Top 10 Norfolk Experiences

Our editors rank the essential must-do, must-see Norfolk experiences.

Updated: March 20, 2004

The Top 10

Naro Expanded Cinema

1507 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517

Catch a flick (a midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"?) at one of the oldest movie theaters on the East Coast.

Guadalajara Mexican Cantina

200 21ST St Ste 106, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Get over to this traditional Mexican restaurant and home of the "seven-second pour" and monster margaritas.

Doumar's Cones & Barbecue

1919 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517

At this 1950s drive-in, the birthplace of the ice-cream cone, order the famous North Carolina barbecue sandwich and a limeade.

Lendy's Cafe

1581 General Booth Blvd Ste 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Skip Hooters and head here for truly hot wings. There's no mild sauce--just Hot, Killer, Suicide, Atomic and Below Hell.

Empire Little Bar Bistro

245 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Sip one of the best martinis in town at this chic, eclectic tapas bar where food is meant for sharing.

Chrysler Museum Of Art

245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23510

One of the finest museums in the South, it features more than 30,000 objects, including Egyptian, African and Pre-Columbian art.

Waterside Festival Marketplace

333 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510

At Harborfest, the annual summer kick-off in early June at Waterside Park, watch tall ships sail in a lighted boat parade.


S Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Try on a tri-corner hat and look for redcoats at historic Colonial Williamsburg, then ride the Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens.