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Press cafe
118 w green st (press bay alley)

7 min walk


gourmet coffee shop with a modern, minimalist aesthetic

Gimme coffee

506 w state st

15 min walk, 5 min drive


trendy, world class coffee, baked goods 

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Ithaca bakery

400 n meadow st

25 min walk, 7 min drive


specialty coffee, frozen espresso & smoothies, international menu that changes daily

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly


Café dewitt

215 n cayuga st (dewitt mall)

10 min walk


contemporary bistro

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

(breakfast served  all day)

Collegetown bagels

301 e state st

3 min walk


baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, & coffee

*vegan friendly

Lincoln street diner

309 e lincoln st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


american diner fare with daily specials in  a humble, old-school space

*vegetarian friendly

Angelhearts diner

401 e state st

across the street


retro diner featuring vegan comfort food made from scratch 

*all vegan, gluten-free friendly

Hound & mare

118 n  aurora st (restaurant row)

5 min walk


fresh, healthy, convenient cafe & bakery

​*vegetarian friendly

Café dewitt

215 n cayuga st (dewitt mall)

10 min walk


contemporary bistro

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

(breakfast served  all day)


224 e state st (the commons)

4 min walk


fine food in  a relaxed  atmosphere. fresh seafood every day  

*vegetarian friendly


Maru ramen

512 w state st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


slow-cooked ramen, buns &

savory dishes

*local options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Viva taqueria & cantina

215 e state st (the commons)

5 min walk


fresh, healthy itha-mexican food, margarita  and tequila bar

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Lev kitchen

222 e state st (the commons)

4 min walk


american fare with modern flare

20 tap craft beers

*vegetarian friendly

Asia cuisine

126 n  aurora st (restaurant row)

5 min walk


mellow corner eatery serving diverse range of pan-asian fare, from korean bbq to sushi

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Saigon kitchen

526 w state st

15 min walk, 4 min drive


fresh  and delicious traditional 

vietnamese food, byob

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Casual dining

Bickering twins

114 n cayuga st

8 min walk


authentic mexican & latin  american restaurant  and bar

*vegetarian & vegan friendly


381 pine tree rd

5 min drive


southwestern inspired fare with

a wood-fired oven

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

*reservations  available

Mama said hand pies

118 w green st (press bay alley)

9 min walk


homemade hand pies with comforting flavors from  around the world

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Northstar house

202 e falls st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


cozy neighborhood vibe, seasonal menu

12 rotating drafts, extensive beer list

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

*reservations available

The rook

404 w state st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


elevated classic cuisine in  a

casual  atmosphere

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Silo food truck 

620 w green st

15 min walk, 5 min drive

southern cooking with  an ethnic twist, fried chicken & mac n cheese

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Fine dining

Hazelnut kitchen

53 e main st

trumansburg, ny

20 min drive


seasonal dishes  and desserts crafted from local ingredients 

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

*reservations available

Mercato bar & kitchen

108 n  aurora st (restaurant row)

5 min walk


italian fusion cuisine, craft cocktails, excellent wine selection

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Gola osteria

115 quarry st (quarry arms bldg)

8 min walk (uphill), 3 min drive


elevated italian fare  and wines

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

*reservations available

Le café cent dix

110 n  aurora st (restaurant row)

5 min walk


elegant eatery featuring modern french cuisine, plus wine, beer & house cocktails, french wine list

*vegan & gluten-free friendly

Late night dining

Luna inspired street food

113 n  aurora st

5 min walk

(607) 269-6139

globally influenced hybrid bar food

*local/free-range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Byrne dairy & deli

323 elmira rd

7 min drive


only 24 hour location in town - atm, gas, deli, ice cream, lottery...

