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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Great for kids and adults. Learn about the history of the state from New York City, to the Adirondack State Park.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Name the store...its HERE...Along with a great multiplex and workout facility.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“Great architecture, beautifully restored and still making history, the New York State Capitol is a great visit. Free guided tours. Get your picture taken on The Million Dollar Staircase! The portraits in the Hall of Governors are fascinating. About a 45 minute ride north of Hudson.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“ Whole Foods, LL Bean, Barns and Noble, Christmas Tree Shops just to name a few.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Situated in the heart of Albany, Washington Park is a huge part of our community scene. Hosting local events regularly, including festivals and farmers' markets, it offers a calm, green space for families and solo travelers alike. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“Cheaper and closer than Regal Cinemas, playing the perfect range of limited and wide release films. Located next to food, coffee, and ice cream.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Some amazing venues play at The Egg, including many major artists as well as others we haven't heard from in a hundred years. Albany is just a half hour away from here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Top Chef Ric Orlando's bistro is one of the coolest spots in town! Farm-fresh eats & regional beers fill out a global menu, with a mahogany bar from '39 World's Fair. Highlights Great cocktailsGreat coffeeGreat dessertGreat tea selectionOutdoor seating Popular for LunchDinnerSolo dining Accessibility Wheelchair accessible entranceWheelchair accessible parking lotWheelchair accessible restroomWheelchair accessible seating Offerings AlcoholCocktailsCoffeeComfort foodHappy hour drinksHappy hour foodHealthy optionsLate-night foodOrganic dishesSmall platesVegetarian options Dining options LunchDinnerCateringDessertSeatingTable serviceTakeout Amenities: Bar onsite Good for kids High chairs Restroom Atmosphere: Casual Cozy Romantic Upscale Crowd Family-friendly GroupsTourists Planning: Lunch reservations recommended Dinner reservations recommended Accepts reservations Usually a wait Transgender safespace LGBTQ friendly ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Known for its beautiful architecture and big-name talent, the Palace regularly welcomes touring musicians and groups in its historic space.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home to world-class performing arts and events, the Times Union is an entertainment staple for the Capital Region.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“If you want to learn more about Albany, its people, its history, its art, include a visit to the Institute in your plans.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Plaza
“Best tourist attraction in Albany with stunning architecture and tons of history to learn about. This is the sight of the July 4th fireworks, major concerts and public events as well as most state offices and the capitol itself.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“There might be a bit of a wait, but it's worth it! They're known for their breakfast and brunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Soccer bar and German beer garden in downtown Albany. This place is awesome!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“You can also get breakfast here - from 11-3 - on weekends along with the hair of the dog that bit you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fresh Ingredients, Tapas, good wine list, cocktails, able to handle large groups, dark, large place. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Top Chef Ric Orlando's bistro is one of the coolest spots in town! Farm-fresh eats & regional beers fill out a global menu, with a mahogany bar from '39 World's Fair. Highlights Great cocktailsGreat coffeeGreat dessertGreat tea selectionOutdoor seating Popular for LunchDinnerSolo dining Accessibility Wheelchair accessible entranceWheelchair accessible parking lotWheelchair accessible restroomWheelchair accessible seating Offerings AlcoholCocktailsCoffeeComfort foodHappy hour drinksHappy hour foodHealthy optionsLate-night foodOrganic dishesSmall platesVegetarian options Dining options LunchDinnerCateringDessertSeatingTable serviceTakeout Amenities: Bar onsite Good for kids High chairs Restroom Atmosphere: Casual Cozy Romantic Upscale Crowd Family-friendly GroupsTourists Planning: Lunch reservations recommended Dinner reservations recommended Accepts reservations Usually a wait Transgender safespace LGBTQ friendly ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“There might be a bit of a wait, but it's worth it! They're known for their breakfast and brunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Fresh Ingredients, Tapas, good wine list, cocktails, able to handle large groups, dark, large place. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great happy hour 2.00 drafts Outside patio with fireplace and heaters big TV ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Decent food, served fast but made fresh. Affordable counter service available downstairs.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Great drinks, good vibes, and in-house music make this bar-restaurant a go-to destination for a night on the town. Adjacent to the Palace Theater, the Hollow is also a great place for dinner before a show. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We own this restaurant! 😏 Franco is head chef where he makes homemade pasta, cured meats & other Italian delicacies! 🇮🇹🍝”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Known best for its brunch, Iron Gate is a conveniently-located eatery with delicious options for all. Its lovely patios and décor are just an added bonus at this spot—it's certain to please. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

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