Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What To Do: Elmwood Village

As I've already mentioned, the Elmwood Village was recently named one of America's 10 Best Neighborhoods, and for good reason. This is one of the best areas in the city. Plenty of locals brave the cold weather daily to spend a day on Elmwood. With plenty of boutiques, clothing stores, restaurants, bars, food stores, art galleries, the Elmwood Village has something for everyone.

Just a short ride from the HSBC Arena, this small strip is packed with anything you can think of. If clothes shopping is in your itinerary, the Elmwood Village has several clothing stores and boutiques filled with items that you won't be able to find at the mall.

If you're looking for a place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a small snack, there are countless of options to choose from. If you're looking for a night out on the town or just a place to get a beer with some friends, there are several destinations in the Elmwood Village.

If you're looking to see some of Buffalo's renown architecture, take the scenic route by driving down Delaware Avenue, which runs parallel to Elmwood to see some breathtaking mansions from the 1800s. Once you're in the Village, drive down Chapin Parkway for some more outstanding mansions and carriage houses.

Below I've compiled a list of my favorite places to go when I'm roaming the Elmwood Village:

Urban Threads - Trendy clothing boutique for men and women. Some of the brands carried at this store are Volcom, French Connection, Buffalo Jeans, Miss Sixty, Levi's, and much more.

Lotions & Potions - Women's boutique that carries unique clothing, lingerie, cosmetics, and accessories.

Splash Panic - Trendy men's and women's clothing boutique that carries clothing lines such as American Apparel and even goods made from local designers and artists.

Shoe Fly - Unique shoe boutique.

Positively Main Street - An eclectic gift shop with household items, candles, jewelry, and rare, hard to find gifts.

Everything Elmwood - Another unique gift shop full of artistic items such as handbags, jewelry, and beauty products.

Spoiled Rotten - Gift shop on Elmwood with fun, unique gifts plus popular graphic t-shirts and other clothing items.

Urban Threads and Everything Elmwood.

Anna Grace and Shoe Fly.

Dining & Drinks
Wasabi - Sushi restaurant located in the heart of the Elmwood Village.

The Wine Thief - Upscale restaurant with an extensive wine selection.

Blue Monk - Gastropub with a wide range of beer selections from Belgium.

Cole's - Great bar on Elmwood that has a long history with a sports bar atmosphere and an extensive beer menu.

J.P. Bullfeather's - Another bar/restaurant on Elmwood that's a perfect place to watch a game.

Mister Goodbar
- Located right near Cole's, this bar is a Buffalo staple.

Pano's - A large, 2-floor Greek restaurant that serves until after midnight.

¡Toro! - One of Buffalo's only Tapas bar.

Kuni's - Another great sushi restaurant, located on Lexington Avenue, a side street off Elmwood.

Mezza - A Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurant.

Trattoria Aroma - Located on Byrant Street off Elmwood. A delicious authentic Italian restaurant with a great wine selection.

The Globe Market - A great place to get soup and a sandwich for lunch, with vegetarian and vegan options available.

Casa di Pizza - A pizzeria that's a perfect place to bring the whole family. Inside there is also JJ's Sports Bar.

- Upscale restaurant with a great martini menu.

Blue Monk

SPoT Coffee - One of the trendiest spots on Elmwood. This large café features an extensive drink menu as well as a food menu with specialty soups, sandwiches, pizzas, and desserts.

Caffé Aroma - A small, European café that features a coffee and espresso menu as well as beer, wine, and martinis. Specialty sandwiches and desserts are also available. Attached to Caffé Aroma is Talking Leaves Books, a locally owned bookstore.

These are just some of the many, many options available to visitors when they spend the day in the Elmwood Village. This is definitely a "must go" destination when you're visiting Buffalo!

Coming up next, I'm going to feature Buffalo's most popular entertainment district, Chippewa! Chippewa is a perfect place to spend a night out on the town because it is very close and accessible from the arena or to anyone who is staying downtown.

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