Why Do So Many People Love Rochester?
Maybe it's because everyone here knows some ultra-secret hip place that no one else knows about, like Video Barn (a film-lover's paradise: foreign, horror, anime, arthouse, etc.) Greenwood Books (new and used works of fiction, art, poetry, philosophy, history, etc.), or Lakeshore Record Exchange, an independently owned record store specializing in alternative, jazz, pop, new wave, and new releases on CD and vinyl, vinyl toys, posters, and more.
Or maybe it's the more well-known experiences we all share together: the culture, food, music, and film that make Rochester truly one-of-a-kind.
- Artisan Works
behind-the-scenes view of artists at work and an enormous collection of eclectic pieces.
- Geva Theatre
- Rochester's leading professional theater showing everything from musicals to American and world classics to world-premier works.
- The Baobab Cultural Center
- An exotic, 6-foot-long mosaic on ArtWalk is the symbol of a fresh start for an African art gallery.
- Memorial Art Gallery
- Part of the University of Rochester, this gallery is open to the public for both classes and tours.
- Monroe County Parks
- Over 20 parks, each varied in its offerings—most are ideal for picnics, bird watching, hiking and sports like tennis, soccer, and disc golf.
- Mt. Hope Cemetery
- America's first municipal Victorian cemetery offers tours on Sundays between May and October.
- Rochester Museum and Science Center
- The science museum, nature center, and planetarium enable visitors to explore science, technology, and our region's cultural heritage.
- Rochester Public Market
- A century-old tradition that offers fresh produce, flowers, fish, meats, baked goods, and ethnic delicacies. At night, the market opens for art exhibits and music performances.
- Strong Museum
- Ranked by Child magazine as one of the
Top Ten Children's Museums in the Country, Strong Museum encourages hands-on discovery.
- Susan B. Anthony House
- Susan B. Anthony was a leader in the women's suffrage movement. In her home, now a National Historic Landmark, learn about the life and activities of this remarkable woman.
- Village Gate Square
- A warehouse that has been converted into artist's studios and display space, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops.
- Writers & Books
- Rochester's literary center.
The City of Rochester and its surrounding neighborhoods offer restaurants specializing in everything from pizza slices to dim sum. Residents and visitors alike never tire of the variety they find in local eateries. If you're in the mood for a few maki rolls, a rack of ribs, or a panini, you won't be disappointed.
- All-natural dishes from the Mediterranean
- Bamba Bistro
- Contemporary cuisine
- Casual Italian dining
- Beale Street Café
- Authentic Cajun, a wide variety of barbeque, and live music
- California Rollin'
- Sushi bar with an American flair
- Dinosaur BBQ
- A wide selection of barbeque, burgers, steaks, and live blues nightly
- Equal Grounds Coffee shop
- A really relaxing and friendly community coffee shop in the Southwedge
- The Distillery
- Burgers, chicken wings, microbrews, and plenty of televised sports
- Golden Port Dim Sum
- Dim sum portions and dinner entrees prepared to order
- Fox's Gourmet Delicatessen
- Serving up traditional Jewish dishes and sandwiches
- India House
- A variety of plates, ranging from lamb, chicken, seafood, and a vegetarian menu
- Java's Café
- A cozy coffee and dessert lounge featuring live music and art
- American and Greek Specialties in the cultural district of Park Avenue
- The King & I
- Authentic Thai cuisine
- Max of Eastman Place
- Contemporary, high-end dining in the City's East End
- The Owl House
- Fresh, made-from-scratch New American food prepared with ingredients sourced from local providers.
- Park & Oxford Cafe and Delicatessen
- A vast menu offering dozens of wraps, pitas, and subs
- A huge selection of hot and cold subs, and custard
- Trendy Italian dining in a renovated sawmill factory
- Authentic Mexican fare
- Spot Coffee
- Cofee, sandwiches, and dessert in a renovated Chevy showroom
- Sticky Lips
- All things barbeque: pulled pork, brisket, ribs, corn bread, etc.
- 2 Vine
- Contemporary dining in the city's East End
Rochester's music scene is highlighted by countless hardcore, hip-hop, metal, and jazz acts. With venues (from basements to arenas) all over the city bringing in area and national artists, there's never a shortage of live shows. The following is a portion of the shows that have just happened or are coming soon:
- Bob Dylan
- Rickie Lee Jones
- The Posies
- Ben Kweller
- Steel Train
- Loudon Wainwright III
- Enter the Haggis
- Carbon Leaf
- Jukebox the Ghost
- Dashboard Confessional
- Less Than Jake
- Rusted Root
- Joan Baez
- Ron Carter
- Emmylou Harris
- The Low Anthem
- Ben Folds
- Debbie Gravitte
- Andrey Pisarev
- Arlo Guthrie
- The Casualties
- Matt & Kim
- Felice Brothers
- High On Fire
- Social Distortion
- Hank Williams III
- Buddy Guy
- Flaming Lips
- Black Keys
- Ringo Starr
- John Legend
- Pat Benatar
- Jeff Beck
- Gladys Knight
- Keb Mo
- Herbie Hancock
- Dave Brubeck
- Black Cobra
- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
- Vampire Weekend
- Dum Dum Girls
- Beach House
Filmmakers from every part of the globe come here for visiting director series and film festivals. With the High Falls Film Festival showcasing the work of established and emerging female filmmakers, and the ImageOut Festival bringing films from gay and lesbian directors, the birthplace of film loves film. Here are a few hot spots for film lovers...
- Little Theatre
- For over 75 years, The Little has been Rochester's premier theater for independent and foreign films.
- The Cinema Theater
- The only double-feature in town. And it's super cheap.
- George Eastman House
- George Eastman's historic mansion, the International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Dryden Theatre are open for tours and screenings.