Eclectic, colorful and all around cool — Hawley-Green is a smaller district with big personality. Walk down any street and you'll see pops of color and a strong community bond. With a prominent LGBTQIA+ presence, Hawley-Green is renowned as one of the city's most welcoming neighborhoods. Vibrant homes, inviting storefronts, and stunning construction dating back to the 19th century, this neighborhood is the perfect place to walk around, revel in the Rowhouses and painted ladies, sample the enchanting shops and restaurants, glimpse at garden areas and simply enjoy one of Syracuse's most loved dynamic areas.
Best breakfasts + brunch spots
Heading into the neighborhood from Downtown, Cafe Kubal's new Hawley Green Cafe on Townsend Street is the perfect morning stop for a sweet matcha, cafe au lait, or iced latte. Don't forget to grab a slice of their sweet bread and a pouch of their irresistible energy bites for later.
Best afternoon eats
Stop into Thanos Import Market at 105 Green Street, grab a salad or one of their 5-star sandwiches for lunch and take home some of their fine aged cheeses, meats and produce to build your own charcuterie platter later.
Best place for bites + beverages
Scope out Syracuse's top-rated authentic Cuban restaurant, Esquina Habanera, known for their ropa vieja (a shredded stewed beef) and maduros (fried plantains). This hidden gem on the outskirts of the Hawley-Green neighborhood is hot like Havana and even serves up fresh glasses of sugar cane juice pressed to order.
Best supper spots
Just on the outskirts of Hawley-Green is Attilio's new location on James Street. A warm, contemporary Italian restaurant, this favorite spot serves up steaks, pizza, cocktails and traditional Italian desserts.
Best late night lounge
An excellent spot to grab drinks with friends and share a cheeseboard while listening to fantastic local music acts, The 443 Social Club & Lounge features eclectic events in a fun, funky atmosphere.
Looking for locally-made gifts and goods? Pop into Salt City Artisans in the heart of Hawley-Green to stock up on your Syracuse Soapworks personal care items, and peruse the wide variety of locally produced goods.
Best way to get outdoors
On the outskirts of Hawley-Green is Lincoln Park. A six-lane pool is on the property, as are athletic fields and courts, and a playground with swings, slides, seesaws and climbing bars. Also at the top of the park is an elliptical observation drive with excellent views of Downtown Syracuse and surrounding areas.
Best place for a pint
Head over to Guilfoil's Irish Pub for all the old school neighborhood tavern feels. This bar has been a family-owned business since 1944 and serves up cold drafts and craft beers, weekly live music and American pub food.