16 Gibbs St.
If you’ve been to the Java Wally’s in the library, you have a feel for the Java’s atmosphere. The Java’s downtown is located next to the Eastman School of Music and is at least twice the size of Java Wally’s. Downstairs, there are two billiard tables and, on the main, floor there is an impressive wall of bulk coffee and tea.
363 Goodman St. South
K.C. Tea & Noodles offers Asian cuisine and bubble tea. Bubble tea is basically an iced tea (or juice) and green tea blend with pearl-sized tapioca bubbles. You can also ask for a bubble tea smoothie or milk shake.
750 South Ave.
Equal Grounds is a gay-friendly café located in the South Wedge that holds regular open mic nights. It’s a great place to meet new people and get coffee away from campus.
200 East Ave.
A brightly lit café located not far from the Little Theater. It is usually busy, and it has a bunch of comfy couches and seats for chilling out.
691 Monroe Ave.
This hot dog joint boasts a variety of toppings and several vegetarian and vegan options. It does a brisk lunch business, but is also open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy late night hunger.
John’s Tex Mex
489 South Ave.
Located in the South Wedge, this tasty Mexican place was opened by an RIT graduate. It offers good food at affordable prices and a comfortable atmosphere. Take note, it is closed on Sundays.
2612 W. Henrietta Road
This 1950’s style diner is open 24 hours a day and has a variety of food choices ranging from breakfast (served all day and night) to dinner. Each booth has a coin-operated jukebox with an array of music.
Phillips European Restaurant
26 Corporate Woods
Phillips has the best desserts in the area, hands down. They have a variety of tortes (a light-textured mix of cake and cream), cheesecakes and cookies. They also have amazing chocolate covered strawberries and their own fresh-pressed flavored coffee. They are located just a few miles off of campus near Monroe Community College.
100 Alexander St.
Located in South Wedge, Boulder Coffee has a variety of coffee and espresso drinks. They have a tasty Irish coffee and make a variety of sandwiches and pastries every day. If you go there in the evening, there is usually some form of live music to listen to.
Experience a Garbage Plate
A traditional garbage plate consists of macaroni salad, home fries, two cheeseburger patties (or your choice of meat), mustard, onions, and meat sauce all thrown together. Sounds like it shouldn’t mix, right? Surprisingly, it tastes good all together. Try one at Henrietta Hots, Nick Tahou’s, or Steve T’s.
99 Court St.
Originally founded in Syracuse, eating at this barbecue joint is required at least once in your time in Rochester. Their sauce is very unique, unlike any other you’ve tasted.
The Old Toad
277 Alexander St.
The Old Toad is an authentic English Pub; most of the wait staff is English. There is a variety of good food and an amazing selection of over a hundred beers to choose from.
274 N. Goodman St.
California Rollin’ offers sushi rolls, tempura and nigiri that will appeal to anyone seeking Japanese cuisine. Dinner on Wednesdays are all-you-can-eat night.
Various Locations in Downtown Rochester
Exploring the subway is a lot of fun, but can
be dangerous. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.
Fishing in the Genesee
If you find yourself with an open morning and a few extra worms, head down to the Genesee. You are likely to meet a few characters as you wait patiently for a bite.
280 Union St. N.
A century old tradition, the Public Market offers a variety of local foods, fresh produce and flowers. There are also small shops during the warmer weather. The Empanadas Shop and the Cheese Shop (which houses a variety of imported cheeses open for sampling) are two stops in particular worth checking out.
60 Browns Race
Not many cities can say they have a waterfall crashing through its center. High Falls is one of the observation points of Rochester’s waterfall. There are many trails that follow the falls down to their full extent, and the Pont De Rennes is a highly recommended popular spot.
The two most popular locations for legal graffiti are the walls located behind the Village Gate, near the train tracks and on the Broad Street Bridge. Even if you don’t make graffiti art, going to check out the complexity and talent of some of the work is worthwhile.
