Norfolk, VA

OH OH OH I was about to write down some fast facts about Norfolk, Virginia.. but then I found a video that does it all for me. At first I thought it was a little OTT, but the more I watched it, I realised it gives a great overview of the sights and sounds of the city. So therefore you MUST watch.


We stayed in Norfolk for two and a half weeks (only got back to Austin a couple of weeks ago). Dave was there for work, so I got to play the tourist. One of the first days I walked around the cobblestone streets of historic Freemason.


At night time we mostly dined out. The two restaurants I have photos of are the best we visited. One was so good we went there 5 of the nights we were in town.

Chartreuse Bistro is a husband & wife owned and operated organic farm to table European bistro located in the historic district in downtown Norfolk, Virginia – Chartreuse Bistro

The food was out-of-this-world delicious, the staff were the friendliest I have ever met (on the last night we visited they presented Dave and I with our very own personalised menu!) and I loved the minimalist interior. Some of my foodie favs were:

  • Cheese Plate, Local Honey, Whole Wheat Baguette
  • Earl Grey Manhattan
  • Loads of local beer
  • House Made Fettuccini, Pomodoro Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil
  • Rosemary Crusted Wild Boar Chops, Three Bean & Sausage Cassoulet, Demi Glace
  • House Made Potato Gnocchi, Pomodoro Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Rosemary
  • Herb Crusted Grass Fed NY Strip, Vegetable Risotto, Demi Glace
  • Pan Seared Rockfish, Mushroom Risotto, Herb Cream
  • Cumin Crusted Filet Mignon, Root Vegetables, Sweet Potato Cream
  • Cinnamon Crème Brulee
  • Nutmeg Crème Brulee

One afternoon I took Dave back to the Freemason district for a walk around. We checked out the old houses, stopping every few houses to read plaques about people who lived there. That night we went to a local restaurant for dinner, a place called Freemason Abbey. It is quite the attraction, as the restaurant is inside an old church built in 1873. Click on the link to read more. We had a yummy dinner there (I had lobster), and it’s possibly the first time I’ve ever eaten in a church. 

Another night we went to the sport bar on the university campus where Dave was working – Old Dominion University. We played Harry Potter trivia with the students and totally would’ve kicked butt if we were there for the whole game. It was just like a scene from one of the American movies we used to watch as teenagers. Anyhoots, we won a $5 gift voucher for being so totally rad and it paid for 4 beers!

We went for long day trips both weekends that we were on the east coast. You may have already seen my last two posts on New York and Washington. On our final weekend in Virginia, we went to Colonial Williamsburg and then to Cold Harbor Civil War Battlefield.

4 responses to “Norfolk, VA

  1. Excellent overview of your trip to Norfolk. I LOVE the photos – it looks like a beautiful city with its typical ‘east coast historical setting’. You sound like you both had fun – and look at all that gorgeous food!! Love sharing your experiences ‘second-hand’ 🙂 xx

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