Guidebook to Downtown Ithaca!

Murielle

Guidebook to Downtown Ithaca!

Downtown Ithaca
Welcome to the heart of Ithaca! Highly walkable with tree-lined streets, Downtown Ithaca is a close-knit community with a wide variety of events, local small businesses, the Commons, and multiple nature sites, all within a mile or so. ~~~~~~~ Restaurants: ~~~ Visit "Restaurant Row" on the 100th block of N. Aurora St, for some of Ithaca's most beloved restaurants. From your AirBnb, walk 4 blocks north on Buffalo St, then take a right and walk one more block. You'll be right on restaurant row! Find Viva Taqueria Ithaca Alehouse, Just a Taste, Asian Cuisine, College Town Bagels, Luna Street Food and even more, just around the corner from the Commons! ~~~ In the West End of town on the 400th and 500th block of State St (walk 4 blocks south from the Ithaca Commons), there is the State Street Diner, Franco's Pizza, The Rook, Maru Ramen, and Saigon Kitchen. ~~~~~~~ For brunch: ~~~ Cafe Dewitt is a local Ithacan favorite. In the bottom floor of Dewitt Mall (one block north from the Cayuga St side of The Commons), it has been open for over 30 years. Try a masterful omelet or one of their local farm-to-table sandwiches, soups, or salads. Waffle Frolic serves homemade decadent savory and sweet waffles and drinks in a counter-service style in the middle of the Commons. ~~~~~~~ The Commons: Since 1975, two blocks of State St have been transformed into Ithaca's walkable city center. Populated with yet more restaurants, shops full of local artists' and artisans' work, clothing and jewelry shops, outdoor stores, and many other specialty boutiques. There's an overlook to Six Mile Creek less than 2 blocks from the Commons. Walk to the Cayuga St side of The Commons (west), turn left and walk one block, turn left onto Green Street, and follow the walkway on the right side between Green St Pharmacy and Urban Outfitters to find a hidden gem of Ithaca. Benches along the water overlook are designed to reflect the sound of the moving water to the people sitting on the bench. A perfect place to sit and enjoy Ithaca's beauty. ~~~~~~~ Walkable Nature: ~~~ Cascadilla Falls is a short walk from this apartment. A few blocks and you'll be right at the base of one of Ithaca's most iconic gorge walks. Enjoy the waterfall from a quiet grassy area or hike the gorge trail. ~~~ Ithaca Falls: This is Ithaca's landmark downtown waterfall, with a mild 2 minute trail that allows you to stand close enough to feel mist carrying off the crashing water. It's magnificent and worth a quick view, even from the car. ~~~ Fingerlakes Waterfront Trail: Enjoy Cayuga Lake on a paved beautiful trail running along the inlet, through Ithaca's Farmer's Market, and all the way through Stewart Park along the base of the lake. A mild, flat walk with plenty of parking along the way, this is a pleasant way to enjoy Ithaca's natural beauty. ~~~ Ithaca's Farmer's Market: A permanent, beautiful wooden structure along the inlet, the Farmer's Market is bustling every weekend with dozens of vendors. There are many many food vendors of all sorts, plenty of organic farm vendors, arts and crafts vendors from homemade beeswax candles to silk screen clothing and unique wood working.
Downtown Ithaca
The heart of downtown Ithaca! Since 1975, two blocks of downtown Ithaca have been reserved for pedestrians. Populated with yet more restaurants, shops full of local artists' and artisans' work, clothing and jewelry shops, outdoor stores, and many other specialty boutiques. There's an overlook to Six Mile Creek less than 2 blocks from the Commons.
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Ithaca Commons
171 East Martin Luther King Jr. Street
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The heart of downtown Ithaca! Since 1975, two blocks of downtown Ithaca have been reserved for pedestrians. Populated with yet more restaurants, shops full of local artists' and artisans' work, clothing and jewelry shops, outdoor stores, and many other specialty boutiques. There's an overlook to Six Mile Creek less than 2 blocks from the Commons.
Food scene
An Ithacan favorite! Great, affordable food with plenty of flavor and character!
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Viva Taqueria & Cantina
101 N Aurora St
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An Ithacan favorite! Great, affordable food with plenty of flavor and character!
Quality American fare! Delicious, big burgers and a rotating selection of over 24 beers on tap and even more in bottles.
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Ithaca Ale House
111 North Aurora Street
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Quality American fare! Delicious, big burgers and a rotating selection of over 24 beers on tap and even more in bottles.
Best tapas in town and great wine to pair!
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Just A Taste
116 North Aurora Street
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Best tapas in town and great wine to pair!
Affordable and delicious. Everything tastes fresh, the food is authentic and not heavy at all. Their menu includes sushi as well!
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Asia Cuisine
126 North Aurora Street
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Affordable and delicious. Everything tastes fresh, the food is authentic and not heavy at all. Their menu includes sushi as well!
A local favorite and an iconic Ithacan business. Homemade bagels, and sandwiches of all kinds. Casual counter-service and great food.
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Collegetown Bagels
415 College Avenue
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A local favorite and an iconic Ithacan business. Homemade bagels, and sandwiches of all kinds. Casual counter-service and great food.
Great food! Open late and loved for it! Comfort street food with fun creative twists!
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Luna Inspired Street Food Downtown
113 N Aurora St
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Great food! Open late and loved for it! Comfort street food with fun creative twists!
Arguably the best pizza in town!
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Franco's Pizzeria
508 W State St
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Arguably the best pizza in town!
Classy upscale comfort food and good drinks! A local small business with lots of heart.
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The Rook
