Salma’s Guide to What's Good in our 'hood - Rochester City Guide

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Salma’s Guide to What's Good in our 'hood - Rochester City Guide

EAT, DRINK and BE MERRY
The city has so many great spots for drinking and dining. Here's our round-up....also, check out our Instagram page for more updates @roccitystays! We're always on the hunt for great places to check out, so be sure to share your top picks with us too : )
Organic, fresh pressed juice to stay or to go. A beautiful and inviting space to rejuvenate body and soul.
Just Juice 4 Life
710 University Ave
Organic, fresh pressed juice to stay or to go. A beautiful and inviting space to rejuvenate body and soul.
espresso bar? pour over? brewed coffee? you can find it here! It's one of our favorites :) At the moment this location is temporarily closed, but head on over to their Park Ave location to get your coffee fix!
Glen Edith Coffee Bar (Elton St)
44 Elton St
espresso bar? pour over? brewed coffee? you can find it here! It's one of our favorites :) At the moment this location is temporarily closed, but head on over to their Park Ave location to get your coffee fix!
For that special meal!
Char Steak & Lounge
550 East Ave
For that special meal!
Just a short walk away on University, we're so excited about the opening of this fantastic cafe, serving up a variety of fresh, healthy menu options and stand-out coffee!
Matilda Coffee House & Kitchen
696 University Avenue
Just a short walk away on University, we're so excited about the opening of this fantastic cafe, serving up a variety of fresh, healthy menu options and stand-out coffee!
Fantastic, fresh, Mexican fare done right!Big portions, bright flavors, great value. My fvorites: the Becca bowl and the cauliflower vegetarian tacos. ENJOY!
Old Pueblo Grill
55 Russell St
Fantastic, fresh, Mexican fare done right!Big portions, bright flavors, great value. My fvorites: the Becca bowl and the cauliflower vegetarian tacos. ENJOY!
For a great meal, wine or cocktails, Good Luck is a great bet for a great night out.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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For a great meal, wine or cocktails, Good Luck is a great bet for a great night out.
Fresh food, family owned and operated. Lots of variety if you're craving some healthy and delicious eats. Vegan and gluten free options too!
Basha Mediterranean Eatery
2900 Monroe Ave
Fresh food, family owned and operated. Lots of variety if you're craving some healthy and delicious eats. Vegan and gluten free options too!
Fantastic coffee, fab decor, great range of local art on display, friendly staff and lots of space to spread out. Lots of yummy, locally sourced treats too!
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Fuego Coffee Roasters
1 Euclid Street
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Fantastic coffee, fab decor, great range of local art on display, friendly staff and lots of space to spread out. Lots of yummy, locally sourced treats too!
We love family owned & operated, we love tradition, we love donuts, and we love cafes that have stood the test of time. THE place to get the best donuts in the city for over 40 years!! Oh, and it's not just donuts.....there are other sweet treats, as well as breakfast and lunch. What's your flavor?
Ridge Donut Cafe
1600 Portland Avenue
We love family owned & operated, we love tradition, we love donuts, and we love cafes that have stood the test of time. THE place to get the best donuts in the city for over 40 years!! Oh, and it's not just donuts.....there are other sweet treats, as well as breakfast and lunch. What's your flavor?
MERC ON MAIN at Sibley Suqare: The newest addition to our round up! Opened in early 2021, this historic space has been reimagined, redesigned and repurposed to bring together 5 kitchens, a coffee bar and cocktail bar all in the grand food hall in the atrium at Sibley Square. Located at the corner of Gibbs and Main St, you'll find a variety of cuisines to suit every palate, and affordable too. Vendors include: Palermo's Market, Nani's Kitchen, CUT, Flour Kitchen, Broth, RoCoCo (Rochester Coffee Company), and Rufus Cocktail Bar. Check it out!
Mercantile on Main
240 East Main Street
MERC ON MAIN at Sibley Suqare: The newest addition to our round up! Opened in early 2021, this historic space has been reimagined, redesigned and repurposed to bring together 5 kitchens, a coffee bar and cocktail bar all in the grand food hall in the atrium at Sibley Square. Located at the corner of Gibbs and Main St, you'll find a variety of cuisines to suit every palate, and affordable too. Vendors include: Palermo's Market, Nani's Kitchen, CUT, Flour Kitchen, Broth, RoCoCo (Rochester Coffee Company), and Rufus Cocktail Bar. Check it out!
Such a great place for small plates, big bites, and really good food. You must try the buffalo cauliflower wings! Lots of veg options, but plenty for the meat eaters too.
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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Such a great place for small plates, big bites, and really good food. You must try the buffalo cauliflower wings! Lots of veg options, but plenty for the meat eaters too.
