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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
“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!”
  • 46 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
Art Museum
“Cornell University's infamous Museum with new exhibitions from around the world a must visit for Museum lovers and culture enthusiasts .”
  • 65 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fall Creek location. Local coffee roaster with delish blends and pastries. ”
  • 54 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
New American Restaurant
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“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 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
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!”
  • 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
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.”
  • 56 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
Science Museum
“Take your children to the Sciencenter museum, they will love all they have to offer! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Check out our Lake, Cayuga Lake. It's one of the deepest and longest lakes in America. Sit on the Southern-most shore and appreciate why the Fingerlakes Region of NY has abundant fresh water. ”
  • 29 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
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
New American Restaurant
“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“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
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
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.”
  • 56 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
Thai Restaurant
“Close to our Airbnb, enjoy some Thai food in this family friendly establishment with great food and a comfortable atmosphere! ”
  • 27 locals recommend

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