By Arielle Patterson
Whether you’re looking for beach threads, something chic or something unique, Virginia Beach is a shopper’s seaside paradise. There’s lots of ground to cover when shopping in Virginia Beach, and you’re bound to find much more than you can carry.
The Virginia Beach Oceanfront has a souvenir shop on almost every corner. You’re sure to find everything you need for the sun, surf, sand and, of course, a remarkable souvenir. Customize a keychain for a personalized keepsake. Or, bring the fashions of the beach home from one of the many beachwear and surf shops. And don’t forget to grab a T-shirt from your new favorite oceanfront restaurant, or a mug or glass to remember your relaxing summer vacation with every sip. You can even temporarily brand yourself with a henna tattoo, whether you mark up your own design or pick from one of the hundreds provided.
ViBe Creative District
Just blocks from the Oceanfront, the cultural arts come to life. Visit the local contemporary art museum for inspiration. Don’t forget to stop at the gift store for museum-inspired merchandise. Once you leave, hit the streets and check out hand-painted works, ornate glasswork and ceramics. There’s something special for every art lover. The creativity of our local artists doesn’t stop there. Discover custom jewelry, hand-detailed leatherwork, hand-crafted furniture, textiles and other handmade items.
Continue to shop locally at the outdoor marketplace that takes over 19th Street every Saturday. Support local bakers, growers and watermen while enjoying delicious homemade/homegrown treats.
Just a few minutes away from the resort area and down Laskin Road, shopping centers abound in the Hilltop neighborhood. The Shops At Hilltop are a premier shopping destination with a unique collection of stores. Spend the day searching for exquisite gifts, classic and contemporary clothing, stunning jewelry and decorative home goods. The area is also boasts local eateries, so be sure to take a break and refuel so your shopping excursion can continue.
Just minutes from Hilltop is one of the largest malls in the region, Lynnhaven Mall. This shopping destination has nearly 1.4 million square feet of shops and restaurants, with over 180 stores.
Town Center in Virginia Beach is the focal point for dining, shopping and entertainment just a little further from the shore. This area features a diverse selection of stores, covering 17 blocks, from locally owned boutiques to national retailers.
It is also a popular area for a relaxing date night and is lined with all sorts of restaurants, both casual and upscale, that feature a variety of cuisine cultures.
Just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of Town Center, shop at a 22,000-square-foot antiques mall on Bonney Road. This place is a dream come true to antique-fanatics and they carry literally everything. From children’s toys to artwork, clothing to heirloom furniture, you’re sure to find something incredibly rare and beautiful.
Shops at Strawbridge
Situated between the Oceanfront and Sandbridge Beach, the Strawbridge area has several shopping centers with everything you need and continues to grow. Pick up beach essentials, groceries and more. The shops at Strawbridge are also home to a number of national retailers and even a locally owned jewelry store where you can find the perfect gift for a loved one.
Locals and savvy shoppers know that the best shopping in Virginia Beach doesn’t stop at the boardwalk. So, get your walking shoes, map app and credit card and take off on a shopping excursion.