Beer, wine & spirits shops

Red feet wine market & spirit provisions

435 franklin st

7 min drive


hand picked  artisanal wines

Finger lakes beverage center

605 w state st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


largest selection of micro-brews, craft brews & soda, rotating selection of 10 growler beers to-go

The cellar d'or wine, cider & spirits

136 e state st (the commons)

5 min walk


specializing in small production/estate-bottled

Northside wine & spirits

222 elmira rd

(in the ithaca shopping plaza)

7 min drive


large finger lakes wine selection

Wine bars

Mercato bar & kitchen

108 n  aurora st (restaurant row)

5 min walk


great wine selection

Le café cent-dix 

101 n aurora st

5 min walk


french wine list

Beer bars

Northstar house

202 e falls st

20 min walk, 5 min drive


12 rotating drafts,

extensive bottled beer list

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Liquid state brewing company

620 w green st

15 min walk, 5 min drive


on-site beer hall with high-quality, small batch beer+

featuring Silo food truck 

southern cooking with  an ethnic twist, fried chicken & mac n cheese

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Ithaca beer co.

122 ithaca beer dr

10 min drive


award winning craft  ales, farm to table taproom, brew pub & beer garden

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Personal best brewing

321 w state st

11 min walk, 3 min drive


independent micro-brewery & taproom 

*local/free range options, vegan & gluten-free friendly

Gorges & waterfalls

Cascadilla gorge trail

downtown trailhead  at cascadilla park, near the intersection of

court st & university  ave

7 min walk to trailhead

hiking trail is 1.32 mi -

many stairs, moderate to strenuous

no fee

open may-november

a breathtaking example of the  ancient bedrock gorges ithaca is known for. 

the trail connects the heart of downtown to the cornell campus. the creek drops 400' following six waterfalls. the stone trails  and staircases were originally constructed in the 1920s.

Ithaca falls

lake st, near intersection of

lake & falls st

20 min walk, 7 min drive

trail is 0.14 mi 


no fee

open year round

our most powerful waterfall with  a vertical fall of 100' and a width of 150'. watch for nesting red tailed hawks  and turkey vultures riding the  air currents. a popular fishing hole  and local sun-lounging spot.  

Taughannock falls state park

1740 taughannock blvd (route 89)

trumansburg, ny

20 min drive


multiple hiking trails: 0.75 - 1.5 mi 

easy to difficult

* $ car parking fee  apr-oct

* gorge trail  and falls overlook open year round  8am-8pm

* other trails open  apr-oct

swimming in cayuga lake, picnic  area, playground, marina, easy drive-up to falls overlook  and  a summer concert series in the park

taughannock falls is the tallest waterfall east of the rocky mountains,  at 215'. the gorge trail offers  an  amazing, easy meander along the 400' gorge to the base of the falls. taughannock falls state park offers something for everyone.  

Cayuga lake

Ithaca boat tours


*departing from steamboat landing  at the ithaca farmers market dock 

545 3rd st

10 min drive

one hour tours


walk-on only

varying fee

*departing from 416 taughannock blvd

10 min drive

sunset cruise, eco-tours,

fat friday happy hour cruise & more

1 1/2 - 2 hr cruises


reservations required

varying fee


myers park, stewart park, or taughannock falls state park


kayak, canoe  and paddle board rentals, lessons  and guided trips

memorial day - labor day

Myers park

29  auburn rd

lansing, ny

15 min drive 

31  acres with extensive cayuga lake frontage, swimming, picnic  areas, marina, birding, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits  and  a summer concert series

daily, dawn to dusk, open year round

$5 fee per vehicle

Stewart park

1 james l gibbs dr

10 min drive

seated  at the tip of cayuga lake, formerly the site of the wharton brothers silent movie studios, now featuring  a carousel, athletic fields,  a duck pond, spray pool, municipal golf course  and  a bird sanctuary

daily, 8am-10pm, open year round

no fee

carousel open wed-sun  11am-7pm

small fee to ride

Running & walking trails

Cornell botanic gardens

cornell university

nevin welcome center

124 comstock knoll dr

40 min walk, 9 min drive


stewards more than 3,400  acres of preserve throughout the county.  walking trails, preserves, botanic garden  and  arboretum on campus

dawn-dusk, open year round

South hill recreation way

hudson st,  across from south hill elementary school

15 min walk (uphill) to trailhead,

5 min drive


mutli-use trail: 4.6 mi - easy

hard-packed gravel trail build on  an old railroad bed

open year round

Cayuga waterfront trail

trailhead  and parking options:  

