Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. It is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metro area, officially known as the VA-NC MSA. The city has a long history as a strategic military and transportation point. Recently named a top attraction in the region, the one-million square foot MacArthur Center located in the heart of downtown is one of the best places to shop in the area. Downtown Norfolk’s Granby Street also offers an assortment of independent retailers as well as a variety of eateries. The historic Ghent & Freemasonneighborhoods offer a collection of boutiques, art and antique galleries, and outdoor cafes and eateries.