Buffalo's Neighborhoods

Hertel Avenue

Hip and Happening

Few Buffalo neighborhoods capture the city’s historic charm and exciting rebirth quite like Hertel Avenue. An influx of new bars and restaurants complement the neighborhood’s established eateries and the North Park Theatre, a nearly century-old moviehouse recently restored to its original grandeur. It’s also one of Buffalo’s most diverse business districts, with Middle Eastern merchants selling shawarma and halal alongside Italian grocers and delicatessens.

Hip and Happening

Hip and Happening

The heart and soul of North Buffalo and another one of the city’s happening neighborhoods is Hertel Avenue. The street earned the title as Buffalo’s “Little Italy” for its collection of long-time Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocers. In recent years, Hertel has also become home to retailers selling Halal meat, shish kebabs and other Middle Eastern goods. Add to that a series of well-liked bars, boutiques, coffee houses and a theater recently restored to its original grandeur, and it’s no wonder Hertel is such a draw.

The center point of the Hertel district is the historic North Park Theatre, a classic 1920s movie theatre boasting the old fashioned marquee, painted dome ceilings and some amazing popcorn. A show at the North Park, which underwent a historic restoration in 2014 is a must – catch the latest indie film or a retro classic.

Within the “main drag” you’ll find food. A lot of it. Greek, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian, more Italian, American, Middle Eastern. You want it, you’re likely to find it on Hertel. Fancy: Lombardo’s, Fusion: Craving. Family-friendly: Kosta’s. Pub fare: The Wellington Pub.

With all this, it’s certain you won’t find a better place – anywhere – for dinner and a movie.

If shopping needs to be part of every excursion of yours, there are some great, trendy fashion shops on Hertel (Modern Nostalgia and PS Accessories to name a few). But what Hertel may be most known for in terms of shopping is furniture and décor. Places like ROOM, Michael Donnelly Interiors and Conley Furniture will help spruce up any abode.

Staggered between all of this, you’ll also find countless pizza shops, a few delis, a great butcher shop if you want to make your own feast, and of course, drinking establishments. And if you’re a fan of the pitch, the place to watch any soccer game, at any time, is Mes Que.

Hertel really has it all!

— Charlie Fashana

5 Reasons to Explore Hertel Avenue


A stone’s throw away from Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo, Hertel Avenue is positively teeming with some of Buffalo’s best new shops, trendy bars & restaurants, and historic destinations. Buffalo’s resurgence is on full display here; nearly every time you visit, there’s something new to check out!

Whether you’re taking the family out for a scenic stroll, looking for a romantic dinner and a movie date night, or heading out with your besties for a drink on a sunny patio, Hertel has become a cornerstone of the Buffalo visitor experience. Here are the top reasons to explore Hertel Avenue:

The fashion at Modern Nostalgia

Decorator’s Dream
With world-class interior designs, room and Michael Donnelly can’t be topped when it comes to chic, new furniture and decor. From mid-century modern to Victorian, there’s Buffalo Antiques and Moda Vintage for the antique lover at heart. And if you’re looking to take a little piece of Buffalo back home, there’s New Buffalo Graphics for for clothing worthy of your regular wardrobe rotation.

Shopper’s Paradise
Hertel Avenue is a hub for stylish boutiques, gifts galore, and sweet treats. Modern Nostalgia is NYC and LA fashion and jewelry for men & women right here in Buffalo. Right next door, Wrafterbuilt & Emerson James use reclaimed wood and metal materials to create beautiful items that you can show off at home. For the music lover, Revolver Records is one of Buffalo’s newest vinyl record outlets. And if you need a gift to take home to the pets, Daisy’s Doghouse has high-quality pet treats to keep the furry ones happy and healthy.

Get Your Nom On
With recent openings, re-vamped icons and plenty of summery patios to chill on, Hertel is a premier Buffalo dining district. Lloyd Taco Factory is a quirky, hip taco joint that’s one of the newest highlights in the neighborhood. If you’re looking to enjoy a cold drink and a tasty meal with a view, look no further than Sterling Tap & Wurst’s perfect-for-people-watching patio and Mac’s second story outdoor dining. And if you’re an early riser looking for breakfast dishes the size of your head, you can’t go wrong at Bertha’s and Kostas.

High-flying cocktail hijinks at Lloyd Taco Factory

Libation Destination
Happy hour can be any hour on Hertel. Grab your friends, put on your favorite soccer jersey and head over to Mes Que. There’s always a soccer game on the TV and you can join the soccer hooligans chanting on patio outside. With an extensive wine list and craft cocktail menu CraVing is the perfect spot for a night out with the girls or your significant other.

Lasting Legacy
As with all of our neighborhoods undergoing a resurgence, Hertel is moving forward while continuing to embrace its past. Walking underneath the grand marquee and through the doors of the North Park Theatre will transport you back in time. Occasionally, the theatre plays classic black & white movies to tug at your nostalgic heartstrings. And once you enter the main auditorium, be sure to snap a photo of the huge mural on the ceiling.

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