5 Ways To Explore Life In The ViBe Creative District

You may have started to notice beautiful murals popping up along the streets of Virginia Beach. Let’s talk about five ways to explore life in the ViBe Creative District.

What Is The ViBe Creative District?

The ViBe Creative District has become the Virginia Beach center for art, dining, shopping, and culture. Just a short walk from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront between 17th and 22nd streets, this new art and cultural hub has fantastic places to explore. Here are some of our favorites.

PC: @1701 with local artist @evansokal

Favorite Networking Spot: 1701 In The ViBe Creative District

Have you heard about 1701, Virginia Beach’s first coworking space? Nestled in the heart of the ViBe Creative District, they opened their doors in June 2017. Ever since then, 1701 has been a hub for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, startups, and remote workers from all over Hampton Roads. Pop in to see their on-going Featured Artists: Susan WerbyEvan SokalMarlowe EmersonKelsey WittMary CullingTara McDaniel, Bobby Sharon of Sharon’s Original Oil PaintingsRebecca Lucy McCurdyMaple and Belmont, and Karl Greaves.

Make sure to go to the back of the building to see to check out the Jeremiah Kille’s mural and Evan Sokal’s 1701 bubble on the front. Did you know that their community has nearly 80 members? You can schedule a tour, or even spend the day working there!

Favorite Way To Shop ‘Til You Drop In The ViBe Creative District!

It seems like new shops are popping up in the ViBe Creative District all the time! Here are some favorite places to add some style to your life!

  • Be sure to swing into North End Bag Co. to see their beautiful expansion, especially their brand new releases of colors, and be sure to say hi to their mascot Otis!

  • You can find all that you need at 17th Street Marketplace, look for the bright yellow building in the ViBe Creative District, and you know you’re in the right place!

PC: @esoteric_vb

Favorite Places To Enjoy Life In The ViBe Creative District

The ViBe Creative District has a bunch of fantastic drink options for all ages. Coffee, ciders, teas and more can be found on almost every corner. Ask a friend to meet you for a date, the ambiance of each location has it’s own perks, and the people watching is always on point!

Sit on the porch at Bad Ass Coffee – Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Plop yourself at a table under the sea of OnieTonie’s color murals at Java Surf Cafe & Espresso Bar. Or breathe in Three Ships Coffee as you check out their local wildlife garden along the side of the building and say hi to the rest of the tenants of The Alley. Don’t forget about Fathom Coffee, located right inside of 1701.

Don’t forget to pop by Chesapeake Bay Distillery, for their Locally made, award-winning Vodka and Rum Tastings PLUS Local Artwork by local artwork on display in the Tasting Room. Be sure to check out Esoteric for their “Last Meeting of the Day” from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, and try their NEW seasonal cocktails (pictured above).

Dig In! Favorite ViBe Creative District Restaurants

As home to several of the best local restaurants, here are some of the best:

  • You cannot go wrong with a burger from Barrel 17, and be sure to check out their brand new mural on the left side of the building! A highlight of the ViBe Creative District.
  • The Beach Bully is a kid favorite – and you can get this to go too.
  • Everyone is happy with their life in the ViBe Creative District at Commune, and their seasonal, locally sourced food keeps their customers returning often to dive in.
  • Croc’s 19th Street Bistro is warm and cozy, and the happening place to be – especially on Sundays!
  • Esoteric is THE place in the ViBe Creative District with a warm and cozy ambiance, gorgeous garden, and a bustling kitchen tucked into the center of it all.
  • Hearth Wood Fired Cuisine & Craft Beer is well known for its delicious food and famous pizzas!
  • The Stockpot has Monday Ramen nights but is always open for breakfasts and lunches.
  • Don’t forget Zeros Subs Oceanfront one of our go-to places in the ViBe Creative District for kid-friendly takeout!

Favorite Way To Spend Saturday Morning In The ViBe

There’s no better way to start your weekend than walking through the Old Beach Farmer’s Market! In the Croc’s parking lot, you’ll find an assortment of local produce, delicious food, art, and much more. Bring your reusable bags or baskets, and do your week of grocery shopping here. You can even buy fresh-cut flowers to brighten up your home or munch on a delicious breakfast burrito! There is so much to explore that improves your life in the ViBe Creative District.

Illustration: Visit Virginia BeachMap of the ViBe Creative District, circa 2016

Good ViBes at the Creative District

There are so many amazing things to see and do in the ViBe Creative District! What are your personal favorites to explore life in the ViBe Creative District? Be sure to check it out with your loved ones, and share your best photos with them on FamilyApp! ViBe First Friday is a great time to go!

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