Downtown Directory / Kid-Friendly

Artful Dodger Coffeehouse and Cocktail Lounge

Since 1992, the Artful Dodger has been serving downtown Harrisonburg a unique experience they'll never forget. The Dodger serves everything from breakfast (all day!), lunch, dinner, coffee, and cocktails, as they're up "From Wake Up Call to Last Call." Events like Jazz & $3 Tuesday through Salsa Night every Friday, the Dodger is always waiting for you to stop in. more

Bella Gelato & Pastries

Situated across the street from Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza is their sister restaurant, Bella Gelato & Pastries. As the name suggests, gelato is the star of the show. It's made by hand, on site, using milk from Mount Crawford Creamery. In addition to gelato, the bread is baked daily, an espresso and coffee bar features locally roasted beans, and the pastry case is filled with house made croissants and desserts. It made be hard to choose, but you can't go wrong with a seasonally flavored scoop of gelato in one of their waffle cones! more

Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

Neapolitan-inspired, thin-crusted pizza is baked at 900 degrees in a wood-fired oven and topped with artisanal ingredients locally sourced by nearby farms. Chef Colin rounds out the menu at this farm-to-table restaurant with handmade pastas, fresh salads and sandwiches, and decadent desserts. The bar features a wide selection of local microbrews and hard ciders on tap, in addition to choice wines and artisan cocktails. You can bring a slice of Bella Luna to your party or event by reserving Bella Festa, a fully restored 1950s classic truck complete with a wood-fired oven and four-tap draft beer system. more

Benny Sorrentino’s Pizza

Benny Sorrentino's is a Virginia favorite, and downtown Harrisonburg is lucky enough to have them. At Benny's their super-size pizza is served by the slice or by a whole 28'' pie. Pizza toppings feature pepperoni, sliced sausage, or sriracha sausage daily, but Benny's rotates through monthly specials like the spinach ricotta garlic pesto or the buffalo chicken pizza. more

Capital Ale House

Craft beer lovers - this is the place for you! An upstairs and downstairs bar offers over 100 draft beers on tap with the choice of table dining, seasonal rooftop patio relaxation or an evening of fun with billiards and darts. Their German-American-inspired menu features sandwiches, entrees, salads and daily specials! more

Clementine & Ruby’s Lounge

Owner Clay Clark's vision for this restaurant was an innovative space that focused not only on food, but also music and art. This concept is infused into every part of the business, from the changing menus and art-lined walls to the band line-up. Clementine always tops the list of great places to see music in town. With two stages for live music performances - upstairs or downstairs at Ruby's Lounge - they bring in local bands and bigger names on a regular basis. more

Darrin-McHone Art Gallery

The Darrin-McHone Arts Gallery is located in the historic Smith House in downtown Harrisonburg. Since 2009, the Arts Council has presented over 65 month-long exhibitions in the Darrin-McHone Gallery space. Exhibition openings take place on the first Friday of the month in conjunction with First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg program. more

Explore More Discovery Museum

Explore More Discovery Museum is a nonprofit, interactive museum designed especially for children and families. The museum offers a wide range of activities and exhibits such as the TV Studio, the Science Lab, the Virginia Theater, the Super Service Center and more. more

Friendly City Food Co-op

The Friendly City Food Co-op is a business that’s owned and democratically controlled by a large group of owners right here in our area. As a friendly, neighborhood grocery store with a distinctively modern twist, the co-op offers meat and produce from local farmers and producers, bulk spices and herbs, gourmet cheeses, delicious baked goods from local bakers, locally made soaps and lotions, and more. They also have a pleasant seating area so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or soup and salad from their deli. more

Glen’s Fair Price Store

Glen's Fair Price Store sells everything from costumes to cameras. They also offer costumes for rentals, knick-knacks, toys, games, and more. more