* cass park ice rink & pool

701 taughannock blvd

35 min walk, 10 min drive

* stewart park

1 james l gibbs dr

35 min walk, 10 min drive


multi-use trail: 5.5 mi - easy

picnicking, boating, birding, gardens, ithaca children's garden, outdoor fitness equipment

open year round

Fitness centers

Island health & fitness center

310 taughannock blvd

25 min walk, 8 min drive


cardio, strength training,  aquatics center, group fitness classes.

sauna, steam rooms, hot tub.

Planet fitness

(the shops  at ithaca mall)

2309 n triphammer rd

12 min drive


cardio, strength training


Rasa spa

310 taughannock blvd

25 min walk, 8 min drive


massage, bodywork, energy work, facials, waxing.

sauna, showers, tranquility room.

Satori spa & salon

(village green plaza)

840 hanshaw rd

10 min drive


hair, nails, facials, makeup, waxing, spa packages, featuring

amika products

Norabloom botanicals & beauty lounge

(on the ithaca commons)

132 e state st

suite 201 

5 min walk


organic skin care, holistic facials, waxing, natural makeup, massage therapy,

spa parties


Ithaca  airline limousine

ithaca to syracuse  airport


Yellow taxi


University taxi


Gas stations


(east hill plaza)

301 pine tree rd

5 min drive

Byrne dairy & deli

323 elmira rd

7 min drive

open 24 hours


210 s cayuga st

5 min drive

Bike rental

Boxy bikes

(in press bay court)

116 w green st


electric bike rentals

Ithaca bike rental

1 james l gibbs dr

607-273-8364 ext 157


M&t bank

118 n tioga st (ithaca commons)


5 min walk

walk-up  open 24hrs

Tompkins trust company

118 e seneca st (ithaca commons)


5 min walk

walk-up  open 24hrs

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Greenstar natural grocery - smaller downtown offering

215 n cayuga st (dewitt mall)

8 min walk


natural foods market, grocery, bakery, beer, vitamins.

prepared food  and hot-bar  available

*organic, local & farm-raised, gluten-free options


- large mother store

770 cascadilla st

25 min walk, 7 min drive

natural foods market, produce, vitamins & wellness.

house-made prepared foods & baked goods, made to order coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh-cut meat & specialty cheese

local beer & cider

*organic, local & farm-raised, gluten-free options


500 s meadow st

25 min walk, 7 min drive


large gourmet grocery, bakery, beer, international foods, wellness & natural foods. pharmacy.

prepared food  and hot-bar  available - eat-in or takeout

*organic, local & farm-raised, gluten-free options


News stand/smoke shop

Commons market

122 n  aurora st

5 min walk


bodega with  atm, cigarettes, newspapers, beer,, snacks

News Stand

Ithaca farmers market

An owner-operated cooperative market (since 1973) with over 160 members, who grow or produce their wares within 30 miles of the pavilion.  main market located on  a beautiful park on the cayuga lake waterfront.

fresh vegetables, fruit, pastured meats, wine, cheese, bakeries  and hot prepared foods...

live music &  artisanal gifts

also:  summer boat tours  at steam boat landing 

Steam boat landing- main market

30 min walk, 8 min drive



saturdays & sundays

Dewitt park - smaller downtown offering

corner of n cayuga st & e buffalo st

10 min walk


tuesday june-sept 

Farmers Market


Angry mom records

115 e state st (ithaca commons)

-basement of autumn leaves book store

5 min walk


buy, sell & trade lps, 45s, 78s, cds & cassettes.

specialize in rock, punk, indie, soul/r&b, country, international, reggae, psych, folk, electronic, metal and oddities

Ithaca guitar works

215 n cayuga st (dewitt mall)

6 min walk


new, used  and vintage musical instruments



The history center in tompkins county

110 n tioga st

(on the ithaca commons)

5 min walk

607-273-8284 ext 228

local history. 

