Ballston - Virginia Square
Ballston - Virginia Square
Ballston Common Mall
If you travel to Ballston / Virginia Square you won't miss the Ballston Common Mall. The mall features all the shops you would expect from a mall with a movie theater, a comedy club, a few restaurants, a brewpub, a food court, and even an ice rink where the Washington Capitals practice and residents go to enjoy some ice skating.
George Mason University & Marymount
One of the newest buildings in this neighborhood is the brand new George Mason University Arlington Campus building. GMU is a great school and one of the most attended in the state of Virginia. The Arlington Campus features brand new up to date technologically sound classrooms and is a perfect place to take classes to continue your education after work. Marymount university is also nearby and the University offers shuttle service from the Ballston Metro.
Quincy Park & Hayes Park
In the center of the highrises the neighborhood features a large urban park. Quincy Park has tennis courts, baseball fields, sand volleyball, pickup basketball, a playground, and plenty of space to run around. In the warm weather this park is filled with people having picnics, laying out in the sun, and enjoying some recreation. Hayes Park is also just around the corner which has a playground and a summer "spray park" to cool down residents on hot summer days.
For a formal dining experience, the neighborhood is home to the ellegant Willow, which was one of the Washingtonian's top 100 restaurants in 2010. Willow offeres moderate continental cuisine with French & Italian influences. Rustico is another choice which offers gourmet pizza along with an amazing and large wine & beer selection.
The Ballston / Virginia Square area has lots of great options for socializing and hanging out also. You could watch a game at Bailey's (Sports Pub), drink a freshly brewed unique microbrew at Rock Bottom (Microbrewery), play pub trivia at Union Jack's (English Pub), enjoy some delicious wings at First Down (Sports Bar), take in a classy happy hour at Carribean Breeze, shoot pool at Carpool, or enjoy a nice meal at The Front Page.
Other neighborhood favorites include the Melting Pot, Ted's Montana Grill, Uncle Julio's, Big Buns, Rockland's BBQ, Vapiano, and Grand Cru Wine Bar.
For the late night crowd, Ballston / Virginia Square offers a 24 hour IHOP and 24 hour Mario's Pizza.
El Pollo Rico
One of the hidden gems in the neighborhood is El Pollo Rico. This neighborhood favorite located on a side street in an older building is one of the busiest places in the area for lunch. El Pollo Rico features some of the best Peruvian charcoal chicken in the area at an affordable price.
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