Top 5 Reasons To Explore University Heights

School is in session and University Heights is alive with students exploring the neighborhood’s buzzing business district along Main Street. Located right at the foot of the University of Buffalo’s South Campus, University Heights has  some of Buffalo’s most unique retailers, restaurants and art galleries.

Here are five great reasons to explore the northeastern corner of Buffalo, University Heights:

Lake Effect Diner

Lake Effect Diner

Retail Legends

O’Connell’s is a style destination that was established in 1959. From the pages of The New York Times to Dandy blogs all over the world, O’Connell’s is known for their exclusive lines and coveted private label collection.

Then head to Queen City Comics; this family owned business has been selling comic books for over 40 years. Booklovers can also check out the independently owned Talking Leaves. If you love the cycle-and-dog-toting crowd, Talking Leaves is the perfect spot to find anything from a bestseller to an incredible selection of ‘adult’ coloring books, which are all the rage.

Asian Fare

Ever crave bold and spicy flavors? Buffalo is a melting pot of cultures and flavors, especially when it comes to food. The University Heights district is well known for its Asian restaurants, such as SATO Ramen, Eddie’s Chophouse, and Pho 99.

parkside candy

Parkside Candy chocolate shop and ice cream parlor.

Vintage Eats

 Lake Effect Diner is one of the last few remaining dining car-style diners in the U.S. This diner landed a starring role on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. We’ll take one of everything and an old-fashioned milkshake, please. End the evening with a hot fudge sundae at Parkside Candy, a 1920s ice cream parlor and chocolate shop with a spectacular art deco interior.

Hipster Heaven

For all you art lovers out there, UB’s Anderson Gallery always has unique shows worth viewing. This beautiful hidden gem is just a few blocks from Main Street. Keeping with the beatnik vibe, head over to Record Theatre and peruse through some vintage vinyl. Once you’ve gotten your groove on, stop over to Amy’s Place. One of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in town, Amy’s Place is “the” place to be.

Bike the Rails

For bike riding enthusiasts…ride the rails! This unique bike path stretches a 4-mile long former railway that’s been converted into a bike path. The starting point of “Rails to Trails” bike path is located right behind the LaSalle Subway Station. Grab a friend and start your adventure!