3195 Monroe Ave.
Wegmanopolis is a name that could only describe the original Wegmans in Pittsford. As someone on rocwiki.org claims, “The Pittsford Wegmans is like the Disneyland of grocery stores!” Sure, it may just be a grocery store, but it has such variety and interesting foods you won’t find at other markets. It’s definitely worth visiting.
Letchworth State Park
1 Letchworth State Park, Castille, N.Y.
Letchworth is about an hour’s drive south from campus and has a bunch of hiking trails. There’s a bridge that overlooks one of the falls and gives a great view of the park. Sometimes, there is a vehicle fee to get in, but other times it’s free.
Mt. Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Ave.
Located on Route 15, closer to the city, this cemetery has a lot of beautiful tombs and gravestones. It offers a scenic walk with a purpose: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are buried there, so you can make a day of trying to hunt their burial grounds down.
Ontario Beach ParK
4799 Lake Ave.
Just north of the center of the city is this fun park, carousel included. There are a few of routes to walk around, one of which takes you to the light ouse, along the sand, or to the volleyball area. If you’re hungry, there’s Cheeburger Cheeburger, California Rollin’ and Abbott’s housed in a building along the shore.
Biking on the Genesee River Trail
The Genesee River Trail starts close to campus and winds around the University of Rochester. It passes by the abandoned subway and Dinosaur BBQ, and it goes all the way up to Lake Ontario. It’s very scenic and makes for a good day-long biking adventure.
Ghost Hunting for the Lady in White
Lake Ontario Shore
The White Lady’s daughter was said to have gone missing. After she resolved her daughter must have been raped or murdered, the grief overtook her and she threw herself off a cliff into Lake Ontario. Following her death, the mother’s spirit returned to continue the search for her child. People say that on foggy nights, the White Lady rises from the small Durand Lake that faces Lake Ontario. Her dogs are said to accompany her. Together, they roam through the Durand Eastman Park, still searching.
Highland Park and the Lamberton Conservatory
171 Reservoir Ave.
Highland Park has a lot of wildlife and flowers and is located just south of South Wedge. There is even a nice amphitheater that has live music on occasion. Highland Park is also home to the Lilac Festival in the spring.
George Eastman House
900 East Ave.
One of the premiere photography museums is located here in Rochester, perfect for anyone interested in photography. There are traveling exhibitions in the galleries, and you can walk through the Kodak founder’s home.
Seneca Park Zoo
2222 St. Paul St.
The zoo has a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and fish. A few times a year, they do an event called ZooBrew, which features live music, beer and barbecue. This fall, ZooBrew will take place on September 10. Check it out!
Strong Museum of Play
1 Manhattan Square Drive
The Museum of Play is a place where you can feel like a little kid again. You can walk around on Sesame Street, check out the butterfly garden, and look at the fish in the aquarium. If you don’t feel like spending the money, the playground located outside of the museum is a lot of fun too.
Boating on the Erie Canal
Some shops located on the Canal in Pittsford and Fairport offer kayaks, pedal boats, and canoes as rentals.
Millennium Games and Hobbies
3047 W. Henrietta Road
Every night, Millennium offers tables for people to come in and play card games such as “Magic: The Gathering” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!”. You can even play strategy games like “Warhammer” and pen and paper role-playing games like “Dungeons and Dragons.” Check out http://millenniumgames.com for schedules.
Give parkour and freerunning a try. It’s kind of like an obstacle course, and it gives you a chance to run, jump and climb around on stuff, just like you did when you were a kid. With training sessions on Saturdays, anyone with any experience level is welcome to attend and sure to have fun. For more information, check out http://rochesterparkour.com.
2609 W. Henrietta Road
Across from Jay’s Diner, this ten-screen cinema shows movies after their initial run in the main theaters. Matinees and evenings (aside from Friday and Saturday nights) are $2. There is a special 75-cent ticket price on Mondays. The seats are pretty worn, which makes them way more comfortable than those ‘perfect posture’ seats at Cinema 18.
Amazing Maize Maze
1342 Eddy Road, Macedon, N.Y.
The Maize Maze is a huge and complex cornfield maze located at Long Acre Farms. The maze is open from mid-August to Halloween.
