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Fuego Coffee Roasters

GEVA Theatre


Garth Fagan Dance

UUU Art Collective

The Spirit Room

Strong Museum of Play

George Eastman Museum

Peppa Pot

Rochester Museum and Science Center

The Op Shop

Ugly Duck Coffee

French Quarter Cafe

The Little Theatre


  • The downtown living opportunities are hard to pass up, and the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation has helped to push Center City into its current state of renaissance.


  • Downtown Rochester is known for its robust coffee culture, so if you need a new place to study or meet up with some friends, you can head over to Ugly Duck Coffee or Java’s Cafe, two staples in the local coffee scene. 

  • There are several spots in Center City to catch live music on weeknights and weekends. As a larger venue, Anthology brings in dozens of touring musicians each year at their location on East Avenue. Smaller spots like The Spirit Room, The Daily Refresher and Little Theatre host weekly shows featuring some of Rochester’s most beloved musicians. Not only does the Little Theatre host musicians (and have some of the best popcorn in the United States), but they are one of the oldest movie houses in the country! The Little Theatre screens mainstream and indie films in their popular arthouse that dates back to 1929. 


  • It’s impossible to talk about Center City without mentioning its robust nightlife and bar scene. From the bars on East and Alexander to Unter Biergarten and Locals Only, there are several unique spots to grab a drink and kick back on the weekend with friends. 


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