You can thank me later : ) What's your flavor? Savory, sweet, always something good to eat here. Breakfast sandwiches, unreal croissants (yes, the almond croissant is on my top-10 list), pizza bases, fresh bread. You really can't go wrong.
Flour City Bread Company
52 Rochester Public Market
You can thank me later : ) What's your flavor? Savory, sweet, always something good to eat here. Breakfast sandwiches, unreal croissants (yes, the almond croissant is on my top-10 list), pizza bases, fresh bread. You really can't go wrong.
The OG of all things fresh and good. Smoothie bowls, noodle bowls, grain bowls, green bowls, nori wraps, sandwiches, and then some. Hiphop brunch on the weekend is pretty dope too. GO!
Original Grain
280 E Broad St
The OG of all things fresh and good. Smoothie bowls, noodle bowls, grain bowls, green bowls, nori wraps, sandwiches, and then some. Hiphop brunch on the weekend is pretty dope too. GO!
All manner of donuts. And fried chicken. Need we say more??
Boxcar
127 Railroad St
All manner of donuts. And fried chicken. Need we say more??
A great little spot on Park, with a wide variety of coffee options, including a varied flavour shot menu, decorated in an eclectic style.
Cafe Sasso
739 Park Ave
A great little spot on Park, with a wide variety of coffee options, including a varied flavour shot menu, decorated in an eclectic style.
Eat, drink, bowl, play, lounge....you can do it all here. A unique venue for a night of entertainment!
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Radio Social
20 Carlson Rd
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Eat, drink, bowl, play, lounge....you can do it all here. A unique venue for a night of entertainment!
Need to refuel after that trip to West Elm? Stop in to the Village Bakery for a great cup of coffee, pastries, salad or sandwich. They've even got a nice selection of pastas and sauces that you can pick up to make your own feast at home!
Village Bakery & Cafe
145 Culver Rd
Need to refuel after that trip to West Elm? Stop in to the Village Bakery for a great cup of coffee, pastries, salad or sandwich. They've even got a nice selection of pastas and sauces that you can pick up to make your own feast at home!
Got a sweet tooth? Then, this is a "must visit" at any time, but especially when the craving for ice cream hits. Visit Hedonist, in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood and indulge a little. Premium local ingredients. Small Batches. Hand crafted. Ever changing range of ice cream flavors. Gourmet selection of fine confections and gifts. Gluten free, Vegan and Dairy free options available too!
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Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
672 South Avenue
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Got a sweet tooth? Then, this is a "must visit" at any time, but especially when the craving for ice cream hits. Visit Hedonist, in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood and indulge a little. Premium local ingredients. Small Batches. Hand crafted. Ever changing range of ice cream flavors. Gourmet selection of fine confections and gifts. Gluten free, Vegan and Dairy free options available too!
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
From local boutiques and farmer's markets, to shopping malls and big box stores, you'll easily be able to find what you need.
There's so much more here than you might think! WhiLe you can stock up on farm fresh produce, you can also peruse a wide variety of specialty foods, meats, cheeses, tea, baked goods, spices, and local artisan treasures. Across the way there are also cafes, galleries and restaurants to explore. Explore the neighboring streets on foot, and you'll find lots of unexpected surprises! OPEN SATURDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.
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Rochester Public Market
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There's so much more here than you might think! WhiLe you can stock up on farm fresh produce, you can also peruse a wide variety of specialty foods, meats, cheeses, tea, baked goods, spices, and local artisan treasures. Across the way there are also cafes, galleries and restaurants to explore. Explore the neighboring streets on foot, and you'll find lots of unexpected surprises! OPEN SATURDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.
If I could live here, I would. Seriously - check it out. One of my most favorite places for interior decor, inspiration, gifts, you get the idea.
Warehouse127
120 Railroad St
If I could live here, I would. Seriously - check it out. One of my most favorite places for interior decor, inspiration, gifts, you get the idea.
Amazing place to score killer vintage!! Great quality pieces - not your everyday stuff. Vendors are awesome, and new pieces coming up all the time. Add Joanna and her vibrant personality to the mix, and you've got a new favorite spot to shop! Keep your eye out fo their appearance at pop-ups and festivals, and special events year-round; and tell her that we sent you ; )
The Op Shop
89 Charlotte St
Amazing place to score killer vintage!! Great quality pieces - not your everyday stuff. Vendors are awesome, and new pieces coming up all the time. Add Joanna and her vibrant personality to the mix, and you've got a new favorite spot to shop! Keep your eye out fo their appearance at pop-ups and festivals, and special events year-round; and tell her that we sent you ; )
You'll find a variety of items to shop for here - clothing, accessories, jewellery, gifts and decor....really thoughtfully selected too. Say hello to Courtney while you're there, she's one of the friendliest shopkeepers around!
