How-To Guide: Experience Saratoga Like a Local

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Living and owning a business in a tourist town definitely has its pros and cons. Now that the weather is warming, visitors will be soon be arriving in Saratoga to enjoy all the things this area has to offer. The Saratoga Race Course may be high on many ‘must-do’ lists, but there are so many other ways to experience Saratoga, like a local.

Have a free weekend? Here’s a list of our hand-picked places to dine, shop, and play in our city of Saratoga Springs. 

Eat & Drink

  • A morning wouldn’t be complete without a great cup ‘o joe. We love Saratoga Coffee Traders for Death Wishtheir espresso drinks and of course the famously strong Death Wish Coffee.
  • If you find yourself in Saratoga on a Saturday, head down to High Rock Ave and visit the fabulous Saratoga Farmers’ Market. It runs every Saturday during the spring and summer from 9am – 1pm. This award-winning market is truly a social event and often features live musicians, chef demonstrations, and special events.Mrs Londons
  • Cross Broadway and stave off morning hunger with a visit to Mrs. London’s bakery. Their bread is the best around and their baked goods are seriously delicious.
  • Hungry for lunch? Head down Phila Street to Ravenous. This unique French-style creperie serves up sweet and savory crepes and the most delicious pomme frites for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.Tea and Honey
  • Stop by for afternoon tea at Saratoga Tea and Honey Company, or grab an iced matcha tea to go and bring it down the street to enjoy in Congress Park.
  • Whether you’re looking for a special meal, light dinner or just some drinks, Sperry’s Restaurant has one of the best outdoor patios in Saratoga, and great food and drinks to boot. This Saratoga staple has been serving the area since 1932, and is definitely a local favorite!


  • Northshire Bookstore is an independently-owned bookstore in the middle of town. The entire second floor is dedicated to kids and has a huge assortment of books, toys, activities and gifts galore. What makes Northshire special is their knowledgeable and friendly staff. Ask any one of their booksellers for a recommendation andSOO they will have the most perfect suggestion for you.
  •  Saratoga Olive Oil is a perfect place to pick up a gift that says “Saratoga” but is also something the recipient will actually enjoy and use. Their vast assortment of high quality olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts, and gifts will leave you inspired.


  • CMASHave kids? Definitely check out the Children’s Museum at Saratoga and/or the Saratoga Sp
    rings Public  Library
    . The museum is the perfect place to let those kiddos blow off some steam for a couple hours. The library’s entire lower level is dedicated to kids and will be ideal for some quiet play and reading.
  • The Tang Musuem at Skidmore College boasts a variety of events, musical performances and art exhibits throughout the year. Well worth a visit if you’re in town. 
  • Any history buff young or old would enjoy a visit to the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of FameSaratoga Auto Museum, or the Saratoga National Historical Park, where the Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War.
  • For a quiet respite away from the hustle of downtown, head to Yaddo Gardens and wander around the beautiful rose gardens and grounds.  This peaceful artist’s retreat has property that is free and open to the public.

Visit Saratoga Springs and enjoy some of the things we love most about this area!