Buffalo’s Neighborhoods

Collectively Distinct

Buffalo and Erie County are bursting with colorful neighborhoods, each offering its own unique charm. Whether you’re interested in a small-town feel that’s rich in history or an up-and-coming, hot-spot sprinkled with art galleries and live music, we’ve got it. A laid-back beachy scene, or a culture-heavy shopping experience? Those are here too! Our diverse neighborhoods, distinct in their traits, are ready for you. Get out and explore.


Here are a few ideas to get you started: The Elmwood Village was named one of the country’s top neighborhoods by the American Planning Association and is home to some of the city’s favorite shops. The Allentown neighborhood is the funky and fun bohemian part of town filled with bars, restaurants and galleries. The bucolic Parkside neighborhood in North Buffalo is home to tree-lined streets filled with beautiful turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and the Buffalo Zoo in nearby Delaware Park. In the Five Points neighborhood you’ll find a diverse range of small businesses, restaurants and artisans. The corner of Michigan and Broadway is the heart of Buffalo’s African-American history and heritage. The Old First Ward is one of Buffalo’s oldest neighborhoods and has become one of Buffalo’s hippest places to be with new breweries, distilleries, a climbing gym and kayak rentals. East Aurora is home to a classic American Main Street that’s perfect for walking and gawking at the many shops and boutiques. And in the rolling hills south of Buffalo the lovely little village of Springville is a great jumping off point for some of Western New York’s best outdoor experiences. If you want to experience Buffalo like a local, its neighborhoods are a great place to start!

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Elmwood Village

Walk and gawk in this vibrant neighborhood

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A blend of contemporary and historic charm

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North Park Theatre

Hertel Avenue

Glowing like the neon of the North Park Theatre

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Michigan / Jefferson Avenues

The heart of Buffalo’s African American heritage

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Discover the creative energy of bohemian Buffalo

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Five Points

A colorful hub of diverse dreamers and entrepreneurs

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Black Rock

Craft cocktails, corner taverns and a classic juke joint

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Fillmore DIstrict

Jazz festivals, Juneteenth and the Museum of Science

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Stay and play in the heart of the city

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Erie County’s first township loves company

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East Aurora

The quintessential American small town

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Shopping and dining in a charming village

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Visit the Buffalo Zoo and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece

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A walkable business district that blends old and new

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Concerts, food trucks, beer gardens, and more…

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Broadway Fillmore

A city market, a train station and contemporary theater

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Grant Street

A year round celebration of international diversity

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Chocolate, coffee and wine in a charming village setting

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Old First Ward

Where history meets hip alongside the Buffalo River

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South Buffalo

The Botanical Gardens and some of the city’s best wings

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University at Buffalo

University Heights

Almost enough to make you want to go back to school

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Orchard Park

So much more than just a football town…

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Griffis Sculpture Park


Where the arts meet Americana

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Equal parts small town charm and natural beauty

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Niagara Street

Multifaceted and multicultural

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Vintage aesthetics, throwback vibe, retro chic

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