Ronald Andrews (RAndrews4 Photography)
Monroe Village is one of the most hip and eclectic neighborhoods in the City of Rochester. On Monroe Avenue, there are dozens of local shops, restaurants, and service centers that characterize the neighborhood's energy.
One of the most recognizable characteristics of Monroe Village is its wide array of delicious eateries. Diners can grab Mediterranean cuisine from Cedar, enticing Mexican-fare from Neno’s or fantastic Vietnamese food from SEA. If patrons are in the mood for quick eats, Dogtown has some of the best hot dogs (and garbage plates) in the city. Vegetarians and vegans that haven’t had the chance to try Rochester’s infamous “garbage plate” will find luck on Dogtown’s menu-- this unassuming restaurant serves up veggie burgers and veggie dogs alongside their carnivorous classics.
It’s easy to find an interesting new piece of clothing or home decor at one of the shops on Monroe Avenue. Archimage and Aaron’s Alley offer up selections of one-of-a-kind clothing and homegoods from across the globe. Visitors that are interested in tapping into their creative side can take advantage of the fantastic courses at Flower City Arts Center, a community space that offers classes in photography, sculpting and more. On the weekend, music lovers can catch a show from a local or touring indie band at Bug Jar, one of Rochester’s most beloved small music venues.