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Top Choice University in Charlottesville

University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, and designed what he called an 'Academical Village' embodying the spirit of communal living and learning. At the heart of this 'village' is the Lawn, a large gent…
Top Choice Seafood in Charlottesville

Public Fish & Oyster

This bright and inviting space will catch your eye, but it's the skillfully seasoned seafood dishes that will keep you inside ordering plate after plate of freshly shucked oysters, mussels and other maritime delight…
Top Choice Notable Building in Charlottesville

Rotunda

The centerpiece of UVA is the Jefferson-designed Rotunda, modelled after Rome's Pantheon and constructed between 1822 and 1832. It has always functioned as a library. Free guided tours of the original university and…
Top Choice Bagels in Charlottesville

Bodo's Bagels

Students and university staff are regulars at this Charlottesville institution, lured by its wonderful bagels and its location on UVA Corner. Choose from a large array of options (plain, slathered with butter or cre…
Top Choice Modern American in Charlottesville

Oakhart Social

Seasonally inspired small plates and wood-fired pizzas emerge from the kitchen of this hipster haunt at a great rate, keeping its loyal crew of regulars fed and happy. On warm nights, the front patio is a perfect co…
Cafe in Charlottesville

Mudhouse Coffee Roasters

Its mantra is 'Beautiful coffee. Thoughtfully sourced. Carefully roasted.' and we can attest to the fact that this cafe on the pedestrian mall practices what it preaches. Excellent coffee (espresso and drip) and del…
American in Charlottesville

Citizen Burger

The ethos at this hugely popular burger joint on the pedestrian mall is commendably local and sustainable (organically raised, grass-fed cows, Virginia-made cheeses and beers). Don't miss the truffle fries. The bar …
Vegan in Charlottesville

Spot

Its somewhat scruffy appearance doesn't put off local students, who flock to this lounge-room-style eatery just off the pedestrian mall. Serving a solely vegetarian and vegan menu, its most popular item is the vegan…
Museum in Charlottesville

Fralin Art Museum

Known for Jean Arp's huge Oriform sculpture (1977), which commands attention in front of the museum, the UVA's art gallery stages temporary exhibitions on the 1st floor and showcases pieces from its permanent collec…
Brewery in Charlottesville

Champion Brewing Company

The Champion is in Charlottesville proper, so there's no need to worry about calling that cab after your brewery-bound tasting test. More importantly, these people know their stuff, as evidenced by their heavy porte…