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Historic Downtown Mall

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Address: Charlottesville, VA 22902
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+1 434-295-9073

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Although smaller than I anticipated, parking was easy (garage) and we enjoyed the afternoon with lunch and a visit to the chocolate shop! I'll go back next time I am in town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the downtown mall area on a nice sunny afternoon. Plenty of parking in the garage. Nice shops and restaurants; although many were closed on Sunday. We also saw the freedom of speech wall.

Thank Roosmom22
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although smaller than I anticipated, parking was easy (garage) and we enjoyed the afternoon with lunch and a visit to the chocolate shop! I'll go back next time I am in town.

Thank bkingsbery
Charlottesville, Va
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Downtown Mall is a fabulous place. Lots of outdoor cafes, locally owned shops, etc. Beautifful trees line the middle. You can't go wrong.

Thank Florencia49
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487 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This be a fun street for walking, sitting, dining, window shopping, and checking out pretty college girls in their summer clothing. Gets pretty hot in the summer. I'm Alzor Scimitoth.

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Galloway, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We decided to do a quick detour on our way back from North Carolina and stopped in Charlottesville for a quick bite to eat. The Downtown Mall was absolutely charming. Great for a nice quick afternoon stroll and sightseeing. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and ice cream shops along the mall to satisfy everyone.

Thank Shutz20
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A great place to chill out with good food, lively bars, alfresco dining and unique shopping sprinkled throughout a mixture of preserved and modern buildings. Treat yourself to a gelato, sweet tea or martini, kick back and relax. With a skating rink at one end and an outdoor entertainment venue on the other, who can complain?

Thank kmtroyan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The Downtown Mall is a great place to take a simple walk with your dog, or to grab a bite to eat. Lots of stores to shop in, as well as conveniently located.

Thank MotherDoc
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I really enjoy outdoor malls. There are lots of things to see and do. Lots of restaurants and good shops (though I feel they could do a bit better on the shops). And I definitely think you should go here if you are in Charlottesville, but the amount of smokers made it less than enjoyable.

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Alexandria, VA
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1,576 reviews
720 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Shops, restaurants, bars and theaters make up a delightful mall along a fully restored street in east Charlottesville. It has become a vibrant center of activity for both locals and tourists who find the setting inviting and invigorating. There are great choices for every member of the family throughout the mall. Street vendors and entertainers add to the ambience of... More 

Thank jeffl499
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Wear appropriate weather clothes and good walking shoes because you will not want to miss a single shop! The brick walk middle section has great booths too. During this Christmas season it was quite a find for many Christmas gifts. My favorite, Ten Thousand Villages! Plan to have lunch or dinner there too because there are plenty of good places... More 

Thank Karin W

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