New York’s third largest city centered around the Genesee River has long been home to innovators and trailblazers. Civil rights leaders Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony resided in Rochester. George Eastman patented roll film and cameras that made Eastman Kodak a household name. And the company that would become Xerox created the world’s first commercial photocopier here.
Rochester’s regional food specialties embody this innovative legacy, from its own take on hamburgers and hot dogs to the creation of the garbage plate. The history behind this city’s food and drink scene runs deep, from boasting one of the country’s oldest public markets and the state’s longest-running brewery to a nearly century old custard stand that has since taken the country by storm. Explore the unique eats, historic sites, charming neighborhoods and scenic parks of Rochester: