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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Brewery
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“Best known brewery in the area. Wide range of beer styles. Nice food menu. Great patio with a lot of live music. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great date night place! All the food is excellent. Our favorite menu items are the the rotisserie chicken and the swordfish. Bottomless mimosas on Sundays.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is my favorite grocery store. Organic products, and a great selection. I love their produce, it's always the best selection in the city and it's right downtown. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Food Court
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“You can wander around the area for hours! Try to find what locals call "the lookout." It's a beautiful look of the city.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“ The Rochester Art Center is a contemporary arts center offering exhibitions of local, national and international art, as well as tours, classes, and workshops.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food Court
“Macy's, JC Penneys, Scheels Sports, JJill...many stores to find exactly what you are looking for!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Premise
“There is an interesting (free!) guided tour that is offered Monday - Friday at 10:00 am starting in the Judd Auditorium.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Multiplex
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“See where the Mayo Brothers lived their lives! Open for tours and a good area to get away and have some peace and quiet.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great place to go when there isn't too much snow on the ground, unless you brought the proper attire. There is tons of things to do and see around this park. There is a spot called The Lookout, see if you can find it, you'll know when you are at the top of a hill overlooking some of the city. There is a lot of exploring to do here, make it a whole day of hiking and pack a lunch.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is hands down my favorite on the list. I have been a weekly frequenting customer since I was in high school. Chau knows me by name and always has a iced coffee waiting for me. This is a MUST try while you're in town. My favorite dishes: Lotus Root Salad, Beef Pho, Rice Noodles with Chicken Soup, Hot and Sour Chicken Soup, Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk, Lychee Smoothie. Per my 9 year old niece, best chicken fried rice EVER. Whenever you stop in, make sure to tell Chau and Kennedy that Heather Koblitz says hi! Keep in mind that they are, unfortunately, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“I absolutely love this place for a quick healthy meal. My go to is the chicken divan pita with the rice and horiatiki salad, and I always have to get a cup of the lemon chicken soup.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cinema
“The Chateau is a replica of Rochester's former Chateau Theater downtown. Its boasts the decor of 16th century French villa. Modern theatre with large screens reclining seats and showings of the newest released movies. A place not to miss for movie buffs!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“American fare and creative cocktails in a contemporary space with sports on TV and weekend DJs.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Head up the elevator to the 7th floor and enjoy this rooftop bar called La Vetta. Great views of the city from here.”
  • 12 locals recommend