What’s IN Rochester, anyway? The Neighborhoods Edition Part 1.

By: Ariane

Many Simon students live in University housing, but there are also some great off-campus neighborhoods! I’m going to highlight just a few that have been favorites among former students.

Our first stop is the South Wedge. The South Wedge is a vibrant, artistic community within a 5 minute drive of the University.  Older homes painted in bright colors make for beautiful architecture, while a dedicated community organization is improving the neighborhood constantly. Within walking distance you can eat you heart out: Cajun cuisine at the Beale St Cafe, (arguably) the best sandwiches in Rochester at theOpen Face Sandwich Eatery, or grab some cheap and tasty southwestern style at John’s Tex Mex – just to start.

The Southwedge Colony, Tap and Mallet (30 beers on tap!), Solera Wine Bar, Lux Lounge (outdoor movies in their huge backyard during the summer), and Caverly’s Irish Pub all serve beverages of the adult persuasion. Equal Grounds and the Women’s Coffee Connection create a cup of coffee that you can feel good about (they focus on Fair Trade and providing employment for women looking to re-enter the workforce).

Mise en Place offers gourmet groceries and great take-out meals.  Looking to go locally grown? On Thursdays from May to November, the Boulder Coffee Co opens its parking lot for the South Wedge Farmer’s Market, which offers the traditional veggies as well as organic breads, pastas, and even ice creams!

Thread and Thread Home will help you find something new and fun for you (or your apartment!) to wear,
while a variety of salons would be happy to provide a new do.  Heck, you can even get your taxes done without having to get into the car!

In short, the South Wedge is a great neighborhood full of locally owned shops, tasty eats, and interesting folk.  I’ll be back next month with another great neighborhood near the University!

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