Chelsea, North Colley, Riverview & Beyond
Surrounding the historic Ghent neighborhood are the districts of Chelsea, North Colley, Riverview and beyond- a diverse and delightful intersection of commercial, industrial and undeniably local.
You’ve come to the right place for some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and watering holes. Chelsea’s craft breweries, Smartmouth Brewing Company and Benchtop Brewing is a must for craft beer enthusiasts. Refuel at the distinct and delicious neighborhood eateries like Torch Bistro, Orapax, and The Bakehouse at Chelsea. Continue your tour of tastes at Birch Bar, Norfolk’s high-profile beer and cheese artisanal cheese bar. Named one of the top ten bars in America, Birch Bar is housed in a redeveloped industrial building and serves over 20 rotating drafts on tap and dozens more on their weekly bottle list. Head to the North Colley district and enjoy an incredible locally-sourced dinner at LeGrand Kitchen. Continue your dining experience in North Colley at Cogan's Pizza North, Dirty Buffalo or Fellini’s. Not too far is the friendly neighborhood Riverview, where you will find restaurants like local-favorites like Clementine, Crackers and Blanca Food + Wine, all within walking distance of each other.
While in the area, catch a basketball game or headlining musical act at the Chartway Arena. If you want to experience the local music scene, check out Charlie's American Cafe for uniquely Norfolk sounds and atmosphere. Just down the street is the Virginia Zoo, that is filled with more than 500 animals, eight lush gardens, and a world of fun waiting to be discovered. Or tee off at Sewells Point Golf Club, a beautiful links-style, nine-hole golf course on the bank of the Elizabeth River. While in the area, take time to explore Norfolk’s “Home of the Arts” Hermitage Museum and Gardens. Formerly home to the Slone family, the museum boasts a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years! The hermitage also includes contemporary exhibition galleries, working artist studios and 12 acres of gardens and found along the peaceful waters of the Lafayette River.
No history buffs trip to Norfolk is complete without a visit to historic Fort Norfolk, located along the Elizabeth River as you head from downtown to the Chelsea District. It is the last remaining of 19 harbor-front forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington and helped protect the city during the War of 1812. The four-acre site includes earthwork embankments, ramparts, barracks and a guard house. To get a glimpse into the U.S. armed forces more recent history, take a tour of Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base. The 45-minute tour takes you dockside to the home of the Atlantic fleet for an up-close look at aircraft carriers, destroyers and other U.S Navy vessels protecting our nation every day.