Where to Shop
Stroll & shop for hours with hundreds of vibrant business districts in Buffalo and the surrounding communities. In the Queen City, the Elmwood Village, Hertel Avenue and Allentown offer a wide variety of eclectic shops and eateries. Just a short drive away, the quaint villages of East Aurora and Williamsville are dotted with boutiques and restaurants. If that’s not enough, the two-story Walden Galleria Mall and Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA are just the beginning of the local shopping mall scene
Imagine a neighborhood where during the summer, visitors linger at open-air cafes and browse farmer’s market vendors on a tree-lined parkway, while in colder months, gathering at cozy coffeehouses and pubs. Picture a district where independently-owned and artisan retailers pre-date the chains and franchises of today. Think of a place where public art can be seen on nearly every block. That’s Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, named by the American Planning Association as one of the country’s 10 best neighborhoods and home to some of the city’s most popular shops, bars and restaurants.
Few Buffalo neighborhoods capture the city’s historic charm and exciting rebirth quite like Hertel Avenue. An influx of new bars and restaurants complement the neighborhood’s established eateries and the North Park Theatre, a nearly century-old movie house restored to its original grandeur. The Hertel Avenue neighborhood is also one of Buffalo’s most diverse areas, with a cultural mix of eateries, grocers and delicatessens.
Village of Williamsville
Located just northeast of downtown Buffalo, Main Street Williamsville offers assorted shops, boutiques, breweries and restaurants dotted all along the main corridor. Practice the art of window shopping, enjoy a sunny afternoon admiring the historic Glen Falls and then grab a bite and a brew at one of the many locally owned restaurants and pubs.
Village of East Aurora
As birthplace of the American Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, the village of East Aurora continues to embrace a creative vibe, even over a century later. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo, the village is full of distinctive and historic attractions including the only house hand-built by a U.S. president and a family-owned five-and dime store that opened in 1930 and still operates today! A variety of cafes, boutiques and restaurants line cobblestone streets, and don’t forget to stop at Fischer-Price toy store, as the company was proudly founded in East Aurora. It’s easy to see why so many visitors stay an entire day or spend a weekend in the village.
Western New York’s premier shopping destination boasts over 200 stores, dozens of sit-down restaurants, an international food court and Regal Cinemas Stadium 16. The Walden Galleria is a two-level shopping, dining and entertainment location that offers a little something for everyone. The mall hosts a mall walkers club and a community room, with several convenient restrooms throughout the property. Hours may vary, so please check the mall’s site for updated hours of operation.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara
Only five minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is home to scores of outlets offering great savings on name-brand apparel at up to 75% off. From Addidas to Zales, Ann Taylor to Saks Off 5th, shop for the entire family at deeply discounted prices.
Eastern Hills Mall
Deemed one of the premier retail locations in Western New York, The Eastern Hills Mall is home to major anchor stores like JCPenney, plus over 85 specialty stores, including BFLO for the perfect Buffalo souvenir. Shoppers enjoy plasma TVs, free wireless internet access, several fireplaces and delicious food choices in the International Food Court. For a true taste of Buffalo, a trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Duff’s Famous Wings. With easy access from all directions, plentiful parking, sparkling corridors and a wide variety of stores, it’s a stress-free shopping experience. Hours may vary, so please check the mall’s site for updated hours of operation.
Featuring dining, movie theaters and over specialty shops, find just what you’re looking for at McKinley Mall. Located less than 20 minutes south of Buffalo, you’ll find major retailers like Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as smaller specialty stores with local flair. Hours may vary, so please check the mall’s site for updated hours of operation.