Mermaids are swimming throughout the city.

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We dare you to find them all. More than simply a mascot, Norfolk’s mermaids are iconic to our city, reflecting themes of nautical adventure, civic pride, the diversity of our region and anything else artists could envision. Click here for a guide to the mermaids.

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30 January 2023

Best Wings in Norfolk

Perhaps wings are an integral part of your football season routine, or maybe you just can’t resist the sometimes-spicy, always flavorful sauces slathered on a perfectly cooked wing. A little dip in ranch or bleu cheese, a bite of a complimentary celery stick for good measure, and it’s a darn good day. While Norfolk is known for its sinfully good seafood and top-notch oyster bars, don’t think we don’t know our way around a chicken. There’s no ifs, ands or bones about it: we’ve got the wings you want. Here are some of the best restaurants for wings in Norfolk.

Alkaline

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Listen, if you haven’t ordered the sticky wings from Alkaline, you’re for sure missing out. Their twice-fried Korean fried chicken wings are dipped in house sticky house and served with fried garlic. The unforgettable wings were featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and were adored by Guy Fieri just as much as locals love them. Follow an order of wings by Alkaline’s cozy, delicious ramen, and you’ll have a recipe for a perfect meal.

A.W. Shucks

Typically, we’d suggest A.W. Shucks for their seafood and raw bar, but today we’re going to persuade you to try their wings. Buffalo and chipotle wings are classics, but promise us you will at least try the Old Bay wings! Born along the Chesapeake Bay, Old Bay is a true coastal flavor. This 18 spice and herb blend pairs perfectly with seafood (but is seriously satisfying on chicken too).

Blue Moon Taphouse

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Conveniently located at Waterside District, Blue Moon Taphouse is one of the best places around for watching sports. The TVs are abundant, the beers are steadily flowing, and the wings are just how you like ’em. They’ve got boneless wings tossed in a variety of sauces including buffalo, BBQ, Bee Sting and zesty garlic parmesan. For a different variety, their sweet and spicy wings are tossed in a homemade sauce, topped with toasted sesame seeds and served with Asian slaw. No meat? No problem. The spicy buffalo or garlic cauliflower “wings” are spicy-battered, flash-fried and coated to perfection.

Bonchon Norfolk

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Walk down any neighborhood in Korea and you’ll find a mom-and-pop fried chicken joint on almost every block. With years of hands-on experience with Korean cuisine, founder Jinduk Seh decided to focus on perfecting a recipe for fried chicken and share one of his country’s favorite comfort foods with the world. The result was Bonchon, Korean word for “my hometown.”

Dirty Buffalo

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Buffalo, NY residents relocated to the great city of Norfolk and opened Dirty Buffalo, bringing their ever-famous Buffalo wing recipe with them. Dirty Buffalo offers multiple flavors and has a heat index ranging from no spice to holy moly. Voted the best wings in our region, Dirty Buffalo features bone-in, boneless and even cauliflower wings. Best time to go? Every Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. they have wings for only 89 cents. 

The Fishin’ Pig

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Among the obvious fish and pig options you’ll find at this beloved barbecue restaurant, you’ll find some of the best smoked wings ever. Slow smoked, deep fried and broiled to caramelize your favorite sauce, these wings are served with fresh cucumber slices and the classic dippers. Whether you go with BBQ, mild, medium or death wish, you’re sure to leave satisfied.

Grain

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You thought Wednesday was for wine? Close, but nah. Drop by Grain on Hump Day and you’ll discover that Wednesdays are clearly for wings. Order an appetizer, or go for the whole platter (we won’t judge). With sauces like BBQ, honey BBQ, buffalo or garlic habanero dry rub, you’ll be dipping and devouring for hours.

Lil ‘za

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love Lil ‘Za … their wings are too legit to quit. Go for traditional buffalo or Vietnamese style; you really can’t go wrong. Best of all, Thursdays are $1 Wing Night (minimum six wings, one sauce per six wings). So, don’t just wing it at any wild joint; head to Lil ‘Za on a Thursday to get the wings you want at the price you love.

My Mama’s Kitchen

Made to order, the wings from My Mama’s Kitchen are heavenly. A local favorite flavor is their garlic parmesan wings, but really you can’t go wrong with out-of-the-box options like lemon pepper gangnam, General Tso’s, blonde BBQ, buffalo soldier and mango habanero.