a generation-to-generation education  and research center focused on engaging with the public. the center helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present,  and play  an informed role in shaping the future.  

offers permanent & temporary exhibits.

thurs-sat  10am-5pm

sun  10am-3pm

no fee

Cornell lab of ornithology &

sapsucker woods sanctuary 

159 sapsucker woods rd

11 min drive

800-843-bird (2473)

a world leader in the study,  appreciation,  and conservation of birds.  featuring lab tours, trail walks, seminars  and special events. 

the sanctuary is 230  acres of forest, ponds, swamps  and wildlife.

visit the egg cairn created by renowned natural sculptor  and  artist  andy goldsworthy during his residency  at cornell university.

visitor center  mon-sun  10am-4pm

sapsucker woods sanctuary 

mon-sun  dawn-dusk

no fee

Museum of the earth

1259 trumansburg rd

9 min drive


explore earth  and its prehistoric past—from the tiniest trilobites to the mighty mastodon—through engaging  and interactive displays, hands-on features, stunning fossils, and science-inspired  art. 

the natural history museum  arm of the paleontological research institution. (in conjunction with cornell  and the cayuga nature center.) 

offers permanent & temporary exhibits  and rotating special events. 

sat-mon  10am-5pm 

fee: adult $9, senior & college $7, youth $6, child free



Buffalo street books

215 n cayuga st

(in the dewitt mall)

5 min walk


community-owned cooperative bookstore with regular events featuring local & national  authors  and  artists

sun-mon  12pm-5pm

tues-thurs  10am-7pm

fri-sat  10am-8pm

Autumn leaves used books

115 e state st

(on the ithaca commons)

5 min walk


extensive  array of used books with  an ever-changing selection of collectible, first editions  and signed books

mon-wed  10am-8pm

thurs-sat  10am-9pm

sun  11am-6pm


Art galleries/museums

Ink shop printmaking center

(above community school of

music and art)

330 e state st

3 min walk


non-profit, artist operated, community-based printmaking facility and gallery

tues-fri  1pm-6pm

sat  12pm-4pm

State of the art gallery

120 w state st

6 min walk


cooperative fine  art gallery owned  and operated by its members- 27 visual  artists from the finger lakes region- seeking to enhance the cultural  and economic vitality of the community

thurs-sun   12-5pm

Herbert f. johnson museum of art

(cornell university)

114 central ave

28 min walk, 6 min drive


temporary exhibitions  and  a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works, spanning six millennia  and most world cultures.

must see: the 5th floor for  amazing 360 degree view of ithaca

tues-sun  10am-5pm

no fee

Art Galleries
Film Theatres

Film theaters


120 e green st

4 min walk


first-run non-profit theater featuring independent, foreign and locally-produced films, film festival and arts events.  5 screens.

Regal ithaca mall stadium 14

(the shops at ithaca mall)

40 catherwood rd

12 min drive


theater complex with 14 screens featuring new release films, plush seating & concession stand.

Live Theatre

The Cherry Arts

102 cherry street

6 min drive


a non-profit arts facilitator and presenting organization. supporting a wide range of artists and arts organizations

Kitchen Theatre Company

417 w state st

12 min walk


Bold. Intimate. Engaging

small, 99-seat stage showcasing new & familiar plays in a green building with  an  art gallery & bar.

Local Shops

Local shops

vintage clothing


128 e state st

(on the ithaca commons)

5 min walk


vintage  and modern interpretations of classics from their own label  and other indie designers- for men & women

sun-wed  11am-6pm

thurs-sat  11am-7pm

regional artisans


102 w state st

6 min walk


artisan cooperative featuring pottery, jewelry, fiber, woodwork, leather, glass  and mixed media

mon-sat  10am-6pm

sun  11am-5pm


Found in ithaca

227 cherry st

28 min walk, 7 min drive


7,000 sq feet multi-dealer  antique  and vintage marketplace - from 19th century formal to mid century modern

wed-mon  10am-6pm

specialty oils & vinegars

F. oliver's

154 ithaca commons

5 min walk


small batch  and imported oils  and vinegars from  artisans  around the world