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.
810 Elmwood Avenue
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.
738 Elmwood Avenue
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
732 Elmwood Avenue
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
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.
957 Elmwood Avenue
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.