Elmwood Village A Vibrant District

Take the time to linger

Imagine a neighborhood where visitors linger at open-air cafes and browse farmer’s market vendors on a tree-lined parkway in the summer while gathering at cozy coffeehouses and pubs in the winter. Picture a district where independently owned and artisanal are the descriptors used for retailers instead of chain and franchise. Think of a place where public art can be seen on nearly every block. That’s Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, named by the American Planning Association as one of the country’s 10 best neighborhoods and home to some of the city’s most popular shops, bars, and restaurants.

At a Glance

A walk through one of Buffalo’s many neighborhoods can be stimulating, entertaining and a chance to see how the locals live. For most travelers, shopping is near the top of the list of things to do while away from home, and everyone is always looking for the next spot to relax and re-energize after getting in some serious steps. With that in mind, here are some suggestions about where to sip, shop and savor while in the BUF.


Thin Man Brewery

  • Beer aficionado Mike Shatzel opened Elmwood’s first brewery in 2016 and he continues to serve up innovative beers like Burning Money and Pills Mafia. And while the suds may be the main event, don’t sleep on Thin Man’s exceptional food menu.

High Violet

Bask in the lap of luxury at this chic new cocktail lounge, discreetly located down an unassuming cobblestone alleyway.

Breezy Burrito Bar

With a menu featuring delicious margaritas and mouthwatering entrees, this Tex-Mex bar and restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a nice breeze.


Second Chic

A thrifting paradise filled with one-of-a-kind designer and vintage finds to keep your wardrobe feeling fresh and unique.

Talking Leaves Books

Browse the shelves for both a best seller or a classic at Buffalo’s premier independent bookstore.


An artisan collective that represents a community of more than 30 local makers who sell their local, handmade goods and a variety of Buffalo-themed products.


The Place

From bubbly French onion soup to steaming pasta and scrumptious sandwiches, you’re sure to enjoy the comforting embrace of this classic tavern.


Scratch-made pasta on your plate, a Tuscan chianti in your glass and charming ambiance make this spot a must try.

Globe Market

Homemade has never tasted better. Stack your plate with fresh bread, colorful salads, flavorful soups, and other recipes from all over the world at this quirky lunch spot.

Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State University

SUNY Buffalo State
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 878-4911

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Wild Things

224 Lexington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222


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William R. Heath House (Frank Lloyd Wright)

76 Soldiers Place
Buffalo, NY 14222

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Zio’s Deli and Heroes

1055 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 725-6347

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