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

Amber Nolan

By , Travel Expert at Large, Buffalo
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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...  Read more »

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    Elmwood Village Shopping Strip

    It's easy to spend a day shopping and people watching in this trendy and eclectic neighborhood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Parking can be a hassle. "

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    West Side Bazaar

    Not only does this support local entrepreneurs, you'll find one-of-a-kind gifts from all over the globe.

    Local Expert Tip: "Allow yourself enough time, and be sure to sample the food."

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    Broadway Market

    You'll find some great produce and treasures to take home with you while supporting local businesses and farmers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't pass up Chrusciki's Polish bakery!"

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    Unusual gifts and friendly, helpful owners have created a local following at Neo.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask to have your purchases gift wrapped. You will be impressed! "

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    Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo

    Although it is still under the radar, Hertel is poised to become a shopping mecca in Buffalo.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a full list of businesses and a map of the neighborhood, see HertelAvenue.com."

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    Talking Leaves Books

    Independent bookstores are hard to come by these days, and Talking Leaves is a gem!

    Local Expert Tip: "You may end up leaving with an armful of books!"

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    The Custom Hatter

    This shop takes you back to an era where quality and personalized touches make all the difference.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you need to order, you must do so in person or by phone."

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    Larkin Square Marketplace

    Hidden among abandoned buildings of Buffalo's East side, this unexpected community space is a breath of fresh air.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesdays!"

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    Roycroft Campus

    This creative and historic complex is an attraction in itself.

    Local Expert Tip: "Allow yourself at least an hour to go slowly and soak it all in."

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    Walden Galleria

    As Western New York's premier shopping center, there is no shortage of options for shoppers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Allow enough time to browse - it is a very large mall."


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