Buffalo, NY Mini Travel Guide (Elmwood Village)

Elwood Village Buffalo Village Mural

Buffalo is surprisingly awesome. For a lot of Torontonians, this used to be the city across the border where we can do a little outlet shopping if we happened to be visiting Niagara Falls. Not anymore. Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted Buffalo as America’s #1 favourite city. Why? Because it’s massively underrated, fusing big city advantages with small town charm.

I was in the area last week and made a day trip of Buffalo’s most beloved neighbourhood, Elmwood Village. Although it’s very walkable, you can easily spend a couple of days here because there are so many artisan shops, bars, restaurants, quirky caf茅s, galleries, especially on Elmwood Avenue. Here are some of the fun places I visited:

 

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue

If you love Modern art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a must see. Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, Chagall, Modigliani, Pollock, Rothko鈥攊t’s all here! While it’s not a big gallery, I was very impressed by the quality of the pieces.

 

Second Chic

810 Elmwood Avenue

Second Chic Consignment Shop Elwood Village Buffalo NY

Second Chic聽Consignment Boutique has vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories that are moderately priced. It’s well organized and the staff is helpful. I scored an amazing traditional Mexican embroidered dress for $22 on sale, and it was brand new too.

 

Watson’s Chocolates

738 Elmwood Avenue

Chocolate Buffalo Wings Watsons Chocolates Buffalo NY
Watons Chocolates Elwood Village Buffalo NY

Watson’s Chocolates is known聽for their Sponge candy, but I preferred to try their Chocolate Buffalo Wings and Buffalo Bites.

 

Fern + Arrow

773 Elmwood Avenue

Fern and Arrow Elwood Village Buffalo NY
Fern + Arrow is a gift and lifestyle shop. It’s got everything from jewelry to hand cream. They stock ethical labels like Baggu, and one-of-a-kind handmade items you would find on Etsy.

 

R贸

732 Elmwood Avenue

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R贸 is an ethical and sustainable聽furniture and home decor store. Their beautiful Danish-inspired furniture is made locally.

 

White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt

802 Elmwood Avenue

White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt Elmwood Village

At White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt, you can make your own cup with their various frozen yogurt flavours and toppings, or get one of the ice cream specials. This cone is called Red Velvet Vampire, as I recall.

 

Caffe Aroma

957 Elmwood Avenue

Caffe Aroma Elwood Village Buffalo New YorkCaffe Aroma Coffee and Tea Menu Elmwood Village

The cashier at Second Chic recommended Caffe Aroma because she can request special flavours like lavender in her coffees. Plus they are fair trade and organic.聽When I went in for an iced green tea to go, I saw the young man who had sold us our tickets at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This must be the caf茅 all the locals hang out.

What else do you recommend to do in Buffalo, NY? Let me know in the comments below.
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