Explore Downtown Norfolk Near Hampton Roads

Downtown Norfolk is known as a regional hotspot for dining, entertainment, arts, culture, and attractions.

It’s an easy drive from Hampton Roads, and highlights include:

Fort Norfolk 

Called the best preserved War of 1812 site in the United States, Fort Norfolk was authorized by George Washington in 1794. It helped protect the city during the war and also served the nation during the Civil War. Admission is free, and visitors can enjoy self-guided tours during the week or guided ones on Sundays through September 24.

Norfolk Police & Fire Rescue Museum

The Norfolk Police Department dates back to 1797, making it one of the oldest in the country. The museum’s mission is to preserve the department’s history and to honor those who have served. Visitors will see early photographs, firearms, badges, and more. As for the Fire-Rescue Museum, it opened in 2010 and features a display that pays tribute to fallen firefighters.

Norfolk Coffee & Tea Co.

Norfolk Coffee & Tea Co. is a family owned business that opened in 1918. It imports the best beans from growers around the world, and serves many fine dining establishments as well as welcomes customers to its retail location. The friendly staff is known for forming lasting relationships with those they serve, and the selection includes Aroma House Blend, Downtown Norfolk Blend, and Earl Grey.

The Grilled Cheese Bistro

When Dina Taylor and Chris Streebing decided to create a place that offered comfort food in a cozy environment, The Grilled Cheese Bistro was born. With its unique blend of quality cheese, fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, the restaurant has become a local favorite for both lunch and dinner. The menu includes Woody Allen, Sam I am, and The Islander.

If you would like to live near downtown Norfolk, please contact us to schedule a tour of our Hampton Roads apartment community.

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