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Eat Your Art Out: Discover Richmond’s Arts District on a Food Tour

Eat Your Art Out: Discover Richmond’s Arts District on a Food Tour

Food tours celebrate Richmond’s Richmond’s Arts District, history and cuisine

The Richmond’s Arts District includes River City Food Tours, which isn’t your average tour company. They take Richmond residents and visitors on a unique journey through the city by marrying culture and culinary tradition for a match made in heaven.

Even lifelong Richmond residents are guaranteed to learn something new about the city and its many restaurants, galleries, and cultural landmarks.

One of the company’s most popular tour options takes guests through Richmond’s Arts District, where they will experience delights for all five senses. The tour allows guests to see the neighborhood as “an insider,” whether it’s the first visit to the Arts District or the hundredth.

Get a taste of art and culture

The tour stops in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward, known for its mix of early 1800s architecture and modern art and culture. The streets are rich with nightlife and music and dotted with dozens of coffee houses and cafes. The original paver stone sidewalks, lined with beautiful, mature trees, make the ideal pathway for the walking tour’s narrative of Richmond’s architectural history and Jackson Ward’s notable impact on the city’s food and art scene.

Richmond’s Arts District tour also includes stops in Monroe Ward, home to many of the city’s most famous galleries and art institutions. The neighborhood’s First Friday’s Art Walk is the perfect pairing to the River City Food Tour for a fully immersive Arts District experience. Tour guests will notice plenty of boutique shopping and many world-renowned restaurants to bookmark for a future visit to the district.

Richmond's Arts District
Food tours through Richmond’s Arts District offer a perfect pairing of public art and culinary creations. [Courtesy of Richmond Region Tourism]

Meet the chefs behind the culinary creations

The River City Food Tours’ walk through the Arts District includes stops at up to six neighborhood restaurants for a “traveling meal” of sorts. Each stop includes a conversation with some of the owners and chefs behind the Arts District’s bustling food scene, as well as stories all along the way about one of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods and its return to greatness.

Some of the tour’s tasting partners include Mexican-Chinese fusion cuisine at Wong Gonzalez. Inaddition, there’s Pop’s Market, a beloved bookstore-turned-cafe. Lastly, try Fatty Smokes, a “barbeque mecca” under the direction of pit master and chef Mike Lindsey.

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To cap off the tour, guests might sample some of the “best gelato in Richmond” at the Stoplight Gelato Cafe, or stop for a scoop of homemade ice cream and a coffee at the Charm School Social Club.

Don’t take our word for it. Experience—and taste—it for yourself

From Jackson Ward’s architecture to the “new renaissance” of Richmond’s historic Grace Street, tour guides bring the neighborhood to life. They share their captivating stories and impressive historical knowledge. Layered on a diverse menu of Richmond’s most delectable cuisine, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for all palates.

The Arts District Food Tour takes between 90 minutes and two hours. It spans about a mile and a half through Richmond’s Arts District at a leisurely walking pace. Tours are held on Fridays and Saturdays, rain or shine.

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