Statement Boutique
370 Park Ave
You'll find a variety of items to shop for here - clothing, accessories, jewellery, gifts and decor....really thoughtfully selected too. Say hello to Courtney while you're there, she's one of the friendliest shopkeepers around!
Minimalist pieces, neutral palettes, always something new!
Salty Boutique
749 Park Ave
Minimalist pieces, neutral palettes, always something new!
Fun, quirky sister to Salty Boutique, this place has it all - full range of women's clothing, wide selection of jewellery, and a whole second level of gift and novelty items showcasing a ton of local love.
Peppermint
121 Park Ave
Fun, quirky sister to Salty Boutique, this place has it all - full range of women's clothing, wide selection of jewellery, and a whole second level of gift and novelty items showcasing a ton of local love.
Whether you're shopping for yourself or someone else, you are sure to find something amazing here. For all you plant lovers out there, this place is paradise.
Stacy K Floral
43 Russell St
Whether you're shopping for yourself or someone else, you are sure to find something amazing here. For all you plant lovers out there, this place is paradise.
For gorgeous flowers, unique gifts, one of a kind furniture and decor, Arena's has something for you.
Arena's Inc.
260 East Avenue
For gorgeous flowers, unique gifts, one of a kind furniture and decor, Arena's has something for you.
Whimsical, artsy, unique - a lovely little shop overflowing with treasures. Great for gifts for someone on your list, or a something for yourself. You'll find a delightful array of jewellery, accessories, clothing, decor, ornaments, and other artistic creations.
Horse With Wings
775 University Ave
Whimsical, artsy, unique - a lovely little shop overflowing with treasures. Great for gifts for someone on your list, or a something for yourself. You'll find a delightful array of jewellery, accessories, clothing, decor, ornaments, and other artistic creations.
A must on your list if you are looking for that special something. Such a wide variety of gift ideas....jewellery, games, cards, sweet treats, novelty gift items, gourmet food items, the list goes on. Just give yourself enough time...I always end up spending way more time here than I had planned :)
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Parkleigh
215 Park Avenue
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A must on your list if you are looking for that special something. Such a wide variety of gift ideas....jewellery, games, cards, sweet treats, novelty gift items, gourmet food items, the list goes on. Just give yourself enough time...I always end up spending way more time here than I had planned :)
If you love charming shops filled with beautiful things, you'll want to check this out. Lovely things for the mind, body and soul. Furnishings, home accents, accessories, gift giving...lots of inspiration here!
breathe at home
23 S Main St
If you love charming shops filled with beautiful things, you'll want to check this out. Lovely things for the mind, body and soul. Furnishings, home accents, accessories, gift giving...lots of inspiration here!
Upscale indoor shopping centre where you can find a variety of retailers such as Macy's Lord & Taylor, Target, Best Buy, Sephora, major clothing brands, and a variety of food options too.
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Eastview Mall
7979 Pittsford Victor Road
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Upscale indoor shopping centre where you can find a variety of retailers such as Macy's Lord & Taylor, Target, Best Buy, Sephora, major clothing brands, and a variety of food options too.
GET CULTURED
What better place to experience Rochester's vibrant and creative soul than right in NOTA. Check it out!
Civic art museum with over 5000 years of world history
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Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
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Civic art museum with over 5000 years of world history
The World's oldest museum dedicated to photography, and impressive film archives and beautiful outdoor grounds as well.
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George Eastman Museum
900 East Avenue
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The World's oldest museum dedicated to photography, and impressive film archives and beautiful outdoor grounds as well.
This National Museum of Play is a must if you're visiting with kids.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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This National Museum of Play is a must if you're visiting with kids.
Immerse yourself in the culture of local handicraft - whether you're into culinary arts, distilling, pottery, macrame, printmaking, calligraphy, or you have a black thumb that you want to turn green, the ROC Brainery has a full roster of workshops to get your hands crafting and your creative juices flowing. Come in and check our their retail space as well, where they feature some of the town's best! Also available for event space rental.
Rochester Brainery
176 Anderson Ave
Immerse yourself in the culture of local handicraft - whether you're into culinary arts, distilling, pottery, macrame, printmaking, calligraphy, or you have a black thumb that you want to turn green, the ROC Brainery has a full roster of workshops to get your hands crafting and your creative juices flowing. Come in and check our their retail space as well, where they feature some of the town's best! Also available for event space rental.
