Historic Ghent

Norfolk’s historic Ghent Neighborhood is a vibrant community filled to the brim with character, culture and delicious cuisine. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Colley Avenue, and adjacent 21st and 22nd streets are lined with eclectic eateries, unique shops, art galleries and antique stores.

Shopping 

Ghent is a hotbed of boutique and locally-owned shops, antique stores and specialty retailers. If you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your stay in Norfolk, look to boutiques like Le Marche, Kitsch, and A. Dodsons along Colley Avenue. The neighborhood is a collector’s and antique enthusiast’s paradise with vintage and antique shops around every corner! You never know what you’ll find so be sure to factor in some extra time to really dig around. In need of a tasty beverage? Stop by bottleBOX for craft beer to go! Or if you’re interested in the best quality butcher shop in Norfolk, stop by Pendulum Fine Meats’ Deli and Market. This butcher shop has a great selection of fine meats, and other fresh local produce. 

Entertainment

Chrysler Museum - VTC photo

If you are visiting Norfolk during their seasons, grab tickets to the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera for truly world-class live performances. Lovers of the arts are encouraged to explore over 5,000 years of arts in one of the country’s most impressive museums, the Chrysler Museum of Art. Here you’ll find everything from painting and sculpture to decorative arts, photography and a nationally acclaimed glass collection. Speaking of glass, head to the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio on the museum’s campus for a free glassmaking demonstration at noon. The studio is one of the country’s most cutting-edge and offers classes at all level s of expertise, from beginner to advanced. For an engaging activity the whole family can enjoy, be sure to check  the Mermaid Factory where you can unleash your creativity through paint and create your very own mermaid to bring home.

Norfolk’s Colley Avenue was voted the People’ Choice designation for Great Places in America in 2015.

Where to Dine

350 Grace

350 Grace is inspired by Chef Wille Moats passion for excellent food and great wine....

A.W. Shucks Raw Bar & Grill

Unpretentious raw bar & grill featuring oysters & other seafood, plus burgers &...

Codex

A modern American neighborhood eatery

Doumar's

Home of the World’s First Waffle Cone, this ice cream and barbeque joint is a local...

Crudo Nudo

crudo nudo is a great stop for simple delicious food, an awesome cocktail list (gin...

Jessy's Taco Bistro

Made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine!

Kobros Coffee

We are a Specialty Coffee operation usually found on W. 21st Street, Norfolk VA....

Luna Maya

Casual Latin American & vegetarian dining in a hip, loftlike setting with a patio &...

Mermaid Winery

Welcome to Norfolk's first winery located in the charming Ghent neighborhood. We...

Mr. Shawarma

Love Mediterranean street food? Get all your needs for a tasty shawarma or crispy...

Press 626 Café & Wine Bar

A boutique restaurant and wine bar focused on creating a one of a kind experience...

Page House Inn

Page House Inn, on the National Historic Register, is an elegant bed & breakfast located next door to the Chrysler Museum of Art in the historic Ghent neighborhood and within walking distance of downtown. Seven well-appointed guest rooms with king beds and en suite bathrooms. Three of our rooms are...

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