Exploring Norfolk Through Gather: A Guide to the City's Best-Kept Secrets

Posted by James Crenshaw on Jun 10, 2024 11:22:32 AM

Welcome to your insider's guide to Norfolk Virginia’s best in restaurants, after-hours, museums and hidden gems! 


Tired of the same old lunch spots and post-work routines? Ready to swap your home office for a vibrant coworking space surrounded by adventure? Let Gather Norfolk’s offices and coworking spaces be your launchpad as we dive into our favorite city escapes and best-kept secrets that will make your work-life balance as thrilling as it is productive.

Savor the Flavors of Downtown Norfolk

Norfolk's culinary and cafe scene is a playground for foodies and amateur baristas, and the best part? The best spots are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Gather Norfolk’s coworking location. Whether you're craving a caffeine treat in the morning, a quick bite during your lunch break, or a delicious indulgence after a long day, these eateries are our go-to spots for Gather members:


  • The Grilled Cheese Bistro: Just a 5-minute walk away, this cozy spot reinvents the classic grilled cheese. Try their Lobster Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese—comfort food at its finest. Pro tip: Visit on a Wednesday for their weekly special.
  • Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant: Located 7 minutes from Gather, this pub offers hearty Irish fare and a welcoming atmosphere. It's the perfect spot for a Friday night pint and live music sessions.
  • Jack Brown's: A 7-minute walk, this quirky burger joint offers a wide selection of unique burger creations. Visit during their weekly burger specials for a flavor-packed experience.
  • La Brioche: Located 5 minutes from Gather, this charming bakery specializes in authentic French pastries and desserts. Treat yourself to their famous almond croissants on a leisurely morning.
  • Urban Ice: Only an 8-minute walk, this unique ice cream shop specializes in cold, rolled ice cream. Cool down with a custom creation after a long day.
  • Cure Coffeehouse: Also within a 6-minute walk, this coffeehouse serves as a perfect spot for a quick pick-me-up. Stop by during their live music nights for a delightful ambiance.


A Night to Remember: Bars and Social Clubs

When the sun sets, Norfolk shines. The city’s nightlife is a vibrant tapestry of excitement and charm, all within easy reach of Gather Norfolk. Whether you’re in the mood for an exhilarating night out or a laid-back evening with friends, here are a few hotspots guaranteed to make your night unforgettable:


  • Hell's Kitchen: An 8-minute walk brings you to this renowned club, known for its electrifying atmosphere and pulsating live music. Perfect for unwinding over a craft beer after a productive day—don't miss their themed party nights!
  • Baxter's Sports Lounge: A mere 7 minutes away, this sports haven features an extensive selection of craft beers and large TVs broadcasting live sports. Catch a game, shoot some pool, and enjoy their trivia nights on Thursdays.
  • Circuit Social: Located 10 minutes from Gather, this unique venue combines classic arcade games, sports games, duckpin bowling and more. Visit during their happy hour for discounted games and drinks.


Museums, Historical Sites, and Creative Outlets Near Gather Norfolk

One of the best perks of being at Gather Norfolk is having a treasure trove of cultural attractions right at your doorstep. Step outside and get ready to be inspired by the rich artistic and historical tapestry of Norfolk, all within walking distance:


  • NEON District: A 7-minute walk, this vibrant district is known for its colorful murals, public art installations, live music, and communal activities. Pro Tip: Catch The NEON District Public Arts Tour beginning in June at The Plot.
  • Chrysler Museum of Art: A true gem in Downtown Norfolk, known for its impressive glass art collection. Marvel at works by Dale Chihuly and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • Prince Books: This charming bookstore and cafe is just a 5-minute stroll from Gather, perfect for a relaxing break with a book and a coffee.
  • Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin: Step aboard the historic Battleship Wisconsin and delve into naval history at Nauticus, a maritime-themed museum.
  • Fort Norfolk: Discover Norfolk's military past at Fort Norfolk, a significant site from the American Revolution and the first permanent U.S. naval hospital.


Embracing Norfolk's Outdoor Beauty

Norfolk isn’t just a hub of culinary and nightlife delights; it’s also a treasure trove of outdoor beauty, hidden gems, and historical significance. Step outside and immerse yourself in the city’s stunning landscapes and rich history—all just a short walk or drive from Gather Norfolk:


  • Plum Point Park: Just a 15-minute walk from Gather Norfolk, this beautiful waterfront park offers a serene escape with picturesque views of the Elizabeth River and lush green spaces perfect for a peaceful lunchtime stroll or a rejuvenating break.
  • McClure Field: Located about a 10-minute drive from Gather Norfolk, this historic baseball field is the oldest remaining municipal ballpark in the United States. Catch a game and soak in the nostalgia of America’s favorite pastime.
  • The Pagoda & Oriental Garden: Nestled along the Elizabeth River and just a 12-minute walk from Gather Norfolk, this hidden gem exudes undeniable charm. The elegant Pagoda offers breathtaking panoramic views of the river and downtown Norfolk. Visit in the evening to experience a magical sunset over the water, creating the perfect end to your day.


Your Guide to Norfolk Through Gather Coworking

Being a part of the Gather Workspaces community means you’re ideally positioned to enjoy the best of Norfolk. Imagine stepping out of your coworking space into a world of culinary delights, vibrant nightlife, cultural gems, and serene parks—all just a short walk away. This seamless blend of work and play boosts your work-life balance and overall well-being.


Ready to experience all of what Norfolk has to offer? Schedule a tour of Gather Norfolk today!