Orapax

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Known and loved as one of the region’s first Greek restaurants, Orapax delivers a fine selection of wings that have stood the test of time. Their Pegasus-Style wings are char-broiled, spiced with Greek herbs and seasonings and paired with a tzatziki sauce to cool things down. Meanwhile, their specialty sauces (buffalo, spicy bourbon or honey hot) are just as popular and come with the classic blue cheese or ranch.

Peck & Pour

Order wings by the platter! With incredible flavors to choose from and a great selection of beers, this is an awesome place to catch up with friends or watch the big game. From sweet soy, zesty orange and red chili, there’s surely something to suit everyone’s palate and spice preferences.

The Public House

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Most any local pub will serve their own version of wings, but they aren’t all guaranteed to be as delicious as the ones you’ll find at Public House. Their wings come in several options: Korean barbecue, ghost pepper, buffalo, smokey bourbon barbecue or Public House special sauce.

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29 January 2023

Black-Owned Businesses in Norfolk, VA

The city of Norfolk would not be the creative, diverse and vibrant community that it is without the endless contributions made by Black residents and business owners. Some of these Black-owned businesses have become staples, while others have just planted their roots. From scrumptious soul food to self-care sanctuaries, we celebrate these businesses within our city and encourage you to visit their establishments to continue to support and lift them up. Here are a few Black-owned businesses to get you started.

350 Grace

The street view of 350 Grace is a sleek and simple black and white facade, but once you open their front door, a vibrant blue, white and brick interior greets you. Their menu is a perfect marriage of traditional Southern comfort food and modern cuisine. Not only is the food delicious and innovative; it is completely gluten- and grain-free. Chef Willie Moats brings extreme talent to the 350 Grace menu with dishes like Black Garlic Molasses Glazed Half Cornish Hen  served with maple sweet potatoes, fried okra, tomato marmalade and melted goat cheese. Their cocktail menu favors Southern concoctions like the Salted Grapefruit Bourbon Martini (Jim Beam Black, ruby red grapefruit juice, simple syrup, grapefruit zest), or try an after dinner drink like Mississippi Mud (Goslings Rum, creme de banana, half-and-half and Hennessy). To cap off the meal, indulge in a Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Brûlée served with fresh blueberry jam.

Bar-Q 

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Southern wraparound porches will catch your eye when you drive by Bar-Q’s location nestled inside Bold Mariner Brewing Company. Then, your attention will quickly divert to the oversized meat smoker that resides in their parking lot, leaving you to wonder just how delicious their barbecue must be. Next, comes the beautiful aromas of freshly smoked meat that will have your mouth watering almost instantly. Bar-Q has an à la carte menu, but we highly suggest filling up a platter with their moist brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, rich mac and cheese, spicy (but not too spicy) jalapeño and cheddar links and classic cornbread. Pitmaster Jayme Campbell is a barbecue pro but embraces his creative side and hosts occasional BBQ Sushi Nights at the brewery. 

Brothers

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, Brothers is the perfect mix of the traditional dining experience with a contemporary flair. Founded and inspired by NBA referee and Norfolk native Tony Brothers, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience that is vibrant, inviting and entertaining. Brothers boats a broad menu that will entice the most sophisticated and adventurous palate. Kindred spirits are invited to enjoy the finest cut of chops, a variety of fresh seafood and a robust selection of spirits.

Freshtopia

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Did you know that Norfolk is home to a black-owned record store? Even though vinyl sales are skyrocketing in the U.S., only a fraction of the country’s 2,500 record stores are Black-owned, according to an article from Insider. At Freshtopia you can browse their vinyl record collection, shop for “fresh” hip-hop-related gear or catch beesus the DJ spinning live on fresh radio.

Get Well Soon 

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Get Well Soon founders Virginia Thornton and Zahra Ahmad have created a self-care sanctuary to cater to a need they saw in themselves and in their community: suffering anxiety and depression in silence. Get Well Soon offers guided meditation, yoga, massages, facials, brow and lash services, an infrared sauna and a merchandise shop. This fun and welcoming environment is ideal for achieving healthier minds and bodies.

