Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >
Downtown Roanoke is the largest metropolitan area in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
It’s a vibrant city center that’s pedestrian friendly and features a variety of great local restaurants & breweries, shops & boutiques, attractions & museums, unique art studios & galleries, outdoor recreation, and public spaces that regularly host live music and special events.
Downtown Roanoke is also known for its Market Square area, where you’ll find the Historic Roanoke City Market - Virginia’s oldest continuously operated open-air farmers market. A Saturday afternoon “on the market” is the perfect opportunity to check out locally-made and grown products from an impressive collection of vendors and artisans.
Market Square is also home to the iconic City Market Building, a food hall with local restaurants serving various types of cuisine, as well as Center in the Square, a multi-story building that houses multiple museums and arts organizations, in addition to a beautiful rooftop patio space that’s free to the public.
However, Downtown Roanoke is much more than just what you find in Market Square, though that part is certainly great.
Other fun sections of Downtown Roanoke to visit include:
Check out the following pages to learn more about fun things to do in Downtown Roanoke.