When you think of Virginia, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s Virginia Beach or the state’s capital, Richmond, or you may think of celebs who are VA proud out loud, like Missy Elliott, Pharrell or Pusha T. But hopefully Norfolk is your radar too. Or at least it should be. The city, which has an approximate 40 percent Black population and recently elected its first Black mayor, is full of must-visit gems that you honestly can’t miss when you’re in town. There’s tons of great food to enjoy, from sweet treats to down-home soul food and comfort vegan dishes, options are literally endless. And of course you can’t forget the cultural institutions that are sure to educate and inspire you.
Below are just a few of the Black-owned spots that you should hit up the next time you’re in Norfolk. Trust us, you’ll be into them.