Hummingbird Macarons and Desserts 

There is something truly elegant about a macaron with its delicate, almond meringue discs and decadent fillings in all flavors. Kisha Moore, owner of Hummingbird Macarons, fanned the flames of our macaron obsession since opening her sweet shop in the NEON Arts District. Kisha’s creativity is appreciated through her fun macaron flavors including peach habanero, sea salt caramel and South Pacific (an infusion of Thai basil, blood orange and calamansi juices). While macarons are her speciality, keep a lookout for her lemon meringues, chocolatey Vegan cookies and funfetti cakes. 

Jikoni Cafe

This all-vegan restaurant located in Park Place brings alternative options to meet without compromising the flavor. The secret is Jikoni Kush, a non-hybrid grain hailing from the tropics of Africa. Try their vegetable pasta mixed with Jikoni Kush, tomatoes, mushrooms, mixed bell peppers, onions and avocados, smothered in Jibini (Alfredo mixed with spicy Jamaican jerk sauce and topped with potatoes). Looking for something sweet? Try a vegan smoothies made with almond milk, organic agave and cashews for added creaminess. This cafe shares its location The House of Consciousness bookshop, promising that if guests arrive with an empty stomach and open mind, they’ll send them back full.

Less Than

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Owner Chris Simmonds launched this zero waste + refill shop in multiple cities throughout the region, including Norfolk. His Ghent shop features sustainable alternatives to everyday items that are healthier for you and our planet. Look for eco-friendly products made from natural ingredients that are free from harsh, synthetic chemicals and stem from makers who are environmentally aware. Household items like soap, lotion and deodorant are sold in recycled, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging—or without packaging at all. While you’re there, peruse the vast, curated selection of nonalcoholic beverages at Ceremony, a section of the store within Less Than.

My Mama’s Kitchen

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Real food, real good! That’s the motto at My Mama’s Kitchen where Owner and Chef Motier “Moe” Stevenson proudly shares his family’s Southern comfort recipes with excited patrons at his East Beach restaurant. There are many must-try menu items, including Mama’s Wings, shrimp or catfish po’ boys, The “Drip” Sandwich, fries and cornbread. Brunch is served on weekends, and dessert is a must, especially if you’re getting the Strawberry Smash.

Petit a Petit

Curated by Nicole Dortch, Petit a Petit (French for little by little) is a full-service luxury lingerie boutique offering bra fitting appointments, virtual shopping, fashion events, gift registry, studio services and more. The company carries bras to fit sizes A–) and styles for bridal, lingerie, hosiery, lounge and sleepwear, maternity, post-surgery solutions and men’s underwear. Owner Nicole Dortch aims to empower and mentor young women to be successful in life, promising positivity, financial literacy and change.

Pure Lagos

Pure Lagos is an Afropolitan Boutique and Art Gallery. African art pieces decorate the walls while African jewelry, clothing and accessories are featured throughout the store. Owner Sia Alexander not only sources all of these goods from Africa herself but prides herself on being a Fair Trade boutique. With a degree in Human Psychology and incredible knowledge in herbology, nutrition, yoga and spiritual healing gained from time spent in Paris, Capetown and West Africa, Sia offers African holistic health consultations to assist with deep healing.

Stark and Legum

Established in 1924, Stark and Legum, a haberdashery, is a Granby Street landmark offering customers the finest selection of men’s clothing, including designer suits, shoes and hats. Their talented and knowledgeable staff will help choose the best apparel and accessories for any occasion.

Shake It Up Shakes

What started as a popular food truck concept became a seriously sweet shop within Selden Market. The first gourmet milkshake bar to hit the city, Shake It Up offers over-the-top creations to satisfy any sweet tooth. Shake up your dessert game!

Sugar & Grace

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As a self-proclaimed candle hoarder, Erica Parham sought a way to avoid her frequent migraines, which a doctor attributed to toxins in most candles. She began experimenting by creating her own nontoxic versions. The migraines disappeared, the candles became a hit, and Erica left her nursing career to launch Sugar & Grace. Here you’ll find soy candles, room sprays, wax melts and candle accessories such as wax warmers, wick trimmers and more. Parham has also curated a selection of home goods, houseplants, cut flowers and body care items from around the world. Treat yourself to a candle (or several) at her shop in Selden Market.

