Albany and Central New York

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  • 1. Caffe Caruso

    Food/Candy

    Caffe Caruso has glass cases packed with fresh cookies, a giant copper espresso machine, and white wrought-iron chairs and glass-topped tables. ...Read More

  • 2. Civitello's

    Food/Candy

    Civitello's, a bakery and small café with booths and tables, has been selling cannoli, spumoni, and Italian cookies since 1911. ...Read More

  • 3. Florentine Pastry Shop

    Food/Candy

    Crisp-and-creamy cannoli are $1 each, and chocolate pasticciotti (small custard-filled pies) are 80¢ at the Florentine Pastry Shop, open since...Read More

  • 4. Gems Along the Mohawk

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Gems Along the Mohawk, next to the Erie Canal, has more than 50 local and regional vendors. The complex includes a waterfront restaurant. ...Read More

  • 5. Lyrical Ballad Bookstore

    Books/Stationery

    Out-of-print books, first editions, and antique prints are the specialties at Lyrical Ballad Bookstore. ...Read More

  • 6. Mohawk Indian Craft Shop

    Crafts

    Baskets, moccasins, beaded hair ornaments, and carved bone pendants, all handmade by American Indians, are available for purchase at the Mohawk...Read More

  • 7. New York Folklore Society

    Crafts

    The New York Folklore Society sells one-of-a-kind items made by New York folk artists: carved birds and walking sticks, quilts, hand-knitted...Read More

  • 8. Perreca's Bakery

    Food/Candy

    A line forms every afternoon at Perreca's Bakery, in business since 1914 and the cornerstone of the city's Little Italy project. It's a Schenectady...Read More

  • 9. Saratoga Farmers' Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The three covered pavilions at the Saratoga Farmers' Market are a social gathering spot on Wednesday 3–6 and Saturday 9–1, from early May to...Read More

  • 10. Soave Faire

    Books/Stationery

    Although Soave Faire specializes in framing and art and office supplies, it's also the place to buy any type of hat you might want to wear to...Read More

  • 11. Rintrona's Bakery

    Food/Candy

    In business since 1908, Rintrona's Bakery sells bread, meatballs, fried dough, pizza shells, and tomato pie. ...Read More

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