INSIDE THE CITY OF LIGHT

POSTED: 11 Sep 2013 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
Meet Patrick, one of Buffalo’s biggest ambassadors, and step inside his Buffalo state of mind.

The best resources for learning about Buffalo:

Five Points Bakery wp Five Points Bakery.
Block Club magazine, Buffalo Rising, and conversations with people in the know at Five Points Bakery, Caffe Aroma, Sweetness 7 [and] SPoT Coffee on Delaware.

Your go-to locale for...

  • Date nightBistro Europa: Chef's recommendation from [the] seasonal menu.
  • A glass of wine or cocktailVera Pizzeria: The Duke [cocktail].
  • DessertLexington Co-op: Chocolate chip cookies ([eat] while taking a walk down Elmwood Avenue).
Bistro Europa wp Bistro Europa fare.

The hotel you always book or recommend to friends, and why:

The Mansion on Delaware Avenue: [the] best service and [a] good location on the edge of Downtown and Allentown.

The ONE thing visitors must see or do, and why:

Explore the city by bike, making sure that the route includes Silo City, Downtown, Allentown, the Elmwood Village and West Side, and of course, all of the Olmsted parks and architectural gems.

Your favorite hidden (or not so anymore) gem, and why:

Burchfield Penney wp Burchfield Penney Art Center.
The Allentown and Elmwood Village neighborhoods are my favorite neighborhoods in Buffalo. Beautiful homes and buildings, great parks, world-class museums, wonderful food and great people. You could walk around for a weekend, eating, strolling, touring, shopping, napping or playing in a park. There's a very high quality of life, and a cozy, homey feeling whether you live there or are just visiting.

Number of hours or days required in town for the "full" experience:

With three or four days and the right tour guide, you can have a great Buffalo experience! Bars close at 4am, so you'll need to factor in some nap time.

The town is great for what type of visitor:

  • CURATE (the artsy intelligentsia)
  • EPICURATE (the foodie)
  • RECREATE (the adventure-seekers and fitness gurus)

The town is best explored by:

Bike.

The town is best explored in:

Summer.