Whether you’re a bargain hunter, window browser, or impulse buyer, Rochester’s shopping scene has something for you. And with so many locally-owned shops to choose from, you’re guaranteed not to go home empty-handed.
Shops Along the Erie Canal
The iconic Erie Canal offers shopping and dining experiences in “Canal Towns” throughout the area. In Fairport, 15-minutes east of the city, visitors can nab Erie Canal souvenirs and trinkets from local artists at small businesses such as the Fairport Main Street Mercantile and Firehouse Woodworks.
The Village of Pittsford offers a variety of locally-owned shops and restaurants along the canal, and make sure you stop by Pittsford Farms Dairy to try their homemade ice cream for dessert. Other Canal towns and villages worth shopping and exploring include Spencerport, Brockport and Bushnell’s Basin.
Rochester Public Market
The Rochester Public Market, one of the oldest and largest public markets in the country, is open year-round and features over 300 local vendors selling organic produce, flowers, meat, dairy products, ethnic delicacies, and general merchandise. The Rochester Public Market has served the Rochester community since 1905 and is housed in three covered outdoor vendor sheds and one fully indoor shed, so visitors can enjoy shopping local no matter the weather.
After shopping, you can grab a bite to refuel at one of the locally owned cafes, food stands, coffee shops, and breweries that are within walking distance, including:
- Flour City Bread Company: Artisan baking, sandwiches, bagels, and pizza.
- Juan and Maria’s Empanada Stop: “Highly addictive” empanadas.
- V M Giordano European Cheese Shop: Imported meats, cheeses and olive oils.
- Boxcar Donuts: Delicious handcrafted donuts
- Cherry’s European: A market staple serving Polish-Ukrainian American Cuisine.
Rochester’s iconic Park Avenue is a destination for fashionistas, foodies, artists, families—there’s literally something for everyone! Shop its galleries and boutiques—including Figgy Studio and Shop, grab a bite to eat, then get pampered at one of the many salons and spas. You can easily spend the day exploring the heart of Rochester. Looking for Rochester-themed gifts and accessories? Be sure to visit Peppermint located at the Armory, just around the corner from Park Avenue.
More than a Record Store
Score some vinyl or vintage clothing at Record Archive, one of the largest record stores in the country and the first in the northeast to offer beer and wine to shoppers. Record Archive has been a music & entertainment destination in Rochester since 1975. Specializing in vintage vinyl, the expansive store also includes the latest music releases, unique gifts & toys, vintage clothing & furniture, t-shirts, souvenirs, thousands of movies, two live music stages, audio equipment, and more.
Find your favorite brand or store at one of three malls in the Rochester area: Eastview Mall, the Mall at Greece Ridge, and Marketplace Mall. The nearby Waterloo Premium Outlets are another popular stop for shoppers coming to the Greater Rochester area.
Shop a piece of Rochester history at one of the many antique shops and malls. Whether you’re looking for something specific to add to a collection or just browsing, you’re guaranteed to find something unique at Ontario Mall Antiques. The 30,000 square foot space features over 1,000 dealers and more than 1-million items.
The Shops on West Ridge, “Rochester’s Most Unique Shopping Experience,” houses over 200 local vendors selling antiques, furniture, locally made arts and crafts. They even have an in-house café, so you can recharge in between perusing vendor booths.