With each of the neighborhoods in Buffalo as unique as the next, get to know our city’s 31 distinct communities—all bursting with history, art, culture, food and things to do.

by Katie Johnson

More than meets the eye: Buffalo Niagara’s  31 neighborhood are as diverse, surprising, fun and inspiring as any major metro area. Don’t miss your chance to get out and explore the unique offerings of this historical region

1. Allentown

With wall size murals filling the district and bubbles occasionally falling from a storied building, Allentown’s creative energy is noticeable the moment you get there.

Kleinhans Music Hall

points of interest

Allen Burger Venture (ABV)

175 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

Betty’s

370 Virginia Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

Billy Club

228 Allen Street, Upper, Buffalo, NY 14201

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Site

641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Antiques Allentown

146 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201

Kleinhans Music Hall

370 Pennsylvania Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

2. Black Rock

A Buffalo neighborhood with distinct charm, Black Rock continues to emerge with innovative restaurants, museums and businesses.

Buffalo Barrel & Brine is Buffalo’s only fermentation and pickle shop that also serves amazing food

points of interest

Dapper Goose

491 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Buffalo Barrel & Brine

155 Chandler Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Thin Man Brewery Loft
at Chandler Street

166 Chandler Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

CooCoou Modern

111 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Buffalo Religious Arts Center

157 East Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

3. Bailey-Lovejoy

On the easternmost portion of the city Bailey-Lovejoy is widely known for its immigrant history, mostly populated by Italian Americans to this day.

La Verdad Cafe is said to be home of some of Buffalo’s best brisket, mac and cheese, all things BBQ and more

points of interest

Iron Island Museum

998 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206

La Verdad Cafe

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Lovejoy Pizza

1244 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Carbone’s

1126 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206

4. Central Park

Conceived and named by the then local cement mogul Lewis Jackson Bennett in the late 1880’s on his Buffalo Cement Company property, Central Park was one of Buffalo’s first neighborhoods near Delaware Park. This historic area still glows with impressive old houses on every street.

Deep South Taco is a hip and authentic taqueria. Cinco de Mayo festivities are also traditionally observed (above)

points of interest

Burke’s Green Fountain

Beard Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

Parkside Lutheran Church

2 Wallace Ave #1599, Buffalo, NY 14214

Bennett High School

2885 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Deep South Taco

1707 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

Je Ne Sais Quoi

1633 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

5. Cold Springs

Found within the East Side of Buffalo, Cold Springs is a budding neighborhood between Main Street, East Delavan Avenue, Jefferson Avenue and East Utica Street.

The Freedom Wall

points of interest

The Freedom Wall

Michigan & E Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14209

Doris Records

286 E Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14208

Trini’s

1632 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

Buffalo Reuse

296 E Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14208

6. Delaware District

Located in the west central part of Buffalo, the Delaware District is jam packed with beautiful green spaces and historic sites.

Discover beautiful gardens and spectacular homes in a wide variety of architectural styles just off Delaware Avenue on the Hidden Gems of the Delaware District Tour by Explore Buffalo

points of interest

Garret Club

91 Cleveland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

146 W Utica St, Buffalo, NY 14222

Saturn Club

977 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

Hidden Gems of the Delaware District Tour by Explore Buffalo

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7. Downtown

From the waterfront to historic buildings, theatres and sporting arenas, Buffalo’s downtown is a local tourist destination for a reason.

Canalside is one of Buffalo Niagara’s most popular gathering places for year-round, family friendly activities

points of interest

Canalside

44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

650 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Sahlen Field

Griffin Plaza, 1 James D, Buffalo, NY 14203

Keybank Center

1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202

8. East Side

Buffalo’s physically largest district, the East Side, is filled with impactful murals, beautiful churches and is the city’s official Polish food mecca.

Broadway Market is one of Buffalo Niagara’s largest and most popular indoor markets featuring exclusively local vendors

points of interest

The Broadway Market

999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212

Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212

Church of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr

389 Peckham St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Welcome Wall

751 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14212

9. Elmwood Village

Buffalo’s “little Brooklyn”. Elmwood Village is a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood chock full of locally owned shops, restaurants and cafes as well as historical and cultural landmarks.

Cafe Aroma is Buffalo’s longest running locally-owned coffee shop, serving great coffee and espresso

points of interest

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
*Reopening as the Buffalo Albright Knox Gundlach Art Museum (AKG) in 2022*

Bidwell Parkway

Buffalo, NY 14222

Cafe Aroma

957 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Elmwood Village Victorians Walking Tour by Explore Buffalo

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Anna Grace

799 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Kuni’s

226 Lexington Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Ro Homeshop

732 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

10. Fillmore-Leroy

Another neighborhood full of invigoration on Buffalo’s East Side, Fillmore-Leroy is the home to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park as well as beautiful murals.