Yendidi Restaurant

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With a mission to share the true taste of West Africa cuisines with our region in an authentic, fresh and contemporary way, Yendidi is a cultural gem in our city. Start with an Afro Pie, a flaky, buttery pie filled with vegetables and a choice of beef, fish or chicken. Opt for a Ghana salad as a lighter option, or dive into a combination platter like Black Beans Jolly Burrito. With a tantalizing selection of soups and stews, plus meat, poultry, seafood and vegan options, there’s something to excite everyone’s taste buds at Yendidi.

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24 January 2023

Black History in Norfolk

Norfolk’s rich African American history has shaped our city into the diverse community we know and love. We’re proud of our unique culture, from the contributions African Americans have made to our city’s past to the integral role of Norfolk’s Black communities today. 

Attractions

Attucks Theatre 

Named in honor of African American Crispus Attucks—the first American patriot to lose his life in the 1770 Boston Massacre—the Attucks is the country’s oldest remaining legitimate theater designed, financed, constructed and operated entirely by African American entrepreneurs. Originally known as the “Apollo of the South,” the venue has hosted legendary performers including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. The music continues today through the theater’s Church Street Jazz Series and Attucks Jazz Club.

Norfolk State University

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A Historically Black College/University founded in 1935, Norfolk State is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service, offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all. 

Norfolk Botanical Garden

In 1938, 220 African Americans were paid just 25 cents an hour to create the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG). Within a year, the Garden was a lush destination, but due to racial segregation, the workers didn’t feel welcome to enjoy the very garden they had created. NBG honors those individuals with a memorial garden and bronze sculpture titled “Breaking Ground,” inspired by photos of actual workers from the era.

Waterways to Freedom

Stop by the VisitNorfolk Visitor Center to pick up a tour brochure of Waterways to Freedom. With its complex and interwoven waterways, Virginia provided a starting point for thousands of individuals to escape slavery. Fugitive slaves would depart on wharves, steamships and schooners and be assisted by safe houses on their journey to freedom. Norfolk’s bustling port played a crucial role in the escape of many slaves, as did the city’s proximity to the Great Dismal Swamp, which was a popular hiding spot for escaped slaves. Take a deeper dive by joining a Norfolk Tour Company excursion focused on African American history in Norfolk. A guide will share fascinating landmarks and pieces of significant history. 

West Point Cemetery and Monument

Around 1,200 local African American soldiers served in the Civil War, with many cited for bravery and awarded medals. As these men passed away, the African American community searched for a burial solution to recognize the soldiers’ sacrifice. West Point Cemetery was dedicated as a special place of burial for nearly 100 Black Union veterans. A West Point monument was erected in honor of African American soldiers and sailors of all wars.

Want to support Norfolk’s Black-Owned Businesses? Here’s a list to get you started.

2023 Events

Author Visit: Robert D. Gaines Presents “Heidelberg of the Norfolk 17”

Feb. 2, 2023 | Slover library

Join Slover Library for a book talk with Author Robert D. Gaines on his latest book, “Heidelberg of the Norfolk 17,” as told by Andrew Heidelberg, which recounts the experience of Heidelberg, one of the first Black students to integrate Norview High School in 1959. Despite heavy backlash, Heidelberg joined the Norview football team his senior year and is said to have been the first Black student to play varsity football at an all-white public school in the South. The event is free and open to the public from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Transit Equity Day

Feb. 3, 2023

Transit Equity Day is a National Day of Action that commemorates the importance of investing in public transit for the benefit of all citizens. It also coincides with the birthday of civil rights icon and public transit rider Rosa Parks, which is on February 4. In honor of Transit Equity Day, on Friday, February 3, Hampton Roads Transit will provide free rides, available on all bus, light rail, ferryparatransit and microtransit services. Bus headlights will remain on all day to symbolize the light Rosa Parks provided to our world and each bus will have a reserved front seat with notated signage, in honor of her courageous act in helping to make transit more equitable for all.

Iola’s Letter

Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 3–26, 2023 | little Theatre of Norfolk

Iola’s Letter shares the story of the anti-lynching crusade Ida B. Wells launched in her Memphis newspaper, Free Speech, in 1892. The play reveals the conflicts Memphis faced surrounding race, religion, class and economics that led to the launching of Wells’ activism that inspired a national movement. The first staged reading of Iola’s Letter was produced in 1999 at Howard University under the direction of Vera J. Katz.

