Rochester is a true regional shopping and dining destination. Downtown Rochester is bursting with retail opportunities. An assortment of stores—many of which are accessible via the downtown’s subway/skyway system—offer shoppers virtually everything under the sun, from art, antiques and gifts to apparel, music and books. Downtown Rochester hosts the modern Shops at University Square and the Grand Shops–Kahler & Marriott. In addition, the exciting Rochester Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from May-October one block east of the Government Center.
Just outside of downtown is Apache Mall, a large regional mall lined with four department stores, more than 100 brand-name stores and 15 eateries. Rochester Market Square is a unique shopping destination, housing many leading names in the building, home remodeling and interior design industry. This one-stop shop offers a visual treat sure to give shoppers ideas when it comes to updating their homes. Further sites for shopping include Broadway Commons, Crossroads Shopping Center, Maplewood Shopping Center, Marketplace Center, Miracle Mile Shopping Center, TJ Maxx Plaza, Barlow Plaza and the Shoppes on Maine.
The dining selection is just as diverse, with more than 165 restaurants to choose from in the Rochester area. There is definitely something to please every diner, with an eclectic choice of menus featuring fresh seafood, prime steaks, pizza, deli items and barbeque. Rochester also has a rich global presence, which is evident in the number of international restaurants located here. African, Asian, Italian, Greek, Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine are all represented in the community. Whether it’s a casual night out with friends, a romantic dinner or a take-out meal, Rochester area restaurants are ready to serve.