Buffalo, NY (Elmwood Village) Mini Travel Guide

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.

Want to know what's worth visiting in Buffalo, New York? The Elmwood Village neighbourhood is full of artisan shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and quirky cafés, especially on Elmwood Avenue. Pin

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:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, is small but full of impressive pieces from Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, Chagall, Modigiliani, Pollock, Rothko, and more!Pin

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.

Second Chic

810 Elmwood Avenue

A mini conscious travel guide on local businesses and where to find sustainable fashion in Buffalo New York. Pin

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.

Watson's Chocolates

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.

Caffe Aroma

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.

Do you have recommendations for things to do in Buffalo? Let us know in the comments below.


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