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Charlottesville Downtown Mall

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Explore the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall is handsome eight-block long pedestrian promenade brimming with an irresistible mix of restaurants, shops, galleries and performance venues, all housed in historic buildings. Whether you want to indulge in some retail therapy, wine and dine, or just enjoy the people-watching, the Downtown Mall has something for everyone. It’s considered a must-visit for Charlottesville visitors and beloved by locals as well. The Downtown Mall is a short drive from Kimpton The Forum Hotel, so it’s easy to spend a day there and then return for an evening meal or concert.

Entertainment at the Downtown Mall

Beyond its immediate allure, the Downtown Mall serves as a cultural heartbeat of Charlottesville, hosting a myriad of events throughout the year that cater to every interest. From the vibrant First Fridays, a monthly art walk showcasing local galleries, to the seasonal farmers market offering fresh local produce and handmade goods, the Mall is a hub of activity and community engagement.

Ting Pavilion at one end of the Mall presents outdoor concerts and festivals, drawing both national acts and local favorites. Catch a show during Spring or Summer.

For families the area around the Downtown Mall is equally inviting, with the Virginia Discovery Museum located just a stone's throw away. This interactive museum provides a hands-on, educational experience for children, encouraging learning through play across a variety of exhibits that cover science, history, and art. Additionally, the mall's open spaces and nearby parks offer ample opportunities for family-friendly outdoor fun, making it a comprehensive destination where both adults and children can find enjoyment and enrichment.

Amidst the cobblestone paths and the gentle hum of conversation, one can also find tranquil spots for reflection or intimate gatherings. With its unique blend of historical charm and contemporary vitality, the Downtown Mall not only enriches the Charlottesville experience but also fosters a sense of belonging and connection among those who stroll its walkways.