Shop till you drop: Rochester, NY’s terrific retail options


With its history, culture and natural beauty, the Rochester area of New York State is easily overlooked when it comes to shopping options, but it certainly shouldn’t be – for this city’s a premiere destination of the North West when it comes to retail therapy…

Rochester Public Market

(280 North Union Street 14609)

Still located on the same spot as when it first opened way back in 1905, Rochester’s Public Market is simply a much-loved city institution. Open every week of the year – specifically on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – it’s jam-packed full of stalls vending the very best of the area’s produce, both local and sourced from around the US and across the world (as many as 300 of them on Saturdays; the market’s biggest and busiest day). Here then, you’ll discover delicious meats and seafoods, excellent eggs and dairy products, tasty ethnic delicacies, supreme specialty items and terrific general merchandise; all spread across stalls taking up three outdoor, covered vendor sheds and one terrifically equipped indoor vendor shed. However, that’s far from all; for the market also offers up a plethora of independent food stands, cafés, coffee shops, florists, breweries and much more – plus, it’s the host of up to 50 city-sponsored, free-admission events (many of them ideal for visiting families staying at the likes of the Rochester Riverside Hotel) each year.


Marketplace Mall

(1 Miracle Mile Drive 14623)

Having celebrated its 35th anniversary just last year, this immensely popular mall located in Henrietta, right in the heart of the Rochester area, offers up 1.1 million square-meters of retail space; an abundance of shopping opportunities for each and every visitor to the city then – and no mistake. Featuring household names such as the brands that are JCPenney, Sears and Dick’s Sporting Goods among its more than 120 stores, the mall’s also brimming with outlets like Banana Republic, Charming Charlie, TORRID, Hannoush, Land’s End Inlet, Old Navy and oh-so many more. Easy to reach from downturn Rochester (it’s just three miles due south from the city center) and next to the interstate-traffic-funnelling I-390, the mall’s extremely accessible from pretty much any direction you approach it.

Eastview Mall

(7979 Pittsford-Victor Road/ Route 96 14564)

Located a short way outside the center of Rochester, NY, this mall’s accessibility is great for those who might also want to visit the unmissable Finger Lakes wine region (the second largest wine-producing region in the whole of the US) and less than a mile away from New York State’s Thruway Exit 45 and 490 – you’ll also doubtless find it near many an example of Rochester pet friendly accommodation. And, don’t doubt it, Eastview’s the mall to head to if upscale fashion’s your vice – because here you’ll find in excess of 30 outlets catering to the finest threads available, such as (deep breath!) Anthropologie; Brooks Brothers; Eddie Bauer; Forever 21; Free People; GUESS; J. Crew, Janie & Jack, LL Bean and Michael Korrs. It’s also home to major department stores – Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, JC Penney Sears and Von Maur. Moreover, you’ve great choice when it comes to dining at this mall, what with its front entrance area featuring restaurants and eateries of the calibre of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Champps Americana and Bonefish Grill. And, finally, if it’s a rainy day; why not catch a movie at Eastview’s Regal Cinemas multiplex or spoil yourself rotten with a facial or massage at Euphoria Salon/ Spa? Why not, indeed!