Parkside Candy

Candy Shop | Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Built in 1927, Parkside Candy is one of the prettiest confectioneries anywhere. When you walk in, your nose fills with a liquorish cocoa-butter aroma even before your eyes can focus on the stunning interior decor. In a grandiose oval room lined with classic columns and umbrella’d by a domed ceiling, candies are sold from vending stations around the circumference. Soft background music and subtle indirect light create the reverential atmosphere of a fine art museum.

This old-fashioned candy store offers salt water taffy, all day suckers, bon bons of every size and shape, and Buffalo’s favorite spun sugar specialty, sponge candy (also known as honeycombs).

As is true of many of the city’s best chocolatiers, Parkside also is an ice cream parlor, with cozy alcoves and a scattering of tables about the room for dining in. The ice cream repertoire is a full roster of dusty roads, rocky roads, tin roofs, egg creams, peanut butter fudge banana splits, creamsicle frappes, and maple nut sundaes. Top-of-the-line is the Granada Special: five flavors of ice cream, four toppings, toasted nuts, a mountain of whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

There is a short sandwich menu, too, but we’ve never tried it. The aroma of chocolate when we walk in the Parkside door is a Siren’s call.

What to Eat
Parkside Candy, Parfait
Hot fudge parfait with banana ice cream
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday12pm - 7pm
Monday11am - 7pm
Tuesday11am - 7pm
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 37 MILES | 1 hr 4 min

Famous for chicken wings and, among connoisseurs, beef on weck, Buffalo also happens to be a confectionery city of the highest order. Family-run sweet shops, large and small, temper cocoa butter, whip up marshmallow sauce from scratch and create unique signature candies. In the capital of what local chocolatier Dean Tassy refers to as Theā€¦

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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