The Essence of Heart & Soul Festival

Feb. 4, 2023 | Slover library

The Essence of Heart & Soul Festival celebrates Black history and culture through performances, storytimes, visuals, vendors, workshops, exhibitions and more. Join this free event from 1–5 p.m.

Join Week 2023: Norfolk Black History Tour

Feb. 5, 2023 | Norfolk Tour Company

Join Norfolk Tour Company along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront to explore the intricate history of African Americans and slavery in Norfolk. This walking tour presented by the Urban League of Hampton Roads will in part cover Norfolk’s role in the slave trade, along with some of the historic moments, heroes, and sites of the pivotal history of the African American experience in South Hampton Roads. The tour will last about 90 minutes from 2–3:30 p.m. After the tour, the group will head to Capo Capo for some networking.

U-NITE: Resistance & Reflection

Feb. 10 | Barry Art Museum

U-Nite is a monthly, after-hours, art-inspired event with performances, activities, and programs to unite the campus and community. This month, the Barry Art Museum features a one-night-only pop-up exhibition in response to the 2023 BHM National Theme: Black Resistance. Come experience spoken word performed by Dr. Tonya M. Shell aka Poetikk Justice, live music by ODU student Sani D and snacks and refreshments by Frankie T’s Streetdogs.

“An Underground River”: African American History Along the ERT

Feb. 11, 2023 | Waterside Marina

Join Norfolk Tour Company on the Elizabeth River Trail to. explore African American history along the Elizabeth River. This free walking tour from 1:30–2:45 p.m. will in part cover Norfolk’s role in the slave trade, along with some of the historic moments, heroes, and sites of the pivotal history of the African American Experience in South Hampton Roads. This tour is free, open to the public, with no registration required—just show up!

Black Girl Magic

Feb. 17–19, 2023 : Hurrah Players

This original show celebrates the history and accomplishments of African American women told through story and song. The Hurrah Players are proud to be presenting this one-of-a-kind show. While not inappropriate, there may be content that younger children may not grasp. Ages 3 and up.

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24 January 2023

Cozy Outdoor Dining with Heaters in Norfolk

There’s no such thing as patio season in winter, right? Well, actually … wrong. Although Norfolk does have some fabulous patio dining experiences during the warmer seasons, outdoor dining is still a popular pastime during the coldest months. All it takes is a little innovation, otherwise known as the outdoor heater. Embrace the crisp winter air and cozy up to enjoy some of your favorite restaurants with heaters in their outdoor spaces.

A.W Shucks Raw Bar and Grill 

Stay toasty on their enclosed patio with heaters while you dive into fresh local and regional seafood. This casual raw bar in Ghent is a locals’ favorite and is available for guests to enjoy all winter. 

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Get your taste of Europe at Blanca with a menu inspired by the rustic cooking styles in Italy, France and Spain with selections of fun cocktails and old-world wines that are paired perfectly with warm heaters and firepits.

The Coach House

With heaters in both their enclosed patio and tent, there is more than enough space to enjoy their upscale but unpretentious American cuisine. Dive into their Duck BBQ sandwich, a unique spin on a beloved sandwich featuring pulled duck covered in their house sriracha BBQ sauce, paired with fried pickles on a sesame seed bun.

COVA Brewing

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That Ocean View wind whisking off the Chesapeake Bay can get a little snappy during the colder months, but don’t worry; COVA’s got you covered. Quite literally, their heated outdoor tent will cover you from the elements and chill of outdoors as you relax and catch up with friends. Plus, consider their tasty beer or toasty cup of coffee an additional liquid blanket to keep you warm this time of year.

Four Eleven York 

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Nestled in the Freemason District, Four Eleven York offers a modern yet rustic, welcoming atmosphere. Pair a cozy dining experience with specialty cocktails and delicious food where you’ll find the perfect evening spot on their patio, which is lined with firepits.

Orapax

Nestle under the heaters at this family-owned and operated Greek restaurant that has been serving locals since 1966. With a wide selection of beer and wine along with a menu full of mouthwatering and filling entrees, there’s something for everyone at this local favorite. 