Blue corn tacos from Las Puertas – just one of the dishes on the ever-rotating menu

points of interest

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo, NY 14211

Dance Every Day

537 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208

Buffalo Museum of Science

1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

Sloan’s Antiques

730 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Desi Khabba Halal

898 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211

11. First Ward

The Old First Ward, known to Buffalonians for its Irish working class roots, is to this day a tight-knit community filled with parks, taverns, homes and businesses.

Buffalo RiverWorks the city’s premier waterfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River

points of interest

Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Gene McCarthy’s Old First Ward Brewing Company

73 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Mutual River Front Park

41 Hamburg St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Cargill Grain Elevator

2 Buffalo River Pl, Buffalo, NY 14210

Ballyhoo

211 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204

12. Fruit Belt

Buffalo’s Fruit Belt, found on the East Side, gets its namesake from the German immigrants who planted fruit orchards in the area when they settled here in the 1800s.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

points of interest

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

East North Street to Goodell Street, and Main Street to Michigan Avenue

Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204

13. Hamlin Park

Named after Cicero Hamlin, Victorian horse racing aficionado, Hamlin Park was one of the nation’s premier horse tracks and the city’s first planned subdivision. Filled with tree-line streets and significant homes and architecture it was designated a Historic District in 1999, the largest African-American community in the nation to be defined as so.

Open for over 20 years, EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe is a staple of the Hamlin Park community

points of interest

Canisius College

2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208

Forest Lawn

1411 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

14. Hospital Hill

Known as the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Hospital Hill is a mecca of health care, medical research and education institutions located across 120 acres in downtown Buffalo.

Roswell Park was founded in 1898 as the world’s first institute devoted exclusively to cancer research

points of interest

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

818 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Buffalo General Hospital

100 High St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Roswell Park

665 Elm St, Buffalo, NY 14203

15. Humboldt Park

The famous landscape designer, Frederick Olmsted, designed Humboldt Parkway to allow pedestrians to travel from Delaware Park to what is now Martin Luther King Park without ever having to leave a park-like atmosphere while simultaneously connecting neighborhoods and creating a formal gateway to the Buffalo Museum of Science. Six rows of large maple trees were planted in the 1900s, Lincoln Parkway and Bidwell Parkways still remaining vital to their community’s culture.

Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park

points of interest

Lincoln Parkway

Soldiers Place to Forest Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Bidwell Parkway

Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222

Chapin Parkway

Chapin Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14209

Soldier’s Circle

Soldiers Place, Buffalo, NY 14222

Hoyt Lake

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222

Japanese Gardens at Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216

The Terrace at Delaware Park

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222

Statue of David

199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222

16. Kaisertown

Surrounding the intersection of Clinton and South Odgen, Kaisertown is an under the radar community of Buffalo packed with an eclectic mix of businesses and houses.

Declared “best donuts on the planet”, Donut Kraze doesn’t serve your average donut

points of interest

Clinton & Bailey Farmer’s Market

1443 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Yummy’s Deli & Restaurant

1527 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Weichec’s Lounge

1748 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Cedar’s Bakery & Deli

111 Dingens St, Buffalo, NY 14206

Donut Kraze

406 Dingens St, Buffalo, NY 14206

17. Kensington

Located in the northeastern part of the city, the University at Buffalo neighborhood is noted for its two major commercial streets in the neighborhood, Kensington and Bailey.

University at Buffalo (South Campus)

points of interest

99 Fast Food Restaurant

3398 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215

University at Buffalo (South Campus)

Buffalo, NY 14214

18. Lower West Side

Containing part of the Frederick Law Olmsted Buffalo Parks & Parkway System, the Lower West Side is a largely Hispanic populated area bustling with recent renovation and reinvestment.

Community Beer Works is passionate about beer and devoted to supporting (and inebriating) the Buffalo Niagara community

points of interest

Community Beer Works

520 7th St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Fargo Estate Community Garden

272 Jersey St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Kleinhans Music Hall

3 Symphony Cir, Buffalo, NY 14201

Prospect Park

Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14201

LaSalle Park

Buffalo, NY 14202

19. Masten Park

Getting its name from former City of Buffalo Mayor, Joseph Masten, in 1843 the Masten Park neighborhood is the home to the prestigious City Honors high school on the East Side.

The Foundry is a creative education space and business incubator, providing affordable access to tools in wood, metal, tech and textile makerspaces

points of interest

The Foundry

298 Northampton St, Buffalo, NY 14208

Masten Park

369 Best St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Golden Cup Coffee

1323 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

City Honors

186 E North St, Buffalo, NY 14204

20. North Buffalo

A pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with close proximity to downtown Buffalo, North Buffalo is reemerging as a popular neighborhood full of young families, quaint 1920s houses, shops, restaurants and culture, much of it found on and near Hertel Ave.