240 East Ave.
This independent theatre offers a variety of movies you can’t usually see at the multiplex. Sundance Film Festival winners, foreign films and other independent films can be found here.
1520 West Henrietta Road, Avon, N.Y.
On the weekends, the Vintage Drive-In offers a double feature starting around dusk, making the 20 minute drive worth it. Usually, the event consists of one newly-released movie and one movie that was released a few months ago. And with four screens and a total of eight movies, there is bound to be something for everyone.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
108 East Ave.
PAETEC offers a few concerts at discounts to try to encourage and support students interested in the fine arts. In October, the season opener will be Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. Student tickets are $10.
460 Oak St.
The Rhinos are part of the U.S. Division Two Soccer League and offer a great opportunity to see minor league soccer locally. The season goes until the end of September.
1 War Memorial Drive
The Americans, or Amerks, (AHL Hockey) season starts mid-October at the Blue Cross Arena.
1470 Monroe Ave.
Goddess Hour offers dance and fitness classes outside of your typical gym, including belly dancing, hula hoop and pole dancing. Classes are both drop-ins and weekly courses, but they are only available to women.
Roc City Roller Derby
The Roc City Rollers is an all-female roller derby team that competes across the east coast. Each competition is a great opportunity to see speed, tenacity and ferocity on wheels.
Look Ah Hookah
1635 E. Henrietta Road
Hookah has become an increasingly popular hobby. Look Ah Hookah offers a variety of flavored tobacco in a comfortable environment.
Snowboarding at Bristol
250 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua, N.Y.
With the amount of snow Western New York sees in the winter, snowboarding becomes a weekend hobby. Bristol, which is about 40 minutes away, offers Wegmans-sponsored group days on Saturdays 4 to 10 p.m. is $20 per person as long as you have four people in your group. The more people you bring for your group, the cheaper the tickets will be.
444 Central Ave.
One of Rochester’s nightclubs, Tilt is gay-friendly with drag shows every Thursday and the “Big Gay Disco” every Saturday night. Thursday night is the most popular night for a lot of RIT students to go, so check it out!
219 Monroe Ave.
The Bug Jar is located in the middle of the city on the corner of Monroe and Union Street. If you’re into the indie scene and like live music, this is the place to go. They have had such artists as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Fiery Furnaces, and Modest Mouse play there in the past.
233 Mill St.
A classy nightclub that has a vast dance floor and offers an 18 and up night on Thursdays. TriBeCa is a great place if you are looking for a swanky place to dance the night away.
169 N. Chestnut St.
The goth club of Rochester, Vertex has a projector and a couple of TVs that usually play random horror movies. Throw on your knee high lace-up boots, corsets and leather and experience Rochester’s goth scene.
6 Lawrence St.
Rochester gets a touch of class, courtesy of girls in cut-off flannels and bucking bull rides. $5 will get you a ride, but $10 will give you the opportunity to master the bull for a chance at winning a $50 bar tab. Prepare to get your cookies tossed.
666 South Ave.
Lux is a one-of-a-kind alternative bar located in the South Wedge with a lot of eccentric people, a nice atmosphere, and themed nights (such as arts and crafts night, trivia night and movie night). In the back there are picnic tables and even a hammock to kick back in. The only not-so-cool thing is — as a bar — you have to be 21 to get in.
Water Street Music Hall
204 N. Water St.
Water Street, as it’s called, is one of the main venues in Rochester for big band stops. Musical acts such as Ben Folds, Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, and Flogging Molly have performed there.
The Penny Arcade
4785 Lake Ave.
Located near Charlotte Beach, The Penny Arcade is another local music venue offering a stage to local and national metal and punk bands. It has a 40-foot bar, and as the name suggests, arcade games available to play.
DUb land underground
315 Alexander St.
With live bands four nights
every week, this split level bar and music hall will not disappoint. A great final stop in your tour de Roch-cha-cha, Dub Land underground is a trendy spotlocated off of East Ave. just outside of downtown.