Leone’s Italian 

You’ll find handmade pastas and carefully curated vino at this upscale eatery in Downtown Norfolk. Lounge around the fire on their heated patio, or enjoy crackling fireplaces indoors while you enjoy dishes like salmon picatta and bone-in pork chop.

The Green Onion

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Located in Historic Ghent, this French-inspired restaurant provides a casual, fine dining experience with a carefully curated wine menu with heaters outside for the ideal date night. 

Pixels = pints + bytes

Bring out your inner child at this arcade bar! Pixels serves delicious and unique hot dogs and sandwiches alongside an impressive house cocktail list. If arcade games aren’t your go to, then enjoy your meal outside under the heaters!

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23 January 2023

Recently Opened in Norfolk

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 pitmasters opening up businesses. Whether it’s 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! 

Hunt and Gather

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Check out Norfolk’s newest local source for hunted and gathered unique, different, cool handmade needful things! It’s a collaboration of artists and vendors, all under one roof with constantly-changing wares!

Zinnia Cafe & Events

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This new concept by the TASTE Family of Businesses is both a restaurant and events space in the beloved Chrysler Museum of Art. The cafe features a striking modern design and an elegant outdoor garden terrace. Zinnia provides a serene space to enjoy full service lunch, grab and go options, coffee, wine and beer. The space is available for private event rentals starting in March.

Birds & Bourbon

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This upscale chicken joint utilizes a combination of spices from all over the world, plus the best bourbon-infused sauces and brines. They offer everything from a classic two-piece and a biscuit to duck-fried rice. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday–Friday. Brunch is held the third Sunday of the month.

Lolly’s Creamery

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Originally founded in Virginia Beach, Lolly’s Creamery has made its way to Norfolk, bringing with them their truly tasty and joyful flavors. Try their classics like strawberry, real deal vanilla and mint chocolate chip, and also be on the lookout for their monthly rotating flavors and weekly releases.

Swell at OV

This charcoal grill and raw bar in Ocean View specializes in classics like wings, calamari, steamed shrimp and mussels as well as specialties like grilled ribeye, roasted chicken, crab cakes and platters.

Second location: Sanctuary Norfolk DMZ

Taco lovers, rejoice. Sanctuary Tacos has opened a second location on Bowdens Ferry Road. More seating, lots of TVs, cool outdoor patio, one-of-a-kind art—plus the same great tacos you know and love. It’s a win/win any day of the week and especially on Taco Tuesdays.

Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails

At only 65 seats, Chef’s Kitchen has an intimate but edgy ambiance and an eclectic dining experience. Located on Colley Avenue, Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails offers an upscale but comfortable, quality dining experience.

Neptune’s Fury

What started as a coffee roasting hobby in a Virginia Beach garage has evolved into a physical location (and a beautiful one at that) in Downtown Norfolk’s Dominion Tower. This coastal-themed coffee shop features light to medium roasted beans featured in your favorite caffeinated beverages like lattes, espressos cappuccinos and cold beverages too. The shop also features bagged coffee beans for sale and a sweet assortment of baked goods—all overlooking the beautiful Elizabeth River.

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Best Desserts in Norfolk, VA

You may already be aware of Norfolk’s stellar food scene, featuring over 600 independent restaurants. But did you know that the desserts are just as fabulous? We’ve got s’mores fired right on the spot, pastries from some of the most charming bakeries, indulgent chocolate treats, dainty macarons, buttery pound cakes and frozen delights. Whatever you’re craving, Norfolk has the sweet stuff to make you smile. Here are some decadent desserts worth saving room for.

Bakehouse at Chelsea

This is indeed the place to go for artisan, wood-fired, Neopolitan-inspired pizzas. But did you know they also have a beautiful selection of rustic pastries and tarts? Look for cookies, buttery tarts, sweet and savory Danishes, monkey bread, flaky croissants, galettes and so much more. Get yourself a pizza and a pastry to go, and you’ll have a meal you won’t be able to stop dreaming about.

