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Address: Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434 295 9073
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Walk - Eat - Have fun

The Downtown Mall is a pedestrian street where you will find lots of good restaurants, stores of all kinds, the Paramount Theater and an ice skating rink. It's an adorable place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
São Paulo, SP
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Nice pedestrian street with several blocks of shops, restaurants, a cinema, ice skating rink. Well worth a walk-through when in Charlottesville.

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São Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The Downtown Mall is a pedestrian street where you will find lots of good restaurants, stores of all kinds, the Paramount Theater and an ice skating rink. It's an adorable place to go with family and have a wonderful time, playing, talking, walking, eating and having fun.

Thank AdrianaColacioppo
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62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Main Street was bricked over in the mid-1970s to make a pedestrian walkway. Over time it was extended, and an ice rink built as well as a Pavilion at one end. From April to September the Pavilion is the site of "Fridays at 5", a free music event that gives people a reason to come to the Mall. There are... More 

2 Thank Claire W
Charlottesville, Virginia
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301 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This place won't come up a a restaurant/place to eat, but it is! There is a real soda fountain in the back where for a couple of bucks you can get sandwich and a soda, or an ice cream. The ladies who run the fountain are always nice. If you visit the rest of the pharmacy , it has everything... More 

3 Thank samtrip12345
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Wow. Just great shopping and food. We started our day around 9:30 and shopped until 12:30. We could have stayed longer but we did not want to be around when the football game let out. LOL Local trolley car provides free transportation to and from. Large parking garage about 500 feet from the entrance.

1 Thank afcop21
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

We were terribly disappointed in the mall. We heard wonderful things about it but it was dead when we got there at 6pm on a Saturday. Everything was closed!

1 Thank Kat B
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We arrived by car after visiting Monticello and was looking for a meal before returning home. It was great to stroll around the area and look at all the restaurants. As it was still relatively early not all were open. A very nice area with a great atmosphere with many people strolling around. A great place to visit.

1 Thank tassiedevil2014
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115 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This walking mall is not the best I've visited or the worst: it is fun to stroll along, check out some very interesting stores, stop for a bite at some of the best restaurants in town, and if you make it down to the very end and have some chalk handy, you can leave a message on the free speech... More 

Thank OneCvilleFamily
Kent, UK
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34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

We arrived in late afternoon and came straight into Charlottesville historic downtown. What a lovely town! We have two young children and even as the evening drew in there were families still out in the area having dinner and soaking up the atmosphere. Loved the little stores and buskers and it reminded me of summer holidays as a child in... More 

Thank Bloomelle
Chiang Rai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

I always enjoy strolling thru the buskers, venders and smelling all the foods from surrounding restaurants. The blending of various cultures from Irish musicians playing on their accordion to Nepalese venders selling Tibetan singing bowls and wool hats. A very safe and enjoyable way to spend an evening.

Thank bunchajustines

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