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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Farmers Market
“Fantastic, lively regional fresh food market with amazing local mix of academics, locals and farmers. Located right on the waterfront so a great place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch and enjoy the view.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Staying for a while? Cornell Campus is 40 mins away and easy to visit in the summer when students are away. This museum is beautiful architecture filled with gems and on the 5th floor is an incredible view up Cayuga Lake. Across the street is a pedestrian only suspension bridge taking you over the gorge. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Great breads and treats, but also a hot bar (breakfast, lunch and dinner), salad bar, creative sandwiches, soups — each person can get what they want here. Several locations in Ithaca but Meadow Street is the mother ship.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Discover the culture of Ithaca on The Commons. Many one-of-a-kind shops and plenty of cuisine options abound here.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Park
“Fabulous state park for hiking and just enjoying nature. Amazing waterfalls!”
  • 46 locals recommend
University
“The University on the hill that attracts scholars and students from all over the world. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fall Creek location. Local coffee roaster with delish blends and pastries. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Our local independent theatre, playing mostly art and indie films. It is the best. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Fantastic food. Does not accept advance reservations. BYOB. But The Westy is close by, and you can rest there until your table is ready. Or place a takeout order. Well worth the wait.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“My personal favorite restaurant in Ithaca. Just a Taste is a Tapas (multiple, small plates) restaurant that always seems to impress. A great place for a couple or small group, you can peruse the menu and order a flight of wine, a few different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and get a taste of what the Ithaca food and drink scene has to offer. Just a Taste is located on Ithaca's central culinary street, next to The Commons.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“Maxie's offers a classier option for dinner, with a raw oyster bar and a full Cajun menu loaded with options. The menu features killer po'boy sandwiches and a Tuesday night fried chicken special, plus a full cocktail bar. Live music some nights, but not usually on Tuesdays.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the United States and producer of the famous Moosewood Cookbooks. Still cooking with fresh, local ingredients. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Take your children to the Sciencenter museum, they will love all they have to offer! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“While Purity is known for its delicious ice cream, we'd strongly recommend their brunch. Their lemon ricotta pancakes are delicious!!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Park
“In the humble opinion of this host, Ithaca Falls is the most impressive falls in the Finger Lakes. ”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“Great breads and treats, but also a hot bar (breakfast, lunch and dinner), salad bar, creative sandwiches, soups — each person can get what they want here. Several locations in Ithaca but Meadow Street is the mother ship.”
  • 63 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“My personal favorite restaurant in Ithaca. Just a Taste is a Tapas (multiple, small plates) restaurant that always seems to impress. A great place for a couple or small group, you can peruse the menu and order a flight of wine, a few different appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and get a taste of what the Ithaca food and drink scene has to offer. Just a Taste is located on Ithaca's central culinary street, next to The Commons.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Fantastic food. Does not accept advance reservations. BYOB. But The Westy is close by, and you can rest there until your table is ready. Or place a takeout order. Well worth the wait.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Maxie's offers a classier option for dinner, with a raw oyster bar and a full Cajun menu loaded with options. The menu features killer po'boy sandwiches and a Tuesday night fried chicken special, plus a full cocktail bar. Live music some nights, but not usually on Tuesdays.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the United States and producer of the famous Moosewood Cookbooks. Still cooking with fresh, local ingredients. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Pub
“Casual outdoor seating area is bustling in the summer months. There's often a food truck on site, or you can order takeout from Saigon Kitchen next door.”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Delicious brunch - get the pastrami-style SLT (salmon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich. The brie-stuffed French toast is also delicious. They also have an upstairs bar at night.”
  • 32 locals recommend

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