This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Buffalo. To help you make friends with Buffalo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Buffalo is the second-most populated city in the whole of New York, with a population of more than a million individuals, but just a limited number of hostels. Originally a thriving and burgeoning industrial city in the past, Buffalo is known for being the seat of the Erie County, and for being one of the first cities to benefit from the height of the Industrial Revolution. Initially a small trading community with a limited population, Buffalo began to expand sometime in the early nineteenth century, and by the early twentieth century, it soon became the eighth-largest city in the United States.
Initially known for being a hub for trade and industry, Buffalo also holds its ground when it comes to the academia, with a good selection of non-denominational, Christian, and Islamic schools situated within the heart of the city itself. In the world of the academe, Buffalo is well known for the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Because it is a melting pot of diverse cultures, Buffalo is an excellent place to pig out and enjoy a vast array foodstuffs from a wide range of different cultures. Home to a dizzying array of restaurants, eateries, food stands, pubs, and bars, Buffalo is the place to be if you’re hankering to try the best of local and even ethnic foods. Whether your tastebuds long for a whiff of good Italian roast or a filling Italian meal, the multifarious grub-stops in Buffalo are sure to keep you happy, sated, and content. If you’re a drinking person, the place is also known for its excellently brewed beers and ales, with a brewing tradition that stretches way back to the early days of the city. When staying at a hostel in Buffalo, you should never miss the world-renowned Buffalo chicken wings, a highly imitated but never rivaled local specialty.
Buffalo is an excellent place to be for good nightlife. Home to some fifty art galleries (both public and private) as well as an excellent range of places that feature live bands, and even an impressive theatre district (the Buffalo Theatre District), you can experience the best of Buffalo’s art and music scene every day or night. For those of us who enjoy a good lively festive scene, Buffalo has its share of local festivities, like the Allentown Art Festival every second week of June, the Taste of Buffalo (a gigantic outdoor food-fest!), and the notorious Dyngus Day Buffalo during the wintertime.
Buffalonians (as the locals are called) are also known throughout the country as a highly hospitable and peaceable lot of individuals, making Buffalo not only a perfect vacation spot, but also a great place to settle down! While there is a nearly unlimited means to find a place or land yourself in a cozy nook in Buffalo, advanced hostel reservations (literally months in advance at times!) are in order when you’re planning to visit during peak seasons such as in July or August.
Written by local enthusiast for Buffalo hostelsAngelica Burrage