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The Fan District is a Unique Neighborhood

Many of the homes are stately. Many are gigantic and historic. But no matter where you walk, the... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Alexandria, Virginia
The Fan is Richmond's premier address

The Fan is a district near the centre of Richmond, so called because of its shape. Although it is... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
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Melbourne, Australia
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Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architectural styles predominate along this 85-block-long Victorian historic district.
West Main St and North Boulevard, Richmond, VA
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Reviewed November 2, 2018

Many of the homes are stately. Many are gigantic and historic. But no matter where you walk, the Fan is interesting to explore. A stroll through this neighborhood shows the South at it's finest.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

The Fan is a district near the centre of Richmond, so called because of its shape. Although it is primarily residential, it has numerous restaurants and other service businesses.The Fan's charm derives from the fact that the picturesque housing stock, which dates principally from the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed July 3, 2018

The Fan has so much to offer, so many places to go, and so many choices for restaurants. Definitely the place to go if you are looking for delicious local fare.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Tracy S
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Close to museums, galleries and restaurants. Shopping in Carytown. Covenient to grocery stores like Aldi's and Kroger plus specialty shops.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Shenandoah3
Reviewed May 22, 2018

A wonderful residential area in Richmond. Turn of the century and latter houses renovated with loving care. Many unique neighborhood businesses nestled within. A good way to spend an afternoon strolling.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank KO172
Reviewed April 29, 2018

It's filled with culture and beautiful architecture. Home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Historical Society, with street after street of beautifully restored rowhouses. Worth a visit even if you only drive through the area.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Roma M
Reviewed April 2, 2018

So much to do and see and is so walkable that we had a blast. We ate at some great restaurants (I will review all!), had drinks at some lively bars, sampled some delicious ice cream, and had divine desserts. We are jealous of the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank SusB962
Reviewed March 3, 2018

my wife and i found the fan area to be interesting and a funfilled place to spend the afternoon.there r many fine places to enjoy a meal,and just watch all the visitiors.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank oldjeep96
Reviewed March 3, 2018

This residential area running on the east from VCU main campus to the blvd on the west. Narrower on the east and fans out as you head west. The homes are mainly 1880's to 1920's. We often walk through area after being at VMFA or...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank M C
Reviewed December 7, 2017

This is an interesting area bordered by the Museum District and Monument Avenue with plenty of older, historical homes to look at. Well worth doing and when you finish walking, you can head to nearby Carytown for some lunch!

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank rduinc
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Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip (3 Replies)
Hi Forum, I'm trying to determine how long it takes to drive from the Fan District to Shockoe area. I can't tell from my map. After we eat somewhere, what is the best walking (?) itinerary and is my impression that this is a pleasant stroll along the river correct? Also is Shockoe where all the clubs are or is that someplace else? Thanks!
June 23, 2008|
Response from76Heel|
Your drive will be about 10 minutes, depending on where in the Fan you are. There are a lot of restaurants and bars in Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. Cary Street runs right thru the Slip and Bottom. You can park in a lot behind the Federal Reserve Bank and walk over the bridge to Bell Island - a nice walk. The canal walk along the river is also nice but I would only do that during the daylight hours.
Roanoke, Virginia
Walking around the Fan after dinner? (3 Replies)
We'll be in Richmond on Saturday. We should be finished with dinner downtown by about 7 pm and thought it might be nice to stroll around a neighborhood, maybe grab some ice cream. We haven't been to the Fan district and thought that could be an option, but I'm not sure where to park or what streets to walk on. I need just a real basic itinerary. Thank you!
July 09, 2015|
Response fromagk2126|
On Saturdays, you should be able to parallel park anywhere on the street in the Fan. This is one of those neighborhoods where you really can't go wrong. Any walk is really atmospheric and every block has dozens of early-1900s houses. Just stay east of Robinson St, west of Harrison St, north of Main St, and south of Monument Ave. Walking on Monument would also be fun, but it's a much busier street than any other Fan street. Specifically, I would suggest parking near the Fox School. There's...More