First things first—have you signed up for Fetch dvm360 conference in Virginia Beach? If not, remedy that here before reading any of the food, drink and fun suggestions below. Otherwise, you may experience pain, longing and stomach growling. You’ve been warned.
At Fetch dvm360 in Virginia Beach, all that stands between the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the Atlantic Ocean is the ViBe Creative District, which, as luck would have it, is chock-full of excellent dining and drink options.
Get your caffeine fix
- Pardon our French, but how would you like to start your day with some Bad Ass Coffee? Just two blocks from the convention center, it’s a speedy stop for hot, iced or blended Hawaiian coffees.
- Java Surf Café and Espresso Bar boasts specialty lattes and java smoothies like the Craftsman, a mix of coffee, banana, Nutella and peanut butter. Get a sandwich or scramble for breakfast and return for paninis, cold cuts and salads for lunch.
- Less than 300 feet away from Java Surf, you’ll find Three Ships Coffee, a coffee bar and roastery featuring small batch coffee beans, cold brew coffee and tea, pour-over coffee, coffee cocktails and an espresso bar. Pair your drink with one of Three Ships’ housemade biscuits, hand pies or grilled sandwiches.
Find some choice noms
- A little closer to the beach (ahhh … we like that phrase!), you’ll find Commune, a breakfast and lunch spot with creative, sustainable farm-to-table food. We won’t tell if you decide to start your day with a sorbet mimosa, but if your eyes won’t open, try the burnt honey latte. Save room for an egg and goat cheese tartine with prosciutto or bread pudding French toast.
- If you’re in the mood for healthy comfort food for breakfast or lunch, look no further than The Stockpot, handily less than a block away from the convention center. In addition to a mouthwatering morning menu of items like pork carnitas toast and breakfast fried rice, Stockpot offers salads (like the tabouli salad with baked falafel) and—you guessed it—housemade soups.
- Zero’s Subs Oceanfront is another quick, convenient stop for lunch—especially if you want to pick up food for a beachside picnic. This local favorite crafts hot subs with hearth-baked bread and gets raves for its meaty sandwiches. Zero’s is open until 10 p.m. daily—just in case you have a late-night sub craving.
- Wondering what’s for dinner? Try Esoteric. Start with poutine or octopus tacos, followed by the pork chop with bourbon and bacon braised Brussels sprouts, scallops with roasted squash puree or the grilled cheese stuffed with ricotta, Havarti and white cheddar. Finish with a sweet potato doughnut topped with cinnamon sugar or the caramel apple upside down cake.
- A block away from Esoteric, Hearth Wood Fired Cuisine and Craft Beer serves up New American cuisine with a nod to southern roots. The menu changes often depending on what is in season and locally available, but you might get lucky enough to try the wood-fired oysters Rockafeller or a specialty pizza option. (The Pig & Goat features pancetta, baby arugula, Peppadew peppers and goat cheese.)
Do other fun stuff
- The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art lies half a mile north of the convention center. The museum does not have a permanent collection and rotates exhibitions every three to five months (check out current and future exhibitions here). Admission is less than $8 and includes an audio tour.
- The Virginia Beach Convention Center is less than a mile away from the Atlantic Ocean, which includes a boardwalk and a bike path. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, visit the website for VB Surf Sessions to see if you can schedule a surf lesson or a standup paddleboard or kayak tour.
- Just a 10-minute drive away, you’ll find the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and its 800,000 gallons of aquariums, hands-on exhibits, nature path and marshlands. If you’d like to explore the ocean life in the ocean itself, check out one of its Sea Adventures boat trips to scan the sea for dolphins and whales.
- To soothe sun burns or stomach aches, or to nab a forgotten toothbrush, visit the Rite Aid near the intersection of Arctic Avenue and Virginia Beach Boulevard.