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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.
Park
“A mile walk on a wide path. The walk is not steep and handicap accessible. These falls are the tallest on this side of the Mississippi River. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Looking for a fun an unique snap shot of Ithaca. The weekends Farmers market is the place to find it. Local produce, food vendors and artists all gathered in one place. Be sure to get there early parking fills up fast!”
  • 119 locals recommend
Park
“Great hiking and swimming. Upper Treman boasts Lucifer Falls and a short hike around the Rim Trail gives you great views. Lower Treman has one of the most beautiful places to swim. Lifeguards are present.”
  • 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
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
Park
“Fabulous state park for hiking and just enjoying nature. Amazing waterfalls!”
  • 46 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fall Creek location. Local coffee roaster with delish blends and pastries. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Local Brewery, Flower Power and Apricot Wheat are good. They have good food also.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Cafe
“This place is awesome! It’s 45 min dive on the other side of the lake but so worth it! Make a reservation, you can sit inside or out! Food is amazing! ”
  • 48 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
University
“The prestigious Ivy League. Absolutely “gorges” campus! Set on the hilltop overlooking Ithaca with waterfalls and gorges surrounding it!”
  • 57 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
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
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
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

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
Brewery
“Local Brewery, Flower Power and Apricot Wheat are good. They have good food also.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Cafe
“This place is awesome! It’s 45 min dive on the other side of the lake but so worth it! Make a reservation, you can sit inside or out! Food is amazing! ”
  • 48 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
New American Restaurant
“Solid local food, with many Veg / Vegan options. Also, always a great draught beer selection.”
  • 56 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
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
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

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