Get Back to the Comeback with Visit Buffalo Niagara’s Neighborhood Guide to Shopping Local This Season

Neighborhood Guides, Shopping, Things to Do


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Published on November 8, 2021

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As Buffalo and Erie County get back to business, Visit Buffalo Niagara is here to spotlight all the ways you can support our local neighborhood restaurants and shops. When we collectively embrace our community’s businesses, we’re also getting back to our city’s renaissance. 

If you’re shopping local for the holidays, this is a list you need in your life. Let’s get back to the comeback! 


Local Shopping Districts

Elmwood Village 

The Elmwood Village is home to some of the city’s most popular shops, bars and restaurants.   You’ll find all sorts of independently-owned and artisanal retailers as you explore this walkable neighborhood. 


The Main Street shopping experience is one of the major perks of this neighborhood. When you visit this neighborhood, you’ll find it’s full of bustling boutiques and local restaurants and bars to support.

Hertel Avenue

Hertel Avenue is one of Buffalo’s most diverse business districts. You’ll find a mix of old and new here from new bars, restaurants, and shops to established eateries and long-tenured businesses. 

Michigan/Jefferson Avenues

The corner of Michigan and Broadway is the heart of Buffalo’s African-American history and heritage.


Allentown has a creative energy unlike anywhere else in the city. This neighborhood is full of live music bars, art galleries, restaurants, and locally-owned shops. 


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Five Points

From a traditional African clothing maker to a well-stocked wine retailer to an artisan chocolate maker, you’ll find a diverse range of small businesses, restaurants, and artisans in the Five Points neighborhood. 

Black Rock

Black Rock still retains its own distinct charm. From classic taverns and diners to innovative restaurants, the businesses here reflect the neighborhood’s unique character and history.

Fillmore District

The Fillmore District is another hub of activity on the city’s East Side. See the latest art exhibitions at Albright-Knox Northland or explore the massive murals throughout the neighborhood.


Downtown Buffalo has undergone a radical transformation over the years. Ellicott Street has welcomed new restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, and new hotels, eateries, shops and entertainment options are popping up along the waterfront at Canalside.  


Erie County’s first township, dating all the way back to 1808, is still filled with historic charm. A trip to this town will take you back to a simpler time.

East Aurora

The village of East Aurora continues to embrace its creative roots. You’ll find a family owned 5 & 10 store here as well as locally-owned cafes, boutiques, and restaurants. 


Hamburg has a small-town spirit. You’ll find walkable streets, fine dining, and boutiques here as well as decades-old neighborhood ice cream parlor and movie theatre.


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Frederick Law Olmsted designed this entire neighborhood. Parkside is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex and the Buffalo Zoo as well as cultural attractions, coffee shops, and even a cupcakery.


Buffalo’s first suburb is a blend of tradition and reinvention. This vibrant central business district today is home to long-running businesses as well as newcomers. 


Larkinville is one of the city’s most impressive transformations. Formerly empty warehouses and vacant parcels are now home to restaurants, breweries, and distilleries.


Once the heart of Buffalo’s Polish population, the crossroads of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue is now a diverse neighborhood of African-American, Vietnamese and Bangladeshi residents. 

Grant Street

This historically Italian neighborhood has been transformed by newcomers from around the world. The center of all this activity is the West Side Bazaar, a business incubator that helps recently-arrived entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of owning their own businesses. 


The charming village of Lancaster offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a latte, stop into a classic toy shop, enjoy a meal or browse the shelves of retailers — some that have been around for generations, others that are recent additions to Lancaster’s shopping scene.

South Buffalo

South Buffalo has always been the heart of Buffalo’s Irish community. Irish music, dance and culture is celebrated and preserved here. You’ll find Irish pubs here as well as quaint shops.


Old First Ward

While the Old First Ward is one of Buffalo’s oldest neighborhoods, it has become one of its hippest neighborhoods. In this nook of Buffalo you’ll find a blend of old time taverns crossing paths with new breweries and cool coffee shops. 

University Heights

University Heights is Buffalo’s college corridor. You’ll find a strip of restaurants, bars, and small shops here that cater UB’s South Campus. This neighborhood feels just as eclectic and diverse as students. 


Springville has a traditional Main Street with small, locally-owned shops. But that’s not all. Springville is also home to an innovative regional arts hub with theater, visual arts, and musical programming. 

Orchard Park

Our favorite football team calls this neighborhood home. Beyond Buffalo Bills games, you’ll find a vintage American village set in gently rolling countryside as well as locally-owned, independent businesses. 

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