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5 Best Walkable Neighborhoods For a Fun Shopping Day in WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on November 16, 2022
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Are you looking to treat yourself to a little shopping spree or pick out the perfect gift for a friend? If you are planning a shopping day out and about in WNY, there’s a few things you’re probably looking for:

  1. Walkability
  2. A variety of shopping options
  3. Places to eat and drink

Luckily for us WNYers, there are a few villages in the area that fit the bill. Stretching from the Niagara region down into the Southtowns, these 5 villages offer a full day’s worth of places to dine, support local shops and boutiques, and find some hidden gems.

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1. Village of East Aurora

The Village of East Aurora is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and even some entertainment options. If you’re headed here for a day of shopping we recommend starting off with a little caffeine at Taste Bistro & Coffee Bar or Elm Street Bakery. Once you’ve got the energy in you to shop, head to The Rusty Button Shop for a variety of artisan goods, Blush Boutique for apparel, The Plant Shack for a some greenery, and Fowler’s for a sweet treat. Stick around after a day of shopping to grab some wings and weck at Bar Bill Tavern or margaritas at Left Coast Taco. This is only a small portion of things East Aurora has to offer. Check out more places to eat and drink below or head there yourself and see what speaks to you!

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2. Village of Williamsville

Home to Glen Park, the Village of Williamsville is a super walkable area with beautiful scenery. Start your day with a drink from Overwinter Coffee or Spot Coffee then get to shopping! Find women’s apparel and accessories at Blush Boutique, RuthAnn Boutique, and Rove Boutique, home decor at Nest in the Village, and vintage items at Strobel’s Antiques and Carousel, A Shop with Cottage Charm. Once you’ve finished shopping and have built up an appetite, grab a light fare at Fresh Catch Poke Co. or Lloyd’s Taco Factory, or enjoy some casual sit down at Britesmith Brewing and Glen Park Tavern. Check out more places to eat and drink below and get exploring!

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3. Village of Hamburg

The Village of Hamburg is lined with a bunch of shopping options. Kick off the day with a drink from Comfort Zone Cafe or Spot Coffee and start your shopping stroll. Stop in Grayhart Boutique, Molly + Kate, and Nigh Road for apparel, Graphic-Poetry for handcrafted stationery, and Blue Rooster for home decor. The food options here are also top notch. Head to The Grange Community Kitchen for farm-to-table dishes, Juicy Burger Bar for tricked out burgers, or Prima Oliva for the best salads. Check out more dining options below and start planning your itinerary.

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4. Elmwood Village

If you are looking for walkability with a variety of dining and shopping options, this is it. For starters, we recommend grabbing a drink at Tipico Coffee, Overwinter Coffee, or Caffe Aroma. Then, depending on the time of the year, the Elmwood Village Farmers Market (open Saturdays, May-November) is a great way to find produce and unique items from local vendors. Outside of the market, you can find apparel and accessories at Half & Half Boutique, books at Talking Leaves, home decor at Ró Home Shop and The Monocle, and a huge selection of vinyls at Revolver Records. As far as food goes, some great options in the area are Breezy Burrito Bar, Cole’s, and Jack Rabbit. Just like the other villages, there is way more to see here than just this list so be sure to head to Elmwood and check it out for yourself!

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5. Village of Lewiston

Head on up to the historic Village of Lewiston for a scenic view of the lower Niagara River and an abundance of shopping and dinning opportunities. We recommend starting off with a drink from Orange Cat Coffee or the Villa Coffee House, then setting out on your day of shopping. Find aromatherapy and skincare products at Trait-Carré, a new house plant at The Plant Shack, and women’s apparel at The Rose Hanger Shop, You & Me, and Revamped New York. Once you’re craving something to eat and drink, some great places in Lewiston worth checking out are Brickyard Pub, Griffon Brewery & Gastropub, and Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen. All of these places and more await you in Lewiston.

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