Local fav Lloyd Taco Factory has a menu of delicious spins on Mexican classics, and innovative takes on current popular trends like chicken ‘n waffles

points of interest

Shoshone Park

1978 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

Lake Effect Ice Cream

1900 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

Lloyd Taco Factory

1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

North Buffalo Farmers Market

780 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

21. North Park

One of the several neighborhoods that makes up the larger community of North Buffalo, North Park adds even more family friendly vibes to this community.

Clocking in at over a century, North Park Theatre is Buffalo Niagara’s oldest movie theater

points of interest

Hanna’s Frosty Treats

140 Taunton Pl, Buffalo, NY 14216

North Park Theatre

1428 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

Gino’s Italian Bakery

1104 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

22. Parkside

Made up of two historic districts, east and west, Parkside is noted for its association with the 1876 Parks and Parkways developed by Frederick Olmsted.

At The Buffalo Zoo, even the rhinos know what’s up

points of interest

The Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214

JAM Parkside

301 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214

23. Polonia

Located two miles from Downtown Buffalo, The Historic Polonia District is home to an unique collection of cultural, ethnic and architectural landmarks in Broadway-Fillmore.

Saint Adalbert’s Basilica

points of interest

Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle

612 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14212

Corpus Christi Church

199 Clark St, Buffalo, NY 14212

Saint Adalbert’s Basilica

212 Stanislaus St, Buffalo, NY 14212

24. Riverside

Located in the northwestern part of the city along the Niagara River, Riverside is a tight-knight community often associated with its neighbor to the south, Black Rock.

If you’re about that soosh life, Sun Cuisines is a must-try. They also have the city’s only black rice sushi

points of interest

Riverside Park

Buffalo, NY 14207

Sun Cuisines

1989 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14207

Lin Restaurant

927 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207

25. Schiller Park

Named after John G. Sattler, of Sattler’s Department Store fame in 1938 on the east side of Buffalo, Schiller Park is a residential community that buds up to Cheektowaga.

Soul food at Park Vue Soul Food Bar & Restaurant

points of interest

Walden Park

Buffalo, NY 14211

Park Vue Soul Food Bar & Restaurant

34 S Crossman St, Buffalo, NY 14211

26. South Buffalo

Traditionally known for its large Irish-American community, this historically industrialized district with many steel mills and factories is still a tight knit, working class community filled with residential homes, architecture, businesses, restaurants and annual parades.

With year-round events and exhibitions, Buffalo Botanical Gardens is a great choice for the horticulturally inclined

points of interest

Larkin Square

745 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218

Cookies & Cream

2114 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

Public Espresso

2178 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

27. University District

When the University at Buffalo purchased the Erie County Almshouse and Hospital in 1909 it would go on to spur the growth of it’s nearby neighborhood, today’s University Park Historic District. Buffalo’s first gated community, it’s peppered with landmarked sites as well as a strong commercial district along Main Street.

Old-time elegance at Parkside Candy

points of interest

Parkside Candy

3208 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

University Presbyterian Church

3330 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

28. University Heights

Just as diverse as the nearby student body, University Heights is the University at Buffalo’s south campus neighborhood community filled with a strip of affordable restaurants, bars and small shops.

Lake Effect Diner is a popular go-to for the late night crowd

points of interest

Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Sato

3268 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

UB Anderson Gallery

1 Martha Jackson Pl, Buffalo, NY 14214

Tandoori Hut

3171 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

The Steer Restaurant & Saloon

3151 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

29. Vernon Triangle

An isolated neighborhood between Main St, Amherst Street and Fairfield Avenue, the Vernon Triangle is a charming neighborhood with a small variety of stores and diverse people.
A live music joint with a neighborhood feel, Central Park Grill is great place to catch a game or a show, with a full menu and great, growing local beer selection

points of interest

Habibi Halal Restaurant

2614 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Central Park Grill

2519 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

30. West Side

One of Buffalo’s largest neighborhoods, the West Side centers on Grant Street and is seeing a buzz of revitalization around popular cafes, shops and restaurants.

Las Puertas is a 35 seat restaurant that features Mexican food with a modern blend with classic french techniques

points of interest

Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Five Points Bakery

44 Brayton St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Las Puertas

385 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

The Left Bank

511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Butter Block

426 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

31. Willert Park

This small reemerging Buffalo neighborhood features a historically important park, Willert, with bas-relief sculptures, depicting scenes of African American life and achievement that have been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art.

Since 1923 Chef’s has been a neighborhood icon that brings the taste of Italy back home to Buffalo

points of interest

Willert Park

Buffalo, NY 14204

Chef’s

291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Beltline Brewery & Kitchen

545 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Big Norwegian Kombucha

500 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14204

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