What makes Falls Church a Special Neighborhood in Northern Virginia?
Falls Church, called The Little City, a tight knit city with both urban and suburban appeal, was originally a Native and colonist community prior to the founding of the Falls Church in 1734.
Over time, it evolved to a township and eventually, an independent municipality in 1948. Close to D.C. and serviced by two Metro stations, multiple bus lines and close to 495 and 66, Falls Church has everything to offer for the young professional, growing family, or downsizing empty-nesters. Come take a look with me at all the great businesses you can walk to within Falls Church.
Broad Street (or Route 7) is the central backbone of Falls Church, and there are so many places to stop during the day. You can start off here, at Northside Social Falls Church, for a coffee and pastry before heading to shopping, activities and more. (Even better, you can wrap your day here too with a glass of wine!)
If it’s Saturday, then in the morning you *must* go to the Government Center, where the Farmer’s Market is situated from April to December. You can get fruits, vegetables, flowers, local honey and meat, baked goods, dairy products, and my kids’ favorite, crepes to order. When your kids need to run off some of that Saturday morning energy, walk across the Government Center grounds to the Cherry Hill Park, with playground equipment, a barn and loads of green space
If you are looking for entertainment, you can get tickets to a show at the State Theater where there’s a diverse bill of local and national acts performing most nights of the year, or head over to Creative Cauldron, where community theater and creativity come alive! If activity is more your style, one of the best things about Falls Church is the accessibility to the WO&D Trail, with major accesses on the western and eastern ends of the city. If your bike needs a tune-up, you can stop in at Bikenetic for all your cycling maintenance and purchase needs! They also host bike rides for all levels in the warmer months.
If the weather isn’t good for an outside event, you can try Bowl America or the new Scramble Indoor Play space over on East Fairfax Street. If creativity is your thing, you could hit the Clay Cafe on North Maple Street, just around the corner from Rare Bird Coffee Roasters. Create fun ceramics and memories in an afternoon there! If your kids are looking for something new to play with, you can hit Doodlehopper 4 Kids on Broad Street, or run around the corner on Washington Street to the Toy Nest, a toy library where you can play with toys not at home, having fun with your kids without distraction!
When it’s time to wind down, there are so many options! You could stop by Penzeys for some spices to make your home-cooking sing, or you can just decide to eat out at one of the city’s great restaurants, like Dogwood Tavern, Clare & Don’s Beach Shack, Thompson Italian, Solace Outpost, and more. All have delicious offerings, outdoor and indoor seating, and friendly service!
If you are looking for drinks, you have two different beer gardens at Dominion Wine & Beer on West Broad or Audacious Aleworks on East Fairfax. For late nights, there’s SpaceBar with craft beers and even craftier grilled cheese sandwiches.
Falls Church has it all, including large historic homes like Birch House and Cherry Hill Farmhouse, new and modern condominiums, townhomes, bungalows, Colonials, Cape Cods and ramblers. If you need a place to call home, you can’t do much better than Falls Church!
Connect with neighborhood expert Colleen Wright to learn more about Falls Church and other surrounding areas!
Falls Church City Neighborhood Links & Recommendations
- Dogwood Tavern
- Plaka Grill
- Liberty Barbecue
- Northside Social Falls Church
- Sfizi Cafe
- Thompson Italian
- Ireland’s Four Provinces
- Clare & Don’s Beach Shack
- Panjshir Restaurant
- Maneki Neko Japanese Restaurant
- Hot & Juicy Crawfish
- Haandi Indian Cuisine
- Lucky Thai
- Pizzeria Orso
- Sweet Rice
- Tasty Dumpling
- Camba Cafe
- Preservation Biscuit
- Luzmary’s Bolivian Restaurant
- Borek G
- Happy Tart
- New to You
- Falls Church Antique Annex
- CD Cellar
- Stylish Patina Home
- Lemon Lane Consignment
- Doodlehopper 4 Kids
- Victory Comics
- Vido Ciclista
- Brown’s Hardware
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