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Best things to do in Ithaca

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Farmers Market
“The Ithaca Farmer's Market is one of the best spots in Ithaca. With a gathering of local farmers, artisans, and small businesses you can't beat the quality of the items they sell. Stop by for an amazing breakfast burrito (Solaz) or get yourself a hand made mug, farm-to-table seasonal produce, and pretty much anything else you could be looking for.”
118 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!”
47 locals recommend
Art Museum
“It's free on the Cornell campus. The top floor has great views of the lake.”
64 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fall Creek location. Local coffee roaster with delish blends and pastries. ”
54 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“A member-driven cooperative, but anyone can shop here or at its other two locations (Dewitt Mall and Collegetown). Lots of local foods, vegetarian options, quick meals, hot bar, etc.”
68 locals recommend
University
“The prestigious Ivy League. Absolutely “gorges” campus! Set on the hilltop overlooking Ithaca with waterfalls and gorges surrounding it!”
56 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is our go-to local neighborhood joint - rather on the nice side. You can get the usual pub fare, but also "the incredible burger" (vegetarian) and mushroom ravioli. In the summer, the outdoor patio is open. ”
56 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Amazing vegetarian. This is the place that started it all -with the moosewood cookbooks. You can even get a signed copy if your request it! Also - super delicious food! (Even for meat lovers like us.)”
58 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.”
57 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“This is a non-profit independent movie theater, right down on the Commons. They always have fantastic movie choices. One of my favs nearby!”
54 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“One of my all time favorite restaurants, family owned and lovely, delicious food only made with the freshest ingredients. Owners are nothing but lovely and treat their staff with utmost respect, I dine here regularly and love supporting their business. You will too! ”
42 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
Ice Cream Shop
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“Purity is an Ithaca classic! This amazing ice cream and brunch spot has been a cornerstone of Ithaca since the early 20th century. Grab a cone and take a seat or take it to go with you on your travels.”
40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Take your children to the Sciencenter museum, they will love all they have to offer! ”
43 locals recommend