Community Information:

The Metro-Richmond area is home to diverse areas with different entertainment options, shopping venues and people. With over 1.2 million residents, the metro-area has several unique areas that allow for a rich experience whether it is getting a bite to eat in the historic fan district of Richmond, going to local museums, or watching a sporting event.


The Metro-Richmond area can be split up into several areas: Richmond City, West End, Northside, Southside, Ashland, and all the surrounding counties. There is a little bit of everything to offer as there are seven Fortune 500 companies, several colleges (Virginia Commonwealth, University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon, and Virginia Union to name a few) art galleries, and local sport teams. The area also offers much history having a holocaust museum, many civil war museums, and not to mention the Jamestown/Williamsburg/Yorktown area within a 30 minute drive.


Each area has a restaurant that exemplifies the culture where it is located. To get the best taste of the Richmond area, check out some of these restaurants:

Strawberry Street Cafe, Fan-District: Located in Richmond City, Strawberry Street café boasts a great selection of food, drinks, and desserts. They also offer a tub salad bar full of fresh salad bar items along with a soup of the day.

Patina Grill, West End: This restaurant is best known for its environment and décor; the Patina Grill has wonderful personality and a unique ambience that is both chic and hip while never being superfluous. The food and service are excellent as well.

Iron Horse, Ashland: The Iron Horse has been an important location in the town of Ashland for over 15 years. The restaurant has two sides: one elegant dining side perfect for special occasions; another more casual side where people gather after work to enjoy each other’s company. The selection of drinks is wide and the food is exquisite.

O’Toole’s, Southside: Located in the Westover Hills, O’Toole’s is a nice neighborhood bar that is very family friendly. The menu is a standard selection of sandwiches and basic entrees, but everything is delicious and reasonably priced.

Shopping and Malls:

There are a total of four malls in the Richmond Area: Virginia Center Commons, Regency Square, Short Pump Town Center, and Stony Point. These malls offer a variety of entertainment and shopping venues ranging from main stream clothing stores, book stores, beauty products, and everything else you can imagine.

For more family-owned shops, Cary Town, located in Richmond City, has eight blocks of stores. Highlights include:

  • NEED supply: a hip clothing store that provides an extensive selection of denim.
  • Byrd Theater: a classical theater that plays movies that just ended their circuit in regular theaters for a frugal price (admission is usually two dollars!).
  • For the Love of Chocolate: an expansive candy story offering the best in chocolate from around the globe. Great for finding a special gift for any occasion.
  • The Compleat Gourmet: a great selection of cooking utensils, the latest gadgets ,books and some of the best cooking classes offered in Richmond taught by some of the best chefs in town.

There are numerous wonderful restaurants throughout Cary Town that will keep you busy for months, one of my favorites being Can Can.


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