Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Selden Market

Are you a fan of supporting anything and everything local businesses? Selden Market can be found at 208 E Main Street Norfolk, Virginia. Selden Market can be easily described as a market for emerging businesses. Some businesses you can currently find at Selden Market: S’mores Amore, Vessel Craft Coffee, Slide Thru #FAMPOPKidsStorePure Lagos African Art Gallery & Boutique. On occasion, Selden Market will also have vendors pop-ups from  Jack Eats and many more!

Behold! Selden Market!
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One of many of the beautiful pieces of art that you can find at Pure Lagos African Art Gallery & Boutique.
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Getting a Nicaraguan Pour Over at Vessel Craft Coffee.


If you haven’t made the trip to Selden Market yet, be sure to add this to your list of “what to do in Norfolk VA”, this place is a must! Don’t forget to snap a picture and/or a selfie you and your family/friends and tag us @nfklife757 & #nfklife757!

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Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Zeke’s Beans & Bowls NFK

Ever try an acai or poke bowl before? In case you haven’t, these are a must try for any NFK foodie or anyone looking to add new flavors to their palate! Located on 800 Granby Street you can find Zeke’s Beans & Bowls Norfolk. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Zeke’s has a tasty selection of healthy meals and drinks to choose from including traditional items such as salads, bakery goods, and coffee.

While you are there be sure to try out an acai and/or a poke bowl. Zeke’s is well-known for those two items.

If you are a fan of smoothies an acai bowl would be an excellent choice bursting with berry flavor and crunchy texture!

Equally as tasty are their poke bowls. For anyone who is a sushi-lover or is someone looking to try fresh fish served in a different way, a poke bowl is a way to go. Piled high on top of a fresh-green kale salad is marinated tuna poke with shredded carrots & cucumbers, pickled ginger, avocado, and a dash of sesame seeds… flavor explosion!

Make your way to Zeke’s Beans & Bowls today and don’t forget to snap a pic while you’re there and tag us @nfklife757 & #nfklife757! Add this to your list of things to do in Norfolk, VA!

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Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: The Grilled Cheese Bistro

Looking for a place to have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner? The Grilled Cheese Bistro is simply the best, order from a wide menu of classic food and beverage options. I recommend trying the “GOOEY”, which is a classic grilled cheese using 3 different types of cheese: Fontina, Cheddar, and Mozzarella. The Grilled Cheese Bistro also has the option available for customers who prefer gluten-free bread and vegan cheese! It is also encouraged at  The Grilled Cheese Bistro to start a conversation with someone with communal seating. So make your way down to 345 Granby Street, grab some delicious food, and meet someone new! 

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Capture the moment at The Grilled Cheese Bistro next time you are there and #tag us at #nfklife757!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Harbor Park

Harbor Park is a great place to spend a fun evening with family while watching local baseball. This stadium is the home of the Norfolk Tides Minor League Baseball Team and it can seat up to 11,856 people. Harbor Park has two seating decks, a picnic area for private parties, 20 luxury skyboxes, and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the playing field. Whether you looking to treat your family or a weekend out with your friends, Harbor Park is a great choice. Be sure to check out the 2019 event schedule for the Norfolk Tides and get your ticket today! Harbor Park is located at 150 Park Ave.

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Don’t forget to snap a “selfie” when the Norfolk Tides make another home run and #tag us at #nfklife757!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Mermaid Factory

The Mermaid Factory is a craft store located at West 21st Street between Colley Avenue and Hampton Boulevard. The Mermaid Factory has tables set up for painting and decorating pre-made mermaid statues with a variety of materials. Upon completion, you are able to take your mermaid home for everyone to see. These mermaids are always a great idea for a departing gift for any friend and especially family!


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Be sure to capture your Mermaid Factory experience a #tag us at #nfklife757 in your “selfie”!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: MacArthur Memorial

Want to know about American history? The MacArthur Memorial is a must to visit. It is a museum dedicated to the memory of General Douglas MacArthur, an American five-star general and the former Chief of Staff of the United States Army. The memorial preserves the history of General MacArthur and also those who fought with him during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. In the museum, there are artifacts, paintings, sculptures, and vehicles. The memorial also offers tours, outreach activities, film screenings, lectures, and more. The MacArthur Memorial is located on Bank Street, in Norfolk VA, and admission is free!


