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“A Good Market for Specialty, Fresh, and Baked Goods”

Rochester Public Market
Ranked #13 of 145 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Rochester Public Market is bustling by 7 am on Saturdays. In warmer weather they have the most booths open, but it is still worth the trip in the cold weather because you will not find cheaper, good quality produce anywhere else. Besides foods, they sell clothing and 5 and dime goods, specialty cookware and more. Surrounding the outdoor market are several mini diners which offer great food, cappuccinos and more.
Part of the booths are inside a building that can be quite congested but still worth the stroll. A large meat and fish market and specialty foods are housed inside along with a very good and inexpensive bakery. We've picked up a whole cheesecake that was delicious for only 3 dollars.
Along the side road leading to the market are other metal markets and goods. If planning on doing both, I'd say make sure you have at least 2-3 hours and make sure you go early. The later you go, the less likely you'll find a parking spot even close by. Although they do say they have a trolley service, they don't use it as often as they should or not at all. It's all handicapped accessible, but could be a long walk for someone with a mobility problem.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Flower Days are a must. The plants are just awesome. The little food stands have great breakfast sandwiches. There are lots of local foods and craft items. Check out Holidays at the Market.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

When in Rochester....... skip the big chain restaurants... visit the small interesting cafes/ bistro's and trattoria's but you must absolutely visit the public market downtown. Go when you have time to explore the little nooks. Support the locals!!!

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Not fancy, tight parking ( I park outside the market on public street as it is easier, and there are many pedestrian gate entrances along the perimeter), but lots of goods to choose from. The fresh local garlic from Scottsville ---none of that chinese imported stuff! Fresh organic vegetables from the DeMeyer organic farm. Fresh eggs, baked breads, NY apples, and so much more! I enjoy going early before it gets too crowded and having a breakfast sandwich at Scotts. No one does it better than they do. Then browse the vendor stalls and pick my goods. So much to choose from. Do watch out for the difference between vendors who sell local/regionally grown foods to those that take it from boxes of stuff from wholesalers. I try to solicit the local farmers first for what is in season. Don't forget the various buildings with the coffee shop, cheese shop, bakery, and more. Truly an authentic experience, and good for those on a budget who want healthy fruits and veggies for a reasonable price.

Thank northernnellie
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stumbled upon the Rochester Public Market after a visit to Rohrbach's Brewery. What an adventure! From Juan's flavorful empanadas to the assortments of every fresh edible, this was a circus for our eyes and ears. Cheeses, jellies, flowers, and candles were just some of the surprises among the colorful fruits and vegetables! http://www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/

Thank Mary C
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