Neighborhood vibes

Find places to stay and tons to do throughout all of Downtown Syracuse. The hub of the city, Downtown consists of many unique districts, including Armory Square, Hanover Square, Clinton Square and Columbus Circle. With over 20 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Syracuse is the perfect place to walk, bike or drive around, take in the sights and sample some of the best bites our city has to offer.

 

Enjoy big city vibes without the big city ego as Downtown Syracuse is an easily navigable and walkable city, so you can explore each unique district at your own pace. Experience the city sights and opt for outdoor dining Downtown or plan your personal menu for the annual Downtown Dining Weeks. And explore where city streets and nature meet along the multi-use Onondaga Creekwalk — a 2.6-mile trail along Onondaga Creek connecting Armory Square to Onondaga Lake. A hub of history and the arts, stop to take in the many landmarks, statues, murals and sculptures on your adventure. Your Syracuse story awaits. 

 

Eat

Best breakfasts + brunch spots
  • Burritos and one of the best brunches in the city? Yes, please. Check out everything from Huevos Rancheros to jalapeño cornbread to vegan breakfast tacos at Otro Cinco, the place to be for the freshest breakfast and fun brunch cocktails to start your weekend off right. 

  • Find some seriously good eats, music and ambiance at Original Grain in the heart of Downtown. Order a smoothie or one of their loaded toasts, or sample the Benedict Toast or Buddha Bowl during their weekend brunch.

 

Best afternoon eats
  • Looking for the best sandwiches in Syracuse? Look no further than Darwin on Clinton. Rotating specialty sammys and awesome sides to boot (Buffalo mac & cheese, anyone?), this top-rated deli is a weekday hot spot for visitors and locals.

  • Vegans and vegan food lovers absolutely adore Stronghearts Café. Amazing sandwiches, desserts and the most incredible "milk" shakes you've ever tasted, this nationally acclaimed, 100% vegan restaurant is a favorite of visitors, locals and even celebrities.

 

Best place for bites + beverages
  • Whether you're heading out for lunch or dinner, check out the fresh farm-to-table pub-style foods at The Brine Well Eatery at 128 E. Jefferson Street. Load up on their tasty Syracuse plate (all the Salt City fixings) and detox with one of their refreshing custom mocktails.

  • A staple in any Syracuse coffee-drinker's diet, Café Kubal at the Creekwalk Commons is where you can grab your favorite local iced coffee and a light bite for lunch or mid-afternoon snack.

 

Best place for pizza + pints
  • If you're from Syracuse, you know that Pavone's means good pizza. Located in the heart of Downtown on Warren Street, this Central New York favorite is the place to grab some of the best pizza in city.

  • Enjoy a Neapolitan dining experience Downtown at Peppino's Neapolitan. Sip and savor with a glass of wine and some of the best pizza in Downtown Syracuse. Check out their full menu and wine list here.

 

Best supper spots
  • Oh My Darling is the spot to be for delicious drinks and crafted cocktails. Find American comfort foods and seasonal fare like savory flatbreads and housemade mac and cheese.

  • Located in the Icon Tower on South Warren Street, A Mano Kitchen & Bar offers modern from scratch Italian dishes sourced with fresh ingredients. A killer menu and equally killer atmosphere, this beautiful restaurant is a must-try when dining Downtown.

 

Best late night lounges
  • Homemade tacos and neon lights. Now that's love. Check out XO Taco for some pretty tasty chips, tacos, sides and yes, Instagram-worthy backdrops.

  • Beer drinkers rejoice — Middle Ages Brewing Company is conveniently located Downtown and serves up tons of delicious draft craft brews. Sample the Syracuse Pale Ale and bring your growler to take some Salt City IPA.

 

 

Shop

Best boutiques
  • Seriously cool duds and tons of unique women's clothing and accessories, Floridella Boutique is the place to up your trendy and eclectic vibes. 

  • Game on: scope out Voltage Video Games for new and used games for all types of consoles, including Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, 360, PS3, Vita and more. And they even sell retro game consoles like Sega Genesis, Atari 2600, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, Playstation 1 & 2.

 

Best market
  • Join the fun all summer long at the Downtown Farmers Market in Clinton Square — loaded with lots of local vendors, this is a hot spot for all things produce, food, plants, flowers, baked goods and more.

 

Best vintage
  • Looking for retro Syracuse University and Salt City gear? Nobody beats the stellar collection of one-of-a-kind vintage apparel at Scholars & Champs on South Salina. There's even an impressive stockpile of old school designer sweatshirts and sportswear, and Upstate New York themed clothing lines to capture that Central New York spirit,

 

Play

Best way to get outdoors
  • Simply put, Downtown Syracuse is the perfect city to walk (or bike) around. Scope out the many shops, restaurants and bars as your stroll through each unique district. Rent one of the Gotcha Sync bikes through the bike sharing program, with hubs located all over Downtown.

 

Best places for family fun
  • Catch a show at the historically exquisite Landmark Theater. Featuring Broadway productions, musicals, comedy shows and kid-friendly events such as Paw Patrol Live and Trolls Live, this nationally registered historic place is a step back in time for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Revel in the city's illustrious history at the renowned Erie Canal Museum

  • Watch live world-class plays and musicals featuring professional artists from all over the country at the Redhouse Arts Center. Bring the kids for an entertaining theatrical experience at one of their many seasonal shows. 

  • Enjoy puppets and magical performances with the Open Hand Theater, now located at the Redhouse Arts Center. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events and experience the arts with mask and large puppet traditions around the world. 

  • Stop into the Central Library to enjoy their children's section full of books, videos, and other wonderful selections. With toys and all sorts of educational and entertaining options available, this beautiful Onondaga County Public Library is located within The Galleries of Syracuse with ample street parking and public lots nearby. 

 

Best places for a pint
  • One of Syracuse's newest craft breweries, Talking Cursive Brewing Company pours tasty pints with a side of apps, charcuterie boards and more. 

  • A second location of their famed butcher shop on the North Side, Liehs & Steigerwald Downtown combines butcher with beer — could there be a better combo? Grab a cold draft beer at the bar and sample their hand-pressed burgers or signature pastrami sandwich. Or grab some meat to go from the deli counter; their homemade bratwursts (any flavor) never disappoint.

 

Best evening entertainment
  • It's always a party at Trexx Night Club. Open 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, this club features crazy good drink specials, drag shows and dancing. 

  • Located in the cellar of Oh My Darling, The Fitz is a 1920s speakeasy-style bar featuring crafted cocktails and live music during the week.

  • Located in historic Harold Square in Downtown Syracuse, PressRoom Pub in the former home of the Harold Journal is a great place to watch the game. This spacious bar and restaurant is a newer local gem with 90% of all beer, liquor and food served coming from right here in New York State.

 

 

 

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