Headed for Culpeper? The town's Visitor's Center at the Depot is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 888-CULPEPER, see www.visitculpeperva.com. For the restaurants and food stores in the center of the historic district, it's always best to call ahead for reservations or place orders in advance. Might be a good idea to bring a cooler for perishables.
1. ALA HEART CAFE A small, casual eatery with an emphasis on vegetarian, low fat, low carb and low sugar salads, wraps and sandwiches. Bestsellers are the curried chicken salad wrap, taco salad and black bean soup.
* 106 W. Cameron St.; 540-727-9332. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sunday.
2. CALHOUN'S HAM HOUSE & COUNTRY DELI Tom Calhoun's cured, uncooked, whole country hams (15 to 18 pounds) are $2.99 per pound; for an additional $23.95, he will cook and slice a purchased ham. Cooked, center cut, sliced ham is $12.95 per pound. Also available: ham hocks and cured side meats for seasoning soup and bean dishes.
* 211 S. East St.; 540-825-8319 or see www.calhounhams.com. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.
3. CAMERON STREET COFFEE HOUSE An old warehouse is now a beautifully restored, light-filled cafe for fresh coffee roasted on-site as well as sandwiches and pastries.
* 110 E. Cameron St.; 540-829-9581. Open Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4. CHATEAU DU REAUX A small wine shop with selections from 14 countries and 23 European beers as well as wine racks and gadgets.
* 219 E. Davis St.; 540-829-9463. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
5. CLARKE HARDWARE The housewares section has more than 30 pieces of Lodge cast-iron cookware as well as canning supplies, meat grinders and six types of pressure cookers.
* 201 E. Davis St.; 540-825-9178 or see www.clarkehardware.com. Open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
6. COPPER KETTLE SOUP BAR This small cafe, with a 14-seat counter, serves seasonal soups such as venison cream, clam chowder and roasted red bell pepper ($2.50 per cup) as well as focaccia made in-house.
* 195 E. Davis St.; 540-829-9780. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.
7. EAST DAVIS STREET TAVERN More bar than restaurant, and noted for cooked-to-order Black Angus burgers and steaks as well as 105 domestic and imported beers.
* 110 E. Davis St.; 540-825-3955. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
8. EL NOPAL A large Latino grocery with a good produce section and extensive selection of dried peppers and herbs. A second room has western clothing and cowboy boots from Mexico.
* 215 E. Culpeper St.; 540-825-6800. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9. FOOD FOR THOUGHT This small, European-style market sells organic and naturally raised bison, beef, pork, goat, lamb and chicken as well as eggs and dairy products from nearby farms. Order fresh pheasant, quail, duck, rabbit, quinea fowl and goose three to four days in advance.
* 202 E. Davis St.; 540-727-9525. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
10. FOTI'S A smart, yet casual, fine dining restaurant with an American regional menu and Mediterranean influence (entrees $14 to $33), run by former staff members of the Inn at Little Washington.
* 219 E. Davis St.; 540-829-8400. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
11. FRENCHMAN'S CORNER A European-style gourmet shop for Belgian chocolates, imported cheeses as well as high-quality kitchen gadgets and knives. Fresh breads are made by the pastry chef at nearby Foti's restaurant.
* 141 E. Davis St.; 540-825-8025. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
12. FROST CAFE A spacious, 1950s modern diner, with a 30-stool counter, specializing in all-American breakfast fare and old-fashioned soda fountain shakes and ice cream sundaes.
* 101 E. Davis St.; 540-829-0344. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
13. HAZEL RIVER INN AND PUB Upstairs, a spacious restaurant with a Austrian/contemporary American menu (entrees $16 to $27). The pub, downstairs in a former prison, has sandwiches, burgers and more than 20 imported beers.
* 195 E. Davis St.; 540-825-7148. Restaurant open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Pub open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sunday.
14. HERBAL CONNECTION A specialty shop that sells more than 200 kinds of bulk, medicinal and culinary herbs and spices as well as vitamins and herbal tinctures.
* 201 N. Main St.; 540-825-1204. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.
15. IT'S ABOUT THYME A casual restaurant for country/European cuisine with strong ties to Italy (entrees $11.95 to $22). A favorite is the four-herb roasted chicken.
* 128 E. Davis St.; 540-825-4264. Open Tuesday through Saturday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
16. KNAKAL'S BAKERY An old-fashioned, small-town bakery that sells the perfect biscuit for country ham ($1.60 per dozen). Don't overlook the tall, three-layer coconut cakes ($6.99 each) and oversized chocolate eclairs ($1.39 each).
* 146 E. Davis St.; 540-825-8181. Open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
17. RATHUIL' ALL THINGS IRISH Four flavors of fresh scones are baked daily, made with imported Irish cream flour and local buttermilk ($1.75 each), as well as fresh whiskey cakes, Christmas cakes and traditional puddings. Shelves are stocked with an extensive collection of brown and soda bread mixes, jams, mustards and marinades from the Old Country. Also: Irish sweaters, jewelry and gifts.
* 236 E. Davis St.; 540-829-6448. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
18. RINCON HISPANO A small Latino grocery with a good bakery selection on weekends. Fresh, hot tamales ($1 each) are available every day.
* 215 S. East St.; 540-829-9488. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
19. TEA, LACE AND ROSES This Victorian-style tearoom and gift shop has a full menu of soups and sandwiches as well as 25 kinds of tea. A pot of tea and a scone go for $3.75; a Royal tea with champagne, caviar, assorted hors d'oeuvres and beef Wellington is $25 per person.
* 123 W. Davis St.; 540-829-9700. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.