Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach

The Heart of the Oceanfront

By Arielle Patterson

Atlantic Avenue is a hub for activity, attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Extending from the Jetty, near Rudee Inlet, all the way up to the North End, Atlantic Avenue is the perfect place for visitors to begin their Virginia Beach vacation. Just off the boardwalk, Atlantic Avenue provides access to it all.

From Atlantic Avenue, you can find one of Virginia Beach’s most notable sights, the King Neptune statue. The 34-foot bronze statue welcomes all to the city. Snap a few photos in front of the God of the Sea then explore more of Atlantic Avenue.

Family friendly and full of fun, Atlantic Avenue has attractions and activities for all ages and interests. Visit one of the local museums, housed in historic buildings, with exhibits that will educate and entertain. There are also arcades, themed mini golf courses and so much more.

Entertainment abounds on Atlantic Avenue. Live! on Atlantic brings festivals featuring live music, delicious food, craft beer, holiday fun and more, throughout the year. During the summer, ending Labor Day weekend, find nightly entertainment on Atlantic Avenue. You’ll love the street performers that dot the sidewalks on Atlantic Avenue, including puppeteers, musicians, jugglers, costumed characters, stilt walkers and so much more.

Find the perfect souvenir to remember your time in Virginia Beach at one of the stores on Atlantic Avenue. Purchase decorated apparel, jewelry, keychains and more from nearby souvenir shops. Looking for a new bathing suit, or maybe some beach toys, towels and more? Atlantic Avenue has a number of conveniently located stores that carry all of your beach essentials, just one block away from the surf and sand.

One of the highlights of Atlantic Avenue is the array of dining and imbibing options available. You can have a meal overlooking the boardwalk and ocean, while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or refreshing Orange Crush. Atlantic Avenue has restaurants for every type of diner, from bar bites and beach fare to family-friendly eateries, succulent seafood and fine dining. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a sweet treat from one of the nearby candy shops or ice cream parlors.

Experience all there is to see, do and taste on Atlantic Avenue.

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The 5 Best Bakeries in Virginia Beach


Confection lovers are sure to find a sweet treat all across Virginia Beach. From cookies and cakes to pies, donuts, breads and more, Virginia Beach has an abundance of bakeries serving fresh-baked goodies.

Here are the top five bakeries in Virginia Beach:

1. Gateaux Bakery & Cafe
Topping the list is Gateaux Bakery & Cafe. Located at 1628 Independence Blvd., Suite #1500, the bakery, which offers desserts, custom cakes and more, is the highest-rated bakery in Virginia Beach, boasting four stars out of 91 reviews on Yelp.

gateaux bakery & cafe

2. Angie’s Bakery
Next up is Angie’s Bakery, situated at 3501 Holland Road, Suite #102. With 4.5 stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the bakery and Filipino spot has proven to be a local favorite.

angie's bakery

3. Bodacious Bakehouse
Bodacious Bakehouse, located at 309 Aragona Blvd., Suite #106, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the bakery and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers pizza and more, 4.5 stars out of 148 reviews.

Bodacious Bakehouse

4. Sugar Plum Bakery
Sugar Plum Bakery, a bakery that offers desserts and more, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 153 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1353 Laskin Road to see for yourself.

sugar plum bakery

5. May’s Parlor

Check out May’s Parlor, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 110 reviews on Yelp. You can find the bakery and patisserie/cake shop, which offers coffee and tea and more, at 2708 Pacific Ave.

mays parlor

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