When you think of history along with Coastal Virginia, your mind likely goes to one place: Williamsburg. While the city is far from the only local spot with far-reaching roots, it’s undoubtedly become synonymous with colonial history in our region.
One-third of the historic triangle (Jamestown and Yorktown complete the area), Williamsburg is home to cobblestones and colleges. The town is also well-known for delicious opportunities to eat and drink.
If you’ve only got a weekend to spare in Williamsburg, make sure not to miss our favorite local restaurants, breweries, and cafes. Here are just a few:
1. Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que
Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que | 447 E Rochambeau Dr.
Juicy chicken, succulent ribs, and tender pulled pork await diners at Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que. Just a short drive from the campus of William and Mary, Pierce’s has served up delicious barbecue since 1961. They specialize in traditional Carolina-style barbecue, with vinegar-based sauces that are sure to delight. Try the collard greens – they’re a standout – as is the macaroni and cheese. Just bring your appetite, as you certainly won’t leave Pierce’s hungry!
2. Alewerks Brewing Co.
Alewerks Brewing Co.| 189B Ewell Rd
Hopheads, rejoice! Alewerks Brewing Co. is Williamsburg’s premier taproom. Established in 2008, Alewerks has been serving cold ones to locals, tourists, and college students. They offer a genuinely Superb IPA, a Munich-style Weekend Lager, a Tavern Brown Ale, and other seasonal specialties. Not a beer fan? There’s still a lot to love about Alewerks! Biergarten-style picnic tables set the scene for long afternoons spent playing board games and relaxing with friends.
3. The Williamsburg Winery
The Williamsburg Winery | 5800 Wessex Hundred
If you’re more of a wine fan, head to the Williamsburg Winery, a picturesque vineyard with a tasting room and restaurant. Please take a tour to learn about the history of Virginia wines and taste selected vintages from their library collection. Plan a romantic dinner under the stars and, if the mood strikes you, stay the night in one of their uniquely designed suites. There’s no better place to catch feelings than on this gorgeous property – and the wine is pretty great, too!
4. Culture Cafe
Culture Cafe | 747 Scotland St
When you’re craving brunch in Williamsburg, there’s only one place to go: Culture Cafe. It’s well-known for its eclectic decor, creative cocktails, and delicious vegan options. Nosh on Moroccan meatballs with feta cheese and pine nuts and out-of-this-world cauliflower burger topped with pepper jack and relish, or sip on a cappuccino martini. It’s not just the food that’s to die for here: step through the front door, and you’ll be instantly transported to a world of literature and whimsy. Harry Potter fans will especially appreciate the surprise awaiting them inside the bathroom!
5. The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop | 410 W Duke of Gloucester St
It’s impossible to stop by Williamsburg’s Merchant Square without grabbing something delicious from the Cheese Shop. Initially opened in Newport News in 1971, they’ve been serving up the finest cheese on Duke of Gloucester Street since 2003. Don’t be surprised if you spot William and Mary’s alumni returning for their favorite bread ends and house-dressing snack. While it might sound strange at first, the combination is impossible to resist once you’ve tried it!