13 of Our Favorite Buffalo Things of 2018

2018 was quite the year for Buffalo. News of Buffalo’s recent renaissance spread far and wide, the most famous Buffalo food received the honor it deserves, and the city continued to transform before our very eyes.

Needless to say, there was a lot to love about 2018. As we look back on the past 365 days, we wanted to share some of our personal favorite things from what might just be Buffalo’s best year yet! Take a look:

‘Wildflowers for Buffalo’ on the Sinclair Building:

“At 160’x80’ this massive mural by artist Louise Jone takes up an entire side of downtown’s Sinclair Building. Another colorful, Instagrammable example of Buffalo’s public art renaissance.”
           – Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Buffalo Niagara

Ziplining at Riverworks:

“It’s an awesome urban experience to zip between the historic silos of Buffalo’s past in a new and vibrant entertainment venue along the Buffalo River.”
          – Patrick Kaler, President & CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara

“Anywhere that I can zipline straight into the patio of a brewery to grab a drink is perfect in my book. Adventure and booze, the ultimate power couple!”
          – Jessica Kelly, Writer & Event Planner

Photo courtesy of Misuta Chow’s

Misuta Chow’s:

“A little bit of Tokyo in Buffalo, Misuta Chow’s is an awesome barcade (bar + arcade) to grab some Japanese inspired grub, hard-to-find Japanese whiskys and travel back to the arcade days of the 1980s. I spent hours playing skeeball with my father here. What’s even cooler? It’s another key player in downtown Buffalo’s revival!”
          – Drew Brown, Marketing Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara

Photo courtesy of The Little Club

The Little Club:

“Wine. My list of favorite things would definitely start there. Pair that with a cheese plate and a new, hip place to drink that wine on Hertel Avenue and well there you have my favorite Buffalo thing of 2018 – The Little Club.  Unique but approachable wines, tasty snacks and a bar staff that really knows their stuff. Plus their sweet new digs are about as darling as you’ll find in the city.”
          – Karen Fashana, Marketing Director at Visit Buffalo Niagara


Oxford Pennant:

“With their new flagship store in Downtown Buffalo, Oxford Pennant is bringing vintage flair to global brands. A true win for Buffalo and my Instagram feed.”
          – Erin Habes, Buffalo State Fashion and Textile Technology


Duende at Silo City:

“I’m all about finding tucked away hidden gems of pubs and watering holes throughout Buffalo, so discovering Duende, which opened this summer in the shadow of Buffalo’s industrial heritage at Silo City, was a real treat.”
          – Brian Hayden, Communications Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara


Farm Fresh Pizza at West Side Tilth:

“Just a few blocks from my house on Buffalo’s West Side, there’s a small community garden that had the bright idea to start whipping up pizzas using portable pizza cookers and, of course, ingredients pulled straight from the ground. The sausage and fennel pie is my go-to. My Tuesday night dinners have never been so delicious!”
          – Drew Brown, Marketing Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara


The Year of Buffalo Food:

“2018 was a great year for food in Buffalo. Mike A. of Seabar and Steve Gedra of Black Sheep both appeared on Beat Bobby Flay, the New York Times featured Las Puertas and Root + Bloom, Arthur Bovino wrote one of the most comprehensive Buffalo food books ever, Bon Appetit’s Alex Delany sampled some of Buffalo’s best wings, chef Victor Parra Gonzalez was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award, and the Cooking Channel spent quite a bit of time in town at places like Doc Sullivan’s, Fat Bob’s and Ru’s Pierogi.

It’s the most national food exposure I can remember since 2009 when Anthony Bourdain and Guy Fieri came to town.”
          – Donnie Burtless, Founder of Buffalo Eats

Photo courtesy of Pastry by Camille

Pastry by Camille:

“This charming Parisian patisserie/boulangerie in the heart of North Buffalo serves up delicious crepes, croissants, macarons and other authentic baked delights.”
          – Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Buffalo Niagara


Ice Bumper Cars:

“Adding to the array of things to do at the Ice at Canalside, the ice bumper cars were by far one of my new favorite things to do in 2018. I had a constant smile on my face and laughed the whole time!”
          – Denise Drews, Visitor Center Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara


Numbers ONE through ZERO at Wilkeson Pointe:

“Part of a retrospective of the career of the late American master Robert Indiana, these iconic sculptures have been installed by the Albright-Knox at the Outer Harbor through September 2019. They’re one of my favorite things to shoot when taking photos along Buffalo’s waterfront.”
          – Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Buffalo Niagara

Icons at the Buffalo History Museum:

“My favorite new exhibit is Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports at the History Museum, an immersive look back at the players, artifacts, memorabilia and more that make up Buffalo’s rich sports history. Hearing Van Miller’s call of the end of the greatest comeback game in NFL history thrills me all over again!”
          – Matt Steinberg, Creative Director at Visit Buffalo Niagara

Buffalo Roam Parking App:

“Ok, so technically this one launched in 2017, but really found its footing in 2018. The City of Buffalo app and has been making parking easier in Buffalo ever since. No need for quarters or credit cards, you can pay for your street parking right from your phone. It’s been a ticket-saver for me on many occasions!”
          – Drew Brown, Marketing Manager at Visit Buffalo Niagara