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Bar-Q Desserts

An infamous Texas style barbecue joint (located inside Bold Mariner) is making waves in the dessert world. Pulling inspiration from her mother and grandmother, baker Nikki offers a rotating selection of decadent, Southern-style treats. Try their cookies and cream brownies: gooey brownies stuffed with Oreos, then topped with a creamy Oreo buttercream. For a non-chocolate treat, sink your teeth into their caramel pecan cheesecake, a creamy slice of heaven with a salted caramel pecan middle, topped with more salted caramel because there’s never too much sauce. Whether you choose from their elevated classics or unique spin on their favorite flavors, Bar-Q’s desserts will keep you coming back for more.

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The Bonbonnier

Tack a step back in time to this old fashioned candy and bake shop. The Bonbonnier features chocolate-covered apples, home-style candies and treats made by hand and classic confections. They also feature an extensive seasonal menu of more flavors than you can imagine. No matter the time of year, it’s a swell time for sweets.

Cafe Genevieve

This French-inspired bakery and cafe located in Selden Market specializes in authentic and handcrafted French macarons. Inspired by the flavors of each season, as well as the classic French flavor combinations you would find at any patisserie, Cafe Genevieve aims to delight customers with the simple pleasure of their beautiful baked confections.

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Café Stella

Among the locals’ favorite, Café Stella holds high standards for desserts here in Norfolk with their authentic atmosphere and equally tasty cuisine. It’s difficult to walk into Café Stella and not leave with a sweet treat once you see the freshly baked options in the glass pastry case. Pair these with a latte or glass of wine

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Chocollage

Take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle as you slip into this quaint bakery in Freemason. Their case is always filled with freshly baked or confected sweets, ideal for a special occasion or just a casual drop-in. Need a suggestion? Their chocolate mousse cake is out of this world, and their peanut butter bombs will leave you yearning for your next bite for years to come.

Hummingbird Macarons

Walk through the NEON District and you’ll be sure to stumble upon Hummingbird Macarons! Grab a macaron (or 12—who’s counting?) in signature and seasonal flavors, plus a beautiful birthday selection. But that’s not all; Hummingbird also features an assortment of treats including cookies, cakes, bars, tarts, brownies and more.

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La Brioche

From the baguette and the croissants, to the quiches and sandwiches, you will find baked goods that make you feel as if you were at a street cafe in Paris. The bakery’s second-floor loft allows you to savor your breakfast or lunch with a touch of sunlit intimacy. Come get your pain au chocolat, croissant or pie!

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Naas Bakery

A family-owned favorite, Naas Bakery serves up a wide selection of mouthwatering treats, including doughnuts. From shining classic glazed to the powdery white, sugar-coated, jelly-filled masterpieces, these fluffy sweet treats will cure any sweet tooth craving. Naas is also known and loved for their bear claws; hurry in to get one because they sell out fast.

Pownd Cakes by Jen 

What started as a stress-relieving hobby enjoyed by family and friends has turned into a uniquely delicious bakery filled with buttery pound cakes. While Jen’s classic pound cake is decadent and highly praised, her ambitious flavors will leave you pleasantly surprised when you sink your teeth into them. Here you’ll find out-of-the-box flavors like coconut, cinnamon, almond, cookies and cream and even sweet potato. These velvety, mouthwatering cakes are perfect for celebrations or simply just to have as a treat, as they feature full-sized and individual mini cakes.

S’mores Amore

S’mores Amore started out as a simple pop-up vendor within Selden Market and has now graduated into a regular storefront. This specialized dessert boutique offers a modern twist to the famous campfire classic: the s’more. They start with a buttery or chocolatey graham cracker crust, topped with a flavored brownie that they then toast to perfection right in front of you. It’s the ultimate experience to get fired up about.

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The Stockpot

This lovely restaurant inside Selden Market specializes in healthy comfort foods you can feel good about, and they also feature some pretty tantalizing creations at their pastry counter. Each day is a little different, but you can expect to find offers that include cookies, cakes, pies, bars and more.

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Strawberry Fields

Take a break from baked goods and head on over to Strawberry Fields, an authentic gelato shop in the heart of Ghent. They offer flavors as simple as Vanilla Bean made with real Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans or as daring as Lemongrass Turmeric Sorbetto. Strawberry Fields’ creations don’t stop there, as they offer flavor selections that vary with the seasons. It’s truly one of Norfolk’s tastiest gems. Also, here are some other frozen treats to try in Norfolk.

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