Best of Winston: A Guide to Buena Vista

Don’t be surprised if someone corrects your pronunciation of Buena Vista. In Winston-Salem, we say “Byoo-nuh Vih-stah,” which takes some getting used to if you aren’t from around here. But whether you pronounce its name “correctly” or not, Buena Vista is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in town.

Buena Vista is practically bordering downtown, yet it’s a quiet area with beautiful tree-lined streets and gorgeous homes. When the spring flowers start popping, the neighborhood overflows with walkers, joggers, strollers, and bikes. The homes range from modest to mansions, with many historic houses built by Winston’s founding families. A handful of shops and restaurants border the neighborhood, making Buena Vista a great place to spend a morning or afternoon.

Tucked into the middle of Buena Visa within an area called “College Village” is a small block of neighborhood conveniences, including a restaurant, market, and gym. Diamondback Grill has been a staple of the community for years, with its large bar area and family-friendly atmosphere. When Buie’s Market opened next door, it also became a destination for neighbors. Now, you can see people gathering outside at the cafe tables with coffee or kids riding bikes after school in the parking lot. And for the perfect Friday treat, adults can order a beer or glass of wine while the kids can enjoy a popsicle or candy treat from Buie’s.

Another neighborhood gathering spot is Bobby Boy Bakery, located on the corner of Buena Vista and Reynolda Roads. “For us, Buena Vista has a really special feel,” says Lucia Bobby, co-owner of Bobby Boy Bakery. “It is such a pleasure to see guests multiple times a week, know their likes and dislikes, and in many cases know what they have going on in their lives.  We strive to provide the best and believe good food will always bring people together. We are grateful to be able to witness that everyday in this neighborhood.”

One of the most popular places to walk, Buena Vista is full of well-manicured gardens, old trees, stately homes, and hilly paths. Take our advice and explore the neighborhood this spring, stroll along the sidewalks, and enjoy the beauty of Buena Vista. Then treat yourself at our favorite neighborhood spots:

WHERE TO SHOP

  • Buie’s Market: this neighborhood market packs quite the punch; it’s well stocked with local and organic products, local meats, eggs, and milks, a killer wine & beer selection, frozen food, and more. They also offer coffee, as well as wine and beer by the glass. Monday-Sunday, 7am-9pm.
  • The Caviste: the best wine shop in town. Period. You can stay and drink a glass in the shop, plus they offer a range of events, such as classes and wine dinners. (And MAJOR plus: they share a building with Bobby Boy Bakery!) Tuesday-Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday, 12-7pm.
  • Rebecca & Co.: chic, fashionable, high-end women’s clothing boutique with everything you need for a night out. Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.
  • The Boho Depot: all your bohemian dreams come true in this cute shop filled with candles, crystals, vintage goods, clothing, gifts, and more. Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

  • Bobby Boy Bakeshop: the most beautiful, delectable desserts in town. This European-inspired cafe sells pastries, bread, and coffee. Make sure you get a croissant and at least three different pastries for a proper sampling. They offer special desserts for pre-order at holidays, too. Tuesday-Saturday, 7am-5pm.
  • Diamondback Grill: a neighborhood bar and dinner staple. They have a large menu with regularly rotating specials with a focus on fresh. A great place for a date night or to bring the family. Open only for dinner. Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-9pm.
  • 1703 Restaurant: a beautiful, white-tablecloth, fine dining establishment with a lovely outdoor patio. Their small menu changes frequently, to reflect the seasons, and everything they make is simply delicious. Brunch here is a special treat. Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm; Saturday, 5:30-9pm; Sunday, 10:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm.
  • Coffee Park Airstream: the perfect place to grab your coffee via drive-thru, or a great reward mid-walk around the neighborhood. Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm.
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