404 W State St
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Classy upscale comfort food and good drinks! A local small business with lots of heart.
Fabulous Vietnamese restaurant and a staple in the local restaurant scene! Try the pho, it's their signature dish.
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Saigon Kitchen
526 West State Street
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Fabulous Vietnamese restaurant and a staple in the local restaurant scene! Try the pho, it's their signature dish.
The perfect brunch place! Open for over 30 years, this cafe is locally iconic and has the most fabulous omelettes. It's farm-to-table fresh and local with a warm and friendly staff.
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Cafe Dewitt
215 North Cayuga Street
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The perfect brunch place! Open for over 30 years, this cafe is locally iconic and has the most fabulous omelettes. It's farm-to-table fresh and local with a warm and friendly staff.
The best waffles in town! Good for a casual brunch. Offers both sweet and savory decadent and customizable waffle meals. Coffee drinks, artisanal sodas, and ice cream available too! Casual counter-service makes it easy for families to eat here.
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Waffle Frolic
146 East State Street
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The best waffles in town! Good for a casual brunch. Offers both sweet and savory decadent and customizable waffle meals. Coffee drinks, artisanal sodas, and ice cream available too! Casual counter-service makes it easy for families to eat here.
2 blocks from your AirBnb, this is the best ice cream in Ithaca! Multiple soft serve flavors (chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, and raspberry) available with plenty of sprinkles and dips. They also have homemade hard ice cream in cones and bowls as well as prepacked pints and gallons.
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Sweet Melissa's Ice Cream Shop
200 West Seneca Street
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2 blocks from your AirBnb, this is the best ice cream in Ithaca! Multiple soft serve flavors (chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, and raspberry) available with plenty of sprinkles and dips. They also have homemade hard ice cream in cones and bowls as well as prepacked pints and gallons.
About a block from your AirBnb, this is a local favorite counter-service deli. Great food at an affordable price and open late, this place is good for any meal.
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Shortstop Deli
200 West Seneca Street
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About a block from your AirBnb, this is a local favorite counter-service deli. Great food at an affordable price and open late, this place is good for any meal.
Sightseeing
Cascadilla Falls is a short walk from this apartment. Walk 5 blocks north on Buffalo St and take a left on Terrace Place. You'll be right at the base of one of Ithaca's most iconic gorge walks. Enjoy the waterfall from a quiet grassy area or hike the gorge trail and it'll take you right to the top of Cornell's Collegetown. To get back to your AirBnb from the trail outlet, walk down the hill one block on Collegetown Ave, take a right on Dryden Rd, walk one block left on Eddy St, and take a right onto Buffalo St. From there, just walk down the hill and back to your apartment.
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Falls is a short walk from this apartment. Walk 5 blocks north on Buffalo St and take a left on Terrace Place. You'll be right at the base of one of Ithaca's most iconic gorge walks. Enjoy the waterfall from a quiet grassy area or hike the gorge trail and it'll take you right to the top of Cornell's Collegetown. To get back to your AirBnb from the trail outlet, walk down the hill one block on Collegetown Ave, take a right on Dryden Rd, walk one block left on Eddy St, and take a right onto Buffalo St. From there, just walk down the hill and back to your apartment.
Ithaca Falls: This is Ithaca's landmark downtown waterfall, with a mild 2 minute trail that allows you to stand close enough to feel mist carrying off the crashing water. It's magnificent and worth a quick view, even from the car. It's a ten minute walk northeast of this AirBnb through some of Ithaca's downtown residential neighborhoods, OR less than a 5 minute's drive with a free parking lot visible from the road.
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Ithaca Falls
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Ithaca Falls: This is Ithaca's landmark downtown waterfall, with a mild 2 minute trail that allows you to stand close enough to feel mist carrying off the crashing water. It's magnificent and worth a quick view, even from the car. It's a ten minute walk northeast of this AirBnb through some of Ithaca's downtown residential neighborhoods, OR less than a 5 minute's drive with a free parking lot visible from the road.
An expansive free park at the base of Cayuga Lake, this is a great place for gatherings, families, or just someone looking to enjoy the beauty of Ithaca. This park has tennis courts, playgrounds, a carousel, pavilions, two docks, and several trails. You can walk a paved trail along the front of the lake or walk through a petite nature preserve through woods opposite the lake and the fields of the park.
Stewart Park
71 Stewart Park
An expansive free park at the base of Cayuga Lake, this is a great place for gatherings, families, or just someone looking to enjoy the beauty of Ithaca. This park has tennis courts, playgrounds, a carousel, pavilions, two docks, and several trails. You can walk a paved trail along the front of the lake or walk through a petite nature preserve through woods opposite the lake and the fields of the park.
One of Ithaca's parks at the base of Cayuga lake. It includes expansive inlet and waterfront trails, a dog park, boatyard, fields, a pool and rink, playground, and is adjacent to Ithaca's Children's Garden (a naturalistic playground for children).
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Cass Park
701 Taughannock Boulevard
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One of Ithaca's parks at the base of Cayuga lake. It includes expansive inlet and waterfront trails, a dog park, boatyard, fields, a pool and rink, playground, and is adjacent to Ithaca's Children's Garden (a naturalistic playground for children).