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Best things to do in Ithaca

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Farmers Market
“The coolest thing Ithaca has to offer is the local farmers market which happens every weekend. If you are in Ithaca on over Saturday/Sunday and the weather is nice, this market is a *must see*. You can shop for some fresh groceries, flowers, art/souvenirs, kitchenware, and more, then order some brunch and retire to the lake front to relax in the sun.”
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Café
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“Grab breakfast and watch the Ithaca regulars roll through on their way to work. The breakfast sandwiches and bagels are a treat, and they brew up a mean cup of coffee. The shop also features a range of specialty food items from Finger Lakes producers that make great gifts.”
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Shopping Centre
“Discover the culture of Ithaca on The Commons. Many one-of-a-kind shops and plenty of cuisine options abound here.”
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Park
“Fabulous state park for hiking and just enjoying nature. Amazing waterfalls!”
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Art Museum
“It's free on the Cornell campus. The top floor has great views of the lake.”
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Grocery Store
“Awesome little coop natural and organic foods grocery. Great to grab a healthy bite from their prepared foods. ”
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Café
“Fall Creek location. Local coffee roaster with delish blends and pastries. ”
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University
“The prestigious Ivy League. Absolutely “gorges” campus! Set on the hilltop overlooking Ithaca with waterfalls and gorges surrounding it!”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“My personal favorite restaurant in Ithaca. Just a Taste is a Tapas (multiple, small plates) restaurant that always seems to impress. A great place for a couple or small group, you can peruse the menu and order a flight of wine, a few different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and get a taste of what the Ithaca food and drink scene has to offer. Just a Taste is located on Ithaca's central culinary street, next to The Commons.”
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New American Restaurant
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“This is our go-to local neighborhood joint - rather on the nice side. You can get the usual pub fare, but also "the incredible burger" (vegetarian) and mushroom ravioli. In the summer, the outdoor patio is open. ”
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Cinema
“This is a non-profit independent movie theater, right down on the Commons. They always have fantastic movie choices. One of my favs nearby!”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch during the weekdays. By far our favorite brunch location! Great pancakes and egg sandwiches. ”
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Vietnamese Restaurant
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“One of my all time favorite restaurants, family owned and lovely, delicious food only made with the freshest ingredients. Owners are nothing but lovely and treat their staff with utmost respect, I dine here regularly and love supporting their business. You will too! ”
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Science Museum
“Take your children to the Sciencenter museum, they will love all they have to offer! ”
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Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Another Ithaca classic, this vegan/vegetarian restaurant has amazing salads and dressings. Everything they serve is fresh and homemade, and they really take advantage of the local farmers and produce to create exceptional healthy meals. ”
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Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“Maxie's offers a classier option for dinner, with a raw oyster bar and a full Cajun menu loaded with options. The menu features killer po'boy sandwiches and a Tuesday night fried chicken special, plus a full cocktail bar. Live music some nights, but not usually on Tuesdays.”
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