Snap a “selfie” with General Douglas MacArthur and be sure to #tag us at #nfklife757!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: The Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo is a fun place to be, it has beautiful gardens and holds a variety of educational and conservation-focused events throughout the year where visitors spend a fun-filled night at the zoo, playing games and visiting the animals. It is situated next to Lafayette Park in Norfolk and a habitat of countless plant species and more than 500 animals from several specific habitats including Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America. The animal ranges in different size from the African elephant to the tiny frog. The Zoo also has different sections which home different country like an animal. For example, ‘Trail of the Tiger’ features unusual and rare animals from Asia such as Malayan tigers. The Virginia Zoo is perfectly maintained, clean, beautiful, and it has the perfect space for toddlers to walk around. You will also be entertained by the friendly and well-informed zookeepers.



Be sure to bring your family down The Virginia Zoo for next fun-filled day in Norfolk, VA! Capture the moment with a “selfie” and #tag us at #nfklife757!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Norfolk Botanical Garden

The beauty of nature cannot be overemphasized, the view itself is a beauty. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a public botanical garden with over 60 gardens available for exploration! It has beautiful, extensive and groomed ground and it is a perfect place to relax and be entertained. Not only is the Norfolk Botanical Garden known for there beautiful green scenery, but as well as birds and other local wildlife. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is located on Azalea Garden Road and is definitely worth the visit.


So next time you ask yourself “What to do in Norfolk, VA?”, be sure to stop by the Norfolk Botanical Garden and snap a “selfie” with a garden of your choice and #tag us at #nfklife757!

Things to Do in Norfolk, VA: Chrysler Museum of Art

The Chrysler Museum of Art contains a very broad collection of not only ancient but also contemporary art made up of different kinds of materials. In the Chrysler Museum, you can expect to find sculptures that date back to the Middle Ages, American and European paintings by famous artists, great collections of photography, and the world’s most beautiful set of glasses and decorative arts. Visiting Chrysler Museum of Art is one of the best things to do in Norfolk, Virginia, and is located in the beautiful area of Ghent. Since this museum was founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, it has maintained growth through a large donation of art by automotive heir Walter Chrysler and today is home to more than 20,000 objects that span thousands of years of world history. And guess what? Admission is free! Isn’t the Chrysler Museum a thrilling place to be?


NASA photo exhibit at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk

When you make your way to the Chrysler Museum of Art be sure to snap a “selfie” at the front of the building and #tag us at #nfklife757!


Craft Beer in Downtown Norfolk

Article By: Visit Norfolk

Brewed for a good time: Craft Beer in Norfolk


Norfolk is a city that takes their craft beer seriously. Beer producers in this town truly know their stuff, creating some of the best IPAs, stouts and sours around.


Porter Hardy, founder of Smartmouth Brewing Company, claims Norfolk’s water quality is one of the main reasons they chose to build a beer company. “Norfolk’s water is low in mineral content so it serves as a great base for all our beers, said Hardy.  “Additionally, it is easy operationally on our equipment because we don’t have calcium deposits, etc.  All we do to treat the water is run it through a charcoal filter before brewing.”


Located in the historic Ghent district of Norfolk, Coelacanth Brewing Company is the region’s first Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Certified Green Brewery and has won a whole slew of awards recently including a gold medal at the 2018 Virginia Brews Cup for their beer, “Tailgate.”


Another local brewmaster, Eric Tennant of Benchtop Brewing Company, pays homage to Norfolk’s saltwater delicacies with the creation of Mermaid’s Scorn Tidewater Gose. This brew is made using seawater, locally-sourced rye, wheat, and malt and local oysters to create a brew that is both sour and salty.


“A Mighty Yet Humble Craft Brewery,” O’Connor Brewing Company was the trailblazer for brewing companies in the Hampton Roads Region. The Company has grown immensely over the last decade and is now a World Beer Cup award-winning brand with 40 employees and dozens of styles of beer.

Check out other Norfolk’s breweries, ‘What’s on Tap,’ and a list of upcoming beer-related events at VisitNorfolk’s Brew Norfolk site!

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