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Healthy Living Guide: Richmond

December 8, 2011

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a beautiful city with no shortage of activities and attractions. If you are interested in US history, wander down to Monument Avenue to see such historical figures as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, or go just outside of the city to explore Colonial Williamsburg. If you would rather spend time appreciating the arts, check out the Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts, the Lewis Glinter Botanical Garden, or one of the city’s many performing arts studios. But everyone knows that the most important part of sightseeing is fueling our bodies with healthy food!

These are some of our favorite healthy restaurants in Richmond. If you like these, check out our Healthy Living Guides for other cities!

Ellwood Thompson's Market and Cafe
4 North Thompson Street

This is a one-stop shop for all of your organic needs! You can do your grocery shopping here for fresh, organic produce and free-range, grass-fed meat and dairy. They also have a shop stocked full of all your favorite natural beauty products. The Ellwood café is a great spot for a lunch break while you shop for an organic and delicious meal!


sticky riceSticky Rice
2232 West Main Street

Sticky Rice is a popular Japanese-American fusion restaurant that features very unique rolls and noodle dishes. For something completely unique, try the Shiitake Happens Roll or the Wakame Salad! Many of their menu items are vegetarian and vegan as well.


ipanemaIpanema Café
917 West Grace Street

This vegan and vegetarian café has a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. The lunch and dinner menus are both delicious, featuring items such as Polenta Fries with Kalamata Ketchup and Red Coconut Curry. They also have a bakery menu with lots of yummy vegan treats!


cous cousCous Cous
900 West Franklin Street

This Mediterranean restaurant is located in the heart of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus and is a popular meal spot for health-conscious students and non-students alike. Stop in for some reasonably priced gluten-free Marrakesh kebabs or pita and sun dried tomato hummus!


urban farmhouseUrban Farmhouse
1217 East Cary Street

This market café and coffee house is well known for its casual farmhouse feel and a simple menu of fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. They also have several vegetarian options as well!


harrison street coffeeHarrison Street Coffee Shop
402 North Harrison Street

This is a very popular spot for VCU student. The restaurant specializes in vegetarian and vegan menu options, although there are non-vegetarian options on the menu as well. This is an excellent, laid-back spot to relax with friends, enjoy good food, or even bring your laptop to get some work done!


palani drivePalani Drive
401 Libbie Avenue

This family-friendly restaurant has a menu of American fare with some staples as well as options that change daily depending on seasonal ingredients. This is a great place to enjoy a healthy, all-American dinner with your family.


2416 West Cary Street

Selba is committed to using the only the freshest and most flavorful local organic ingredients available. Their menu features several seasonal soups, salads, and entrees. While they do serve meat, they have a separate menu of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well!


1531 West Main Street

This teahouse specializes in providing their customers with some of the best organic, fair-trade, loose-leaf teas available in the world. You can order hot or cold teas, even as a latte or iced latte, from a list of over 60 teas. Varieties include black, dessert, green, herbal, oolong, and white.


fresca on addisonFresca on Addison
22 South Addison Street

The father-daughter team that opened Fresca on Addison is passionate about serving high-quality mostly vegan and vegetarian food. They also avoid all processed foods, colorants, corn syrup, and other additives in their food. 

For more restaurant options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides, or explore all our recommendations on the map below!

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Do you have any restaurant suggestions for our upcoming Healthy Living Guides? Just send us an email to and we’ll do our best to include your suggestion when we get to your city!