Science, technology and history; you'll find it all. Be sure to also check out the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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Science, technology and history; you'll find it all. Be sure to also check out the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door
Check in for exhibits and shows running while you're here. First Fridays (first Friday of each month) is a community night for experiencing art
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
137 East Avenue
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Check in for exhibits and shows running while you're here. First Fridays (first Friday of each month) is a community night for experiencing art
Neat little spot in the city that fosters a love of reading and writing. Check out their classes, events and workshops
Writers & Books
740 University Ave
Neat little spot in the city that fosters a love of reading and writing. Check out their classes, events and workshops
ESSENTIALS
For that one thing you forgot to pack or those little extras to make your time here more enjoyable
Definitely a family favourite. This has got to be my favourite supermarket! Here you can stock up on all your grocery needs, as well as a slew of other great finds. The bakery is always stocked with LOTS of goodies. The sushi is fresh and delicious. Fresh subs made to order, as well as a wide variety of other meals can be found at their hot food counters.
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Wegmans
1750 East Ave
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Definitely a family favourite. This has got to be my favourite supermarket! Here you can stock up on all your grocery needs, as well as a slew of other great finds. The bakery is always stocked with LOTS of goodies. The sushi is fresh and delicious. Fresh subs made to order, as well as a wide variety of other meals can be found at their hot food counters.
Who doesn't love Trader Joes? Here you'll find an amazing selection of grocery items that you just can't get elsewhere. Top picks: - Yuzu hot sauce - Sunflower Seed Butter Cups - Thai Cashews - Frozen Chimichurri Rice - ABC+K salad - Speculoos & Dark Chocolate Bar
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Trader Joe's
3349 Monroe Avenue
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Who doesn't love Trader Joes? Here you'll find an amazing selection of grocery items that you just can't get elsewhere. Top picks: - Yuzu hot sauce - Sunflower Seed Butter Cups - Thai Cashews - Frozen Chimichurri Rice - ABC+K salad - Speculoos & Dark Chocolate Bar
Neighbourhood drug store
CVS
685 Park Avenue
Neighbourhood drug store
Well, because. It's Target.
Target
2325 Marketplace Dr
Well, because. It's Target.
GET OUTSIDE!
There are so many beautiful places to discover
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Highland Park
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Seneca Park Zoo
2222 Saint Paul Street
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Discover ARTWalk, a trail meandering through the art centres and public spaces throughout the neighbourhood. There are many types of public art, sculptures, benches, and more!
ARTWalk
179 Atlantic Ave
Discover ARTWalk, a trail meandering through the art centres and public spaces throughout the neighbourhood. There are many types of public art, sculptures, benches, and more!
Take a drive to the Finger Lakes, just over an hour away and delve into the many things the area has to offer. Wineries, hiking, biking, boating, the gorge, several waterfalls....lots of adventure awaits!
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Finger Lakes
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Take a drive to the Finger Lakes, just over an hour away and delve into the many things the area has to offer. Wineries, hiking, biking, boating, the gorge, several waterfalls....lots of adventure awaits!
Whether you want a quick stop to grab some fruit-just-picked-from the orchard or home baked goodies, or you want to spend some time picking your own, or taking a wagon ride, Schutt's is sure to be a good time. And do yourself a favor, and have a fried cake....or 10 ; )
Schutt's Apple Mill
1063 Plank Rd
Whether you want a quick stop to grab some fruit-just-picked-from the orchard or home baked goodies, or you want to spend some time picking your own, or taking a wagon ride, Schutt's is sure to be a good time. And do yourself a favor, and have a fried cake....or 10 ; )
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, this is for you....in fact, even if you're not, you should give it a try! This State Park is definitely worth the 40 minute drive. With miles of hiking, biking, rafting, cascading waterfalls, cliffs and more, it's a definite must-visit!
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Letchworth State Park
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If you're an outdoor enthusiast, this is for you....in fact, even if you're not, you should give it a try! This State Park is definitely worth the 40 minute drive. With miles of hiking, biking, rafting, cascading waterfalls, cliffs and more, it's a definite must-visit!
BREWERIES
Rochester is ranked among the World's Top-10 beer destinations - the craft brew scene here has been noted as the country's best! Check out: Fifth Frame Brewing Swiftwater Brewing Three Heads Brewing ROC Brewing Genesee Brewery
Fifth Frame Brewing Co.
155 St Paul St
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Swiftwater Brewing Company
378 Mount Hope Avenue
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Three Heads Brewing
186 Atlantic Ave
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Roc Brewing Co., LLC
56 S Union St
Genesee Beer
445 St Paul St
Rohrbach Brewing Co. Railroad Street Beer Hall
97 Railroad Street
GET ACTIVE
Offering a full range of classes, from barre to cycling, yoga, power and fusion classes, you're sure to find something to get you going.
M/Body
1048 University Ave
Offering a full range of classes, from barre to cycling, yoga, power and fusion classes, you're sure to find something to get you going.
Breathe has several locations in the greater Rochester area, their calming spaces setting the tone for a beautiful practice.
breathe yoga & juice bar, college town
34 Celebration Drive
Breathe has several locations in the greater Rochester area, their calming spaces setting the tone for a beautiful practice.