10 Best Places to Shop in the Buffalo, New York Area

Expert shoppers may be pleasantly surprised to find Buffalo's growing shopping scene, that includes many local specialty stores, artisan stands, outdoor (and indoor) markets, and trendy neighborhoods that rival those in other major cities.

Take Elmwood Village, a hip and bustling street full of restaurants, bars, mom-and-pop stores, boutiques, outdoor cafes, and public spaces for people watching. Or, Hertel Avenue (in Buffalo's "Little Italy") is quickly becoming another hotspot for shoppers seeking antiques and collectibles. If you seek homemade treasures and arts and crafts, be sure to explore the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, a stunning historical campus full of artisans.

One of Buffalo's newest public spaces is Larkin Square, and during the summer months it is packed with visitors and locals strolling through the marketplace looking for items from local vendors. Not to far from the square is the West Side Bazaar, an international marketplace showcasing jewelry, clothing, and accessories from immigrants who have settled in Buffalo. You'll also find some of the city's best cuisine here, including Thai and Ethiopian restaurants within the Bazaar.

We've rounded up the 10 best places for shopping in Buffalo that offer a local experience and wide variety of options. See for yourself why Buffalo is becoming a new shopping destination for tourists from around the world.

Airport - Zrd

This popular shopping mall is anchored by Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, Sears, Best Buy and JCPenney. More than 100 restaurants and shops can be found, including children's favorites like the Disney Store, Pottery Barn Kids, and Build-a-Bear....  Read More

Airport - Zrd

The area of East Aurora is almost centered around the Roycroft Campus and is the place to be if you are interested in arts and crafts. You'll find a collection of original art, pottery, textiles, furniture, leather, paper and more. The Inn and...  Read More

Larkin Square Marketplace
Photo courtesy of Larkin Square Marketplace

One of Buffalo's newest jewels is Larkin Square, a multi-purpose public space with casual dining options, retail market stalls, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, food trucks, public sculpture, free concerts and more. Ever heard of pickleball?...  Read More

The Custom Hatter

Taking his time with clients who inevitably become friends, enables the owner to make the best custom hats possible. Don't let the Broadway-Fillmore location throw you, for inside the store you feel as though you have stepped back in time to an...  Read More

Talking Leaves Books

With two convenient locations on Elmwood Avenue and Main Street, this independent bookstore has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. Unlike the sterile, commercial feeling of many larger, new bookstores, Talking Leaves has a...  Read More

Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo
Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan

This wonderfully diverse neighborhood is populated with people from a variety of backgrounds including those of Italian, Russian, and Middle Eastern descent. It is filled with unique shops, charming restaurants, and nightlife hot spots as well...  Read More

Elmwood Avenue

This Elmwood Village shop specializes in contemporary home furnishings and creative gifts. Many of the items are relevant to the Buffalo area, while others were hand-selected from New York City. You'll be surprised what you find in the hidden...  Read More

Specializing in meat and fresh produce, this giant indoor European-style market has been in operation since 1888 and just celebrated its 125 anniversary in 2013. In addition to the butcher shops and vegetable stands, you'll find bakeries, candy...  Read More

In 2009, a local business group was formed just as refugees and immigrants seeking the continuation of old-world customs flocked to the West Side of Buffalo. Six business owners from Rwanda, South Sudan, Peru, Indonesia and the United States...  Read More

An upscale urban hub, this mile-long strip features a string of unique shops, cafés, antique shops, pubs, galleries, and restaurants. When walking around this area, visitors will be treated to several parks, outdoor events, and photo...  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber

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