CENTER

CITY

Center City
Center City

Photo Credit: Visit Rochester

Center City
Center City

City of Rochester Communications

Center City
Center City

City of Rochester Communications

Center City
Center City

Photo Credit: Visit Rochester

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A FEW POPULAR ATTRACTIONS

FUN FACTS

There’s always something to do in the Center City of Rochester. Each street in this vibrant sector of downtown is filled with unique businesses and eateries to explore. People from all walks of life including artists, young professionals, musicians, college students and entrepreneurs call the Center City their home. 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.

 

If you’re a coffee aficionado and can’t imagine starting off the workday without a fresh cup of joe, Center City is the place for you. Head over to Fuego Coffee Roasters on Woodbury Boulevard and try one of their locally roasted brews. Their motto is “come for the coffee, stay for the community.” All of their staff will make you feel at home in their bright, welcoming environment. 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. 

 

In Center City, there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the Rochester art scene. Stop by UUU Art Collective on State Street to view innovative work from abstract artists. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a local or touring musician performing at their space on the weekend. On East Avenue, Rochester Contemporary Art Center coordinates monthly First Friday art shows at their space and venues across the city. 

 

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. 

 

A day in Center City can be done easily via walking or bike. You could start off the day by taking in a little culture with a trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play or George Eastman Museum. Afterward, you could grab lunch at Original Grain or Orange Glory Cafe, one of the healthy, delicious local eateries in Center City. At night, you could grab a drink and head over to see a play or musical at GEVA Theatre.

 

Come to Center City and immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture that Rochester has to offer!

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