Historic Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse, NY boasts beautiful architecture from the 19th & early 20th centuries. Once the city's original town center, Clinton Square is home to a stunning fountain park where the Erie Canal once ran and bordering shops, salons, restaurants and pubs. No matter the season, there's always something going on in Clinton Square — annual Syracuse events such as Bacon Fest, Crawfish Festival, Polish Fest, Blues Fest, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Irish Fest, Taste of Syracuse and the summer-long Downtown Farmers Market make it a top spot to get a fresh perspective of Syracuse. 

 

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Best breakfasts + brunch spots
  • No cheat day is complete without a stop to Glazed and Confused. Specializing in artisan donuts that will make your camera lens blush, this sweet bakery is the place to satisfy your morning sugar rush and grab a cup of local drip coffee. 

 

Best afternoon eats
  • Order up your fill of rice, noodles, curries and other Thai standards at appeThaizing on West Genesee Street. This favorite lunch spot features a wide variety of meal options to please any palate.

  • A little Mediterranean eatery with big flavor, Byblos is your Downtown go-to for Lebanese specialties, pitas, kebabs and pastries. Try out the Byblos Gyro Bowl at their café or be on the lookout for their food truck at one of the many Syracuse street food rodeos and festivals.

 

Best place for pizzas + pints
  • Sample some wings and fresh draft beers at The Saltine Warrior Sports Pub, where you can catch all the SU game action on one of their 13 big screens.

 

Best supper spots
  • On the cusp of Clinton Square is Apizza Regionale, a top-rated gourmet restaurant specializing in fresh seasonal pizzas, creative cocktails and delicious specials. Grab a bottle of wine or 

  • Get ready for a gastronomic experience to remember at Defi Cuisine Corp. This first-class dining destination features a menu full of fresh, local foods and 1,200 square feet of kitchen space in the center of the restaurant, "making food and chef interaction the priority." 

 

Best late night lounges
  • No trip to Syracuse is complete without a trip to the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Just a quick walk from the Clinton Square park, this biker bar and blues venue is famous for its finger-licking Southern-style BBQ and live music almost every night of the week.

  • Save some room for dessert. Open spring through fall, The Ice Cream Stand scoops up some serious sweet treats, including vegan and gluten-free options, all with the perfect back drop of beautiful Clinton Square. Is there a better way to end your day?

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Best way to get outdoors
  • Dubbed the true heart of Downtown Syracuse, Clinton Square is where you can find all kinds of outdoor action, all year round. Grab the kids and hit up the ice rink for family fun all winter long. Take a sunny walk through the square in the summer and enjoy the food truck roundup, farmer's market, or make a splash in the massive fountain pool. Or check out the dozens of festivals, concerts and events that happen in and around Clinton Square throughout the entire year.

 

Best evening entertainment
  • If drinks and dancing are part of your weekend plans, head to Studio 54, one of Syracuse's largest night clubs. This 21+ lounge and live music venue hosts live DJs with drinks and top shelf spirits every weekend.

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