Recently, I spent a day in Buffalo's most beloved neighbourhood, Elmwood Village. Although the area is very walkable, you can easily spend a couple of days here because there are so many artisan shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and quirky cafés, to visit, especially on Elmwood Avenue.
A lot of Torontonians consider Buffalo to be the city across the border where we can do a little outlet shopping if we happened to be around visiting Niagara Falls. Not anymore. Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted Buffalo as America's #1 favourite city. It's massively underrated, fusing big city advantages with small town charm. Here are some of the places in Elmwood Village I visited:
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—it'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 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 for their Sponge candy, but I preferred to try their Chocolate Buffalo Wings and Buffalo Bites.
732 Elmwood Avenue
Ró is an ethical and sustainable furniture and home decor store. Their beautiful Danish-inspired furniture is made locally.
957 Elmwood Avenue
The cashier at Second Chic recommended Caffe Aroma because she can request special flavours like lavender to go in her coffees. Plus they are fair trade and organic. 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 café all the locals hang out.
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