Market Square is the heart of Roanoke, with Virginia's oldest continuous farmers' market, a multiethnic food court inside the restored City Market Building, and several restaurants, shops, and bars. The building is undergoing a renovation to turn it into a retail complex with shops and restaurants (opening late 2011), but the farmers' market will stay in operation at its current location throughout the construction period.
In a restored warehouse, Center in the Square contains the Mill Mountain Theatre and regional museums covering science, history, and art, but during the renovation, the museums will be moving into temporary quarters starting in 2011. The finished facade will be upgraded, and a new atrium and green rooftop space with a butterfly habitat will be added. Check the Center's Web site for address and contact information until the construction is completed in 2012. A combined ticket grants access to the science museum, which has many interactive exhibits, as well as the MegaDome theater and Hopkins Planetarium. 1 Market Sq. SE, 24011. 540/342–5700. www.centerinthesquare.org.
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Sep 30, 2009
A mixture of country, hippie, european style outdoor dining sophistication and just plain fun. Restaurant choices include Japanese, Indian, Cuban, Mexican, French, Eclectic/Fusion, Bakery, Thai, Deli, Bistro, Cafes, Hot Dog stand, Coffee shop, Continental..way too many to visit along with other unique shops!Visit the many festivals almost every weekend in Spring & Summer. The museums are all located within walking distance of Market Square. Stay
at Hotel Roanoke as it currently is the only Hotel downtown.