Richmond: Virginia's Vibrant Capital

Nicknamed "the Mile of Style" and home to more than 300 unique shops, restaurants, and health and body boutiques, Carytown is one of the most unique commercial corridors in the country. 

"Best Neighborhood To Shop In"

The premier boutique retail district in Central Virginia, Carytown is an established East Coast tourism destination, attracting visitors from across the nation the world. In 2016, Carytown was named one of the 15 trendiest retail markets in the country for connecting to millenials and incubating retail trends. Learn more.

New Carytown Gateway Signage

The City, in partnership with the Carytown Merchants Association, began design for a new Carytown Gateway entrance sign and installation is planned for the near future.

Major New Retail Space

Carytown Place opened in the fall of 2012 with new national retailers including Petco, Panera Bread and Fresh Market and Chipotle. Learn more.

Dining Scene

Carytown is one of the premier destinations for great dining, with dozens of restaurants located along the corridor. 

Entertainment Venues

In the heart of Carytown is the historic Byrd Theater. Within walking distance or a quick drive are additional venues and cultural institutions including the VMFA, the Virginia Historical Society, and Byrd Park. Learn more.


Carytown hosts some of the most popular and largest festivals in the state including the Watermelon Festival, Wine Festival and French Film Festival. To learn more about all the festivals in Richmond, please click here.


From couture to eclectic, Carytown offers a number of boutiques and national stores that carry the latest men's, women's and children's lines, as well as blasts from the past!

Salons & Personal Care

Carytown offers over 25 health, wellness and beauty shops including full-service salons, health and fitness studios, optical stores, and wellness centers. 

Food & Beverage

In addition to a wide variey of restaurants, Carytown offers four grocery stores, including locally-owned Ellwood Thompson's, which is the largest organic grocery store in Virginia. From wine to chocolate to baked goods to spices, you can find the specialty food item you are looking for.


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City of Richmond
Economic & Community Development

Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219